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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Rebecca Păpucaru launches The Panic Room with Linda Besner

Join us for the launch of Rebecca Păpucaru excellent new poetry collection The Panic Room, with guest Linda Besner on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 pm.

Preoccupied with the complexities of identity and selfhood, memory, embodiment, loss, and family, The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Păpucaru attempts to grapple with connecting with her family's past as well as the distinct feeling of being disconnected. Rebecca Păpucaru carefully examines details that make up one's lived experience.

The Panic Room is a supreme debut.” – George Elliot Clarke

Rebecca Păpucaru's work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). She lives in Sherbrooke, QC.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Graphic Novel Book Club: Uncomfortably Happily

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 this September is Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-sik Hong. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, September 13th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Production Coordinator Rachel Nam. Join us for refreshments and collective insights! 

In this poignant and beautifully honest fictionalized memoir, Korean cartoonist Yeon-Sik Hong leads us through his and his wife’s move from the chaos of apartment-living in Seoul to a quiet house atop a mountain in the countryside. It is though this move that Hong and his wife hope to leave the stresses provided by living in a major city like Seoul—high-rent, a constant stream of noise, endless distractions. But what they romanticize about the isolation and a simpler life proves to present new anxieties. Uncomfortably Happily paints a gorgeous portrait of the Korean countryside, changing seasons, and the universal relationships humans have with each other as well as with nature, both of which can be frustrating at times but ultimately rewarding. 

***We are offering a 20% discount on Uncomfortably Happily from now until the meeting date!***
Friday, 18 August 2017

TONIGHT! Friday August 18th : Tim McCaskell presents Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism w/Pervers/Cité

Join author and activist Tim McCaskell on Friday August 18th at 7pm for a presentation on his recent book Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism. Queer Progress was chosen as a Quill & Quire favourite release of the year. In it Tim McCaskell asks how did a social movement evolve from a small group of young radicals to the incorporation of LGBTQ communities into full citizenship on the model of Canadian multiculturalism?

Tim McCaskell contextualizes his work in gay, queer, and AIDS activism in Toronto from 1974 to 2014 within the shift from the Keynesian welfare state of the 1970s to the neoliberal economy of the new millennium. A shift that saw sexuality —once tightly regulated by conservative institutions—become an economic driver of late capitalism, and sexual minorities celebrated as a niche market. But even as it promoted legal equality, this shift increased disparity and social inequality. Today, the glue of sexual identity strains to hold together a community ever more fractured along lines of class, race, ethnicity, and gender; the celebration of LGBTQ inclusion pinkwashes injustice at home and abroad.

Queer Progress tries to make sense of this transformation by narrating the complexities and contradictions of forty years of queer politics in Canada’s largest city.

From 1974 to 1986 Tim McCaskell was a member of the collective that ran The Body Politic, Canada’s iconic gay liberation journal. He was a founding member of AIDS ACTION NOW!, and a spokesperson for Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. He is the author of Race to Equity: Disrupting Educational Inequality.

Wednesday, September 20th: Double Launch! Eliza Robertson and Nicolas Dickner

Join us for the launch of not one, but two fantastic authors.

RSVP here

About the authors:

Eliza Robertson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and Curtis Brown Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize and selected as a New York Times editor's choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, comes out with Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury this fall.

Born in Rivière-du-Loup in 1972, Nicolas Dickner grew up in Quebec and studied visual arts and literature in university. Afterwards, he travelled extensively in Europe and Latin America before settling in Montreal, where he now resides. Dickner won two literary awards for his first published work, the 2002 short story collection L’encyclopédie du petit cercle, including the Prix Adrienne-Choquette for the best collection of short fiction of the year. Dickner’s first novel, Nikolski, garnered rave reviews and prestigious awards, including the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Prix littéraire des collegians, the Prix Anne-Hébert for best first book, and France’s Prix Printemps des lecteurs — Lavinal. The English edition was translated by Lazer Lederhendler.

Read about the books!
Six Degrees of Freedom - here and here
Demi-Gods - here and here

Thursday, 17 August 2017

TONIGHT! Thursday August 17th : Jonah Campbell launches Eaten Back To Life

Join us on Thursday August 17th at 7pm as Jonah Campbell launches his latest work EATEN BACK TO LIFE - a new essay collection by the Philip K. Dick of chips.

Come for the reading, the drinking, and the hanging about.

In this series of thoughtful essays and stink-eyed observations, Jonah Campbell explores food and drink in the modern world, from pig heads and whisky to fine wine and French gastronomy, Nigella Lawson to David Cronenberg, with a trail of potato chips and stale chocolate bars along the way. In the tradition of writers like M. F. K. Fisher and David Foster Wallace, Eaten Back to Life renders in delirious prose the ecstasies and absurdities that lie beneath the daily business of feeding ourselves.

Jonah Campbell lives in Montreal, QC. He divides his time between food, drink, and research with the Social Studies of Medicine unit at McGill University. He also pours wine. His work has appeared in the National Post, Harper’s, VICE, and Cult MTL. Eaten Back To Life is his second book, following Food and Trembling (Invisible, 2011).

“If food writing today is becoming increasingly blog-like, then Campbell is leaving his self-focused compatriots in the dust.” – The Coast

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Accessibility information:
-The bathroom is gender neutral
-The space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible (details: two steps at the main door, we would be happy to help you lift a wheelchair and make space in the corridor)
- It is not a sober space, our events sometimes offer alcohol.

Feel free to contact us about any concerns you may have
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday, August 16th : Graphic Novel Book Club ft. Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice by Mike Carey

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 this August is Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice by Mike Carey. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, August 16th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Production Coordinator Sam Tse.

Join us for refreshments and collective insights!

***We are offering a 20% discount on Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice from now until the meeting date!***

Acclaimed artist Peter Gross (Lucifer, Books of Magic) and award-winning writer Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Girl with All the Gifts) team up in a sideways romp through literature. Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice explores common fantasy/literary tropes, but approaches them with originality and tact. A boy wizard claims his birthright; spells are cast; and stories are woven and unwoven. Mike Carey pushes archetypes to their limit; and, in doing so, proves that some stories are worth telling—and some are worth dying for.

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Kristyn Dunnion launches TARRY THIS NIGHT with Lesley Trites and Paige Cooper

Come celebrate the launch of Toronto-based punk mystic Kristyn Dunnion's gutting new novel, TARRY THIS NIGHT (Arsenal Pulp). She is joined on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 pm by local hierophants Lesley Trites (A THREE-TIERED PASTEL DREAM, Véhicule, 2017) and Paige Cooper (ZOLITUDE, Biblioasis, 2018), conjurers of exquisite resistance. Quick one-card Tarot readings will be available for interested guests.

Kristyn Dunnion's novel The Dirt Chronicles was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for lesbian fiction. She is the 2015 Machigonne Fiction prize winner and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her new novel Tarry This Night will be published fall 2017.

Lesley Trites is the author of the story collection A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream (Vehicule Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in carte blanche, Tupelo Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Maisonneuve. She lives in Montreal.

Paige Cooper’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Gulf Coast Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, CAROUSEL, Minola Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Canadian Notes & Queries, and The New Quarterly, and has been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. Her first book, Zolitude, is out Spring 2018 with Biblioasis.

Jocelyn Parr launches Uncertain Weights and Measures

Join us on Thursday, September 21st ay 7:00 pm as Jocelyn Parr launches Uncertain Weights and Measures— a captivating tale of a love torn apart by ideology and high-stakes politics.

Jocelyn Parr: JOCELYN PARR was born in New Zealand, but grew up on Canada’s West Coast. Her writing has been published in France, Germany, and Canada and in magazines such as Matrix, Grain, and Brick Magazine. She now lives in Montreal, where she teaches history at Dawson College.

Uncertain Weights and Measures: Moscow, 1921. A bookstore without a sign. A store where every book has been stolen or donated and where intellectuals mingle and share ideas. A store where Tatiana, a promising young scientist, and Sasha, an artist, meet by chance the night of a bombing. In the aftermath of the explosion, Sasha grabs Tatiana’s hand and together they run to safety. They fall in love and marry.    

Tatiana follows her mentor, Dr. Bechterev, to the Institut Mozga, established to study the source of genius by examining the brains of men deemed to have been the artistic, scientific, and political elite, and where Lenin’s brain is the featured specimen. She thrives in the state-sponsored research institute, but Sasha feels left behind in this new world where art seems without place or function. A rift between the couple grows as Sasha becomes increasingly disillusioned.

When Bechterev dies under shadowy circumstances, Tatiana is forced to confront her naiveté about the Revolution, her faith in the state, and her relationship with Sasha. 

Provocative and compelling, Uncertain Weights and Measures takes place in the heady days of post-Revolution Russia, when belief in a higher purpose was everything. Written in beautifully incisive prose, Jocelyn Parr vividly captures the atmosphere of 1920s Moscow and the frisson of real-life events while also spinning a captivating tale of a love torn apart by ideology and high-stakes politics.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

TOP 5: Bestselling Graphic Novels of July !

August is here, the summer sure is swimming by! Take a look at our bestsellers this past month to see what's on our readers' shelves:

Boundless - Jillian Tamaki

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less - Sarah Glidden

Mooncop - Tom Gauld

One More Year- Simon Hanselmann

So Pretty/Very Rotten - Jane Mai
Saturday, 12 August 2017

Aujourd'hui j’achète un livre québécois

Voici quelques-unes de nos suggestions..

Plusieurs essais politiques et féministes se retrouvent dans notre section francophone.
Entre autres Catharsis du collectif les Bêtes d'hier, des titres de la série Documents 
et des éditions Somme toute !

Nous avons de nombreux livres pour enfants des éditions de la Pastèque dont la nouveauté de Benjamin Flouw La Milléclat Dorée. La rose à petit pois vous fera sourire malgré les temps gris, car le personnage d'Adèle ouvrira son coeur.  

Les livres d'Isabelle Arsenault sont toujours parmi nos coups de coeur à la librairie. Louis parmi les spectres est sa deuxième collaboration avec Fanny Britt. Si vous avez envie de rire à n'en plus finir, Olga et le machin qui pue fourmille de bibittes et autres animaux tous aussi grotesques les uns que les autres.   

Venez jeter un coup d'oeil à nos bandes dessinées, Une longue canicule d'Annie Villeneuve fait parti des coups de coeur de Julie. Susceptible de Geneviève Castrée est un classique à avoir, tout en finesse et en sensibilité. Puis, Je vois des antennes partout, de Julie Delporte explore le sujet de l'électrosensibilité, rappelant parfois Safe de Todd Haynes, c'est un récit racontant l'exil, l'aliénation, l'hostilité tout comme la résilience.     

Les Éditions de L'Écrou proposent des recueils de poésie singuliers et audacieux. 
Venez voir notre collection !

Vous retrouverez également de nombreux titres d'auteurs locaux. 
Voici d'autres suggestions...

Thursday, 10 August 2017

*NEW DATE* Thursday October 26th : Zadie Smith in conversation with Jenny Zhang

We are thrilled to announce the new date for our Zadie Smith event:
Thursday October 26th.
Now joined in conversation with Jenny Zhang!
Hosting the evening will be Eliza Robertson, author of Demi-Gods (debuting Sept 5th!)

Available Online
In Store (211 Bernard West)

Book and Ticket Combo
Gets you 1 General Admission ticket and a copy of SWING TIME, or SOUR HEART or DEMI-GODS from Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

$15 General Admission

Veuillez noter que la présentation sera en anglais.

If you are in possession of a ticket for the May event it will still be valid for the October event.

If you are in possession of an Advance Ticket Coupon, you still need to exchange it for a ticket.
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Kid's Activity: Saturday September 16th 12pm-2pm : FROM THE STARS IN THE SKY TO THE FISH IN THE SEA

Saturday September 16th
Book Launch and Children's Activity
Author Kai Cheng Thom and illustrators Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yung Ching

We are very excited to announce that Librairie Drawn & Quarterly will be participating in the 2017 Kids POP Crawl. We'll be launching the beautiful new children's book FROM THE STARS IN THE SKY TO THE FISH IN THE SEA by author Kai Cheng Thom and illustrators Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yung Ching

In this captivating, beautifully imagined picture book about gender, identity, and the acceptance of the differences between us, Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be. But one thing's for sure: no matter who this child becomes, their mother will love them just the same.

Author Kai Cheng Thom and illustrators Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yung Ching will lead a craft.

Please note that space will be limited to 25 children.

Juice and cookies will be served.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Accessibility information:
-The bathroom is gender neutral
-The space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible (details: two steps at the main door, we would be happy to help you lift a wheelchair and make space in the corridor)

Feel free to contact us about any concerns you may have
Tuesday, 8 August 2017

New D+Q: Mimi Pond's The Customer is Always Wrong

Out today is the newest book from acclaimed cartoonist Mimi Pond! Mimi's storytelling finesse was introduced in her previous memoir Over Easy, and the earnest, unabashed style is on full display in The Customer is Always Wrong.

Oakland in the late 70s is full of gregarious drunks, thieves, and sleazes, a crowd which frequents the restaurant at which our protagonist—naïve yet idealistic artist Madge—waitresses.

While her art career starts to take off, those around her begin to spiral down into addiction ("Let's all feel 20 minutes younger!") and crime.

The exploits in The Customer is Always range from the hilariously depraved to the devastating—from bonding with would-be assailants over comic strips ("And who's that other dude, R. Crumb? That's some wild shit, man."), to ice-baths to awaken someone who has overdosed.

Mimi Pond has created comics for, among others, the LA Times, Seventeen Mag, and National Lampoon, as well as writing for television, most notably on the first full-length episode of The Simpsons!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

New DQ : Palookaville 23

Palookaville 23, is out today! This volume celebrates twenty years of Seth's Clyde Fans series, offering its fifth installment and conclusion.

The twenty-third issue of Palookaville also presents another part of Seth's memoir, Nothing Lasts, and a selection of little paintings that the author produced for two gallery exhibits between 2013 and 2015.

"The acclaimed comic-book artist Seth is a poet of the ordinary and the downbeat, a nostalgic chronicler of regret, disappointment, confusion, and occasional moments of happiness," wrote Ken Johnson in the New York Times.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Thursday August 24th : Naben Ruthnum launches Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race

No two curries are the same. This Curry asks why the dish is supposed to represent everything brown people eat, read, and do.

Curry is a dish that doesn't quite exist, but, as this hilarious and sharp essay points out, a dish that doesn't properly exist can have infinite, equally authentic variations.By grappling with novels, recipes, travelogues, pop culture, and his own background, Naben Ruthnum depicts how the distinctive taste of curry has often become maladroit shorthand for brown identity.

Naben Ruthnum won the Journey Prize for his short fiction, has been a National Post books columnist, and has written books and cultural criticism for the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and the Walrus. His crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Joyland, and his pseudonym Nathan Ripley's first novel will appear in 2018. Ruthnum lives in Toronto.
Thursday, 27 July 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd : Reading Across Borders Book Club : Subtly Worded by Teffi

The Reading Across Borders book club focuses on literature in English translation, with a particular interest in writers who are not (yet) well-known in the English-speaking world. Hosted by former store staffer Helen Chau Bradley, the book club meetings take place every two months, and are open to all.

For our next meeting, on Wednesday, August 23, we will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest) at 7 pm to discuss Teffi's Subtly Worded, translated from the Russian Anne Marie Jackson. Join us for discussion and drinks!

**We offer a 15% discount on Subtly Worded from now until the meeting date.**

We regret that the bookstore is not wheelchair accessible. There are two steps at the entrance, followed by two doors that open inward. Once inside, there are no additional steps to access the bathroom, although the bathroom space is narrow.

Teffi was the pen name of Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, who rose to literary fame in St Petersberg before the Revolution, and later reinvented herself amongst the lesrusses, the Russian émigrés of Paris. She was known as a humorist, but, as she herself wrote, "An anecdote is funny when it is being told, but when someone lives it, it's a tragedy." This collection spans her writing career, from 1910 until her death in 1952, and gives a sense of her great range. There are brief satires; strange, dark tales of childhood; an utterly chilling non-fiction piece about her encounters with the hallowed and reviled Rasputin; and later, longer stories that teeter on the edges of magic and death. Teffi was forgotten for decades after her death, but has recently been rediscovered by Russian readers. English readers would do well to follow suit!

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