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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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!


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

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!



Wednesday, 5 September 2018

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 : librairie@drawnandquarterly.com


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.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

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.


Monday, 3 September 2018

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:




TODAY I WROTE NOTHING
By Daniil Kharms
A collection of writings and poems by one of the founders of a Russian absurdist movement.



PAYING FOR IT
By Chester Brown
A pleasurable exploration of the world of prostitution. 



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

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