In case you missed it! Event Recap: Emily Schultz and Neil Smith

The night began with our manager Laura introducing the guests and joking about the brilliance of Emily's blog Spending the Stephen King Money (which you should check out).

Neil Smith was the first to read from his forthcoming novel (!)  The Last of the Orangutans: a story set in an alternate reality where redheads are hunted as witches, and two young witches attempt to pass incognito despite their telepathy and telekinesis powers, culminating in well...we'll keep you in suspense. 

Following Neil came Emily who is currently on tour promoting her new book Men Walking on Water.  She joked-not-joked that she is at the point in her tour where she’s becoming bored with herself so she shook things up by reading us something she had not yet read onstage. On her husband's advice, Emily decided to read us some "racy scenes."  

As a set up to the book's genesis, she explained that she started writing Men Walking on Water because she learned a long-held family secret that her grandfather had been a rum-runner in Detroit ("Grandpa Schultz was a big guy, gave really hard hugs, wore pink in his old age") along with his brother who died in the the frozen Detroit River when their car fell through the ice when they were smuggling booze.

Then followed an informal discussion between the two authors. They’re friends and it was nice to hear them chat about their work, the process, the struggles, relationships with editors, inspiration, movie options, world building, etc. Growing up in Utah Neil would tell people he and his family “weren’t atheist, we were Canadian” to which Emily chimed in,“I’m half atheist myself!”

Emily’s anticipated next project is about twin girls in the nineties, and one of them might have committed a crime...Stay tuned to her prolific career!

Tonight! John Keene presents Counternarratives

Join highly-acclaimed author John Keene on Friday, March 31st at 7:00 pm for a presentation on Counternarratives. Keene’s collection of “hidden stories,” Counternarratives received, among others, a 2016 American Book Award and a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in fiction.

A former member of the Dark Room Writers Collective of Cambridge and Boston and a Graduate Fellow of Cave Canem, he chairs the African American and African Studies Department and is Associate Professor of English and AAAS at Rutgers University-Newark.

Emily Schultz launches Men Walking On Water with Neil Smith

Join Joyland co-founder, and author of The Blondes, Emily Schultz on Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 pm for the launch of her new novel, Men Walking on Water (Knopf). She will be joined by Neil Smith, author of the acclaimed novel, Boo (Vintage). Together, they'll read and talk about translations, booze, and the afterlife. 

Emily Schultz is the co-founder of Joyland Magazine, host of the podcast Truth & Fiction, and creator of the blog Spending the Stephen King Money. Schultz’s novel, The Blondes, was released in the U.S. with St. Martin’s Press and in Canada with Doubleday, as well as in French translation by Editons Alto. It was named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR and Kirkus. Her writing has appeared in Elle, Bustle, Vice, The Walrus, Black Warrior Review, Hazlitt, and Prairie Schooner. She lives in Brooklyn.

Neil Smith is a writer and translator from Montreal. He’ll read from a novel in progress called The Last of the Orangutans. His previous novel, Boo, was published in seven languages, won the Hugh MacLennan Prize and the Prix de la Biennale littéraire, and was nominated for the Alex Award, a Sunburst Award, and the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award. His story collection Bang Crunch won the Quebec Writers’ Federation First Book Prize. As a translator, he was recently a finalist for a Governor General’s Award.

New & Notable: Comics!

Check out some of our newest arrivals...

Ines Estrada's gorgeous book Impatience collects her short comics and about life in Mexico city 2012-2016.

Eleanor Davis' Retrofit comic tells a story of adolescence with dark undertones in lush pencil crayon.

A new issue of Study Group Magazine features 80 pages of full color dedicated to the fantastic. Full of comics, art, articles, interviews, and the deluxe version includes a playable board game!

A softcover collection of Gabby Schulz's diary comics from 2013-2016 document some difficult years in the artist's life.

Set in the dirty streets of New York city, 1975 during the heroin epidemic, Anya Davidson's latest comic Lovers in the Garden looks dangerous and dark.

Four new kuš! mini comics!

A substantial collection of Leela Corman comics out from Retrofit.

A fresh diary comic from Gabrielle Bell! *swoon* Maybe this will tide you over til her forthcoming full length book releases later this spring!

Thursday March 23rd: Readings by Erin Mouré, Chus Pato, and Stephen Collis

Join us tonight (Thursday, March 23rd) for an evening of readings from three fantastic poets: Erin Mouré, Chus Pato, and Stephen Collis!

Erin Mouré will be launching her new collection of selected poems, Planetary Noise, and Stephen Collis will read from his latest book, Once in Blockadia. Chus Pato will read from Flesh of Leviathan, which Mouré has translated into English from Galician. Pato and Mouré will also both read from their collaboratively-authored Secession/Insecession.

Erín Moure (born 1955 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian poet and translator of poetry from languages which include French, Galician, Portuguese and Spanish to English. She wrote her first collections of poetry in Vancouver, including Empire, York Street (Anansi, 1979), which was nominated for Governor General's Award. Since 1985, she has lived in Montreal, where she has occasionally taught in the Creative Writing program at Concordia University. She is the author of 17 books of poetry and translator of many more.

New D+Q: Peter Bagge's Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story

Yesterday, veteran cartoonist Peter Bagge was at the store to launch his latest work, Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story. For those who missed it, watch this space for the recap blog, which will be posted soon.

Zora Neale Hurston, renowned novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and key member of the Harlem Renaissance, hardly needs an introduction! Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), her second novel, written while doing scholarly research in Haiti, is an enduring classic of Black American literature, having fortunately been brought back to public attention in the mid-70s by Alice Walker.

Fire!! takes its name (and its lettering) from the Harlem-based magazine for and by Black artists and writers, created in 1926 by Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Bennett, Aaron Douglas, Richard Bruce and John Davis. This was a new, radical publication, showcasing work that was shunned by those upwardly mobile African American writers and artists who were concerned with "decency." Like Hurston herself, the magazine did not shy away from complexity, controversy, or contradiction, and focused on a variety of Black experiences, encompassing class struggle and queerness, among other subjects and perspectives.

Bagge draws from an array of primary and secondary sources in order to trace Hurston's life: her childhood in late 19th century Florida, the jobs she had to work to support herself, the phases of her artistic practice, her central relationships, and her staunch, enterprising character.

Make sure not to skip the substantial endnotes! They are full of archival photos, and offer important context and intriguing asides. Above is a photo portrait of Hurston, taken by Carl Van Vechten.

Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story is now in stock at the Librairie. We also stock titles by Hurston herself!

Graphic Novel Book Club: Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

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 April is Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero by Michael DeForge. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, April 19th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Drawn & Quarterly Production Manager Alison Naturale. Join us for refreshments and collective insights! 

***We offer a 20% discount on Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero from now until the meeting date!*** 

Sticks has escaped her heritage for the refuge of the woods and through her story, DeForge delivers another deeply humane work, one that subtly questions the integrity of the political state and contemporary journalism, all while investigating our relationship to the natural world. 

Peter Bagge launches Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story

Librairie Tenth Anniversary Reading Series
Peter Bagge launches Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story
211 Bernard W.
Monday, March 20th

The author of the New York Times-bestselling graphic novel Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story returns with another extraordinary account of a woman way ahead of her time. In his newest biography Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, cartoonist Peter Bagge delves into the world of Zora Neale Hurston: the critically-acclaimed novelist and folklorist who challenged the norms of what was expected of an African American woman in early 20th century society. With a skilled cartooning hand, Bagge turns what could be a rote biography into a bold and dazzling graphic novel, creating a story as vibrant as the life itself. 

Join us for an unforgettable presentation on Monday, March 20th at 7:00 PM with a book signing to follow!

PETER BAGGE is the Harvey Award-winning author of the acclaimed 1990s alternative comic series Hate starring slacker hero Buddy Bradley, and a regular contributor to Reason magazine. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he got his start in comics in the R. Crumb-edited magazine Weirdo. Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story is Bagge’s second book with Drawn & Quarterly after 2013’s Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times, and appeared on the YALSA Great Graphic Novel For Teens list and the Amelia Bloomer Project list of the Best Feminist Books for Young Readers. Bagge lives in Seattle with his wife Joanne, daughter, and three cats.

Event Recap: Michael DeForge Launches Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

Last night, we had the pleasure of hosting the prolific and superlative Michael DeForge for the launch of his newest D+Q published work, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero. 

The event kicked off with an introduction from our man-at-the-helm, Executive Director Tom Devlin, who reminded us of some of the words he has used to describe Michael's work in the past: "stupendous, shocking, searching, grave, gravy, oily, teenager... there were other words too."

Michael opened with a story for the packed house. Entitled "All Dogs are Dogs" and featuring infra-real illustrations, the story recounted a world of 'advanced dogs' and 'regular dogs', and pranced upon hallmark DeForgeian themes: body imprisonment, transformations and mutations, the intimately familiar expressed through the deeply weird.

Next, Michael read a strip about a jogger from Meat Locker, a series of comics serialized online and in multiple anthologies. Hilarity ensued. Particularly rousing were the laments to 'stretch, damn it!'

Finishing off the presentation with a flourish, Michael read a more somber comic about a colony on Saturn spawned from dead Americans and ageing in reverse. This story,  Mostly Saturn, served as a perfect segue to a question from the audience concerning the quasi-scientific elements in Michael's work, to which he answered: "I really like nature documentaries, but I'm really dumb." 

DeForge fan club.

Thanks to everyone for making it through the snow, and special thanks to Michael DeForge for a special evening, we cannot wait for the next occasion!

Freeman's Magazine Launch with Rawi Hage, Velibor Bozovic, & Aleksandar Hemon

Join us on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm as we welcome renowned literary critic John Freeman for a discussion of the new anthology Freeman’s: Family, with contributors Rawi Hage, Velibor Bozovic, and Aleksandar Hemon!

The new issue of the acclaimed anthology spotlights never-before-published stories, essays, and poetry by Edwidge Danticat, Herta Müller, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Gregory Pardlo, Kay Ryan, as well as Aleksandar Hemon, Rawi Hage, and Velibor Bozovic.

JOHN FREEMAN was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Tales of Two Cities: The Best of Times and Worst of Times in Today's New York. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.

Official Bookseller: David Sedaris at Théâtre Maisonneuve

Librairie D+Q are the official booksellers for David Sedaris's event at Théâtre Maisonneuve on Monday, April 10th at 7:00 pm!

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humour writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

Tickets available here.

Guy Delisle launches Hostage! Saturday, May 6th at the Rialto Hall

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 10th Anniversary Reading Series :

Conversation (with Alexandre Trudeau) and signing

Saturday, May 6th
The Rialto Hall (5711 Av du Parc)
doors: 18h event:19:00
Tickets $5 or free with in store purchase of Hostage 
Tickets on sale now, in store and online!

Join us on Saturday, May 6th at the Rialto Hall for the launch of the highly anticipated, non-fiction page-turner Hostage by award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle (Pyongyang, Jerusalem, Shenzhen, Burma Chronicles)!

Set in the Caucasus region in 1997, Hostage tells the true story of Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André who was held captive for over three months. Recounting his day-to-day survival while conveying the psychological effects of solitary confinement, Delisle’s storytelling doesn’t just show André’s experiences, but brings you into the room alongside him. Hostage is a thoughtful, intense, and undeniably moving graphic novel that takes a profound look at what drives our will to survive in the darkest of moments.

This true story of a man’s kidnapping in Chechnya confirms Guy Delisle’s position as one of the greatest modern cartoonists. 
The Guardian 

Harrowing and beautiful... I've felt haunted by the book since I finished it. 
Chicago Tribune 

The account of André's experience... would be powerful enough, if depicted in prose alone. But Hostage is a comic, and it's Delisle's art — his character design, his use of page and panel layout to underscore the mind-numbing sameness of solitary confinement while controlling the story's mood and pacing — that makes us feel André's plight so deeply. 

Ticket price: 5$ - Free with book purchase (Hostage, S'enfuir).  Tickets on sale now, in store and online!

Michael DeForge launches STICKS ANGELICA, FOLK HERO

Join Michael DeForge at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard O.) TONIGHT at 7pm (come early, it's going to be a packed house!) for a live reading and book signing as he introduces the world to Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero! Sticks has escaped her heritage for the refuge of the woods and through her story, DeForge delivers another deeply humane work, one that subtly questions the integrity of the political state and contemporary journalism, all while investigating our relationship to the natural world.

MICHAEL DEFORGE was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. His one-person anthology series Lose has been nominated for, or won, every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner awards. His previous graphic novels with Drawn & Quarterly are Ant Colony, Big Kids, and First Year Healthy

Graphic Novel Book : Club Wendy's Revenge by Walter Scott

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 March is Wendy's Revenge by Walter Scott. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, March 15th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Store Staffer Henrika. Join us for refreshments and collective insights! 

***We offer a 20% discount on Wendy's Revenge from now until the meeting date!*** 

Walter Scott's beloved and infamous Wendy is back in Wendy's Revenge! In the sequel, we see Wendy leave Montreal and head to Vancouver,Toronto, Tokyo, and L.A as she makes her art career international.She's back with a vengeance, and she's after the art world. Though she's still partying, still making bad relationship mistakes/hookups/frenemies, Wendy is the art hipster we all came to fall in love with - the same caustic, self-involved, and absurd heroine. The narrative is so spot on, it will have you laughing at yourself. 

New D&Q: Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero hits shelves today! This latest book from Michael Deforge collects comics that tell the story of Sticks Angelica and life at Monterey National Park.

A cast of unforgettable characters populate the strips, from Oatmeal the grain rabbit to Lisa Hanawalt a cross-dressing moose, some geese, a local bear, ants, and a cameo by journalist and Sticks' self-styled biographer, Michael Deforge himself.

In true Deforgeian form, his rendering of nature is deeply weird and yet, somehow familiar. Recurring themes like transformation, cruelty in nature, and Christmas are all handled with his characteristic dry sense of humour and strange insight.

Deforge has a rare talent for transposing the most poignant and relatable moments to scenarios so absurd it becomes metaphysical poetry. Familial estrangement (when it's Sticks at 49 running away from home), the unrequited love of a rabbit for a woman, or a profoundly uncomfortable moose's feelings of bodily imprisonment are all hilarious and simultaneously super affecting.

Don't miss Deforge's appearance at the store this Thursday, March 16th at 7 pm! He'll be here to read and sign and answer all of your burning questions!

And don't miss your opportunity to snag a Sensual Canada t-shirt, featuring the dirty geese! On sale now with purchase of a book! ❤

Poetry with Burgoyne, MacEachern, Morrissy & Robinsong

Join us tonight (Sunday, March 12th) for an evening of readings from four fantastic poets at the beginning of their careers. This event brings together Canadian poets, Sarah Burgoyne (Montréal), Jessi MacEachern (Montréal), Erin Robinsong (Toronto), and Irish poet, Julie Morrissy, reading on the same panel for the first time. Admission is free! Doors at 7pm.

Poster designed and illustrated by Karen Harte

Top 5: February's best-selling home and garden titles!

House of Plants (Rose Ray & Caro Langton)
How to Stay Alive in the Woods (Bradford Angier)

Farm Anatomy (Julia Rothman)
Homesweet Homegrown (Robyn Jasko)

Mari Kondo double feature: Life Changing Magic and Spark Joy!

Jillian Tamaki launches BOUNDLESS

Join award-winning cartoonist Jillian Tamaki (SuperMutant Magic Academy, This One Summer) on Friday, May 26th at 7:00 pm for the launch of her new book: the inventive and incisive Boundless

At once fantastical and realist, Boundless explores the intersection (and overlap) between the virtual and IRL worlds. From Jenny, who becomes obsessed with a strange "mirror Facebook," which presents an alternate, possibly better, version of herself; to Helen, who finds her clothes growing baggy and her shoes looser as she shrinks away to nothingness, these evocative, strange, and magical stories showcase Tamaki’s skill as an artist and storyteller. 

JILLIAN TAMAKI is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Toronto. She is the co-creator along with her cousin Mariko Tamaki of the graphic novel Skim, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a finalist for the Governor General's Award. Their second graphic novel This One Summer earned a Governor General’s Award and a Caldecott Honor. Tamaki’s first collection of her own comics was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller and Eisner Award-winning SuperMutant Magic Academy.

Expanded Poetics Reading: Contemporary Practices

Join us on Saturday, March 11th at 8:00 pm for an evening of poetry readings by Brian Kim Stefans, Ada Smailbegovic, Adam Dickinson, and Amaranth Borsuk. This event will showcase a range of contemporary approaches to "expanded poetics," exhibiting the immersion of poetry in relationships with science, digital media, and environmental crisis.

This reading at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is a satellite event of the Concordia University symposium on Expanded Poetics: Romantic, Modernist, Contemporary. Further information on the symposium is available here.

Reading: Chus Pato & Stephen Collis with Erín Moure

Galician poet Chus Pato reads in Montreal! Join us on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm with Vancouver's Stephen Collis and Pato's translator, poet Erín Moure for a rare and special evening with readings from Secession/Insecession (Pato and Moure, BookThug) and Once in Blockadia (Collis, TalonBooks).

Chus Pato's 6th book of poetry and first in her pentalogy Decrúa (Delve), m-Talá, broke the poetic mould in Galicia in 2000. It and the books that followed, Charenton, Hordes of Writing, and Secession (published with Insecession by Erín Moure), and Flesh of Leviathan, have all appeared in English in Erín Moure translation. Hordes of Writing received the 2008 Spanish Critics’ Prize and the 2009 Losada Diéguez Prize. In 2013, the Galician Booksellers’ Association fêted Chus Pato as Author of the Year. Chus is in Canada at the invitation of VerseFest in Ottawa.

Stephen Collis’s books of poetry include The Commons (Talon Books 2008; 2014), On the Material (Talon Books 2010—BC Book Prize for Poetry), DECOMP (with Jordan Scott—Coach House 2013), and Once in Blockadia (Talon Books 2016). He's also written two books of literary criticism, a book of essays on the Occupy Movement, and a novel. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University. 

Erín Moure’s latest books are translations of François Turcot’s My Dinosaur (BookThug, 2016) and Chus Pato’s Flesh of Leviathan (2016, Omnidawn), and her own Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure, edited by Shannon Maguire (2017, Wesleyan). This fall will see her translation of Brazilian writer Wilson Bueno’s Paraguayan Sea from Nightboat Books, and her translation of Antón Lopo’s Distance of the Wolf: A biography of Uxío Novoneyra, from the Fundación Uxío Novoneyra.

New D&Q: R. Sikoyak's Terms and Conditions!

Have you ever bothered to read the iTunes Terms and Conditions? If you're like me and you answered no to this last question, don't fret! R. Sikoyak, whose previous comic-book adaptations have combined cartoons with classic literature (think Dostoevsky in the style of Batman) has tackled the mind-numbing heft of Apple's infamous document with his satirical pen. He's turned 20,000 words of legal jargon into an illustrated, unabridged, 94-page graphic adaptation of the contract we all agree to but never wanted to read -- until now!

What makes this adaptation so interesting is that Sikoryak, a masterful stylistic chameleon, has rendered each page in the style of a different well-known comic artist (including a few of D&Q's own)! In each one, the main character is some version of Apple's late founder, Steve Jobs, who appears variusly as a ripped superhero, comic buffoon, or moody artiste (but always in signature dad jeans, sneakers, and turtleneck).

The complete legal agreement is made more accessible while paying comic book-style homage to some big names in classic strips – Seth, Raina Telgemeier, Allie Brosh, Craig Thompson, Daniel Clowes, Kate Beaton, Alison Bechdel, Moebius, and Marjane Satrapi to name a few. Here's him doing Kate Beaton:

And Marjane Satrapi!

And Allie Brosh!

And Seth!

And Alison Bechdel!

Even Moebius! (You get the idea).

Terms and Conditions is out today! You can also read this great profile of Sikoryak in the New York Times!

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