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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.

RSVP here

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.

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