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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Tonight! Graphic Novel Book Club: Red Winter by Anneli Furmark

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 March is Red Winter by Anneli Furmark. We will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard Avenue West) on Wednesday, March 21st at 7 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly staff member Kennedy Rooke. Join us for refreshments and collective insights!

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

Red Winter is the first book of acclaimed Swedish graphic novelist Anneli Furmark to be translated into English. The relationship between Siv, a married mother of three, and young communist Ulrik unfolds against the wintery backdrop of a remote Swedish town. Beautifully rendered in hues of blue and orange and pulsing with the tense political atmosphere of the late 1970s, Red Winter is the perfect read for the cold and snowy months.
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

New D+Q: From Lone Mountain by John Porcellino

It's finally here! John's Porcellino's beautiful new book is on the shelves today. From road trip notes to thoughts on nature, From Lone Moutain forces you to pause and reflect on our fast-paced world - but always with Porcellino's usual quirkiness and humor.


The book collects stories from Porcellino’s influential zine King-Cat—John enters a new phase of his life, as he remarries and decides to leave his beloved second home Colorado for San Francisco. Grand themes of King-Cat are visited and stated more eloquently than ever before: serendipity, memory, and the quest for meaning in the everyday.

Over the past three decades, Porcellino's beloved King-Cat thas offered solace to his readers: his gentle observational stories take the pulse of everyday life and reveal beauty in the struggle to keep going.

The New Reads Book Club focuses on contemporary literature and is hosted by Drawn and Quarterly staff members. The book club meetings take place every 4-6 weeks, and is open to all.

For our next meeting, on Wednesday, April 25th, we will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.) at 7 pm to discuss Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng. Join us for discussion and collective insight!

**We offer a 20% discount on Little Fires Everywhere from now until the meeting date.**

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.

From bestselling author Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere is a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Friday, 16 March 2018

Announcing: Michael Ondaatje at the Rialto Hall for Warlight

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents:

Michael Ondaatje launching WARLIGHT 
in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Doors open at 6pm - Presentation at 7pm
Rialto Hall, 5711 Av du Parc

Tickets: $10
available online or in store
receive 15% off Warlight with ticket

The incomparable Michael Ondaatje launches his latest tour-de-force, Warlight, with Librairie D+Q! On Wednesday, May 9th, at the Rialto Hall, the award-winning author of The English Patient will appear in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC's Writers & Company.

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. 

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself–shadowed and luminous at once–we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey–through facts, recollection, and imagination–that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

MICHAEL ONDAATJE is the author of several novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.
Thursday, 15 March 2018

Aline Kominsky-Crumb launches Love That Bunch

Pioneering feminist cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb presents Love That Bunch, autobiographical comics that chronicle the raw, dirty, and unfiltered thoughts of a woman coming of age in the 1960s. Kominsky-Crumb’s darkest secrets and deepest insecurities were all the more fodder for groundbreaking stories that crackle with the self-deprecating humor and honesty of a cartoonist confident in the story she wants to tell.

Kominsky-Crumb will appear in conversation with Hillary Chute, author of Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere, at 7pm on Tuesday, April 24th, at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.

Love That Bunch traces Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s life as a Beatles loving fangirl, an East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, an 80s housewife and mother, all the way up to a new 30-page story, “Dream House”, that looks back on her childhood. It is shockingly prescient while still being an authentic story of its era. Kominsky-Crumb was ahead of her time in juxtaposing the contradictory nature of female sexuality with a proud, complicated feminism. These comics thrum with anxiety and questions about femininity, identity, and family. 

Aline Kominsky-Crumb was born on Long Island and is one of the most influential cartoonists of the underground era as the cartoonist behind Dirty Laundry Comics and Arcade; a contributor to Wimmen’s Commix; cofounder of Twisted Sisters; editor of the anthology Weirdo and author of the graphic memoir Need More Love. Since the 1990s, she has lived in the south of France with her husband Robert Crumb. In 2017, the David Zwirner Gallery in New York held a joint exhibition of their artwork: Aline Kominsky-Crumb & R. Crumb: Drawn Together.

Hillary Chute is the author of, most recently, Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere (HarperCollins, 2017). Her other books include Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form; Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists; and Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics. A Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University, she is also Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus and co-editor of Comics & Media: A Critical Inquiry Book. She has written for publications including Artforum, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, and Poetry.
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Biblioasis launch with Paige Cooper, Amanda Jernigan, Rachel Lebowitz, and Richard Sanger

Four groundbreaking authors from Biblioasis read from their work: Local Montrealer Paige Cooper, Amanda Jernigan, Rachel Lebowitz, and Richard Sanger. Join them at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly at 7pm on Tuesday, April 17th.


ZOLITUDE (Paige Cooper)
Fantastical, magnetic, and harsh—these are the women in Paige Cooper’s debut short story collection Zolitude. They are women who built time machines when they were nine, who buy plane tickets for lovers who won’t arrive. They are sisters writhing with dreams, blasé about sex but beggared by love—while the police horses have talons and vengeance is wrought by eagles the size of airplanes. Broken down motorbikes and house broken tyrannosaurs, cheap cigarettes and jealous mail bombs—Cooper finds the beautiful and the disturbing in both the surreal and the everyday.

YEARS, MONTHS, AND DAYS (Amanda Jernigan)
A transfiguration of Mennonite hymns into heartbreaking lyric poems, Years, Months, and Days is a moving “meditation on the possibility of translation.” Bridging secular spirituality and holy reverence with the commonalities of life, death, love, and hope, Jernigan explores the connection between hymn and poem, recalling the spare beauty of Marilynne Robinson’s novels or the poems of Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst. The sparse and tender phrasing of Years, Months, and Days is “an offering of words to music,” made in the spirit of a shared love — for life, for a particular landscape and its rhythms — that animates poem and prayer alike.


THE YEAR OF NO SUMMER (Rachel Lebowitz)
On April 10th, 1815, Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted. The resulting build-up of ash in the stratosphere altered weather patterns and led, in 1816, to a year without summer. Instead, there were June snowstorms, food shortages, epidemics, inventions, and the proliferation of new cults and religious revivals. Hauntingly meaningful in today’s climate crisis, Lebowitz’s linked lyric essay collection charts the events and effects of that apocalyptic year. Weaving together history, mythology, and memoir, The Year of No Summer ruminates on weather, war, and our search for God and meaning in times of disaster.

DARK WOODS (Richard Sanger)
Snow, canoes, frozen ponds, lonely conifers…Dark Woods takes the motifs and landscape of Canadian childhood and examines their place in a world of smartphones and overflowing inboxes. The result, Sanger’s first book in 16 years, is a striking new collection that includes sonnets linked and stray, wordplay and slang, meditations on parenthood and the “cracks in the granite”: the urges that won’t go away, the people who have.


PAIGE COOPER was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains. Her stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, West Branch, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast Online, Canadian Notes & Queries, The New Quarterly, Minola Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. She lives in Montreal.

AMANDA JERNIGAN is the author of two previous collections of poems, Groundwork and All the Daylight Hours, and of the chapbook The Temple, published by Baseline Press in 2018. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Parnassus, PN Review, The Dark Horse, Atlanta Review, and The Nation, as well as in numerous Canadian literaries, and have been set to music, most recently by Zachary Wadsworth and Colin Labadie. She is an essayist and editor as well as a poet, and has written for the stage.

RACHEL LEBOWITZ the author of Hannus (Pedlar Press, 2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prize) and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She is also the author of Cottonopolis (Pedlar Press, 2013) and the co-author, with Zachariah Wells, of the children’s picture book Anything But Hank! (Biblioasis, 2008, illustrated by Eric Orchard). She lives in Halifax, where she coordinates adult tutoring programs at her neighbourhood library.

RICHARD SANGER’s previous collections are Shadow Cabinet and Calling Home; his poems have appeared in many publications in Canada, the US and Britain, including the London Review of Books and Poetry Review. His plays include Not Spain, Two Words for Snow, Hannah’s Turn and Dive as well as translations of Calderon, Lope de Vega and Lorca. He has also published essays, reviews and journalism. He lives in Toronto.
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

New D+Q: Von Spatz by Anna Haifisch

Von Spatz is officially out today! Get your hand on a copy to discover the hilarious and somewhat sad story of Walt Disney's stay at the Von Spatz Rehabilitation center, after his infamous nervous breakdown.

With a campus that includes studio buildings, a gallery, an art supply store, a hot dog booth, and a penguin pool, the clinic is a paradise for artists in crisis. There Disney meets Tomi Ungerer and Saul Steinberg, and together, they embark on a regimen of relaxation and art therapy.

Haifisch looks at the fervent drive and crippling insecurities of the average artist and places those same issues on the shoulders of three celebrated 20th century artists. Part study of isolation, part tale of a begrudging camaraderie, daily life at the center mixes with reminiscences from the world outside. Wryly written, precisely composed, and glowingly coloured, Von Spatz is a hilarious, heartwarming absurdist tale.

Poetry launch with Emma Healey, A.F. Moritz, & Mikko Harvey

On Friday, April 13th, at 7 p.m., House of Anansi Press launches their 2018 spring selection of poetry publications with readings by A.F. Moritz (The Sparrow), Emma Healey (Stereoblind), and Mikko Harvey (Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit), at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.


THE SPARROW: The Sparrow: Selected Poems of A. F. Moritz surveys forty-five years of Moritz’s published poems, from earlier, lesser-known pieces to the widely acclaimed works of the last twenty years. Here are poems of mystery and imagination; of identification with the other; of compassion, judgement, and rage; of love and eroticism; of mature philosophical, sociological, and political analysis; of history and current events; of contemplation of nature; of exaltation and ennui, fullness and emptiness, and the pure succession and splendour of earthly nights and days.

The Sparrow is more than a selected poems; it is also a single vast poem, in which the individual pieces can be read as facets of an ever-moving whole. This is the world of A. F. Moritz — a unique combination of lyrical fire and meditative depth, and an imaginative renewal of style and never-ending discovery of form.

STEREOBLIND: In Stereoblind, no single thing is ever perceived in just one way. Shot through with asymmetry and misconception, the prose poems in Emma Healey’s second collection describe a world that’s anxious and skewed, but still somehow familiar — where the past, present, and future overlap, facts are not always true, borders are not always solid, and events seem to write themselves into being. An on-again, off-again real estate sale nudges a quartet of millennial renters into an alternate universe of multiplying signs and wonders; an art show at Ontario Place may or may not be as strange and complex (or even as “real”) as described; the collusion of a hangover and a blizzard carry our narrator on a trancelike odyssey through Bed Bath & Beyond. Using a diverse range of subjects — from pharmaceutical research testing to Tinder — to form an inventory of ontological disturbance, Healey delves moments when the differences between things disappear, and life exceeds its limits.

UNSTABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD RABBIT: Oneiric, fabulist, hilarious, surreal. No single term seems to sufficiently contain Mikko Harvey’s delightful, cheeky, absurdist, inimitable debut collection. A bomb and a raindrop make small talk as they fall through the air; a trip to the phlebotomist evolves into a nightmarish party; a boy finds himself turning into a piano key. Reading Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit is like spending the day at the strangest amusement park you've ever seen. At first the rides appear familiar, then you realize they possess the power to not merely thrill and terrify, but also to destabilize your very notion of “amusement.” These poems veer sharply away from what’s normally expected from poetry, landing readers instead in that awkward, lonely, interior space where we may be most ourselves. Along with beauty and humour, there is menace here, the threat of disfigurement and death around every turn. But somehow, Harvey manages to make that menace, too, a place of wonder.


A. F. MORITZ has written nineteen books of poetry. His work has received the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the ReLit Award, the Raymond Souster Award, and three shortlistings for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His Griffin Poetry Prize–winning collection The Sentinel was a Globe and Mail Top 100 of the Year, and his ReLit Award–winning Night Street Repairs was named one of forty-three “books of the decade” by the Globe and Mail in 2010.

EMMA HEALEY’s first book of poems, Begin with the End in Mind, was published by ARP Books in 2012. Her poems and essays have been featured in places like the Los Angeles Review of Books, the FADER, the Hairpin, Real Life, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Walrus, Toronto Life, and Canadian Art. She was poetry critic at the Globe and Mail (2014–2016) and is a regular contributor to the music blog Said the Gramophone. She was the recipient of the Irving Layton Award for Creative Writing in both 2010 and 2013, a National Magazine Award nominee in 2015, and a finalist for the K.M. Hunter award in 2016.

MIKKO HARVEY was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His poems have been published in DIAGRAM, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, and Maisonneuve. He attended Vassar College and the Ohio State University, and he currently serves as a digital poetry editor for Fairy Tale Review. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Friday, 9 March 2018

*TONIGHT* Dimitri Nasrallah launches The Bleeds

Please join us for an evening of conversation, reading, and book signing as we celebrate the launch of award-winning author Dimitri Nasrallah's latest novel, The Bleeds. The evening will be hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.

About the novel:
From the author of the acclaimed Niko comes an allegory of power and privilege resurrected from the thwarted ideals of the Arab Spring. In The Bleeds, Nasrallah overturns the political thriller to focus on the corroded power structures framing the lives of those most affected by war and insurrection.

For half a century, the Bleeds have ruled with an iron fist. Once hailed as the founders of an independence movement, they’ve long since cemented into corrupt autocrats upheld by the foreign investors who manage their region’s uranium trade. The aging Mustafa Bleed orchestrated the election of his son, Vadim, but Vadim’s first term has proven he’s more interested in the casinos of Monaco than his new role as leader. Now that an election has set the stage for revolt, opposition leaders, foreign diplomats, and journalists are fomenting a revolution against the Bleeds. All the while, father and son grapple with bonds of love, loyalty, betrayal, and paranoia.

About the author:
Born in Beirut during Lebanon's civil war, Dimitri Nasrallah moved to Canada in 1988. His second novel, Niko, won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has gone on to critical and commercial success in French. His debut, Blackbodying, won the McAuslan First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Grand prix du livre de Montréal. Fiction editor for Véhicule Press's Esplanade Books imprint since 2014, he is currently translating Éric Plamondon's 1984 Trilogy from French to English. The Bleeds is his third novel.

About the host:
Christopher DiRaddo is the author of The Geography of Pluto. He has also published four short stories in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning First Person Queer. He is the founder and host of The Violet Hour reading series.
Thursday, 8 March 2018

*TONIGHT* Eleanor Davis launches Why Art?

Join Eleanor Davis as she presents her newest book, Why Art? A work of art unto itself, Why Art? is part pseudo-serious artistic philosophy and part surrealist narrative that seeks to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. The launch will take place at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Thursday, March 8th, at 7pm. Any and all are welcome!

What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis leavens her exploration of these concepts with a sense of humour and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

Eleanor Davis has been honoured by the Eisner Awards and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Her works include How to Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books, 2014) and You & a Bike & a Road (Koyama Press, 2017), and she contributed a short piece to the acclaimed comics anthology NOW (Fantagraphics, 2017). She lives in Athens, GA with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing.

International Women's Day

We have made this post to celebrate women writers and women through out history who have persisted. We are proud that our adult and children bookstores carry a wide selection of a diverse and inclusive list of women writers. At Drawn and Quarterly everyday is International Women's Day! Here is a sampling of some of our favourite fiction, non-fiction, children literature, and graphic novels written by women.



1. Ali Smith, Winter
2. Kim Fu, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
3. Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties


1. Anais Barbeau-Lavalette, La femme qui fuit
2. Heather O'Neill, Hôtel Lonely Hearts
3. Chloé Savoie-Bernard, Des femmes savantes


1. Erin Wunker, Notes from a Feminist Killjoy 
2. Morgan Jerkins, This Will Be My Undooing
3. Mary Beard, Women & Power: A Manifesto



1. Leslie Stein, Present
2. Anneli Furmark, Red Winter
3. Lynda Barry, The Good Times are Killing Me


1. Julie Delporte, Moi aussi je voulais l'emporter
2. Pénélope Bagieu, Culottées 2; Des femmes qui ne font que ce qu'elles veulent
3.Collectif, Dictionnaire critique du sexisme linguistique (Non-fiction)

Young Reader

1. Linda Rodriguez McRobbie, Princesses Behaving Badly
2. Mariko Tamaki, This One Summer
3. Victoria Jamieson, Roller Girl


1.Andrea Beaty, Ada Twist, Scientist
2. Elise Gravel, Je veux un monstre!
3. Kai Cheng Thom, From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea


1. Lisa Charleboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale, #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
2. Malala Yousafzai, Malala's Magic Pencil
3. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Little People, Big Dreams: Frida Kahlo
4. Vashti Harrison, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

1. Julia Pierpont, The Little Book of Feminist Saints
2. Linda Skeers, Women Who Dared
3. Kate Schatz, Rad Women Worldwide
4. Kay Woodward, What Would She Do?


1. Till Lukat, Dures à cuire
2. Lucile De Peslouan, Pourquoi Les Filles Ont Mal Au Ventre?
3. Catherine Girard-Audet, L'ABC des filles


Monday, 5 March 2018

Reading Across Borders Book Club: Little Reunions by Eileen Chang

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, April 4th, we will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.) at 7 pm to discuss Eileen Chang's Little Reunions, trans. from the Chinese by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz. Join us for discussion and drinks!

**We offer a 20% discount on Little Reunions from now until the meeting date.** 

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.

Originally written in 1976 and available in English for the first time this year, Eileen Chang’s stormy novel takes place during World War II, in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong and Shanghai, following a young woman through her tumultuous relationships with her free-wheeling mother, and her husband, a magnetic charmer who works as a puppet for the Japanese. Eileen Chang was born in 1920 to an aristocratic family in Shanghai; she lived and studied in Hong Kong, Shanghai and eventually California, after fleeing the Chinese communist regime. A prolific novelist, short-story writer, and translator, she won recognition as a giant of Chinese literature, while personally becoming more and more of a recluse. Living through war and other politically fraught periods, she wrote mainly of the loneliness of the everyday, the dark shadows of failed romance and family conflict—her work an ode to the tragedies and resentments of modern life.
Saturday, 3 March 2018

*TONIGHT* Exquisite Corpse (Drawn & Quarterly x Metatron) Nuit Blanche en Montréal 2018

In tandem with Nuit Blanche, Mile End bookshop Librairie Drawn & Quarterly partners with Montreal-based publisher Metatron for a gathering of nighthawks and poets. Festival-goers are invited to experience 'Exquisite Corpse'—a surreal evening of collective curiosity. Known for their unique and dynamic events, Metatron has curated an evening that will not only feature an interactive, digital, collective writing experiment, but also a marathon-style reading featuring a dozen young, local writers. Come for a bit or stay for the whole thing! We have a numinous evening in the works to stimulate your mind with exquisite musings!

Drawn & Quarterly, librairie du Mile-End, s’associe à l’éditeur indépendant montréalais Metatron pour un rassemblement de noctambules et de poètes. Les festivaliers sont invités à participer à « cadavre exquis », un jeu d’écriture collectif surréaliste. Des auteurs de Metatron nous feront le plaisir d’une lecture et dirigeront un atelier d’écriture « alt ».


○ ALEX MANLEY | 'We Are All Just Animals & Plants' (Metatron)

○ ASHLEY OBSCURA | 'I Am Here' (Metatron)

○ CASON SHARPE | 'Our Lady of Perpetual Realness and Other Stories' (Metatron)

○ DAPHNÉ B | Delete (L'Oie de Cravan)

○ FAWN PARKER | 'Looking Good and Having a Good Time' (Metatron)

○ JAKE BYRNE | 'The Tide' (Rahila's Ghost Press)


○ KLARA DU PLESSIS | 'Ekke' (Palimpsest Press) and 'Wax Lyrical' (Anstruther Press)

○ LAUREN TURNER | We’re Not Going To Do Better Next Time (Knife/Fork/Book)

○ MARCELA HUERTA | 'Tropico' (Metatron)



○ SADIE AVERY | 'Meanwhile, Elsewhere' (Topside Press)


FREE! 11pm - 1am Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 @ La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Jeff Derksen Poetry Reading

On March 23rd, 2018 at 7 p.m., you are invited to join Jeff Derksen -- poet and co-founder of the Kootenay School of Writing-- for a reading and conversation with Montréal writer and professor Gail Scott at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.).

Co-hosted by: Études anglaises at the Université de Montréal & the Canada Council for the Arts.

Jeff Derksen’s poetry books include The Vestiges, Transnational Muscle Cars, Dwell, Until, and Down Time. Recent poetry has been published in Tripwire and Politics/Letters. His critical books are After Euphoria, Annihilated Time: Poetry and other Politics and How High Is the City, How Deep Is Our Love. He collaborates with Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber on visual and urban projects under the name Urban Subjects: their bookworks include The Militant Image Reader, Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade, Momentarily: Learning from Mega-events, and they recently edited a visual and poetics issue of Camera Austria on sincerity. He’s currently the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Simon Fraser University and is also on the Talonbooks poetry board. Outside of that, he works on housing issues and against gentrification.

This Shelf Belongs To... Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis has been honored by the Eisner Awards and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Her works include How to Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books, 2014) and You & a Bike & a Road (Koyama Press, 2017), and she contributed a short piece to the acclaimed comics anthology NOW (Fantagraphics, 2017). Her latest book, Why Art?, is out from Fantagraphics this month. She lives in Athens, GA with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing.

Join us on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 pm for the launch of Eleanor Davis excellent new book: Why Art?

All of Eleanor’s picks will be 15% off for the month of March. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on her shelf:

Everything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell

This is Gabrielle Bell's finest work in my opinion. This should be all anyone needs to know. Please buy and read this book.

Sunburning by Keiler Roberts

Sometimes art feels complicated, and then I read something like Sunburning which feels really really simple, even though it isn't, at all. Sunburning has a similar tone and aesthetic to the ballpoint pen autobio zines I read as a kid in the 90s, which (god bless) fooled me into thinking I could make comics, too. But making a great comic like this – great drawing, great storytelling, the kind of dialogue that is astonishingly true – isn't simple or complicated: it's impossible.

Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino

A book of short stories, which is also a collection of mini-comics Sophia put out over the last several years. If I have one complaint about this collection it's that getting to read these back-to-back like this is too much. Ideally, you read just one of these stories, and then go on a long contemplative walk alone or lay awake talking to your partner for several hours about it. Sophia has said that each of these stories was written to be extremely clear-cut and that she even worries that they are too obvious. Luckily, tho, Sophia is smarter than almost everyone, which means these stories which feel overly obvious to her make normal people like me feel like the tops of our heads are coming off.

Susceptible by Geneviéve Castrée

I re-read this comic after Geneviéve passed away in the summer of 2016. It is a perfect book. We are so lucky she made it.

Lovers in the Garden by Anya Davidson

70's Realistic/Surreal Action/Drama Genre Romp. Tense tight bold chunky brightly colored drawings where everyone's face is always set in a rictus of shock, eyes wide open and showing their teeth. I read this whole comic thinking it was based on a true story, even though there was no indication that it was. Sometimes I think about how not everyone knows about this book and I get angry.

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

A collection of short stories; virtuoso art and writing both. The stories present their characters and plots without ostentation and then disappear back into themselves. There is a story about a woman with bedbugs, a woman who only dates people obsessed with the same 80s movie, a woman who starred in a short-lived sitcom-porno. None of the stories have a clear ending and none of them explain why they needed to be told. Reviews of this collection often lead by saying that these are all stories about women, as if stories about women are different than just stories about people. The gender of the main characters should be unimportant, but it's not. We are not used to the idea that women's stories might be worth telling: these are stories that it would not occur to many authors to tell. Jillian tells them without apology.

The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio

Tragic teen boardinghouse boys, sadism, desire, despair, etc. This is a beautiful, ecstatic, ridiculous book that glorifies beauty, unrequited love and, – troublingly – absolutely pointless teen suicide (Hagio was nearly a teenager herself when she wrote it). I would not recommend you give The Heart of Thomas to a young person: it has bad messages and would be irresponsible. But it's actually a perfect book for a teenager; just raw crying gorgeous pain.

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