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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Today! 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, 12 September 2017

New release: Moomin Begins a New Life

Drawn and Quarterly's ENFANT collection comes out with a new title: Moomin Begins a New Life!

A prophet comes to Moominvalley and proclaims that everyone should live a free life. Ants stop working, Moominpappa leaves all responsibilities behind because it is time to let leisure and happiness rule. This new lifestyle causes doubts to arise in people’s minds: living a free life also means being quite lonely at times, and thinking about one's own interests puts the sense of community aside. A beautiful tale bringing up important questions on community and the value of helping others.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Benjamin Hertwig launches SLOW WAR with Klara du Plessis

Join local poet Klara du Plessis and former Montrealer Benjamin Hertwig on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:00 pm for the launch of Slow War, a collection of poems that examine violence, loss, and the legacy of the war in Afghanistan.

In the words of John K. Samson, "We are occasionally lucky enough to encounter a writer we need, like Benjamin Hertwig, who offers solidarity while challenging our assumptions, who illuminates and shades our lives in surprising ways. After reading these poems I can’t imagine a world without them."

BENJAMIN HERTWIG is a writer, potter, and painter whose poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Walrus, Maisonneuve, Matrix, NPR, THIS, Prairie Schooner, and the Literary Review of Canada, among others. He won a National Magazine Award in 2017, and his debut poetry collection, Slow War, is out with MQUP. 

KLARA DU PLESSIS is a poet and critic residing in Montreal. Her chapbook, Wax Lyrical—shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award—was released from Anstruther Press, 2015; a debut collection, Ekke, is forthcoming from Palimpsest Press, Spring 2018. Klara curates the Resonance Reading Series and is the editor for carte blanche.

Tuesday October 24th :
Eileen Myles launches Afterglow (A dog Memoir)

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly 10th anniversary Reading Series


Eileen Myles launches AFTERGLOW (A DOG MEMOIR)

Tuesday, October 24th
Doors 6:00 pm
Event 7:00 pm
The Rialto Hall (5723 ave du parc) 
Tickets available online or in store
$10 or free with purchase of Afterglow at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

“Myles’ work is a perfect example of what happens when you mix raw language with emotion, pets with loss, and sexuality with socioculturalism. . . A captivating look at a poet’s repeated attempt ‘to dig a hole in eternity’ through language.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“For more than 16 years, Myles was companioned by a pit bull named Rosie until Rosie did what dogs do and left the author to navigate a post-Rosie world, solo. In the after of Rosie, poet Myles . . . . writes this unconventional, uncontainable, phantasmagoric memoir of dog and owner. . . . Poetic, heartrending, soothing, and funny, this is a mind-expanding contemplation of creation, the act and the noun, and the creatures whose deaths we presume will precede ours but whose lives make our own better beyond reason. To this, readers should bring tissues, pencil and paper, even their dogs.”
-Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)

“Myles uses a pastiche approach to explore the bodily, cerebral, and esoteric/religious aspects of the grieving process, all of which is portrayed with meditative poignancy . . . Myles depicts the raw pathos of loss with keen insight.” 
-Publishers Weekly

“A ravishingly strange and gorgeous book about a dog that’s really about life and everything there is, Eileen Myles’s Afterglow is a truly astonishing creation.”
 –Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

Rialto Hall Accessibility information:

-The space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible (details: second floor, steps approx. 30 steps, but we will happily help assist in any way we can)

- It is not a sober space, our events sometimes offer alcohol.

Feel free to contact us about any concerns you may have
Friday, 8 September 2017

Official Bookseller: Coach House Poetry Launch at La Vitrola

Join us at La Vitrola on Wednesday, Oct. 11th at 7:00 pm to celebrate the launch of Coach House Books' latest poetry releases with Sina Queyras, Jay Ritchie, and Jeramy Dodds!
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Sina Queyras - My Ariel

A poem-by-poem engagement with Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the towering mythology surrounding it. Where were you when you first read Ariel? Who were you? What has changed in your life? In the lives of women? In My Ariel, Sina Queyras barges into one of the iconic texts of the twentieth century, with her own family baggage in tow, exploring and exploding the cultural norms, forms, and procedures that frame and contain the lives of women.

Jeramy Dodds - Drakkar Noir

Following the Fratellini Family of clowns, Jeramy Dodds astonishes readers and non-readers alike. Techniques such as his patented triumph, the Grand Mal Caesura, along with other favourites, are on display inside. Dodds is a warlock of words, only to be outdone by them, enslaved by them, freed by them - maybe even loved by them. A haunting, yet hilarious depiction of a journey to and fro the furthest limits of the human experiment.

Jay Ritchie - Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie

With an alternating sense of wonder and detachment, Jay Ritchie's first full-length collection of poetry grapples with death, disappointment, love, emails – the large and small subjects of daily life. His unflagging sense of humour and aphoristic delivery create a work that is personable yet elevated, witty, and honest.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Event recap: Naben Ruthnum launches Curry: Eating, Reading and Race

Back on Thursday, August 24th, we had the great pleasure of hosting Toronto-based novelist, book columnist, and cultural critic Naben Ruthnum for the launch of his new book, Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race, the latest entry in Coach House Press' Exploded Views series.

The event was introduced by our own Saelan Twerdy, who recited Ruthnum's various achievements and honours: his short story, ''Cinema Rex,'' won the Journey Prize in 2012, he has been a book columnist for the National Post and written cultural criticism for The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and The Walrus, and his crime fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Joyland. His pseudonym Nathan Ripley's first crime novel, Find You in the Dark, will appear in 2018. He also has a short story forthcoming in Granta.

Ruthnum read a passage from the book's introduction in which he discusses the indefinability of curry and reflects on how food writing (and food in popular culture, referencing one of Paul Giamatti's wine speeches in the film Sideways) often serves a metaphorical function, carrying a weight of meaning that can represent not only personal identity or memory, but the cultural identity of an entire region or people -- in the case of curry, the South Asian diaspora. In South Asian diasporic writing, Ruthnum explains, ''curry is an abiding metaphor for connection, nostalgia, homecoming, and distance from family and country.''

Afterwards, Naben and Saelan sat down for a lively conversation. Thanks to their long acquaintance, they had plenty of material for digging into the personal quality of Curry. The book is, in a way, a manifesto for the kind of literature that Ruthnum wants to write and the kind of writer he wants to be, as well as a struggle with the expectations thrust upon writers like him -- ie., that South Asian diasporic writers will write what he calls ''currybooks.'' Writing Curry, for Ruthnum, entailed wrestling with why he doesn't want to produce currybooks at the same as he came to admit the actual value and function of books that fall into that category.

Thanks again to everyone who came out! It was a great night. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

TOP 5: August's Bestselling Graphic Novels

The tally is in - these are the bestselling graphic novels of August 2017!

Crawl Space - Jesse Jacobs

Mooncop - Tom Gauld

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

Uncomfortaby Happily - Yeon-Sik Hong (And as this month's book club pick you'll get 20% off til Wednesday September 13th!)

The Customer is Always Wrong - Mimi Pond

New DQ: Poppies of Iraq

We're so pleased to welcome Poppies of Iraq to our shelves today! Written by Brigitte Findakly and illustrated by her husband, cartoonist Lewis Trondheim, the memoir tenderly chronicles a childhood touched by war, loss, and oppressive regimes.

With spare and intimate detail, Poppies of Iraq (translated from the French by Helge Dascher) recounts Findakly's experience growing up as the child of middle class Orthodox Christians in an increasingly hostile Mosul. Her family's eventual move to Paris, and their hope for the best for their homeland, is told with nuance and nostalgia, painting an astounding portrait of exile, loneliness, and the unshakable connection to home. 

Some praise for Poppies of Iraq:

"Poppies of Iraq is a beautiful portrait of a life lived in cultural translation, its pages filled with humor and a nostalgia made complicated with age."—Bomb Magazine

"This personal portrayal of the impact of war and societal upheaval on one family will help many Western readers to see how the past half-century of conflict has devastated a region rich in ancient culture. Small in size but large in impact, this intimate memoir is a highly relevant and compassionate story of family, community, prejudice, and the struggle to love when the forces of the world push groups apart."—Kirkus

"Expressive and poetic, this nuanced book brings to the fore memories of an Iraqi childhood, the country's culture and its wisdom, in face of...current events. ...An essential read."—Le Figaro
Monday, 4 September 2017

Top 5: August's bestselling cookbooks!

Can you guess which cookbooks lit your culinary hearts aflame this past month? Here are the top five six:

Power Bowls (DK)
Eaten Back to Life (Jonah Campbell)

Mighty Salads (Food52)
Herbarium (Caz Hildebrand)

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton)
Tokyo Cult Recipes (Maori Murota)

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