Today, May 28th, 2017: Isabelle Arsenault's 5 à 7 at Librairie D+Q!

Join renowned author and illustrator Isabelle Arsenault for the launch of her latest children’s book: Colette’s Lost Pet! Stop by the librairie on Sunday, May 28th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for a fun kid’s activity and refreshments for both kids and adults.

Isabelle Arsenault is a Quebec illustrator whose passion for illustrated books has garnered her an impressive number of awards. She has achieved international recognition and has won Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature three times. Two of her picture books have been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children’sBooks of the Year. She lives with her family in Mile End, Montreal.

Summer Reading Sale! FBDM + Jillian Tamaki launch

It's going to be one hell of a weekend folks! All books published by Drawn & Quarterly will be 25% off in the store until Monday, May 29th (see above)!

We've also got the amazingly talented Jillian Tamaki launching Boundless TONIGHT, in store at 7pm!  RSVP here and see our preview here.

We'll be at the Montreal Comic Arts Festival  (FBDM) all weekend, as well, with a whole host of authors signing, including: Jillian Tamaki, Pascal Girard, Brigitte Findakly, Joe Ollmann, Lewis Trondheim, and Obom! 

Friday May 26th at 7pm - Jillian Tamaki launches Boundless!

So excited - to say the least - about Jillian Tamaki's new book, Boundless, which we will launch in store on May 26th at 7pm!

I read Tamaki's new collection of short stories in one sitting, captivated by her altered universes infused with a fair dose of melancholy and weirdness.

Time, money, a bedbugs infestation or a strange mirror Facebook; these are some of the subjects explored in Boundless.

Tamaki's art and prose are a masterful fusion, which gives place to odd poetic moments:

"And I'm going to be respected

and so important,

the type of person

who eats yogurt and nuts."

Bertrand Laverdure & Oana Avasilichioaei launch Readopolis

BookThug and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invite you to celebrate the launch of the English translation of Bertrand Laverdure's novel, Readopolis (Lectodome in French), translated by Oana Avasilichioaei, on Monday June 5th at 7:00 pm! Hosted by Daniel Canty, the event is free and all are welcome. Wine will be served.

About Readopolis:

It’s 2006 and down-and-out protagonist Ghislain works as a reader for a publishing house in Montreal. He’s bored with all the wannabe writers who are determined to leave a trace of their passage on earth with their feeble attempts at literary arts. Obsessed by literature and its future (or lack thereof), he reads everything he can in order to translate reality into the literary delirium that is Readopolis—a world imagined out of Chicago and Montreal, with few inhabitants, a convenience store, a parrot, and all kinds of dialogues running amok: cinematic, epistolary, theatrical, and Socratic.

“Brilliant, playful, perfectly convincing, Lectodôme has everything to place Laverdure in the ranks of the ‘sickest literary greats.’” —Le Devoir

Bertrand Laverdure is a poet, novelist, and the current Poet Laureate for Montreal (2015–17). A prolific writer, Laverdure is the author of three books of poetry and four novels, including Lectodôme (2008), Bureau universel des copyrights (2011; published in English by BookThug as Universal Bureau of Copyrights in 2014), and La chambre Neptune (2016). He has won many awards for his work, including the 2003 Grand Prix du Festival International de Poésie de Trois-Rivières, and the 2009 Grand Prix littéraire Archambault for Lectodôme.

Tonight, May 18th : Poetry Night with Alex Dimitrov, Robin Richardson & Friends

Join us on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 pm for a poetry reading with the wonderful Alex Dimitrov coming from New York, and Robin Richardson, coming from Toronto, to perform at D+Q alongside Montrealers Alex Manley and Lauren Turner.

Alex Dimitrov’s new collection, Together and by Ourselves, has been described as “truth-telling, raw, fierce with feeling,” which also kind of seems like a good description of all four poets we’ll have on stage.


~ALEX DIMITROV~ is the author of Together and by Ourselves (Copper Canyon Press, 2017) and Begging for It (Four Way Books, 2013). He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and a Pushcart Prize. Shout-out to his beautiful Twitter project with Dorothea Lasky, @poetastrologers.

~ROBIN RICHARDSON~ is the author of two full-length collections of poetry and the Editor-in-Chief of the Minola Review, a journal of women’s arts & letters. Her forthcoming poetry collection, Sit How You Want, will be published next year by Véhicule Press.

~ALEX MANLEY~ is the author of We Are All Just Plants and Animals (Metatron, 2016). He is left-handed and has lived in Montreal his entire life. 

~LAUREN TURNER~ is a Montreal-based poet and a recent graduate of Concordia's MA program in Creative Writing. Her work has previously appeared in Geist, Arc Magazine and many other publications.


Out today: The Golem's Mighty Swing by James Sturm

Just in time for spring, we're excited to announce a brand new edition of James Sturm's cult classic is hitting the shelves!! The Golem's Mighty Swing is a graphic novel about a Jewish baseball team in the 1920's, and a graceful exploration of the American Dream. Sturm's iconic work of literature deals with complex and intersecting identities, and addresses a much harsher reality of sports history than one might anticipated. Originally published in 2001, the book has played a huge role in the way we understand graphic novels today!

Wednesday, May 17th : Graphic Novel Book Club: The Interview by Manuele Fior

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 The Interview by Manuele Fior. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, May 17th at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly staff member Saelan Twerdy. Join us for refreshments and collective insights! 

***We are offering a 20% discount on The Interview from now until the meeting date!*** 

Following his critically acclaimed and internationally award-winning debut, 5,000 KM per Second, Manuele Fior returns with The Interview, a near-future sci-fi story that eschews the stars in favor of the interior world of human emotion. Set in Italy in 2048, it follows Raniero, a 50-something psychologist, as his marital problems are compounded by the arrival of mysterious messages from an extraterrestrial civilization. Equal parts cosmic speculation and poignantly observed domestic realism, The Interview heralds Fior's emergence as a major talent in contemporary comics.

Monday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. - Damon Krukowski launches The New Analog

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is pleased to host the release of Damon Krukowski's latest book, The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World, published by The New Press. Krukowski will be in conversation with local professor Jonathan Sterne.

Having made his name in the late 1980s as a member of the indie band Galaxie 500, Damon Krukowski has watched cultural life lurch from analog to digital. And as an artist who has weathered the transition, he has challenging, urgent questions for both creators and consumers about what we have thrown away in the process: Are our devices leaving us lost in our own headspace even as they pinpoint our location? Does the long reach of digital communication come at the sacrifice of our ability to gauge social distance? Do streaming media discourage us from listening closely? Are we hearing each other fully in this new environment?

Rather than simply rejecting the digital disruption of cultural life, Krukowski uses the sound engineer’s distinction of signal and noise to reexamine what we have lost as a technological culture, looking carefully at what was valuable in the analog realm so we can hold onto it. Taking a set of experiences from the production and consumption of music that have changed since the analog era – the disorientation of headphones, flattening of the voice, silence of media, loudness of mastering, and manipulation of time – as a basis for a broader exploration of contemporary culture, Krukowski gives us a brilliant meditation and guide to keeping our heads amid the digital flux. Think of it as plugging in without tuning out.

The event is FREE, and will take place in store at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard West) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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.

Coach House Spring Poetry Launch (Friday May 12th at 7pm)

Join us on Friday, May 12th at 7:00 pm for the launch of Coach House Books' spring poetry lineup!

Shane Rhodes will read from his vital collection of poetry, DEAD WHITE MEN, which uses texts from history's most notorious colonizers to turns ideas of exploration, discovery, finding and keeping back upon themselves. 

Linda Besner will read from FEEL HAPPIER IN NINE SECONDS, her new collection built around a series of brilliantly illuminated poems patterned on a scientific study of synaesthesia and Fisher Price refrigerator magnets.

Sarah Pinder will read from her second book of poetry with Coach House, COMMON PLACE a long poem that explores the stories of shifting, resilient bodies and landscapes bound by systems of capital and power

Véhicule Press Montreal Spring 2017 Launch

Join us on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm as Véhicule Press launches their latest fiction and poetry titles. We're celebrating the publications of the latest novels from Véhicule's Esplanade Books imprint, as well as the latest poetry collections from their Signal Editions imprint.

From Esplanade Books:
- Tumbleweed, by Josip Novakovich
- Sun of a Distant Land, by David Bouchet (translated by Claire Holden Rothman)
- A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream, by Leslie Trites

From Signal Editions:
- Table Manners, by Catriona Wright
- Siren, by Kateri Lanthier

The evening will be hosted by Esplanade Books editor Dimitri Nasrallah.

New D+Q: One! Hundred! Demons!

Are you as excited as we are about the new edition of Lynda Barry's One! Hundred! Demons!? We hope so! 

Reissued in beautiful hardcover by Drawn & Quarterly, Barry's seminal coming of age story, told in seventeen vignettes, remains some of her best work. In this master storyteller's deft hands, demons are confronted and the moments that haunt us -- heartaches, embarrassments, childhood memories -- explored. 

Inspired by a 16th century Zen monk's painting of demons chasing each other down a long scroll, Barry's stories flow into one another, painting the portrait of a life well examined, an introspection as precise and beautiful as the collages founds scattered throughout the pages.

Call it a work of art, call it a tour de force, call it (as Barry herself does) "autobiofictionalography." Whatever it is, it's pure magic.

Free Comic Book Day Preview: Comics from Nobrow!

This Saturday, May 6th, is Free Comic Book Day! In addition to hosting prolific, award-winning children's author Elise Gravel at our store for an all-day book signing, we will also have...yes, FREE COMICS! Here's a sneak peek of what will be available from our friends at Nobrow.

Nobrow's FCBD comic features a peek at the next adventure of Luke Pearson's Hilda, who is coming soon to Netflix in her own show!

The comic included in this booklet picks up where Hilda and the Stone Forest left off.

Also included is a glimpse at Jen Lee's forthcoming graphic novel, Garbage Night, in which juvenile animals scrape to survive in a town abandoned by humans, while still holding out hope for the return of the mythical Garbage Night. It'll be out from Nobrow in June!

RESCHEDULING for Fall 2017 : Zadie Smith for SWING TIME

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 10th Anniversary Reading Series

Zadie Smith & Madeleine Thien
in Conversation for 

Rialto Theatre, 5723 Av du Parc
Date: TBD

We are very sorry to announce that due to an emergency in Zadie Smith’s family our scheduled event with Ms. Smith on the 4th of May 2017 will be rescheduled for Fall 2017. The date is yet to be determined. We apologize for the inconvenience and will honour any tickets already purchased for the fall date. If you have purchased tickets and know that you will not be able to attend in the fall we will be happy to a offer you a refund (please note: if you received the ticket free with book purchase you may not request a refund for the free ticket). 

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you in the Fall. Our thoughts are with Ms. Smith and her family.

Saturday, May 6th is Free Comic Book Day!

It's finally here, that most wonderful day of the year, Free Comic Book Day! Every year on the first Saturday in May comic book lovers unite to revel in mountains of free comics and here at Librairie D+Q we throw down with cookies and juice!

To add to our excitement, there will be an extra special signing by Elise Gravel from 1:00-2:00 pm to kick off her If Found... tour! D+Q's limited edition FCBD offering this year includes a split preview of Guy Delisle's Hostage and the forthcoming Poppies of Iraq by Bridgette Finkdaly and Lewis Trondheim PLUS the Colorful Monsters comic that features four beloved series from the Enfant imprint: new Kitaro, Moomin, Anna and Froga, and Gravel's sketchbook!

The day starts at 10:00 am - don't miss this!

This Shelf Belongs to...Elise Gravel!

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

Elise Gravel is a Governor-General's award-winning children’s book author and cartoonist with over thirty children’s books to her name. Her next book, If Found… which will be published by Drawn & Quarterly on June 6th, offers readers a sneak peek into her sketchbook where colorful monsters, imaginary friends, and grumpy things reign supreme. And on Saturday, May 6th, she'll be signing books at our in-store Kids' Day event!

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

What I'd Say to Martians by Jack Handey 

One of the funniest books I've read in my life. Still laughing out loud just thinking about it. 

Hark, a Vagrant! by Kate Beaton 

What can I say? I want to be Kate Beaton when I grow up. Her jokes are perfect; she seems to know basically everything about everything.

Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

It took me ten pages to get comfy, but by then I was hooked. I could live in this universe for a thousand more pages. Tamaki's style seems so organic and fluid that it feels like we're just watching her dream. 

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro 

This is the first book I read in English as a young woman, and it changed my life. I'm waiting for my daughters to be old enough and I'll give them my old, battered copy as a coming-of-age present. 

Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut 

I had to put a Vonnegut book in this list, but really it could have been any of them. I'm in love with this guy's mind. 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 

The story of this girl raised by extremely incompetent parents blew my mind. How did she survive this; how is that level of resilience even possible? It toned down my own insecurities as a mother, which is always a good thing. 

Anna and Froga (any title) by Anouk Ricard

I love Anna & Froga's sassy humour, simple design and absurd tone; I'd like to hang out with her and her friends from time to time. 

This is Paris by M. Sasek 

All of Sasek's books are such an inspiration to me as an author. The way he talks to his readers as though he was there with them visiting Paris, holding them by the hand, with respect and warmth, is the way I want to talk to kids through my own books. 

Ma Maison by Delphine Durand 

This book might be my very favorite picture book ever. It's impossible to describe; let's just say your kids will read it over and over, from beginning to end end from end to beginning, and find new jokes and fun stuff every time.

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