Matthew Forsythe launches The Brilliant Deep

Join prolific artist and illustrator Matthew Forsythe for the launch of his latest book The Brilliant Deep. Come celebrate and get a book signed! Refreshments will be served.

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs
by Kate Messner, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony, one person to make a difference, one idea to change the world. The ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs-with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral-are the living legacy of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe tell the true story of the coral restoration pioneer in this brilliant tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope.

Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning artist and illustrator. He has worked with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, and Nickelodeon. He lives in Port Colborne, Ontario.

  • Thursday, May 24th, from 5pm - 7pm
  • La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
  • 176 Rue Bernard Ouest

Élise Gravel bilingual launch!

Lancement bilingue de The Mushroom Fan Club et Le fan club des champignons.

Join Elise Gravel for the launch of The Mushroom Fan Club: a bright, brilliant, and wildly inventive exploration of mushrooms of various shapes and sizes. Gravel has created a variety of fungi friends giving them real life character, and educating her readers on the mysteries of these delights!

Dans ce petit traité de mycologie, Élise Gravel nous invite à une promenade en forêt pour découvrir les spécimens de champignons les plus jolis, les plus bizarres, les plus rares et les plus rigolos.

vendredi, le 4 mai - 5 à 7
La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
176 Rue Bernard O

New D+Q: Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson

Out today, we have Craig Thompson's Carnet de Voyage!
Fresh from the success of Blankets, Thompson kept a sketchbook diary of his travels through Europe and Morocco while promoting the European editions of his book.

Finding intellectual and spiritual stimulation in the day-to-day work of being an author, Thompson lends his beautiful sensibility to Paris, Barcelona, Marrakesh, and Fez.

The pages are peopled with fellow travelers: cartoonists, friends, and lovers met along the way, who breathe life into a work not to be missed by lovers of the travelogue.

YA Bookclub: Percy Jackson

We are pleased to announce the next meeting of our ever popular YA book club on Saturday May 5th at 6:00 PM to discuss the modern classic Percy Jackson: Book One the Lightening Thief, (in stock now!) hosted by Georgina Devlin! This meeting will also be a special Free Comic Book Day edition, and all attendees will leave with a selection of the best kids comics.

Remember the rules: 
2) Ages 11 and up. 
3) Must have read the book. 
4) Must like pizza. 
5) Your D+Q bookclub membership cards gets you 20% of the bookclub pick!

See you there!

New D+Q: Love That Bunch by Aline Kominksy-Crumb!

Here at the librairie we are gearing up for the launch of Aline Kominsky-Crumb's new collection, Love That Bunch, happening this Tuesday April 24th at 7 pm at La Petite D+Q!

Collecting comics from the 1970s through today, Love That Bunch 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. Most importantly, she does so without apology.

Kominsky-Crumb traces her steps from a Beatles loving fangirl, East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, an 80s housewife and mother, to a new 30-page story Dream House that looks back on her childhood, 40 years later. One of the most famous and idiosyncratic cartoonists of our time, Love That Bunch will be Kominksy-Crumb's only solo-authored book in print.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb will appear in conversation with Hillary Chute, author of Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere, at La Petite D+Q (176 Bernard O) on Tuesday April 24th at 7 pm. See you there!

*TONIGHT* 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.

Top 5: Bestselling Graphic Novels Right Now

Why Art - Eleanor Davis

Baking with Kafka - Tom Gauld

The Lie and How we Told It - Tommi Parrish

Killing and Dying - Adrian Tomine

The Case of the Missing Men - Kris Bertin + Alexander Forbes

*TONIGHT* 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.

New D+Q: The Dangerous Journey by Tove Jansson!

The Dangerous Journey—the last picture book completed by the preeminent Tove Jansson—hits stores today! 

In gorgeous watercolour illustrations and a whimsical lyricism, Jansson tells the tale of Susanna, a precocious youth fed up with her humdrum day-to-day. Though she is surrounded by beauty and gentleness, Susanna aches for adventure.

One day, as Susanna dons a mysterious pair of spectacles, the tedious is transformed into the treacherousthe meadow in which she was reading morphs into a series of perilous landscapes. 

As ever, the pleasures derived from Jansson's tales of Moominvalley flow in deep and beguiling channels—running the gamut from quaint playfulness to nostalgic rumination. The Dangerous Journey, published for the first time in North America, is a delight to adults and children, Moomin die-hards and newbies, the serious and the impish, alike.

Reading Across Borders Book Club: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

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 Tuesday, June 5th, we will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.) at 7 pm to discuss Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem, trans. from the Chinese by Ken Liu. Join us for discussion and drinks!

The Three-Body Problem is the first book in Liu Cixin's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, which has shot to fame as a new classic of contemporary Chinese science fiction, garnering a level of interest in the mainstream that is rare for the genre. The narrative begins during the Cultural Revolution, with a secret military project sending signals into outer space, which are intercepted by a dying alien civilization. What follows is a fresh iteration of the well-known alien invasion story, exploring both the alien world of the Trisolarans, and the growing conflict on Earth between humans who want to fight the aliens, and those who want to welcome them. Liu worked for 30 years as a software engineer at a power plant in Shanxi as a way to support his writing, and has written more than a dozen books to date.

**We offer a 20% discount on The Three-Body Problem 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 and sparkling water will be served.

*TONIGHT* 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.

Our next meeting is Tonight, 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.

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