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Thursday, 29 September 2016

New & Notable: The Best American Comics 2016


It's that time of the year! 2016's edition of the Best American Comics arrived, and already thrilled by the beautiful Marc Bell cover I was delighted to see that this year's selection is edited by Roz Chast!


Behold, the astounding list of contributors! Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Cece Bell, Geneviève Elverum, GG, Gilbert Hernandez, Ben Katchor, Richard McGuire, Joe Ollmann, John Porcellino, Keiler Roberts, Joe Sacco, Walter Scott, Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, Julia Wertz, and I could go on...


Without a doubt, 2016 was a great year for comics. Don't take my word for it, come see the proof in this glossy anthology!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tonight at Rialto Hall! GIRL POSITIVE launch, panel and live perfomances!

Join us with co-host Manon Gauthier @ The Rialto Theatre, Montreal

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7pm (doors open at 6)

For REDEFINING POWER & POLITICS: a book launch & signing with live local performers and a panel discussion lead by GIRL POSITIVE authors Tatiana Fraser & Caia Hagel on how girls and young women, with support from their allies, are transforming and redefining the power landscape.

Featuring panelists:
*Rebecca Cohen-Palacios, coder and co-founder of Pixelles
*Megan Kanerahtenhawi Whyte, Mohawk First Nations artist
*Gabrielle Joncas-Brunet, Sex Educator at Head & Hands
*Rachel Zellars, Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation

*With live acts from:
Singer-Songwriter Sierra Foster
Singer-Songwriter M.A.
Spoken word artist Shanice Nicole


Check out their page here and RSVP for the event here.

About the authors:
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TATIANA FRASER is a writer, speaker and social innovator. She is co-founder and past Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation. Fraser is recognized as a Global Ashoka Fellow and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Powerful Women in 2010 by The Women’s Executive Network. Through movement building, education and innovation, Fraser has contributed to advancing the empowerment and leadership of girls and women. She has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including The Carold Institute, Food Secure Canada, Exeko, and Actua among others.


CAIA HAGEL is a writer, creative director and entrepreneur. Her written work on culture and innovation has appeared in many publications from ART PAPERS to Vogue. Hagel is co-editor-in-chief of SOFA magazine and co-founder of GuerrillaPop+MediaLab, a boutique media co-op that invented “moral offsetting” to create humanist media. She is also cofounder and director of HungryForFortune, a startup collective whose projects pioneer new movements in technology, culture and female leadership. She has been a speaker on art, design, pop and youth media at several events, including at the Forum d’Avignon@ Paris, where her presentation on selfies contributed to a new Bill of Digital Human Rights.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Event Recap: Tom Gauld launches Mooncop

On September 19th we welcomed Tom Gauld to the store to launch both the French and English versions of his new book Mooncop. The store was packed with fans, and both publishers Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly) and Antoine Tanguay (Alto, who came all the way from Quebec City for the event!) were equally delighted to introduce this addition to the renowned British cartoonist's work.





Gauld was not only inspired by sci-fi films and astronauts for this book (although they did play a big part), sharing with the audience that his extensive childhood reading as a young child helped him imagine that we might all one day be holidaying on the moon. He cited Edward Gorey's alphabet imagery as a major inspiration for the book, along with the high expectations people used to have for technology and the future.




Unlike the black-or-white future that can be found in most science-fiction works and that Gauld sums up in two deadpan complementary alphabets (Our Wonderful Future and Our Dreadful Future), Mooncop is an in-between, a nuanced and melancholic vision of what The Future might have been.



The actual starting point for the Mooncop character was a childhood Japanese toy from the sixties depicting a man sitting in a moon patrol tank and looking quite bored because, well, there didn’t seem to be much crime happening there. Take all these inspirations, and Mooncop is born!

When it came to signing of books, Gauld drew personalized images for each of his fans.


A great launch, and if you missed itwe’re sorry.










New D+Q: Ben Katchor's Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay

We are so proud and excited that Drawn & Quarterly acquired the rights to this seminal graphic novel by Ben Katchor, originally published in 1991 at the dawn of the current golden age of graphic novels. Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay follows Julius Knipl, real estate photographer, who catalogues the changing city, as the strange, the cheap and the seedy are pushed out for the new and the streamlined.


This new edition is a beautiful hardcover!


The endpapers are worth careful study. They are covered in advertisements for such products as "Weeping Man Noise Maker," "Flesh Colored Paint" and "Miracle Sucking Stone."


Katchor's narrative does an remarkable job of predicting the gentrification that will hit cities like New York (and Montreal) decades later.


Mr. Knipl takes great joy from abandoned buildings, old soda fountains, "dead storage" businesses, and other urban detritus and relics. With his camera and his endless walking, he lovingly records these disappearing elements of a restless metropolis.


This is an observant, melancholy book that reminds us that cities, like public tastes in soda, are constantly changing—perhaps not always for the better.
Wednesday, 21 September 2016

New & Notable: Hot or Not?


Finally, history done right! In this essential guide to 20th century art, Jessica Campbell brings her extensive knowledge and expertise to bear on the leading figures in Western art. Her erudite, aesthetic evaluations shed light on the evolution of the last century's major artistic movements answering urgent questions - primarily - who were the great men behind these works, and were they hot?


Tickets for Raina Telgemeier Are Selling Out Fast!

The incomparable Raina Telgemeier will be launching her newest book GHOSTS / FANTÔMES at the Rialto Theatre on October 10th! Buy your tickets online here, or head to the store to pick them up in person - they're on sale now! Tickets are $5 for adults and up to 2 free tickets for children under 12 with adult purchase.

In the meantime, take a look a few of Raina's beautiful panels below, courtesy of the A.V. Club.

Article excerpt: "Telgemeier has impeccable craft, and Ghosts represents a significant step forward for her as a storyteller, delving into more challenging emotional material, achieving more diverse, thoughtful representation, and elevating her artwork to new expressive heights. It’s a serious tearjerker but also an inspiring, heartwarming story about the familial bonds that not even death can break, and Catrina’s journey is one that can be appreciated by anybody who has experienced loss in their lifetime."






Writers Out Loud Presents: A Metatron Reading



The Quebec Writers' Federation 'Writers Out Loud' reading series, Metatron, and Librairie Drawn and Quarterly are proud to present a showcase of three mega-talented, Metatron authors. The event will be hosted by Metatron's Founder and Managing Editor Ashley Opheim.

* Books by featured writers will be 10% off 

About the authors:

FRANKIE BARNET is the author of 'An Indoor Kind of Girl' (Metatron, 2016), a bestselling book of fiction at Drawn & Quarterly. She is a graduate of Concordia University's Creative Writing program and a current MFA Candidate at Syracuse University.

SARA SUTTERLIN is the author of 'I Wanted to Be the Knife' (Metatron, 2016) and 'Baveuse' (Electric Cereal, 2015). She is the founder and editor in chief of Leste Magazine. She lives in Montreal. 

JAY RITCHIE is the author of the poetry chapbook 'How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside' (Metatron, 2014), a bestselling book of poetry at Drawn & Quarterly, and the short story collection 'Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent' (Insomniac, 2014). He is Assistant Editor for Metatron in Montreal. 

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METATRON | Metatron is a Montreal-based publisher specialized in contemporary literature and titles by new and rising authors.

WRITERS OUT LOUD | The Quebec Writers' Federation 'Writers Out Loud' series presents readings and conversations with award-winning and emerging English-language Quebec writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children's and young adult literature throughout their home province.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Véhicule Press Fall 2016 Montreal Launch



On Friday, October 7th, join us at 7:00 pm for the Véhicule Press Fall 2016 Montreal Launch!


The evening will be hosted by Esplanade Books fiction editor Dimitri Nasrallah and Signal Editions poetry editor Carmine Starnino.

MORE ON THE BOOKS

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Hungary-Hollywood Express

Éric Plamondon
Translated by Dimitri Nasrallah

A novel celebrating America’s vibrant 20th century.

When Gabriel Rivages recounts the life of Olympic gold medalist and silver-screen heart-throb Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984), he brings to life a vibrant patchwork of America’s 20th century, from its athletic exploits to its literary underground, from its cinematic glory to its obscure failures. Burroughs sells pencil sharpeners, Einstein crosses paths with squirrel hunters, we play golf in Cuba, JFK becomes an airport, the world record for the 100m freestyle swim is broken, Tarzan saves Jane, a corrupt accountant runs away with the savings, the Second World War makes waves in Lake Michigan, and a living legend wraps up a storied career as a host in a Las Vegas restaurant. 

Hungary-Hollywood Express is the first novel in Éric Plamondon’s 1984 trilogy. The second and third volumes, Mayonnaise and Apple S, turn their lens on the poet Richard Brautigan and Apple founder Steve Jobs respectively. Esplanade Books will publish them in 2017 and 2018 translated by novelist Dimitri Nasrallah.

Éric Plamondon was born in Québec in 1969 and currently lives in Bordeaux. He is the author of the 1984 trilogy, first published by Le Quartanier and quickly considered shining examples of a new generation of Québécois literary innovation. The trilogy has been published in France by Phébus. Plamondon has also published a novella, Ristigouche. 

Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of two award-winning novels. 2011’s Niko won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, was longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Award and the 2016 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads.2005’s Blackbodying won the McAuslan First Book Award and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal.

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English Is Not a Magic Language

Jacques Poulin
Translated by Sheila Fischman

From award-winning translator Sheila Fischman comes a new novel by bestselling Quebec author and Canada Reads finalist Jacques Poulin, English Is Not a Magic Language. A follow-up to the author’s critically acclaimed 2006 novel, Translation Is a Love Affair (Archipelago Books), here we meet reader-for-hire Francis, the little brother of novelist Jack Waterman, whom longtime Poulin fans will remember from previous works as the author’s loose alter ego. One call and Francis will arrive at your door in his Mini Cooper, ready to read. He’s partial to works about the Natives, the fur trade, and the immense territory the French once held in North America. Altogether, Francis’s ordinary life in the shadows of his better-known brother could almost be described as happy. But what is he to make of a missed rendezvous with a mysterious woman? And why have the Mounties suddenly started following him in front of the Plains of Abraham, where New France fell to the British?

Jacques Poulin, born in 1938 in Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Quebec, is one of the leading novelists of his generation. Author of over a dozen novels, including Volkswagen Blues which introduced him to a wider American and Canadian audience, he has received many prizes. He lives in Québec City.

Award-winning translator Sheila Fischman has translated over 150 Quebec novels from French to English, including Michel Tremblay, Marie-Claire Blais and Kim Thúy. She is a recipient of the Molson Prize for the Arts. She lives in Montreal. 

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Stranger
Nyla Matuk

Poems that reawaken the reader’s sense of wonder. 

In Stranger, Nyla Matuk’s provocative, unabashedly sensual voice leads us to revelations about how our lives are increasingly disembodied by social media’s flattened, outward identity markers. In place of this contested sense of self, Stranger reckons with a range of possible states of unknowing. Have we over-determined our identities, and thus diminished our appetites? “I fell asleep between two cold rivers,” Matuk reports, “while the blue shadows of uncomplicated / conifers leaned into their own.” Bold and spontaneous, piling images and ideas on top of each other to create opulent sound patterns, these poems reawaken the reader’s sense of wonder.

Nyla Matuk is the author of Sumptuary Laws (Vehicule Press, 2012), nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. Sumptuary Laws was named a National Post best book of poetry in 2012 and a ‘must-read’ book of poetry at CBC Books. Her poems have appeared recently in PN Review, The Fiddlehead, and the New Poetries VI anthology (Carcanet, 2015). 

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Based On Actual Events
Robert Moore

Taking its inspiration from Melville’s famous line “If man will strike, strike through the mask!”, Based on Actual Events punches through the surface of visible things, grabbing wild at the drifting actual. Calling himself a “a realist in fabulist clothing,” Robert Moore gives us a book-length sequence of sleek, fiercely comic, colloquial poems whose aphoristic storytelling is pegged to a nostalgia for sublimity. His project is to find new frames of reference for our estrangement from the world. With each burst of invention and stylistic high-spiritedness (“So we reverse engineered the awesome and all we got / was this lousy poesy”), Based on Actual Events adds up to be Moore’s best book yet.


Robert Moore's previous books are So Rarely in Our Skins (2002), Museum Absconditum (2006] Figuring Ground (2009) and The Golden book of Bovinities (2012). He has been a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the ReLit Award. He lives in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Monday, 19 September 2016

TONIGHT! Tom Gauld Launches Mooncop at 7:00 PM



Français ci-dessous)

Come join Britain’s greatest cartoonist TONIGHT as he discusses his latest creation of cosmic meanderings. In Mooncop, Tom Gauld details the daily musings of the last policeman living on a lunar colony; an outmoded and irrelevant job in a future where the colony has long since been built and left to disintegrate. Depicted in the distinctive, matter-of-fact style of his beloved Guardian strips, Mooncop is equal parts funny and melancholy. 

Don't miss out!

About the author
Tom Gauld is the author of "Goliath" and "You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack". He contributes regularly to The Guardian, The New York Times, and New Scientist. He lives in London, England.

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CE SOIR: Venez célébrer la parution de Police lunaire (Alto, en librairie le 20 septembre) en présence de Tom Gauld, qui aura traversé l’Atlantique en jetpack pour l’événement! Au programme de la soirée : petite présentation donnée par le fameux bédéiste, discussions enflammées, rigolade et sourires.

Ne manquez pas ça!

À propos de l'auteur:
Tom Gauld est l'auteur de "Goliath" et "Vous Êtes Tous Jalous de Mon Jetpack", et il collabore régulièrement avec The Guardian, The New York Times, et New Scientist. Il vit à Londres en Angleterre.


Friday, 16 September 2016

Book pairings for your favourite podcasts

So you're all up to date with This American Life, and ploughed your way through Serial, now what? Here at the librairie D+Q, we've got your covered:


This American Life
Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
Streetopia (ed. Rebecca Solnit)
The Inconvenient Indian (Thomas King)

Welcome to Night Vale
Underworld (Don De Lillo)
Paper Girls (Cliff Chiang)
Southern Reach trilogy (Jeff Vandermeer)
And bonus!
Welcome to Night Vale Episodes volumes 1 and 2

The Heart
All About Love (bell hooks)
Closer (Sarah Barmack)
Was She Pretty? (Leanne Shapton)

Serial
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
My Friend Dahmer (Derf Backderf)
Sherlock Holmes: The Novels (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood
Dear White People (Justin Simien)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehesi Coates)
Blackass (A. Igoni Barrett)

Fresh Air
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (ed. Mason Currey)
DIY Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativity (Anthory Alvarado)
Margaret the First (Danielle Dutton)

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
Trump and Bernie (Ted Rall)
L'Arab du futur (Riad Sattouf)
Green Porno (Isabella Rossellini)

2 Dope Queens
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
The Fire this Time (ed. Jesmyn Ward)
Blood Brothers (Randy Roberts)

RadioLab
Girl in the Band (Kim Gordon)
Every Song Ever (Ben Ratliff)
Uproot (Jace Clayton)

Stuff You Should Know
This Changes Everything (Naomi Klein)
Women in Science (Rachel Ignotofsky)
The Gene: An Intimate History (Siddharta Mukherjee)


Guys We F****d
My New York Diary (Julie Doucet)
Bluets (Maggie Nelson)
Someone Please Have Sex With Me (Gina Wynbrandt)

My Dad Wrote a Porno
New Lovers #7: Kuntalini (Tamara Berger)
Milkweed Zine
A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting (Guy Delisle)

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Thursday September 15th: Sarah Barmak Launches CLOSER



Join us on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm for the launch of Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality by Sarah Barmak! A provocative look at why our current understanding of female sexuality isn’t “getting us off,” Barmak uses a blend of reportage, interview, and first-person reflection to explore the cutting-edge science and grassroots cultural trends that getting us closer to the truth of the matter.

Our current society thinks of the modern woman as sexually liberated – if anything, we’re told we’re oversexed. Yet a striking number of women are dissatisfied with their sex lives. Over half of women report having a sexual complaint, whether that’s lack of desire or difficulty reaching orgasm. But this issue doesn’t get much press; the urge is to ignore or medicalize it (witness the quest for ‘pink Viagra’). If so many ordinary women suffer from sexual frustration, then perhaps the problem isn’t one that can be addressed by a pharmaceutical fix – or isn’t a problem. Maybe we need to get hot and bothered about a broader cultural cure: a reorienting of our current male-focused approach to sex and pleasure, and a rethinking of what’s ‘normal.’

Please stop in, admission is free! Wine will also be served. 

(Photo by Bernard Weil / Toronto Star)

Sarah Barmak is a Toronto freelance journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Canadian Business, Marketing and Reader’s Diges

THIS Monday September 19th at 7pm: Tom Gauld Launches MOONCOP


(Français ci-dessous)

Come join Britain’s greatest cartoonist as he discusses his latest creation of cosmic meanderings. In Mooncop, Tom Gauld details the daily musings of the last policeman living on a lunar colony; an outmoded and irrelevant job in a future where the colony has long since been built and left to disintegrate. Depicted in the distinctive, matter-of-fact style of his beloved Guardian strips, Mooncop is equal parts funny and melancholy. 

Don't miss out!

About the author
Tom Gauld is the author of "Goliath" and "You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack". He contributes regularly to The Guardian, The New York Times, and New Scientist. He lives in London, England.

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Venez célébrer la parution de Police lunaire (Alto, en librairie le 20 septembre) en présence de Tom Gauld, qui aura traversé l’Atlantique en jetpack pour l’événement! Au programme de la soirée : petite présentation donnée par le fameux bédéiste, discussions enflammées, rigolade et sourires.

Ne manquez pas ça!

À propos de l'auteur:
Tom Gauld est l'auteur de "Goliath" et "Vous Êtes Tous Jalous de Mon Jetpack", et il collabore régulièrement avec The Guardian, The New York Times, et New Scientist. Il vit à Londres en Angleterre.






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