Inaugural La Petite Librairie Event!
David Chariandy launches BROTHER recap

Last night, the 28th of September, we had the pleasure of hosting David Chariandy for the first event at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, our new children's store and events space. The store—located on 176 Bernard, just east of the flagship Librairie—will be open for business as of this Saturday, the 30th of September! (That's tomorrow).

David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. He is one of the co-founders of Commodore Books, the first and only black literary press in Western Canada.
In Brother, his second novel, which has already been named to the Giller Prize longlist, Chariandy seizes his native Scarborough in a sensory whirlwind, and pens an aching elegy from one brother to another in precisely-wrought, guttural lyricism.

Chariandy reading to a rapt full house.

After the reading, Chariandy was joined in conversation by the inimitable Rawi Hage, local literary celebrity, photographer, and author of the Giller and Governor General-nominated Cockroach, among other books. 

Some standout quotes from an engrossing conversation: 

"What greater tragedy can there be than if throughout a rightful exercise of self-protection you are condemned to a profoundly bitter end? What greater tragedy can there be? Especially if that rightful act of self protection is to protect someone you love?"

"A powerful type of work can be done through the language of kinship for the disenfranchised."

"It took me ten years to write this short book. And I didn’t just joke around, I was working hard for those ten years ... There were many different ways in which I failed and then failed again and then failed better."

Thank you to everyone who came out, and an especially big thank you to both Rawi Hage and David Chariandy for the perfect inaugural event at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. We hope to see you out on Saturday!

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 will be joined TONIGHT, 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.

Guillaume Morissette launches The Original Face

Guillaume Morissette launches The Original Face: A novel 
in conversation with Heather O'Neill 
La Gare, 5333 Avenue Casgrain #102
Saturday, October 7th
Doors: 7 pm, event: 7h30

Veuillez noter que la présentation sera en anglais.

Join us on Saturday, October 7th at La Gare to celebrate the launch of Guillaume Morissette’s second novel, published by Véhicule Press. The Original Face is set in Montreal, Toronto & Newfoundland & follows a year in the life of an internet artist working freelance.

A fall book pick—Bomb Magazine

"Might be the first great Canadian novel about millennials,"—The Globe & Mail, "Most anticipated books of the rest of 2017"

"The Original Face conquers the conflict of money, art and love in a way that resonated with me to my core." –Chloe Caldwell, author of Women and I’ll Tell You in Person

This event will be hosted by Dimitri Nasrallah, editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint of Véhicule Press.
Heather O'Neill is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has won CBC Canada Reads.

Guillaume Morissette is the author of the the novel New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 First Novel Award, and the 2014 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. If you can, adopt a senior dog from a rescue center near you.

Thank you to La Gare for hosting this event!

New & Notable: McSweeney's issue 50!

Highly anticipated and newly arrived in store, the gorgeous 50th issue of McSweeney's Quarterly features stories, essays, treatises, manifestos, letters, comics, and illustrated travel diaries from fifty high profile and hugely talented contributors.

With work from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jonathan Lethem, Lydia Davis, Heidi Julavits, Sheila Heti, Sherman Alexie, Carrie Brownstein, Patton Oswalt, Valeria Luiselli, Etgar Keret, Sarah Manguso, Lilli Carré, and Jesse Jacobs (pictured below), there's a little something for every reader and every taste.

McSweeney's quarterly publications never disappoint, and this beautiful object is the perfect latest addition to our growing collection from the always entertaining non-profit publisher from San Francisco!

PS. Flip open the dust jacket for a special surprise poster!

Phyllis Rudin launches My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur

Join Phyllis Rudin for the launch of her second novel, My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur, on October 19th at 7 pm! She will be accompanied by special guest reader Jack Hannan (The Poet is a Radio) for a reading, Q&A, and book signing.

In this coming-of-age story, Benjie Gabai is convinced he’s been the victim of a terrible cosmic hoax. Instead of being born in the 18th century as a French-Canadian voyageur, God has plunked him down in present-day Montreal, into a family that views his fur trade obsession as proof that their Benjie, once so bursting with promise, has well and truly lost it. Benjie serves out his days as caretaker of The Bay’s poky in-store fur trade museum, dusting and polishing the artifacts that fuel his imagination. When he learns his museum is about to be closed down, scattering his precious collection to the four winds, he hatches a plan that risks bringing his voyageur illusions lapping dangerously up against reality.

 My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur melds Canadian frontier history with the madcap adventures of a young man who is not yet ready to meet adulthood head on.

Phyllis Rudin’s writing has been published in numerous periodicals including The Massachusetts Review, Agni, Prism International and Prairie Fire. Her short story “Candlepower,” which appeared in This Magazine, won its Great Canadian Literary Hunt in 2010. Her first novel, Evie, the Baby and the Wife, a fictionalized account of the Vancouver to Ottawa Abortion Caravan, was published by Inanna Publications in 2014. Phyllis Rudin has lived in the US and France, and now makes her home in Montreal where she is engaged in a project to walk every street in the city. For more information, visit

Wednesday, September 20th: Double Launch! Eliza Robertson and Nicolas Dickner

Join us TONIGHT at 7PM at 211 Bernard for the launch of not one, but two fantastic authors.

RSVP here

About the authors:

Eliza Robertson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and Curtis Brown Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize and selected as a New York Times editor's choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, comes out with Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury this fall.

Born in Rivière-du-Loup in 1972, Nicolas Dickner grew up in Quebec and studied visual arts and literature in university. Afterwards, he travelled extensively in Europe and Latin America before settling in Montreal, where he now resides. Dickner won two literary awards for his first published work, the 2002 short story collection L’encyclopédie du petit cercle, including the Prix Adrienne-Choquette for the best collection of short fiction of the year. Dickner’s first novel, Nikolski, garnered rave reviews and prestigious awards, including the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Prix littéraire des collegians, the Prix Anne-Hébert for best first book, and France’s Prix Printemps des lecteurs — Lavinal. The English edition was translated by Lazer Lederhendler.

Read about the books!
Six Degrees of Freedom - here and here
Demi-Gods - here and here

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

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.


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

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.

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. 

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

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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