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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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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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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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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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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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Claire Holden Rothman launches My October

Start Date: Thu 04 Sep, 2014
End Date: Thu 04 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events

Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

My October examines issues of history, language, and cultural identity amid the ethnic and linguistic diversity of today’s Montreal. Inspired in part by two real-life figures from Quebec’s past—James Richard Cross, the British diplomat who was held captive by FLQ terrorists, and Jacques Lanctôt, the man who was Cross’s captor—this is also a story about the province’s turbulent history and ever-shifting role within the country at whose heart it lies.

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A Literary Evening and A Launch of My October by Claire Holden Rothman

Start Date: Wed 03 Sep, 2014
End Date: Thu 04 Sep, 2014

Community Events

Wednesday September 3, 7 pm: An Evening with Claire Rothman at Cote St. Luc Library, 5851 Cavendish Boulevard (north of Kildare, south of Mackle Road), Copies of My October available for purchase and signing. Library telephone number: 514 485-6900


Thursday September 4, 7 pm - 9 pm: Launch of My October, Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, 211 Bernard Street West, in the Mile End.

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The Yellow Door Poetry and Prose Reading

Start Date: Thu 28 Aug, 2014
End Date: Thu 28 Aug, 2014

Artistic Events

The Yellow Door

POETRY AND PROSE READING

yellowdoor.org

3625 Aylmer, Montreal (between Pine & Prince Arthur)  514-845-2600

Producer/host Ilona Martonfi  514-939-4173

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Doors 7:00 pm    Reading 7:30 pm    At the door $6

 

An Evening of Poetry & Prose & Music

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NOW AVAILABLE! Vallum Chapbook Series No. 16: A REMARKABLE GREY HORSE

Mon 25 Aug, 2014 - Artistic Collaborations

Vallum Society for Arts & Letters Education announces the publication of a new poetry chapbook in the Vallum Chapbook Series:

A Remarkable Grey Horse, a collaboration of Thurston Moore, writer, musician, and founder of experimental rock group Sonic Youth, and John Kinsella, the award-winning author of over 30 books of fiction, criticism, and poetry, including most recently In the Shade of the Shady Tree: Stories of Wheatbelt Australia.

Celebrating in the unnatural, reveling in the rebellious, A Remarkable Grey Horse is a collision of skateboards, Doris Day, punk rock, lighthouses, spume, skuzz, and Rimbaud. Here, bleak cityscapes, squalid apartments, and polluted waters urge the reader to “explore disgust” and seek freedom.

Oh dear that light is burning so very false
Can we shut the pseudo-aluminum sickness (please)
– Thurston Moore & John Kinsella

About the Authors:

Thurston Moore, born 1958, is a writer/musician currently residing in London. Founder of experimental rock group Sonic Youth and publisher/editor of imprints Flowers & Cream and Ecstatic Peace Library. Teaches summer writing workshops at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Solo recordings under his own name include Psychic Hearts, Trees Outside the Academy, Demolished Thoughts, Chelsea Light Moving and The Best Day.

John Kinsella's many books of poetry include Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems, Armour, and Jam Tree Gully. He has written numerous books of fiction and criticism, edited others, and taught poetry and literature in the USA, UK, Australia and France. He has also written for the theatre and has frequently worked in collaboration with other writers, musicians and visual artists over the last thirty years.

BUY YOURS TODAY!
www.vallummag.com

$12

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ANNOUNCING VALLUM'S NEXT THEME: "SURRENDER" !!

Mon 25 Aug, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

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

www.vallummag.com/submission.html

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Jump-Start Your Art & Artist Grants and Loans Information Session

Tue 22 Jul, 2014 - Workshops

Thursday, August 14, 2014
1:30 PM–3:30 PM
Cost: Free

Are you an artist seeking to make a living from your creativity and talent, but don’t know how? This orientation session outlines the support services available to artists through YES and other arts organizations, and touches upon key things to consider in building a career or business in the arts. Topics include: getting to know your industry, marketing/ promotion, governance, developing relationships with key stakeholders, understanding the funding landscape and essential grant-writing tips. After the workshop, there will be the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation session to establish the YES resources that best suit your needs.

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Just a few of Montreal's many independent bookstores...

Mon 11 Aug, 2014 - Spotlight

With Chapters downtown about to close its doors, much of the conversation turned to what this closure would mean for Montreal's independent bookstores. It remains to be seen whether this is a sign of change to come.

One thing's for sure, though: Montreal is full of bookshops run by passionate and knowledgeable people who make a point of supporting the local arts community by selling writings and wares from Quebec authors and artisans, hosting readings and launches, and so much more.

This list from The Main is a great start to exploring Montreal's independent bookstores and stock up for your summer reading needs! Oh, and we would be remiss if we didn't add ELAN member Librairie Drawn + Quarterly to this bookstore itinerary.

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