*TONIGHT* Pascal Girard launches Ours, brun, blanc, noir

Join author and illustrator Pascal Girard for the launch of Ours, brun, blanc, noir, on Friday, February 23rd from 5-7pm, at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.

Pascal Girard was born in 1981 in Jonquière, Québec. Dating back to his early days at school desks, he has been filling the margins of his notebooks with drawings. Since he couldn't shake the habit, naturally he made it his career. Ours is his 5th book with La Pastèque.


Lancement du livre Ours, brun, blanc, noir en compagnie de l'auteur Pascal Girard.

Pascal Girard est né à Jonquière en 1981. Dès sa première journée sur les bancs d’école, il commence à remplir de dessins les marges de ses cahiers et agendas. Comme il n’a jamais pu se débarrasser de cette bonne habitude, il a naturellement décidé d’en faire son métier. Ours est son 5e livre à La Pastèque.

Tous les ours que l’on trouve aujourd’hui dans le monde ont pour ancêtre commun un petit animal appelé Ursavus, qui vivait il y a environ 20 millions d’années. Ce carnivore, de la taille d’un petit chien Terrier, s’est établi à différents endroits sur la planète. Il existe aujourd’hui huit espèces d’ours dans le monde, et toutes, sauf l’ours noir d’Amérique, sont menacées.

New D+Q: Red Colored Elegy (PB) by Seiichi Hayashi

Red Colored Elegy is officially out today in a new paperback edition. The book, originally published in Japanese in 1970-71, portrays the sparse world of a melancholy, disenfranchised couple, who struggle to get by and to relate to one another.

Seiichi Hayashi was inspired by both the underground Japanese comics of the time and French New Wave cinema, the result of which is a disorienting and achingly beautiful graphic portrayal of love, or something like it.

The new edition published today includes a fascinating and lengthy new essay by Ryan Holmberg. 

David Gutnick & Mathilde Cinq-Mars launch Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me

You are invited to celebrate the launch of Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me! In his first children's book, radio documentarian David Gutnick tells the story of fellow Montrealer Daniel Mergler, who for over fifty years inspired students with his dedication to teaching and love of music. David will be joined by illustrator Mathilde Cinq-Mars, with plans for a reading and craft activity. The event will take place at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.) on Sunday, March 18th, from 5-7pm. Everyone welcome!

About the book:
Not long after arriving in Canada from China, a young girl and her father bump into a kind old man at their local park. They have no idea that he has been teaching young people music for over fifty years. Mr. Mergler can hear music in a way that most of us can’t, and he knows that this little girl has a talent that, with encouragement, will grow into something magical. He offers to give her music lessons, a gift that will tie them together forever. Inspired by the life of Daniel Mergler, a wonderful musician who loved to teach and whose generous spirit inspired generations of Montreal music students.

About the authors:

Author David Gutnick makes radio documentaries for CBC/Radio-Canada. Over the past 30 years he's done stories on former child slaves in Togo, secret religious services in Beijing, and ballet dancers in an American maximum-security prison. He also writes about art and trains for Ironman triathlons. David lives in Montreal with his wife and their dog Freya, and has a grown daughter and stepson.

David will be joined by illustrator Mathilde Cinq-Mars. Mathilde is a graduate of the Université de Strasbourg in visual arts. She works as a freelance illustrator for many publishers and magazines. She lives and works in Trois-Rivières with her daughter.

Launch of Time Machine !

Very excited to be hosting the launch of Time Machine, Thursday February 15th!

Free copies of Time Machine will be given out at this event which runs from 5pm-7pm.

Time Machine is a unique Comic Book created by:

– Inuit youth and elders from Igloolik, in the Canadian Arctic
– Haida youth in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, Canada
– and people collaborating on Time Machine.

Time Machine lets people travel in time, through their past, present and future, through reality and fantasy to create their own comic with visuals and language, about community, culture, the land, plants, animals and traditional stories. Time Machine is a way to reconnect through comics to ancestral knowledge and myths. See the past and present and imagine the future.

Graphic Novel Book Club: Present by Leslie Stein

TONIGHT! Graphic Novel Book Club: Present by Leslie Stein

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 February is Present by Leslie Stein. We will meet at Tonight, Feb 13th, at 7 pm at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Rue Bernard Ouest). The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly staff member Chantale Potié. Join us for refreshments and collective insights!

***We are offering a 20% discount on Present from now until the meeting date!***

Stein's dreamy and vibrant watercolour drawings deftly match the blissful energy of the artist as portrayed in her comics. Even when exploring feelings of loneliness, sadness, and rejection, Stein remains a bright presence with wit and cheer. This collection of stories slash diary comics is a generous compilation of her daily interactions, observations, memories, and thoughts. Stein has been a longtime comic contributor at VICE.com, publishing weekly short comics that are as delightful as they are honest and vulnerable.

*TONIGHT* Tommi Parrish launches The Lie and How We Told It

Please join Montreal artist and cartoonist Tommi Parrish as they read from their newest book, The Lie and How We Told It. The event will take place at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.), on Friday, February 9th, at 7pm. 

After a chance encounter, two formerly close friends try to salvage whatever is left of their decaying relationship. They are in for an awkward, painful night that leaves them feeling lonelier, more uncertain, and more estranged than ever before. Parrish’s first graphic novel for Fantagraphics is a visual tour de force, always in the service of the author’s ever-prevalent themes: navigating queer desire, masculinity, fear, and the ever-in-flux state of friendships. 

Parrish makes emotionally loaded painted comics about everyday relationships, doubts, and anxieties. The psychological acuity in the work pairs perfectly to the graphic style. The Lie and How We Told It is a remarkably resonant work from an exciting new voice in contemporary graphic novels.

Tommi Parrish is a cartoonist, illustrator, and art editor based in Montreal, QC. They have previously published Perfect Hair (2dcloud, 2017), and a number of zines. 

New Reads Book Club: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

D+Q's newest book club – New Reads!

Every 4-6 weeks, D+Q invites our wonderful customers to dive into the new book that everyone is talking about, which we will discuss in our New Reads bookclub. On Wednesday, March 14th, we will be mulling over Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing. The discussion will be hosted by Drawn & Quarterly Publicist Sruti Islam. Join us for refreshments and collective insights!

**We offer a 20% discount on Sing, Unburied, Sing from now until the meeting date.**

We regret that the bookstore is not accessible. There is a step at the entrance, followed by a half step and a door that opens inward. Once inside, there are no additional steps to access the bathroom, although the bathroom space is narrow. Alcohol will be served.

Jo Walton launches Starlings

You are invited to join Montreal-based novelist and poet Jo Walton for the launch of her latest book, Starlings. She will be reading and signing at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Monday, February 26th, at 7 p.m. Any and all are welcome! 

Starlings is an intimate first flight of short fiction from award-winning novelist Jo Walton (Among Others, The King’s Peace, Necessity). An ancient coin cyber-spies on lovers and thieves. The magic mirror sees all but can do nothing. A cloned savior solves a fanatically-inspired murder. Three Irish siblings thieve treasures with bad poetry and the aid of the Queen of Cats. With these captivating initial glimpses into her storytelling psyche, Jo Walton shines through subtle myths and reinvented realities. Through eclectic stories, subtle vignettes, inspired poetry, and more, Walton soars with humans, machines, and magic—rising from the every day into the universe itself. 

“Exquisitely written feats of imagination, each one leaving an impression long after it’s done.” —Kelley Armstrong, author of Rituals and Led Astray 

Jo Walton has published thirteen novels, most recently Necessity. A fourteenth, Lent is due out early in Fall 2018. She has also published three poetry collections and an essay collection. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, the World Fantasy Award for Tooth and Claw in 2004, the Hugo and Nebula awards for Among Others in 2012, and in 2014, both the Tiptree Award for My Real Children and the Locus Award for What Makes This Book So Great. She comes from Wales but lives in Montreal where the food and books are much better.

This Shelf Belongs to ... Geneviève Godbout

Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This month we bring you recommendations from Geneviève Godbout! Be sure to catch the launch of Geneviève's latest book The Pink Umbrella and story time reading this Saturday, February 10th. 

Geneviève est née et a grandi dans la campagne québécoise. Elle a étudié en animation traditionnelle au Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, avant de poursuivre sa formation à Gobelins à Paris. Tombée sous le charme de la vieille Europe, elle a ensuite vécu à Londres pendant sept ans. Aujourd’hui, elle vit et travaille à Montréal, où s’est forgée sa carrière d’illustratrice. Ses clients incluent The Walt Disney Company, Chronicle Books, Tundra Books, Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, les éditions Milan, Comme des Géants et La Pastèque. Rose à petits pois est son tout dernier livre jeunesse. Son précédent : Quand le Père Noël était petit, a remporté le Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec 2017, dans la catégorie 0 à 5 ans. Elle travaille présentement sur une série d'albums de Anne la maison aux pignons verts et sur un projet de bande-dessinée avec l'écrivaine Perrine Leblanc, à paraître aux éditions La Pastèque. 

Genevieve was born and raised in Quebec. She studied traditional animation at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal followed by another degree at the prestigious school of Gobelins in Paris. She then fell in love with London where she worked and lived for seven years. In 2013 she moved back to Montreal to become a full-time illustrator. Her clients include The Walt Disney Company, Chronicle Books, Tundra Books, Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, les éditions Milan, Comme des Géants and La Pastèque. Her latest children book, Johnny Appleseed, was selected at the Society of Illustrators Original Art 2017 Exhibit. She currently works on a series of books based on the famous et beloved Anne of Green Gables.

All of Geneviève's picks will be 15% off. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on her shelf:

L’amour - Bastien Vives
Un court album qui m’a fait mourir de rire.
J’aime l’ironie et la vulgarité qui se dégagent du texte avec les dessins justes et sensibles de Bastien.

La légèreté - Catherine Meurisse
Un album magnifique à tous les points de vue. Catherine nous livre un témoignage touchant et intime sur les événements tragiques de Charlie Hebdo. C’est aussi un bel hommage à ses amis perdus.

Toys Talking - Leanne Shapton
Un court album jeunesse avec des dessins tendres et sensibles qui rappellent l’univers de Winnie l'Ourson. C'est légèrement décalé et chou comme tout.

L’arabe du futur - Riad Sattouf

Un incontournable, tout simplement! Riad Sattouf nous raconte son enfance en Libye et en Syrie avec justesse et humour du point de vue de l’enfant qu’il était. On est déroutés de découvrir des mœurs douteuses voire barbares à travers le regard candide du petit Riad. C’est touchant, drôle et sensible.

Jane, le renard et moi - Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault
Une autre album tout simplement parfait à lire et admirer. Je suis une grande admirative du travail respectif de Fanny et Isabelle et leur collaboration offre un résultat magique. A match made in heaven! 

La maladie de la mort - Marguerite Duras
Un texte sublime de Duras, que j’adore. C’est une lecture courte, mais d’une finesse et d’une poésie magnifique à chaque phrase ou presque.

Chenous -Véronique Grenier
Une poésie crève cœur qui nous plonge dans les abimes du quotidien lorsqu'on vit avec la dépression. Ça fait mal tellement c'est vrai.

Kafka sur le rivage - Haruki Murakaki
Un récit captivant et décalé qui nous fait voyager au Japon, entre le rêve et la réalité. Des destins miroirs, un homme qui parle aux chats, un jeune adolescent accablé d’une malédiction oedipienne...
La plume magique de Murakami aborde plusieurs thèmes existentiels de manière subtile et imagée. C’est d’une poésie sans fin !

Reading Across Boarders Book Club: Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lúcio Cardoso

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, February 7th, we will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.) at 7 pm to discuss Lúcio Cardoso's Chronicle of the Murdered House, translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson. Join us for discussion and drinks!

**We offer a 15% discount on Chronicle of the Murdered House from now until the meeting date.*** 

Chronicle of the Murdered House is a masterpiece of Brazilian literature, translated into English for the first time in 2016. Epic in its length and scope, it tells, in epistolary form, of the moral and financial downfall of a patriarchal bourgeois family in rural Minas Gerais. Lúcio Cardoso was a renowned writer of mid-20th century Brazil, as well as a playwright, poet, journalist, filmmaker, and painter. His work focused on the expression of the inner self, on the exploration of spiritual rather than material matters. He was among the first Brazilian postmodernist writers, alongside Clarice Lispector, his younger contemporary, who was also a close friend.

We regret that the bookstore is not wheelchair accessible. There is a step at the entrance, followed by a half step and a door that opens inward. Once inside, there are no additional steps to access the bathroom, although the bathroom space is narrow. Alcohol will be served.

New D+Q - Paperback edition of Killing and Dying

So excited about this new paperback edition of Killing and Dying


With Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine reaffirms his place as one of the great voices of modern American literature. In Tomine's series of short stories, he adresses themes of abuse, sex work, loneliness, grief, loss, and so much more, with such delicacy and consideration.

In his story ''Amber Sweet'', he highlights the double standards faced by women with regards to their sexuality, and develops intimate relationships between women with few words. 


Translated, from the Japanese'' illustrates a woman's love for  her child and the difficult circumstances she faces. While the story is left vague, the ending ambiguous, and the characters faces unseen, the feeling behind the images and imagery propels the narrative forward.

While the original hardcover  is quite stunning, the new edition is easily portable and just as charming. Haven't read Killing and Dying yet? Read it and want to gift this new and sleek paperback to a friend? Here's your chance!

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