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Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators

Thu 05 Sep, 2013 - ELAN Classifieds

Let's prove that this quote by Stephen Fry is true. I'm currently building a bookshelfie (picture one takes of oneself in front of a bookhelf) gallery and am looking for people to submit their pictures to show the world that books are still alive and lovec (see the gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/100792925@N03/.)

In exchange for your picture, I will glady link back to or showcase your work on my social media (my facebook page has an average reach of 500/people/week).

If you'd like to join in on the fun, send your bookshelfie to scbecauseican@gmail.com. Include your first name and location as well.

Thank you very much!

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Creative Writing Workshop with Tim Fain

Tue 16 Sep, 2014 - Workshops

Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm

OCT 19 - NOV 23

This six-part workshop will guide you through the journey to unleash your writing talent.

$40 for members of the CSL Library; $50 for non-members
Registration now open.

Please visit http://csllibrary.org/programscalendar/library-workshops/ or call 514-485-6900, ext. 4205 for more information.

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Le Xe Festival International des ecrivains et artistes, Val-David, QC

Start Date: Sat 04 Oct, 2014
End Date: Sun 05 Oct, 2014

Artistic Events

The biannual International Writers' and Artists' Festival will take place at Val-David, QC.

The International Writers and Artists Residence at Val-David:
1045, rue du Renard et du Corbeau, Val-David, J0T 2N0

Oct 4 & 5. 2014

More than 30 writers and artists from all over the world will be participating.
Free admission. Everyone is invited

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Creative Writing Workshop: An Eight-Week Writing Course for Women

Sun 14 Sep, 2014 - Workshops

Creative Writing Workshop
Short Story, Flash Fiction, Prose-Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction
An eight-week writing course for women

Led by Ilona Martonfi
Editor/ Poet/Teacher
Producer of The Yellow Door & Visual Arts Centre Readings
Tel (514) 939-4173
ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca

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Fall Poetry Quartet

Start Date: Sat 27 Sep, 2014
End Date: Sat 27 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Join Signal Editions, Biblioasis, and Goose Lane for our Fall Poetry Quartet, featuring the Montreal launch of highly anticipated new volumes from award-winning poets Michael Lista, Shoshanna Wingate, Stevie Howell, and Kerry-Lee Powell.

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Laurence Miall launches Blind Spot

Start Date: Thu 25 Sep, 2014
End Date: Thu 25 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Come celebrate the release of Blind Spot, the debut novel from Laurence Miall, published by NeWest Press.

There will be free wine and beer, and a welcome as dazzling as the Prairie sun, courtesy of your host, Christian Durand. The first six guests receive a free Alberta ale in honour of the book's primary setting. To recognize also the book's substantial Montreal middle-section, the author will give a reading about a drug deal gone awry south of Ste. Catherine.

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Graphic Novel Club, September edition: Daniel Clowes’ David Boring

Start Date: Wed 24 Sep, 2014
End Date: Wed 24 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Join us at the store to discuss Daniel Clowes’ David Boring! Hosted by Drawn & Quarterly office staffer Jade Menni. Refreshments will be provided and discussion will be lively! Come one, come all! The event is free and there is a 20% discount on David Boring starting now!

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Translations of Quebec Fiction set for fall release

Tue 19 Aug, 2014 - Member News

Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo's English translations of Marc Séguin's Hollywood (Hollywood) and Emmanuel Kattan's Lines of Desire (Les Lignes de désir) will be published this fall by Exile Editions. Both novels will be launched as part of Toronto's Word on the Street on September 22.

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Eleanor Catton in conversation with Heather O’Neill

Start Date: Sun 21 Sep, 2014
End Date: Sun 21 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Co-presented by Blue Metropolis and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
Sunday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Eleanor Catton will be at the store to discuss her award-winning book, The Luminaries, with Heather O’Neill!

Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and set during the heady days of New Zealand’s Gold Rush, The Luminaries is a magnificent novel of love, lust, murder, and greed, in which three unsolved crimes link the fates and fortunes of twelve men. Dickens meets Deadwood in this internationally celebrated phenomenon.

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Four Quebec writers nominated for Giller Prize

Fri 19 Sep, 2014 - Spotlight

Four writers from Quebec - all based in Montreal - have been nominated for the prestigious and lucrative Giller Prize. Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), Claire Holden Rothman (My October), Arjun Basu (Waiting for the Man), and Sean Michaels (Us Conductors) are the lucky longlisters, and could win the $100 000 prize. The shortlist will be revealed in October, with the winner announced on November 10.

Watch the CBC report here.

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Robyn Sarah's poetry collection, A Day's Grace, back in print

Thu 18 Sep, 2014 - Member News

Robyn Sarah’s 2003 poetry collection A Day’s Grace (short listed for the A. M. Klein prize when it appeared) is newly available in a second printing. Poems from A Day’s Grace have been broadcast on APM’s The Writer’s Almanac and included in Garrison Keillor’s anthology, Good Poems for Hard Times, as well as in anthologies in Canada and the UK. A Day’s Grace can be ordered directly from the publisher, The Porcupine’s Quill, at its original prize of $12.95. (Publisher ships within 24 hours and pays shipping and HST if cheque is sent in advance.)

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John Porcellino launches The Hospital Suite

Start Date: Wed 17 Sep, 2014
End Date: Wed 17 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Join us for the launch of mini-comics master John Porcellino's The Hospital Suite (Drawn & Quarterly)!
There will be a presentation, booksigning, and a special screening of Root Hog or Die, a film about Porcellino himself!

The Hospital Suite is a landmark work by the celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino—an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton: Women in Clothes – A conversation. A clot

Start Date: Tue 16 Sep, 2014
End Date: Tue 16 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Tuesday, September 16 – doors at 6 p.m., event at 7 p.m.
The Rialto Hall (5711 ave. du Parc)

Tickets $10 or free with a purchase of the book. Available for purchase at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest), or by phone: 514-279-2224.

Join Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton In Conversation as they celebrate the Montreal launch of Women in Clothes at Rialto Hall.

Take part in our clothing swap! If you would like to participate, please bring up to 5 items for contribution. All unclaimed pieces will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

About Women in Clothes: Through original interviews, conversations, surveys, projects, diagrams and drawings from over six hundred contributors – including Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham, Sook-Yin Lee, Rachel Kushner, Sarah Nicole Prickett, and Tavi Gevinson – Women in Clothes explores the wide range of motives that inform how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means.

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Vallum Contemporary Poetry

Thu 11 Sep, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

12:1 SURRENDER:

What does it mean to bend, to yield? Surrender manifests in different ways: joy, despair, a willingness to give up one’s “totality” for someone or something other than him or her self. We surrender to vices, to glory, to the divine, or to the void. How do you “surrender?” Send us your best poems!

DEADLINE: November 1, 2014

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Jay Winston Ritchie launches Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent

Start Date: Wed 10 Sep, 2014
End Date: Wed 10 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Join us at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly to celebrate Jay Winston Ritchie's new book!

Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent is Jay's first book of short stories, published by Insomniac Press. In nine stories, nine young musicians search for their artistic voice while constantly being sidetracked by fame, drugs, potluck parties, call centre jobs, and other things.

Jay Winston Ritchie is the author of the poetry chapbook How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside and is editor-in-chief of The Void, Concordia's only bilingual literary arts magazine.

The event will feature readings by Blare Coughlin and Jay Winston Ritchie.

Hosted by Jon Paul Fiorentino.

Free drinks will be served!

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Jay Winston Ritchie launches Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent

Start Date: Wed 10 Sep, 2014
End Date: Wed 10 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent is Jay's first book of short stories, published by Insomniac Press. In nine stories, nine young musicians search for their artistic voice while constantly being sidetracked by fame, drugs, potluck parties, call centre jobs, and other things.
Readings by Blare Coughlin and Jay Winston Ritchie.
Hosted by Jon Paul Fiorentino.
Drinks will be served!

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Mireille Silcoff launches Chez L’Arabe

Start Date: Tue 09 Sep, 2014
End Date: Tue 09 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m.
The Emerald (5295 ave. du Parc)

Presented by House of Anansi and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

A dazzling debut collection from award-winning journalist and New York Times Magazine contributor Mireille Silcoff.

Inspired by the real life medical struggles of the author, this stunning debut collection opens with a gripping portrait of chronic illness in a series of linked stories about a woman in her mid-thirties, who is trapped in her elegantly accoutered Montreal townhouse — and in her own mind and body. As she struggles with her health, amongst an increasingly indifferent husband and volatile mother, she encounters unimaginable depths of loneliness and realizes that, even after she recovers, her life will never be the same.

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Jon Paul Fiorentino launches I’m Not Scared of You or Anything

Start Date: Sat 06 Sep, 2014
End Date: Sat 06 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Anvil Press and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly present the launch of I'm Not Scared of You or Anything by Jon Paul Fiorentino (with surprise special guests)! There will be free beer!

The characters in I’m not Scared of You or Anything are invigilators, fake martial arts experts, buskers, competitive pillow fighters, drug runners, and, of course, grad students. This collection of comedic short stories and exploratory texts is the ninth book by the critically acclaimed and award-winning author Jon Paul Fiorentino. Deftly illustrated by Maryanna Hardy, these texts ask important questions, like: How does a mild mannered loser navigate the bureaucratic terrain of exam supervision? What happens when you replace the text of Christian Archie comics with the text of Hélène Cixous? And, most important of all, what would it be like if Mr. Spock was a character in the HBO series GIRLS?

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carte blanche Now Accepting Submissions!

Fri 05 Sep, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

carte blanche is open for submissions for 2015! 

You have until January 1, 2015 to submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, comics, audio stories, and translations.

For submission guidlines and to submit click here.

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Inanna Publications launch with Ursula Pflug and Phyllis Rudin

Start Date: Fri 05 Sep, 2014
End Date: Fri 05 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Join us for a double book launch with two Inanna Publications authors! Refreshments will be served.

Ursula Pflug will launch Motion Sickness, a flash novel containing subtle magic realist and slipstream elements. It follows one young woman’s humorous and poignant misadventures in the worlds of employment, friendship, dating, birth control and abortion.

Phyllis Rudin will launch Evie, the Baby and the Wife. Played out against the backdrop of the fight for women’s reproductive rights in Canada, Evie, The Baby and the Wife is the boisterous tale of a mother and daughter at odds, struggling to reconnect across a uterine divide.

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