Kid's Event: Matt Forsythe launches The Gold Leaf

Join cartoonist and illustrator Matt Forsythe on Sunday, April 30th at 12:00 noon as he presents his stunning new book The Gold Leaf. Written by educator Kirsten Hall, The Gold Leaf presents a tale of selfishness, and forgiveness. When the animals of the forest discover a beautiful golden leaf, all want it for themselves. During the struggle, the leaf is destroyed—leaving the animals wonder: Will we ever again see such a leaf? 

**Children's activity and kid friendly refreshments available!

Tonight : Barbara Gowdy in conversation with Kathleen Winter

Join Barbara Gowdy on Saturday April 29th at 7:00 pm as she sits down with Kathleen Winter to talk about her latest book, Little Sister, in which she explores the astonishing power of empathy, the question of where we end and others begin, and the fierce bonds of motherhood and sisterhood.

BARBARA GOWDY is the author of seven books, including Helpless, The Romantic, The White Bone, Mister Sandman, We So Seldom Look on Love and Falling Angels, all of which have been met with widespread international acclaim and critical praise. She has been a finalist three times for the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and twice for the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 1996, she received the Marian Engel Award and in 2008 the Trillium Book Award. A Member of the Order of Canada and a Guggenheim Fellow, Barbara Gowdy lives in Toronto.

Today : Authors for Indies! With Jacob Wren, Samuel Cantin, Cathon, and Sandra Huber

Authors for Indies is an annual event held in independent bookstores all across Canada where authors show their appreciation for indie bookstores (and we for our authors!) by offering special services of their choice to the store for an afternoon. This year are we are excited to have writers/artists Samuel Cantin, Cathon, Jacob Wren, and Sandra Huber (see their bios below!).

12-3pm : Samuel Cantin + Cathon 
3-6 pm : Sandra Huber + Jacob Wren
7pm : Barbara Gowdy in Conversation with Kathleen Winter

Samuel and Cathon will be offering live drawings and doodles and taking over our social media, Sandra will be offering Tarot readings (and will also be happy to chat about all different forms of altered states like sleep and mediumship) and Jacob will take over the stage and show off his impressive music knowledge and DJ skills. Ask them to recommend their favourite books!

So join us on the 29th for this cool campaign in support of local independent booksellers! Mark the date and don't forget that evening we'll be hosting Barbara Gowdy in conversation with Kathleen Winter at 7pm!! It'll be a fun day for sure.

Meet this year's artists!

Jacob Wren is a writer and maker of eccentric performances born in Jerusalem in 1971.
His published titles include Rich and Poor, Polyamorous Love SongRevenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed. Families Are Formed Through Copulation, and Unrehearsed Beauty.
As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created En français comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize (1998), Unrehearsed Beauty / Le génie des autres (2002), La famille se crée en copulant (2005) and the ongoing HOSPITALITÉ / HOSPITALITY series: 1: The Title Is Constantly Changing (2007), 2: Gradually This Overview (2010), 3: Individualism Was A Mistake (2008) and 5: The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (2011).
He frequently writes about contemporary art. In 2007 he was invited to Berlin by Sophiensaele to adapt and direct Wolfgang Koeppen's 1954 novel Der Tod in Rom and in 2008 he was commissioned by Campo in Ghent to co-create (with Pieter De Buysser) An Anthology of Optimism. He is regularly invited in Europe and Asia.

Cathon quitte la ville de Québec en 2010 pour s’installer à Montréal. Depuis lors, elle se consacre à la bande dessinée et à l’illustration tout en étant soulagée d’avoir terminé son baccalauréat en arts visuels et médiatiques à l’UQAM. Cathon est la co-auteure de La liste des choses qui existent (La Pastèque, 2013), d’Encore plus de choses qui existent (La Pastèque, 2015), des Cousines vampires (Pow Pow, 2014) et l’auteure des Ennuis de Lapinette (Comme des géants, 2015) et de Mimose et Sam (Comme des géants, 2016). Elle a également illustré Le plus beau sapin du monde (Bayard, 2016) et Le champ maudit (La courte échelle, 2016), en plus de dessiner pour les revues LibertéPlanches et La Gazette des Femmes.

Sandra Huber wrote Assembling the Morrow: A Poetics of Sleep (Talonbooks, 2014), which resulted from a residency at a sleep laboratory in Lausanne. She is currently doing a PhD in Humanities at Concordia University, where she focuses on the practice and media of divination. Sandra holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, and has worked as an editor for contemporary art at Hatje Cantz Verlag in Berlin. She is a practicing witch and initiated medium. 

Samuel Cantin est un bédéiste et auteur Québécois né en 1986 à Sherbrooke. Il a publié trois romans graphiques aux Éditions Pow Pow, dont le dernier, Whitehorse-Première partie, a remporté le prix Bédélys 2016 de la meilleure BD de l’année. 


TONIGHT! Club de Lecture / Book Club: Reading Across Borders discusses Home by Leila S. Chudori

Tonight,  Wednesday, April 26th, the Reading Across Borders book club will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest) at 7 pm to discuss Leila S. Chudori's Home (Pulang), translated from the Indonesian by John H. McGlynn. Join us for ruminations and refreshments!

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 store staffer Helen Chau Bradley, the book club meetings will happen every two months, and are open to all. 

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.

Home is an ambitious saga that spans years and continents, beginning with the establishment of the Suharto dictatorship in 1960s Jakarta and threading its way through the lives of leftist Indonesian political exiles in Paris in the following decades. It complicates the meaning of "home" through its characters' varying senses of displacement and belonging. The novel is filled with heady love affairs and mouthwatering culinary passages, even as it establishes itself within the context of horrifying violence and loss. Leila S. Chudori is known as Indonesia's most prominent and outspoken female author and journalist.

New D+Q: Guy Delisle's Hostage!

The new and highly anticipated Guy Delisle book, Hostage, is out today on Drawn & Quarterly! For Delisle, well known for his masterful travelogues like Shenzhen and Pyongyang, Hostage is a departure from his regular style towards a different sort of memoir. It tells the story of Christophe André, a young NGO administrator working for Doctors Without Borders, and his kidnapping by a group of Chechen rebels in 1997. At more than 400 pages - the bulk of which depict a man confined to one room and handcuffed to a radiator - Delisle proves his cartooning prowess, keeping readers on the edge of their seats!

There's rarely a dull moment in André's ordeal. Delisle skillfully conveys the psychological effects of solitary confinement as he transports you into André's physical and mental space more completely with each panel. Held by his captors for a period lasting over three months, the pacing of the storytelling is perfect and I was rapt right up until the exhilarating finale.

On Saturday, May 6th Guy Delisle will be in Montreal to launch Hostage at the Rialto Hall! Join us there for a discussion of the book and signing. Tickets are $5 or free with purchase of the book at Librairie D+Q. Tickets are also for sale online

Tonight, April 20th, 2017: Mary Soderstrom Launches ROAD THROUGH TIME

Join us for the launch of Mary Soderstrom's latest book: Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move (University of Regina Press, Spring 2017) on Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 pm.

Accessible and entertaining, Road Through Time begins with the story of how anatomically modern humans left Africa to populate the world. She then carries us along the Silk Road in Central Asia, and tells of roads built for war in Persia, the Andes, and the Roman Empire. She sails across the seas, and introduces the first railways, all before plunking us down in the middle of a massive, modern freeway.

The book closes with a view from the end of the road, literally and figuratively, asking, can we meet the challenges presented by a mode of travel dependent on hydrocarbons, or will we decline, like so many civilizations that have come before us?

New D&Q title just in! Berlin vol. 20 by Jason Lutes!

With its twentieth issue, one of the biggest graphic novel events of the early 21st century is fast-approaching—the completion of Jason Lutes’ epic Berlin series.  

Here, the inevitable antagonist of the tale of pre-WWII Germany begins to take center stage. Marthe and Kurt find their way back to each other—he, from the bottom of the bottle and she, from a one-sided relationship.

Fascism creeps into every corner of society, but some can see it better than others.

New & Notable

Down Below - Leonora Carrington (NYRB Classics)

Published in commemoration of the centennial of Carrington's birth, Down Below is the surrealist painter's account of her war-related psychotic break and subsequent institutionalization.

Of Cats and Men - Sam Kalda (Ten Speed Press)

For centuries, felines and femininity have been practically synonymous—hence the reproachable "crazy cat lady" stereotype. Of Cats and Men takes the initiative in celebrating some of history's famous, cat-loving men! 

The Humane Gardener - Nancy Lawson (Princeton Architectural Press)

Columnist and gardener Nancy Lawson makes an earnest and eloquent plea for compassion and respect towards all species.

Book of Mutter - Kate Zambreno (Semiotext(e))

Written in a thirteen-year period after her mother's death, Book of Mutter is Kate Zambreno's intimate and disquieting portrayal of grief in all of its manifestations.  

Largehearted Boy Picks of the Week

Each week, we recommend five books for
Here are this week's picks:

This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories (Leanne Simpson)

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, acclaimed Nishnaabeg storyteller and poet, has returned with a collection of searing songs, poems, and stories. In This Accident of Being Lost, Simpson’s commitment to uncompromising truth-telling seeps from every fragment, every turn of phrase. Through a blend of traditional storytelling and wry domestic realism, Simpson protects Indigenous knowledge while simultaneously providing valuable context from non-Indigenous readers.     

Animals of a Bygone Era (Maja Säfström)

A follow-up to the bestselling Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts, Maja Säfström’s new book sets her distinct style on creatures from times past. Säfström illustrates fascinating ancient-animal facts with equal parts passion and whimsy, all the while deftly sidestepping cliché—”dinosaurs have intentionally been left out of this book to give some attention to other fascinating—but less famous—creatures that one lived on this planet”.

Too Much and Not the Mood (Durga Chew-Bose)

Montreal writer Durga Chew-Bose seems poised for literary stardom. Her writing has been published across a myriad of journals and reviews—including n+1 and Interview Magazine—and Maris Kreizman described it thus: "If you admire Maggie Nelson’s ability to combine the personal and the academic into a thrilling new art form, Durga Chew-Bose will be your next favorite writer." Too Much and Not the Mood, taking its name from a Virginia Woolf diary entry, is a philosophical, occasionally brooding, and often stirring collection of essays from a burgeoning talent.

Make Trouble (John Waters)

When John Waters, the Prince of Puke himself, was invited to address a graduating class at the Rhode Island School of Design, his impishly subversive advice (of course!) went viral. The immensely talented Waters asks “So what if you have talent? Then what?” Make Trouble is an exegesis of the creative process, and of creativity as a profession. John Waters decrees that no matter what field we choose, we must embrace chaos, we must make trouble!

Saga Volume 7 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

The 7th volume of the highly addictive space-opera Saga is here! Written by Brian Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, this sci-fi series was described by David Sims for The Atlantic as “like Star-Wars, but unfilmable and brilliantly bonkers.” Imaginative, sexy, and bristling with humour, Saga is ideal for comics nerds and newbies alike.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly needs a driver!

We’re very excited to be the official bookseller for the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival and we’re looking for extra hands between Wednesday April 26th - Monday May 1st.

Responsibilities would include:
  • Delivering books between offsite locations during the festival
  • Helping set-up and take down of onsite bookstore during the festival

  • Valid Canadian Driver’s License
  • Has legal use of a registered vehicle between April 26th-May 1st
  • Confident and safe driver in Montreal
  • Ability to speak/read/write/understand French and English
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Excellent time management skills - punctual
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Available from Wednesday April 26th- Monday May 1st
  • Available to communicate via text message.
  • Adapts well to changing situations

  • Passionate about comics/book industry
  • Ability to work sales table at offsite events (customer service, working with a cash, working with sales systems)

Hourly wage is negotiable.

If you are interested in applying, please email with your resume and cover letter on or before April 18th, 2017.  Please write : “Blue Metropolis : Driver Application” in the subject line.

New & Notable: Graphic Novels


After a decade, Love and Rockets has returned to floppy format! The second issue is out now.

“Lorina Mapa offers up an intimate look at Philippine society and culture, but above all, a deeply endearing father-daughter love story.” - Michel Rabagliati

Following the success of 5,000 Kilometers a Second, the second graphic novel from Manuele Fior has arrived, and it's set in the future!

Hot off the press, this Ignatz award-winning series Ganges comes to a close with its sixth and final issue.

The latest installment in the the dangerously addictive space opera series, Saga is bound to be action-packed.

30 Under 30 Poetry Reading

Join us on April 21st at 7:00 pm for the Montreal launch of the much-anticipated 30 under 30: an anthology of Canadian millennial poets, where we'll be featuring poets from the In/Words anthology including:


++ special bonus guests:

This event will be hosted by anthology editor A.M. KOZAK of In/Words Magazine & Press, and local person GUILLAUME MORISSETTE.

Top 5: Graphic Novel Bestsellers of March

These were our top sellers in March! 

Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero - Michael DeForge (This one's our April book club pick and will be 20% off until Wednesday, April 19th when we meet at the shop to discuss!)

Wendy's Revenge - Walter Scott

Queer: A Graphic History - Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele

Fire!! - Peter Bagge (In case you missed the launch, you can read more here!)

Adulthood is a Myth - Sarah Andersen 

New & Notable: This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson!

We are very excited to have received Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's new collection of poems, stories, and songs, This Accident of Being Lost! Simpson is a storyteller, artist, activist, mother, and academic of Mississauga Nishnaabe and Scottish descent. Her previous collection, Islands of Decolonial Love, has been a favourite in our store since it came out in 2013.

Simpson is almost preternaturally versatile: Naomi Klein has called her "a genius shape-shifter and defiant genre-detonator." In This Accident of Being Lost, fragmentary, hashtag-studded poems rub shoulders with song lyrics and short stories that blend traditional storytelling with science-fiction and wry, observational domestic realism; near-future lovers visit the last remaining corner of the boreal forest; three comrades guerilla-tap maple trees in a wealthy suburb; a woman tries to avoid the overbearing social advances of an affluent hippie mother in the "hostile, tidy-bun territory" of her daughter's ballet class.

In all these varied formats, Simpson's style is defined by her uncompromising commitment to truth-telling: she confronts settler colonialism with tireless integrity, protecting Indigenous knowledge while at the same time providing important context for non-Indigenous audiences. Simpson is generous in her humour and vulnerability: her characters are anxious and uncertain; they obsess over social media feeds and use encrypted texting apps; their struggle is quotidian as well as historical. As the Globe & Mail's glowing review noted, "Her writing educates the reader even as it admits to not having all the answers." We're lucky to have it. 

Trois recueils de poésie contemporaine à lire pour #NaPoMo

Il fait gris, il pleut.. toutes les raisons sont bonnes pour lire de la poésie contemporaine!

1. Belleza Y Felicidad, Fernanda Laguna et Cecilia Pavon

Je peine à mettre en mots le genre de mécanisme que cette lecture a engrené en moi. Il me redonne foi en la littérature, en la poésie surtout. Belleza y Felicidad, c’est d’abord le nom d’une galerie d’art minuscule, une idée initiée par deux amies poètes, née au tournant du crash financier qui a secoué l’Argentine à la fin du 20ième siècle. Dans ce recueil regroupant les textes des deux poètes, il est question de vibrateur froid, d’un ordinateur qui diffuse des clips de Madonna pour les papillons et d’une horrible princesse de la solitude. Endossé par César Aira, Chris Kraus et Ariana Reines, Belleza y Felicidad est quelque chose de rare et de précieux, un anti-roman pour les anti-princesses et les anti-princes du monde.

2. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, Morgan Parker

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé est un recueil rafraîchissant, qui documente le sentiment d'invisibilité vécu par une femme noire en Amérique, parallèlement à la célébration d'une idole pop.

Paillettes, champagne et masques d'argile. Parker écrit dans une prose accessible, pleine d'humour et d'autodérision. Elle n'a pas peur de mettre le doigt sur le-les bobo.s. Ainsi, par exemple, "The president has never said the word black."

S'il y a mieux que Beyoncé, c'est parce que Beyoncé se démultiplie : "We're everyone. We have ideas and vaginas, history and clothes and a mother." Et justement, on se reconnait beaucoup dans la prose de Parker.

"I will not be attending the party
tonight, because I am
microwaving multiple Lean Cuisines
and watching Wife Swap,

3. Particules mélancoliques, Simon Poirier

Particules mélancoliques regorge de la spontanéité d'un enfant. Peut-être est-ce en raison des petits gribouillis abstraits qui accompagnent chaque texte et qui rappellent fortement d'autres expérimentations graphiques, comme les calligrammes d'Apollinaire. Ces dessins ont pour effet d'adoucir le poème, en le rendant moins intimidant.

Ce sont de petites choses fragiles et éphémères, qui se veulent aussi contemporaines et constellées de références : Proust, Perec, Mavrikakis, Arcan, Gendreau...c'est à se demander s'il est réellement nécessaire d'ancrer si fortement sa pratique dans une tradition. Or, les références de Poirier tiennent moins du name dropping que d'une forme de modestie. Le poète s'agenouille.

En filigrane, un programme poétique, celui d'une douceur radicale, parfois douce-amère:

"J'ai trouvé ma voix au montage
quand il fait bleu tu n'es pas là
pas un bruit
que des algues
le vent caresse mon sommeil
au fond
rien ne brille deux fois"

TONIGHT at 7pm: Ariela Freedman launches Arabic for Beginners!

Join us TONIGHT, Thursday April 6th at 7:00 pm, to celebrate the publication of Montreal author Ariela Freedman’s acclaimed first novel, Arabic for Beginners! Free admission and refreshments will be provided. Come early to get a seat!

ARIELA FREEDMAN was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Jerusalem, New York, Calgary, London, and Montreal. Her reviews and poems have appeared in Vallum, carte blanche, The Cincinnati Review and other publications, and she was selected to participate in the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s 2014 Mentorship Program. She has a Ph.D. from New York University and teaches literature at Concordia’s Liberal Arts College in Montreal, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Arabic for Beginners is her first novel.
“Freedman brilliantly captures the existential and alienated state that mothers of young children inhabit. Freedman's work is reminiscent of Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy.” —Heather O’Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals

This Shelf Belongs to...Matt Forsythe!

Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This March, we bring you recommendations from Matt Forsythe!

Matt illustrated the picture books The Gold Leaf (spring, 2017) written by Kirsten Hall and The Bad Mood and the Stick (fall, 2017) written by Lemony Snicket. His comic Ojingogo was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2008 and won some awards. He was also the lead designer on the TV show, Adventure Time with Finn and Jake. He lives in Montreal and is the 2017 Mordecai Richler Writer in Residence at Concordia University.

Join us on April 30th for the launch of his newest book, The Gold Leaf!

All of Matt's picks will be 15% off for the month of February. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on his shelf:

Black and White by Dahlov Ipcar
Ipcar is a huge inspiration for my picture books. Her pages have a masterful simplicity, design and flow to them.

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault
This book tackles a difficult theme with grace. Arsenault is one of my favourite artists.

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
Simply perfect.

Panther by Brecht Evans
The drawings in this are stunning.

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc
Simple and sweet. I wish I could write a book like this.

The Tiger Who Would be King by Joohee Yoon
Joohee is a source of constant visual inspiration.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert Mccloskey
This book is pure flow.

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Allemagne
Maybe the most exciting picture book ever made?

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Everything about these guys is delightful.

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