Thurs September 28th: David Chariandy launches BROTHER with Rawi Hage

Please join us at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard West) on Thursday September 28th at 7pm for the launch of BROTHER.  

David Chariandy will be in conversation with Rawi Hage.
There will be reading, and signing.
RSVP here

BROTHER has been nominated for the Giller Prize!
Read the interview with David Chariandy in the Quill & Quire

About the book:

An intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.
With shimmering prose and mesmerizing precision, David Chariandy takes us inside the lives of Michael and Francis. They are the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, their father has disappeared and their mother works double, sometimes triple shifts so her boys might fulfill the elusive promise of their adopted home. 

Coming of age in The Park, a cluster of town houses and leaning concrete towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city, Michael and Francis battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry -- teachers stream them into general classes; shopkeepers see them only as thieves; and strangers quicken their pace when the brothers are behind them. Always Michael and Francis escape into the cool air of the Rouge Valley, a scar of green wilderness that cuts through their neighbourhood, where they are free to imagine better lives for themselves. 

Propelled by the pulsing beats and styles of hip hop, Francis, the older of the two brothers, dreams of a future in music. Michael's dreams are of Aisha, the smartest girl in their high school whose own eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere. But the bright hopes of all three are violently, irrevocably thwarted by a tragic shooting, and the police crackdown and suffocating suspicion that follow.
With devastating emotional force David Chariandy, a unique and exciting voice in Canadian literature, crafts a heartbreaking and timely story about the profound love that exists between brothers and the senseless loss of lives cut short with the shot of a gun.

About the author:

DAVID CHARIANDY grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. His debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and nominations from eleven literary awards juries, including a Governor General's Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Brother is his second novel.


“A brilliant, powerful elegy from a living brother to a lost one, yet pulsing with rhythm, and beating with life.” – Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

“Mesmerizing. Poetic. Achingly Soulful. Brother is a pitch-perfect song of masculinity and tenderness, and of the ties of family and community.” – Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes

“A novel long in the making and brilliantly, concisely powerful in the reading.” – Madeleine Thien, author of the Giller Prize-winning Do Not Say We Have Nothing

This shelf belongs to...Kai Cheng Thom!

Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This September, we bring you recommendations from Kei Cheng Thom!

KAI CHENG THOM aka LADY SIN TRAYDA is a fiery writer, performer, spoken word artist and drag-dance sensation. Her first novel, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir was recently published by Metonymy Press, and her first full-length poetry collection is due from Arsenal Pulp Press in April 2017.

All of Kai’s picks will be 15% off for the month of September. The theme of this list is “unnatural women” – monstresses, murderesses, witches, transsexuals and all of our kindred! Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on her shelf:

On Loving Women - Diane Obamsawin
Obamsawin's graphic novel is a short collection of even shorter autobiographical vignettes that illustrate life, love, and lesbian coming of age with deceptively simple art and storytelling. Deliciously weird - the characters are all rendered in simple line drawings as women with human bodies and animal heads - and touchingly frank, On Loving Women is a bittersweet slice of life.

Salt Fish Girl – Larissa Lai
Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl is an oft-underappreciated, massively important addition to the canons of Chinese-Canadian, queer, and lesbian literature. A truly gut-wrenching “tail” of a fallen goddess, a not-so-futuristic society overrun by capitalism, and a genetic conspiracy, this book is gorgeous lyricism, mythological resonance, and sexy, sly political commentary.

Sub Rosa – Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn’s haunting urban fantasy about a group of magical sex workers known as the Glories, who live and work in a secret pleasure district known as Sub Rosa (Italian for “under the rose”), is a queer femme classic. It was also a foundational inspiration for my own first novel.

Bodymap – Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha
In her third collection of poems, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha plunges deep into the raw, beating-heart realities of living though ableism, racism, and trauma, mapping the uncharted territory of stories that are too often pushed to the margins.

Monstress – Marjorie Liu
Graphic novelist superstar Marjorie Liu brings us a terrifying world of war, magic, and monstrosity. It’s Game of Thrones but feminist, racialized, and in comic-book form. What’s not to like?

Psycho Nymph Exile – Porpentine Charity Heartscape
Multimedia artist and video game maker Porpentine takes magical girl anime, sci-fi, and cyberpunk, plunges her fingers into their eyeballs, and turns their faces inside out in this horrific-yet-beautiful novella that tells the love story of a “trash girl” and depowered superheroine who live in a twisted dimension where men don’t exist, child soldiers pilot biomechanical weapons shaped like giant women, and trauma is a biological disease.

Reacquainted With Life – KOKUMO
This Lambda-Award winning poetry collection is a punch to the face of hypocritical social justice politics and assimilationist community leaders. KOKUMO’s words are a gasp for air, an electric storm, a pair of welcoming arms for those who are in search of life.

Wild Seed – Octavia Butler
A sci-fi classic by the mistress herself: Octavia Butler spins a deceptively simple tale that strikes chords at the core of issues of race, gender, sex, abuse and intimacy in this prequel installment of her Patternist series.

Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman
The only mass-market title you will find on this list, and something a of a guilty pleasure – before Alice Hoffman’s bittersweet story about two witchy sisters, one in search of love and the other in search of safety, was turned into a so-cheesy-it’s-delicious movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, it was a startlingly sophisticated novel about intergenerational relationships between women surviving stigma, betrayal, and each other.

Super Mutant Magic Academy – Jillian Tamaki
Jillian Tamaki takes us into the heart of the “magical boarding school” trope to deliver a strikingly poignant story about growing up and loss.

New D+Q: Tom Gauld's Goliath in Paperback!

Out today is the new paperback edition of Scottish cartoonist Tom Gauld's Goliath. This version of the biblical tale told from Goliath's perspective strikes a delicate balance between humour and melancholy, and is not to be missed!  

Gauld's Goliath character is a gentle giant fond of administrative work, with no interest whatsoever in combat, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of warrior simply due to his remarkable size. He enjoys the solitude and beauty of the landscape of the Valley of Elah, and befriends his nine year-old shield bearer, but dreads the daily ritual of issuing a menacing challenge to the Israelites across the valley: 

Rather than glorifying David's victory as most traditional interpretations of this biblical tale tend to do, Gauld's version flips the standard narrative. Gauld's Goliath, with his quiet nature, pacifist attitude, gentle soul, and appreciation of nature, embodies qualities that are often undervalued (in contrast to the fierceness, bravado, and ruthlessness required for triumph in battle). Gauld's minimal illustration style adds to both the pathos and the comical aspects of the book.

You might recognize Gauld's illustrations from his work for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, or his previous D+Q books (Mooncop, You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack). Goliath was his debut D+Q publication, and we are delighted to offer it in a new softcover format. Stay tuned for his upcoming comics collection Baking with Kafka coming out this fall!

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!***

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.

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!

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.

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.

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, 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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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.

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

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...


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!

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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