New D&Q: Bad Friends by Ancco

Bad Friends, by Korean comic artist Ancco, is now in stores! Born in 1983 just outside of Seoul, Ancco began publishing brutally honest diary comics in 2002. When she published the original Korean edition of Bad Friends in 2012, it won the Korean Comics Today prize. In 2016, the French translation won the Prix Révélation at Angoulême.

Set during the author's adolescence in the 1990s in a South Korea torn between tradition and Western modernity and haunted by an air of generalized gloom, Bad Friends follows a friendship between two girls, Pearl and Jong-ae, as they attempt to find a place for themselves while caught up in cycles of abuse.

Haunted by an air of generalized gloom, the characters in Bad Friends each enact violence within their power structures: parents beat children, teachers beat students, older students beat younger students. But amid the bleakness, Ancco pulls back with soft moments of friendship between Pearl and her best friend, Jeong-ae. What unfolds is a story of female friendship, a Ferrante-esque connection formed through youthful excess, malaise, and struggle that stays with the young women into adulthood.

Bad Friends is translated from Korean by Janet Hong, an award-winning writer and translator based in Vancouver, Canada. Her translations include Han Yujoo’s The Impossible Fairy Tale (Graywolf Press, 2017) and Ha Seong-nan’s The Woman Next Door (forthcoming from Open Letter Books in 2019). She is currently long listed for the 2018 PEN Translation Prize.

R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries, writes that, "Ancco’s Bad Friends is the unforgettable story of a lost, pivotal friendship. I read it in a single sitting, thrilled by its power, ingenuity, and grace. I love this book." Discover it for yourself!

This shelf belongs to...Tess Liem!

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 Tess Liem!

Tess Liem is a queer writer living in Montreal, Tiotia:ke, the traditional territory of the Mohawk nation. She is the author of the chapbook Tell everybody I say hi (Anstruther 2017) and her writing has appeared in Plenitude, Room Magazine, PRISM, Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and elsewhere. Her essay "Rice Cracker" won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize in 2015. Her new collection of poems, OBITS, is available from Coach House Books.

All of Tess' picks will be 15% off for the month of October. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find:

1. Holy Wild by Gwen BenawayThese are poems of experience, poems of recovering language and recovering oneself. They are poems of love and violence. Benaway describes this collection best herself: “my poetry acts as the mediator between the world and my body, my ancestors and my gender.” On first read my favourite poem is “Root,” but I’ve already folded down the corners of most of the pages of this book. 

2. Dear friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life byYiyun LiThis is the kind of memoir which is fascinated with books, or the kind of criticism which is fascinated with being a sad person. Li talks about her favourite writers, and two instances of checking herself into the psych ward. This is an incredibly sensitive and refreshing reflection on a life that is filled with a love of every unit of language co-existing with the realities of chronic depression. 

3. What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen OyeyemiWhat makes the stories in Oyeyemi’s book so enjoyable is their ability to make me feel as though I am teetering between an uncanny, familiar world and one that is always slightly shifting, is always hinting at its fantastic elements. Oyeyemi's stories are smart, wryly funny, and often punch-you-in-your-guts-with-a-feeling good. Really, just read anything by her.

4. nîtisânak by Lindsay NixonSince this book was announced, I’ve read whatever essays I could find by Nixon. Their writing is just so smart, so thoughtful, and writing about queer Indigenous ethics, life, and loss is important(!). To read their writing is to truly be in some talented hands.

5. We're Not Going to Do Better Next Time by Lauren TurnerTurner skillfully renews the story of Samson and Delilah and the concerns of this chapbook are urgent and necessary. Don’t worry about the original story though, you already know it, maybe you've lived it. These poems sparkle, sharpen, and cut. Get a copy of this while you can, before LT gets famous.

6. How does a single blade of grass thank the sun? by Doretta LauLau casually sneaks you into her delightfully bizarre premises—like communicative time travel—and out again without effort or explanation because these stories share in elements of humour, wonder, and the often (or always!) quietly painful inner lives of her characters. What’s more is that sometimes these characters get resolve, sometimes they are relieved, and one reviewer said those types of endings are weak, but I think he was totally wrong. 

7. You Are Not Dead by Wendy XuIn my favourite poem in this collection, Xu writes, “I don’t know if you understand me when I say hopefully there is a future and we are both allowed in it.” I am stunned by how Xu strings sentences together, how she can pull off shifting from the subtly absurd to the pointedly hopeful to the tree that is a ship that is your memory. These poems are songs, they are studies in how to write poetry that makes you feel like living.

8. Boundless by Jillian TamakiI listened to Tamaki talk to Aliya Pabani on a podcast called Imposter. Pabani asked, “how do you draw sound?” and I don’t know, I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out the answer. Whether or not you're interested in such a question, you won't be disappointed. 

New D+Q: Art Comic by Matthew Thurber

Matthew Thurber's Art Comic is now in stores! Art Comic places the art world under a harsh and hilarious microscope; skewering anything and everything--at every turn.

Follow Cupcake, the Matthew Barney obsessive, Epiphany née Tiffany Clydesdale, the divinely-inspired performance artist, Ivanhoe, a modern Knight is search of artistic vengeance, and his Squire, Turnbuckle. Each artist is more ridiculous than the last, yet they are tested and transformed by the even more absurd machinations of Thurber’s fantastical art world.

Art Comic has something for everyone; pirates, horses, anthropomorphic pigs, even a musical interlude. It is populated with all your favourite artists and celebrities; Robert Rauschenberg, Francesca Woodman, Elton John, Bowie, and more!

Whether you're an art lover, or exasperated by the art world, or both, this is the book for you. Stop by today for your copy!

New D&Q: Pyongyang (new edition) by Guy Delisle

The new edition of Guy Delisle's Pyongyang is officially out today! First published in French in 2003 and in English (by Drawn & Quarterly) in 2005, Pyongyang is one of Guy Delisle’s most iconic travelogue comics, taking the reader on an unprecedented and wryly humorous docu-graphic tour of closed-off North Korea, where photography is restricted and journalists are forbidden. This book, which made Delisle's career, has been an international bestseller for over ten years.

More relevant than ever, Pyongyang has been freshly reissued with a new cover and an introduction by film director Gore Verbinski, who had hoped to adapt the book for the screen before the project was deemed too geopolitically volatile.

While living in the nation's capital for two months on a work visa, Delisle observed everything he was allowed to see of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered, bringing a sardonic and skeptical perspective on a place rife with propaganda. Delisle himself is the ideal foil for North Korean spin, the grumpy outsider who brought a copy of George Orwell’s 1984 with him into the totalitarian nation.

As a guide to the country, Delisle is a non-believer with a keen eye for the humor and tragedy of dictatorial whims, expressed in looming architecture and tiny, omnipresent photos of the President. The absurd vagaries of everyday life become fodder for a frustrated animator’s musings as boredom and censorship sink in.

Pyongyang is an informative, personal, and accessible look at a dangerous and enigmatic country which has recently been the target of the American presidency's unpredictable whims and inflammatory rhetoric. Read it today!

New D+Q: Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

Aminder Dhaliwal's debut graphic novel Woman World is in stores today! Dhaliwal began writing Woman World as an Instagram comic in 2017 and quickly gained an enthusiastic following. Now those comics, as well as new never-before-seen material, are collected together for readers to own and enjoy!

Set in a futuristic world, a strange birth defect renders the planet void of men. The remaining population of women must come together to build the foundation for a new society - Woman World.

In this new community, the characters of Woman World fall in and out of love, seek out knowledge about the past, and share many funny moments.

Click here to visit Aminder Dhaliwal's author page, and stop by the store to pick up a copy of Woman World!

Announcing: Kazu Kibuishi at the Rialto Theatre for Amulet #8: Supernova

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents:

The bestselling creator of Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi, launching Supernova (Amulet # 8)!
Presentation followed by a Q+A and author signing

Thanksgiving Monday, October 8th, 2018
Doors open at 3pm - Presentation at 4pm
Rialto Theatre, 5723 Av du Parc

$5 for adults and up to 2 free tickets for children under 12 with adult purchase
Available online or in store
Suggested age: 8+

To prepurchase the book or for any questions, please contact one of the two Drawn & Quarterly bookstores by phone at : 514-279-2279 (La Petite) or 514-279-2224 (Librairie Drawn & Quarterly) or via email at :

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times Bestselling AMULET graphic novel series, published by Scholastic Graphix. He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the EXPLORER and FLIGHT Comic Anthologies, and the creator of the webcomic Copper. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award in 2005. In 2012, he illustrated the covers for the Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks.

Kazu currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. He also speaks at schools. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, author Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their children.

Supernova (Amulet Book Eight)

Emily has lost control of her Amulet and is imprisoned in the Void, where she must find a way to escape the influence of the Voice. Meanwhile, Emily's brother, Navin, travels to Lighthouse One, a space station where the Resistance is preparing to battle the approaching Shadow forces that would drain Alledia of all its resources. Emily and Navin must be smarter and stronger than ever to ensure Alledia's survival.

Gary Shteyngart launches Lake Success at the Rialto Hall

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and Penguin Random House present 
Gary Shteyngart in conversation with Joseph Rosen for the launch of Lake Success.

Rialto Hall, 5711 Avenue Du Parc
Doors at 6 pm, event at 7 pm

Tickets on sale online and in store! 15% discount on Lake Success with ticket. 

The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.

"Shteyngart, perhaps more than any American writer of his generation, is a natural. He is light, stinging, insolent and melancholy... he doesn't disappoint."The New York Times

Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema—a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth—has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.

GARY SHTEYNGART is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan, and The Russian Debutante's Handbook. His memoir, Little Failure, was named one of the best books of 2014 by more than 45 publications and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, Esquire, GQ, Travel + Leisure, and many others.

JOSEPH ROSEN is a writer, teacher, and dad based in Montreal’s bagel district. His writings have appeared in The WalrusMaisonneuven+1 magazineThe Montreal GazetteShtetl Montreal & elsewhere. Rosen teaches at Dawson College in Montreal, and is an affiliated researcher at Concordia University’s Curating and Public Scholarship Lab. He has a PhD in how messed up the world is, but he hasn’t given up hope yet.

New D+Q: Berlin by Jason Lutes!

Jason Lutes' Berlin is out today! 20 years in the making, this epic narrative tracks the rise of fascism through years in the titular city before WWII. Lutes has been publishing Berlin in serialized comics with Drawn + Quarterly for two decades The final installment was published last spring, and this edition brings the whole story together in a one volume.  An incredible comic achievement!

Berlin's story is seen through they eyes of the everyday. It is populated with journalists and artists, communists and fascists, the hopeful and the resigned. Through these characters, we witness the ways in which radical political shifts are quickly normalized. 

It is required reading in trying to comprehend the current high-stakes political and social divisions happening in the US right now, in addition to nations especially impacted by migration, injustice, and rising wealth disparity. 

For those who already have the first two paperback editions of Berlin, the third and final volume, City of Light is also available in the store, although the complete edition is a must-have for every comic enthusiast.

This Shelf Belongs to... Rawi Hage!

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 Rawi Hage!

Rawi Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war during the 1970s and 1980s. He immigrated to Canada in 1992 and now lives in Montreal. His first novel, De Niro's Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for the best English-language book published anywhere in the world. Both of his subsquent novels Cockroach and Carnival were awarded the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and a finalist for the Governor General's Award. His is also a Giller and Governor General Award nominee and his work has been translated into 30 languages.

Hage's most recent book, Beirut Hellfire Society is launched at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on September 11th, 2018!

All of Rawi's picks will be 15% off for the month of September. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find:

By Daniil Kharms
A collection of writings and poems by one of the founders of a Russian absurdist movement.

By Chester Brown
A pleasurable exploration of the world of prostitution. 

By Susan Sontag
An essential read for every hipster who uses a Lomo camera.

New D&Q: Lisa Hanawalt's Coyote Doggirl

New from Bojack Horseman producer Lisa Hanawalt comes the story of Coyote Doggirl: dreamer, drama queen, brave adventurer, and self-assured hot mess. Half dog and half coyote, she rides where she wants, sews her own crop tops, and needs help from nobody.

Following Coyote as she hunts for her trusty steed Red and attempts to exact her revenge on the dirty dogs who wronged her, Coyote Doggirl is, as Priestdaddy author Patricia Lockwood says, a "story of flight and vengeance, sunsets and sagebrush, love and leather underwear. Hanawalt's blues could be set in the sky and belong there; her pinks are almost alive."

New D&Q: The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson!

The Moomins and the Great Flood, the very first Moomin book by beloved author/illustrator Tove Jansson (it was published in Finland in 1945), is out today in a new edition from Drawn & Quarterly!

Written during the 1939-40 Finnish-Soviet Union conflict, or The Winter War, Jansson uses the unusual setting of a natural catastrophe to provide the background of her first children’s book and the first appearance of her cherished Moomin characters. Though written as an escape from the horrors of war and its consequences, Jansson uses them as a basis for the many obstacles that the characters face, from separated families to forced displacement.

Separated from Moominpappa and wandering without a home, Moominmamma and Moomintroll need to find a place to settle down for the winter, someplace sunny and safe from the dangers of the unknown. But before they can rest, they must cross a dark and sinister forest and find their way through a flood of epic proportions -- though they make some friends along the way, like Sniff (here referred to only as "the little creature") and the fair Tulippa.

The grim setting and constant misfortune that befall the characters are an apt introduction to the unique sensibility that makes Jansoon's Moomin books so enduring charming: the mix of innocent wonder and tough-minded Scandinavian existentialism. The Moomins' journey seems daunting but they forge ahead, with Moominmamma’s kindness and patience giving Moomin the courage he needs to face the strange, unexplored path that lies ahead of them.

With its beautiful sepia-toned watercolours and curious, playful prose, The Moonins and the Great Flood will have you rooting for the Moomins and their quest to find Moominpappa and a place to call home. For die-hard Moomin fans or those new to the characters, this book is sure to delight.

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