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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Les meilleures lectures de 2016 par Julie

Voici donc le quatrième Noël que je passe comme libraire chez Drawn & Quarterly. Notre rayon de littérature francophone y est de plus en plus fourni, et c'est un plaisir d'en glisser des titres dans ce palmarès 2016, tout en continuant, bien-sûr, à dévorer notre premier amour, celui de la bande dessinée. J'ai mal au coeur d'avoir du écourter ma liste à 10 titres (j'ai même triché) alors je vous donne rendez-vous en cette fin d'année au 211 rue Bernard pour discuter entre nos tables des mes oubliés.


Être ici est une splendeur
, Marie Darrieussecq

L’auteure française Marie Darrieussecq raconte d’une prose personnelle la courte vie de Paula M. Becker, une peintre allemande née en 1876. En s’appuyant sur ses tableaux (à l’avant-garde de l'expressionnisme) et sur sa volumineuse correspondance (notamment avec Rilke), Marie Darrieussecq offre le portrait d’une femme forte, sensible, libre, ambiguë et féministe, à laquelle on ne doute pas qu’elle s’identifie. Une de mes plus belles lectures de ces dernières années, qui m’a touchée jusqu’aux larmes par sa beauté et son intelligence.



Nicolas, réédition augmentée, Pascal Girard

Cette année, Nicolas, l'un des premiers livres de Pascal Giard, dessiné en 2006, a été réédité en anglais par Drawn & Quarterly dans une belle version cartonnée. Mécanique Générale l'a également republié dans sa langue française originale, et l'auteur en a profité pour écrire un nouveau chapitre. Ce livre autobiographique, dans lequel Pascal Girard raconte la mort de son petit frère lorsqu'ils étaient enfants, par sa simplicité, sa vérité et sa profondeur, m'a en quelque sorte donné l'autorisation de dessiner de la manière dont je le fais. Merci Nicolas.



Les trois carrés de chocolat
, Mélodie Vachon Boucher

Parlant de premiers livres vrais et sobrement dessinés, Les trois carrés de chocolat est à mettre dans cette même catégorie précieuse. Avec une narration intuitive et virtuose (sans en avoir l'air), Mélodie Vachon Boucher raconte une violence sexuelle à la fois spécifique à sa propre histoire, et complètement universelle à l'histoire des femmes. Un peu comme dans l'expression "culture du viol".



L'origine du Monde, Liv Strömquist

Il n'est jamais trop tard pour corriger les effarantes erreurs  inculquées aux filles sur leur sexualité. La lecture de cette bande dessinée drôle, accessible et bien documentée (sur la honte liée aux règles, l'histoire de la méconnaissance de la biologie féminine, par exemple celle du clitoris que l'on commence à peine à connaître...) est un véritable soulagement, à plus de trente ans. On pourrait aussi mettre ce livre dans des mains d'ados, ça leur ferait gagner bien du temps.



Mémoire de Fille, Annie Ernaux

À presque 75 ans, Annie Ernaux ravive sa mémoire de fille avec une finesse telle que je pense reconnaître la jeune fille que j’ai été, au détour d’une phrase: “Ce qui me vient spontanément: tout en elle est désir et orgueil. Et: elle attend de vivre une histoire d’amour.” Ernaux dissèque ses souvenirs avec une acuité sociologique, repassant au peigne fin son été 1958, celui de la perte de sa virginité. Son va-et-vient continu entre passé et présent permet une importante mise à distance et mêle à la restitution des évènements de courtes réflexions lumineuses sur l’écriture. C'est L’écriture comme un couteau, par une auteure incontournable dont les livres sont grandioses, les uns après les autres.



L'amie prodigieuse et Le nouveau Nom, Elena Ferrante

Mon été a été consacré à la lecture de la série napolitaine d'Elena Ferrante, dans un seul souffle, les deux derniers tomes ayant été dévorés en anglais par impatience, faute de version française disponible. Jamais je n'avais trouvé ailleurs cette alliance d'addiction de lecture et d'exigence dans l'écriture et le propos. J'ai donc vibré et déprimé pendant presque deux mois, au rythme de la vie et de l'amitié mouvementée des personnages Elena et Lila, et de celle de l'histoire contemporaine de l'Italie. La dimension féministe de la saga n'est pas pour me déplaire.



Mooncop, Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld est un poète. Il me réconcilie avec une forme traditionelle de la bande dessinée, celle qui utilise des cases et des bulles, un encrage bien propre, et qui parfois, ailleurs, m'ennuie de plus en plus. Mais heureusement, Tom Gauld est là. Dans Mooncop, il met en scène un policier sur la lune, seul, de plus en plus seul, et de plus en plus attachant.



Juliette, Camille Jourdy

Nous avons du patienter de longues années après la sortie de Rosalie Blum (bientôt adapté au cinéma) pour lire cette nouvelle bande dessinée de Camille Jourdy. Histoire de famille et d’amour dans la province française, Juliette est un livre doux et drôle. Le dessin, particulièrement généreux, est magnifique et reposant. Un petit chef d’oeuvre, modeste et réconfortant.



Pendant que le loup n'y est pas, Valentine Gallardo et Mathilde Van Gheluwe

Les deux auteures belges de Pendant que le loup n'y est pas, Valentine Gallardo et Mathilde Van Gheluwe, sont à surveiller. Elles dessinent au crayon (j'adore!) sans copier les maîtresses de cet outil (Goblet, Hellgren, Vähämäki, etc.) Dans ce livre à quatre mains, elles se replongent dans le traumatisme qu'a provoqué dans leur pays l'affaire Dutroux en 1996. Agées alors d'une dizaine d'années, elles racontent comment cette histoire de viols, meurtres, séquestration et pédophilie a marqué leur enfance.



Choir, Rosalie Lavoie

La langue dans laquelle est écrit Choir est belle et sophistiquée, mais elle est aussi limpide et bienveillante pour son lecteur, tout sauf destinée à nous perdre ou nous embobiner. Une langue percée de lucidité donc, à l’opposé des comportements de Frank, l’homme avec lequel l’auteure montréalaise Rosalie Lavoie est aux prises d’une danse dont le rythme lui échappe, entre rejets et retours permanents. Choir est un essai pour comprendre ce que nous rejouons dans ces danses douloureuses: ici, l’amour d’un père violent, que l’on devine incestueux. N’oublions pas que le privé est politique.


Commando Culotte, Mirion Malle

Voici la compilation publiée par Ankama des notes du blogue de Mirion Malle, une auteure française en ce moment étudiante à Montréal. Féministe au style graphique très cool, addict à la pop-culture, Marion Malle est parfois drôle mais le plus souvent très sérieuse. Elle analyse tout ce qu’elle mange à l’écran avec ses super-pouvoirs pour décripter les stéréotypes des genres. 
Saturday, 26 November 2016

New & Notable: Kuš! Comics!






Behold, our package from Kuš! comics came in this week! Kuš! is a great European anthology of experimental and emerging comics art that publishes a stellar rotation of international artists so be sure to check it out! Anthologies are quarterly and each one has a unique theme. The newest š!26 dADa and the previous š!25 Gaijin Mangaka (which we ran out of fast!) are both in stock plus a handful of new kuš! mini comics including Michael Deforge, Daria Tessler, Ville Kallio, and Anna Sailamaa. Pictured above are Brie Moreno from dADa and Adrés Magan in Gaijin Mangaka. Yahoo!
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

MARCH Wins the National Book Award!



To say that 2016 has been a tumultuous year would be an understatement. While there have been some undoubted high points throughout the course of these past 11 months, recent political decisions made on the other side of the border have not only thrown the world off-balance, but have threatened to derail years of progress.

The latest instalment in the March series, March: Book 3, could not have come at a better time. Chronicling the trials and tribulations of the civil rights movement seen through the eyes of American icon Congressman John Lewis, the book was recently honoured with the National Book Award—the first ever graphic novel to be awarded the prize. All of us at D+Q would like to congratulate Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, and Mr. Lewis (of course) on the groundbreaking win.

Read the New York Times' review of the entire trilogy, and head on down to the store to pick up your copy of the series latest, award-winning book!


[Images courtesy of the AV Club]

Monday, 21 November 2016

New & Notable: Seth's Dominion


Luc Chamberland's National Film Board documentary, a fascinating portrait of the acclaimed Canadian cartoonist Seth, is now available in this deluxe format!


This gorgeous case is also a double-spined hardcover book that opens in two directions.


Opened one way, it contains a photo essay illustrating Seth's life from childhood memories to the present day.


The other side features a generous sampling of his work with excerpts from his books and sketchbooks including a rubber stamp diary comic about the making of the documentary!


Come get your signed copy and enjoy the movie in style.
Thursday, 17 November 2016

Zadie Smith's SWING TIME: Out NOW + Event announcement!



If you're looking for a novel to curl up with during the impending winter months, look no further than Zadie Smith's fantastic new book Swing Time.

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about two friends, music, stubborn roots, and about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from North-West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time written by one of the most mind-blowing women to put pen to paper in the last 100 years.

Read about the amazing Zadie Smith in The New York Times, in The Washington Post, and in The New Yorker.

Pick the book up in store today and get your advance ticket coupon (details are below):



Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents:



Zadie Smith in Conversation for Swing Time


Where: Rialto Theatre, 5723 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G9
When: Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 7pm
Presentation in English



Advance Ticket Coupon
PLEASE READ THE DETAILS!!

Details:
Is an advance ticket coupon a ticket? 
NO. This will not get you into the event on the day of. Please do not try to use it as a ticket.

What is it exactly?
It's an advance ticket coupon, which gives you access to a FREE ticket before the actual tickets are released FOR GENERAL SALE on all platforms. It is not a ticket, but it will get you one.

Why not just give me a ticket?
We want to thank everyone who bought their copy of Swing Time at our brick and mortar store Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. It’s only because of your support that we can offer amazing events like this one, BUT we understand that life can change in six months. We don’t want to give everyone a ticket that buys the book, sell out and then have an empty room because someone that bought the book in December had a wedding to go to in May, etc.

So then what?
This gives you first dibs on tickets. Before we release the tickets for sale to the public, there will be a period of time we will GIVE tickets to coupon holders who come to the store and give their contact info (just in case anything changes so we can let you know) in exchange for a REAL bona fide ticket. This is first come first serve. An advance ticket coupon is not a guarantee of a ticket.

Here's the timeline:
15 November-15 March
*Buy the book at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly + get an advance ticket coupon
15 March-30 March
*Redeem your advance ticket coupon at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and get your free ticket
30 March - 4 May
*Remaining tickets will be released for sale online, by phone, and in store.
*Ticket price is $34 (+tx, +online fees where applicable)
*Every ticket purchased comes with a copy of Swing Time
Wednesday, 16 November 2016

TONIGHT! Graphic Novel Book Club: SuperMutant Magic Academy


Each month we host a Graphic Novel Book Club meeting, open to all, during which we hang out and informally discuss a featured graphic novel. Our pick for November is Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy! We will meet tonight, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard O). The discussion will be hosted by D+Q assistant editor Marcela Huerta. Join us for refreshments and collective insights! 

**We offer a 20% discount on SuperMutant Magic Academy from now until the meeting date.

Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout Jillian Tamaki’s Eisner and Ignatz award-winning SuperMutant Magic Academy, paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki’s jokes are precise and devastating.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Event Recap: Walter Scott launches WENDY'S REVENGE


We were extremely excited to help launch the new Wendy book from store favourite Walter Scott!




Walter Scott is an artist based *somewhere* between Montreal and Toronto, who garnered near cult-status with his graphic novel Wendy, which was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. After graduating from Concordia’s fine arts program, Walter penned a trendy alter-ego to live out his own experiences in what he calls the “Wendiverse”.



As we watch the titular character navigate her early adulthood in the Montreal art scene, we realize that she is very familiar. We know Wendy, we’ve seen Wendy bobbing her head a show, we have a best friend Wendy, we ARE Wendy. She is a boozy bundle of nerves who has her sights set on becoming an art starlet but is consistently derailed by bad decisions. Despite (or perhaps by way of) her blunders, Wendy is completely lovable and relatable.


Walter invited up members of the packed house to give voice to the panels, which made for some hilarious exchanges. One impromptu-actor's deadpan delivery in particular left the crowd in hysterics! The Q&A portion proved fruitful, as Walter opened up about the true experiences behind the ink, including his artists' residency in Japan which led to Wendy going international. 


We at D+Q felt very lucky to have hosted Walter Scott for the launch of the next installment of Wendy, as we feel that what he has created is such a strong reflection of both this city and this generation. The first Wendy continues to be a best seller, and we could not be more excited to help unleash Wendy’s Revenge.
Friday, 11 November 2016

Out Now! Moomin and Family Life




Moomin and Family Life might just be my favourite full color Moomin strip thus far! It captures to perfection what I most love about Tove Jansson’s characters, them being adorable creatures, simultaneously displaying sweetness and complexity. Their dark side, whether it’s greed, selfishness or despair, makes them all the more relatable and human.




In this story of familial love and reunion, Moomin, who has lost everything (house gone, money gone, girlfriend gone), comes across his parents, while attempting to drown himself without success.


The narrative quickly reaches a captivating turn when intricate and disheveled creatures come out of a box Papa Moomin finds, floating ashore. The box does not contain the whisky Papa Moomin had hoped for, but is instead overflowing with bad language, in the form of tiny nasty critters. “Perhaps a sailor stopped swearing and tossed all his swear words overboard?”, suggests Papa Moomin.





Yet again, Jansson’s universe features its poetic dimension and gives flesh to metaphors. In such a world, nasty words have legs, and can be sent to an annoying and distant relative, aunt Jane.





In Moomin and Family Life, Papa Moomin is also facing a midlife crisis. Bored to death by the comfort of his middle-class life, he longs for adventures and fantasizes about living in a cave. His pursuit of adrenaline and wilderness leads him to abandon his new found son. Moomin will then have to confront his infuriated aunt alone (the one who received a box full of nasty words), at its own peril.


Must read!
Thursday, 10 November 2016

Thursday November 10th: Walter Scott Launches "Wendy's Revenge"


Join us on Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 as we welcome back the infamous Wendy! She's as flustered as ever in this sequel to her hit art world satire. 

Wendy was at a crossroads, but the next chapter of her adventures sees her leave Montreal and head west to Vancouver, east to Toronto, further east to Tokyo, and finally west to LA. Filled with sardonic wit and ample realness, Wendy has her eyes set on the art world and she’s out for revenge. 

Author Bio:
WALTER SCOTT is an artist from Montréal, QC. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Wendy has been serialized on Random House Canada’s literary digital magazine Hazlitt. The eponymous first volume of Wendy was released in 2014 and was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel.

“Scott takes a snarky scene report, and subtly shades it into an affecting character study — how’s that for art?” — Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Wednesday November 9th: Coach House Translation Night



Join us and Coach House Books tonight at 7:00 pm for an evening to celebrate their launch of two new titles in translation: Baloney by the team behind Atavisms (author Maxime Bock and translator Pablo Strauss), and The Island of Books by Dominique Fortier and GG award winning translator Rhonda Mullins. 

AUTHOR BIOS

Maxime Raymond Bock was born in Montreal, where he currently lives. After pursuing sports and music and studying creative writing he published Atavismes (Le Quartanier, 2011), winner of the 2012 Prix Adrienne-Choquette, awarded to the year’s outstanding short story collection. His second book was a novella, Rosemont de profil (Le Quartanier, 2013). Atavismes was released in English translation by Dalkey Archive Press in 2015. Bock works in publishing.

Pablo Strauss grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and now lives in Quebec City. His translations of Quebec authors have appeared online and in print. He translated Raymond Bock's first book, Atavisms.

Dominique Fortier is an editor and translator living in Outremont, Quebec. Her first novel, Good Use of Stars (2008), was nominated for a Governor General's Award. She is the author of five books, two of which have been translated into English.

Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montréal. She received the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Twenty-One Cardinals, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's Les héritiers de la mine. And the Birds Rained Down, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier’s Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a CBC Canada Reads Selection. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, as were her translations of Élise Turcotte’s Guyana and Hervé Fischer’s The Decline of the Hollywood Empire.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Tuesday November 8th: Teva Harrison at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly



*Co-hosted by Librairie D+Q and the Jewish Public Library*

Join us on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30 pm for an evening with artist, writer, and cartoonist Teva Harrison. She will be leading a discussion on her critically acclaimed graphic memoir, In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer which was listed in The Globe’s 16 Canadian reads for the first half of 2016, the CBC’s Spring Book Preview and 49th Shelf’s Most Anticipated: Our Spring 2016 Non-Fiction Preview. 

Teva's comics explore everything from her magic-filled hippie childhood to what it means to live with metastatic breast cancer. Her comics have appeared regularly on The Walrus's website.

Ticket Info:

In store at 211 Bernard West or at the Jewish Public Library 
Library Members/students $7
General admission $12
Tickets + Info: 514.345.6416
Or FREE with in store book purchase.
Sunday, 6 November 2016

Event Recap: Jessica Campbell launches HOT OR NOT!

We were lucky enough to have artist and former D+Q staffer Jessica Campbell launch her new book, Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists at the shop last weekend! We had a full house and very good company for the night. Everyone present witnessed the exclusive debut of Secretimes - the movie - with full soundtrack, delivered by Keith Jones himself. Laughs were had and more when Jessica gave us a very special reading and preview of her next book...a work of science fiction. We can't wait! Thanks to everyone who came out, what a wonderful launch!




Saturday, 5 November 2016

TOP 5: October's Bestselling Graphic Novels

Check out what's on people's shelves this month! Here are our top five graphic novel bestsellers:


Mooncop - Tom Gauld
Gauld was here in September to celebrate the launch of this wryly funny and rather gloomy tale about the desertion of the Moon Colony.


Hot or Not - 20th Century Male Artists - Jessica Campbell 
We had an amazing launch for this on Saturday night, check out the recap in case you missed it!


Rolling Blackouts - Sarah Glidden
New this month from D&Q, Glidden's book takes account of a pertinent question: what is journalism? 


Wendy - Walter Scott
Get ready for the launch of the sequel: Wendy's Revenge! It's happening here Thursday, November 10th at 7 pm!


Super Mutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki
This one's still on sale - 20% off !! - til Wednesday, November 16th as our Graphic Novel Book Club pick.
Friday, 4 November 2016

Zoe Whittall Launches "The Best Kind of People"


The great ~Zoe Whittall~ will be stopping by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on November 4th at 7:00 pm to launch her new novel, "The Best Kind Of People", a story about a family living in a small, upper-class town whose world is turned upside-down when the husband & father, who teaches at a prep school, is suddenly arrested for sexual impropriety. It’s a book that, according the Globe & Mail, is arriving “at the perfect time, landing in the middle of the current conversations about rape culture, consent, victims’ rights & men’s rights.”

Zoe will be joined on stage by Montreal people Jonathan Garfinkel & Jessica Bebenek. We’ll have short readings, then Jess will be a moderating a little Q&A with Zoe on stage, then you can stick around for a bit & socialize.

ZOE WHITTALL’s previous novel, "Holding Still for as Long as Possible," won a Lambda Literary award. She works as a freelance TV writer & journalist in Toronto & her books have been translated into French, Swedish, and Korean.

JONATHAN GARFINKEL’s play, "The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret," has been performed in Canada and Germany. His articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Pen International, The Walrus & other outlets.

JESSICA BEBENEK is a poet and writer currently completing an MA in Creative Writing at Concordia. Her poetry & short fiction have appeared in Prairie Fire, The Puritan, Little Brother & many other publications. She has published three chapbooks, the most recent of which is "Kettle Song."

This event will be hosted by GUILLAUME MORISSETTE.


[RSVP HERE]

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Cette étagère appartient à... Maude Veilleux !


Chaque mois, la librairie invite un·e auteure ou un·e artiste d'ici à présenter les œuvres de leur choix sur une étagère qui leur est dédiée. Ce mois-ci, c'est Maude Veilleux qui vous fait part de ses coups de cœur !

Maude Veilleux est née en Beauce en 1987. Elle a publié plusieurs fanzines ainsi que deux recueils de poésie : Les choses de l'amour à marde et Last call les murènes aux Éditions de l’Écrou. Prague, publié chez Hamac, est son deuxième roman. Le Vertige des insectes, son premier roman, a fait partie de la liste préliminaire du Prix des libraires du Québec. Elle vit et travaille a Montréal.






Un rabais de 15% est offert sur tous les livres sélectionnés par Maude durant le mois de novembre. Petit aperçu de son étagère : 



On Loving Women, Diane Obomsawin
Dix courtes histoires sur les premières amours et la découverte de l'homosexualité.

Mettre la hache, Pattie O'Green
« Il faut mettre la hache dans la convenance parce que pour briser le silence, on doit retirer le "mais" qui redoute l'outrance comme dans "parle de ton expérience mais". » (p. 28)

Soigne ta chute, Flora Balzano
Coup de cœur incroyable de la fin de mon adolescence. Un livre dont on ne parle jamais assez.

Melody, Sylvie Rancourt
Récit autobiographique d'une danseuse nue. Authentique et plein de naïveté.

Fun home/Are you my mother?, Alison Bechdel
Je sais même pas quoi écrire tellement j'aime ces deux livres et tellement ils m'ont marquée.

Le nénuphar et l'araignée, Claire Legendre

Un essai autobiographique sur les mécanismes de la peur, de l'hypocondrie et de l'angoisse. À mettre dans les mains de tous les anxieux.

We are in a book, Mo Willems
Gerald et Piggie découvrent qu'ils sont dans un livre et que celui-ci va se terminer. (Personnellement, j'y vois une métaphore de la mort, mais c'est plus ou moins ça.)
Super livre interactif.

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