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Wednesday, September 9th 7:00 PM
Traces of Resistance – Flaneuring and Literary Perception, Workshops and Public Presentation with the editor-in-chief of Flaneur Magazine, Fabian Saul
Traces of Resistance – Flaneuring and Literary Perception
Workshops and Public Presentation with the editor-in-chief of Flaneur Magazine, Fabian Saul

Different stories of political, aesthetically and spatial resistance trigger a journey into the technique of Flaneuring. At the edge of facts and fiction, these stories reveal connections and distortions in the cityscape. The Flaneur connects the experiences of the metropolis.

This public presentation is offered in collaboration with the Department of Art History of Concordia University. It is the closing event as part of a series of writing workshops. Details of the workshops are below:

September 4, 5, 9, 2015

September 4 + 5, 1 :00 to 17 :30 p.m.
1626, boul. St-Laurent (metro St-Laurent)

September 9 at 7 :00 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Bernard St.

Free of charge
Registration : kultur@montreal.goethe.org or 514-499-0159 ext. 107 (Caroline Gagnon)

The workshop is open for everyone. Participants are invited to bring their own texts. On the first day, an introduction to Flaneuring as a cultural technique will be followed by a literary walk through the city. On the second day, participants are invited to read and discuss their own texts.

On September 9, the workshop will be followed by a public talk at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly where participants will have the opportunity to present their own work.

The workshop and the talk will be held in English.
Sunday, September 13th 10:00 AM
Matinée pour les enfants : Lancement de Tom la Tondeuse
Les éditions de la Pastèque lancent Tom La Tondeuse! Venez célébrer la sortie de ce livre pour enfants avec Brian A.M. Smith, son auteur, et Sophie P.A., son illustratrice. Venue spécialement de la ville de Québec, Sophie P.A. animera un atelier pour les enfants. Nous offrons un rabais de 15% sur le livre de sa sortie en librairie le 18 août jusqu'au jour de l'évènement.

Tom est un petit garçon adorable et attachant. Il aime donner un coup de main et ferait n’importe quoi pour plaire à ses parents. Mais secrètement, Tom rêve de posséder quelque chose… Un jour, il ose demander à ses parents : « Je pourrais avoir une tondeuse ? ». C’est là que l’aventure commence….
Wednesday, September 16th 7:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club: Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner
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 September is Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner.

Based on the author’s own experiences growing up in 1970s San Francisco, Diary of a Teenage Girl chronicles 15 year-old protagonist Minnie’s burgeoning sexuality. After losing her virginity to her mother’s boyfriend, Minnie continues to dabble in sex and drugs, documenting her adventures in her diary. Gloeckner’s work is refreshing in its frank portrayal of female sexuality, and imminently relatable even to those who lead a tamer adolescence!

We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. Discussion will be hosted by D+Q publisher, Peggy Burns. There will be refreshments and collective insight! We offer you a 20% discount on Diary of a Teenage Girl from now until the meeting date.

Bonus: the first 10 lucky customers to pick up a copy of Diary of a Teenage Girl will get a free pass to the screening of the film adaptation! (Details in store.)


Chaque mois, nous organisons un club de lecture de bande dessinée ouvert à tous pendant lequel nous nous réunissons et discutons informellement du livre choisi. Pour le mois de septembre c’est Diary of a Teenage Girl de Phoebe Gloeckner qui est à l’honneur.

Basé sur les expériences de l’auteure, qui a grandit dans les années 1970 à San Francisco, Diary of a Teenage Girlraconte les débuts de la sexualité de Minnie, le personnage principal, âgé de 15 ans. Après avoir perdu sa virginité avec le petit ami de sa mère, Minnie continue ses expériences sexuelles et découvre la drogue. Elle docume ses aventures dans son journal intime. Le travail de Gloeckner est rafraîchissant et offre un portrait franc de la sexualité féminine. Il est facile de s’identifier à l’auteure, même pour ceux qui ont eu une adolescence un peu plus tranquille que Minnie.

Nous nous donnons rendez-vous à la librairie le mercredi 16 septembre à 19h. La discussion sera animée par Peggy Burns, l’éditrice de D+Q. Il y aura des rafraîchissements et bien entendu, une perspective collective et éclairée sur la lecture du roman graphique. Nous offrons un rabais de 20% sur Diary of a Teenage Girl dès maintenant et jusqu’au jour de l’évènement.

Bonus: Les 10 premiers clients qui se procureront un exemplaire de Diary of a Teenage Girl recevront deux entrées gratuites pour allez voir l’adaptation cinématographique de ce livre. (Détails de l’offre en magasin
Thursday, September 17th 7:00 PM
Daniel Allen Cox Launches Mouthquake, with Mark Ambrose Harris
Please join Daniel Allen Cox and Mark Ambrose Harris for the launch of the novel Mouthquake (Arsenal Pulp Press). Both authors will read from their work.

Copies of Mouthquake will be available for purchase.

About Mouthquake:

Montreal, 1979. A boy's speech starts to fracture along with the cement of le Stade olympique. Do they share a fault line? Daniel Allen Cox's unconventional fourth novel tells the story of a boy with a stutter who grows up and uses sound to remember the past. A coming-of-age tale that telescopes through time like an amnesiac memoir, Mouthquake finds its strange beat in subliminal messages hidden in skipping records, in the stutters of celebrities, and in the wisdom of The Grand Antonio, a suspicious mystic who helps the narrator unlock the secret to his speech. This is a loudly exclaimed book of innuendo, rumours, and the tangled barbs of repressed memory that asks: How do you handle a troubling past event that behaves like a barely audible whisper?

Written with a poetic bravado and in a structure that mimics a stutter, the elegiac Mouthquake is speech therapy for the bent: the signal is perverted and the sounds are thrilling.

Daniel Allen Cox is the author of the novels Shuck, Krakow Melt, Basement of Wolves, Mouthquake, and the novella Tattoo This Madness In. He co-wrote the screenplay for Bruce LaBruce's 2013 film Gerontophilia. Daniel was a 2015 writer-in-residence at the Zvona i Nari Library & Literary Retreat in Ližnjan, Croatia. He lives in Montreal, where he is vice president of Quebec Writers' Federation.

Mark Ambrose Harris lives, writes, and teaches in Montreal. His work appears in the anthologies
I Like it Like That, Men on the Make, and In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary
Encounters. His essay on body hair and gender identity is featured on Revolver and his work
about parasites and STI stigma is part of Nomorepotlucks #29: Used. His essay Beautiful Books, which can be found in both Ribbon Pig Vol. 1 and the Lethe Press anthology Best Gay Stories
2012, received the Songe-de-Poliphile award from l’Académie de la vie littéraire au tournant du
21e siècle.
Wednesday, September 23rd 7:00 PM
Hair and Kittens: A Conundrum Press Double Launch!
Join us for a double launch featuring the debuts of Long Red Hair from award-winning artist Meags Fitzgerald and You Are a Kitten! from award-winner Sherwin Tjia

In _Long Red Hair_, Meags Fitzgerald paints a lively childhood full of sleepovers, amateur fortune-telling and watching scary movies. Yet, Fitzgerald suspects that she is unlike her friends. She intimately takes us from her first kiss to a life sworn off romance. _Long Red Hair_ alluringly delves into the mystique of sorcery and sisterhood.

Inspired by the gamebook fad of the 80s _You Are a Kitten!_ is the alarmingly charming prequel to the cult hit _You Are a Cat!_ and its sequel, _You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse!_ Lavishly illustrated from the first-person feline floor purrspective, this thrilling and thoughtful finale brings the saga of Holden Catfield to a stunning and unforgettable conclusion.
Friday, September 25th 7:00 PM
Advance Reading: Sam Alden premiers New Construction
Join us on Friday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. as Sam Alden reads from his latest release, New Construction. This event is part of Alden's Fall 2015 tour supporting the book, which debuts in November.

New Construction collects two newly expanded stories from cartoonist and Adventure Time contributor Sam Alden. In “Household,” a brother and sister deal with divergent memories of their father and grow closer than ever. In "Backyard," Vegans and anarchists share a house, small dramas and bizarre transformations (featuring a new, never before published ending). Designed as a companion volume for the critically acclaimed It Never Happened Again, New Construction cements Alden's reputation as one of the best cartoonists of his generation.
Sunday, September 27th 7:00 PM
Kate Beaton launches Step Aside, Pops at the Rialto Hall on September 27th!
Very exciting news: the one and only Kate Beaton will be in Montreal on Sunday, September 27th to launch her hilarious new book, Step Aside, Pops! The launch will take place at the Rialto Hall (5711 avenue du Parc) at 7:00 p.m., doors at 6:00 p.m.

Step Aside, Pops is the sequel to the hit comic collection Hark! A Vagrant, which appeared on best of lists from Time, NPR, and USA Today; spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list; and won Harvey, Ignatz, and Doug Wright awards.

Cartoonist Kate Beaton returns with all-new sidesplitting comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture, and literature. Collected from her wildly popular website, readers will guffaw over "Strong Female Characters", the wicked yet chivalrous Black Prince, "Straw Feminists in the Closet," and a disgruntled Heathcliff. Delight in what the internet has long known—Beaton's humour is as sharp and dangerous as a velocipedestrienne, so watch out!

Tickets for the event are $5.00 at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, online, at the door, or free with a purchase of the Step, Aside Pops. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st at 11:00 a.m., at which time the book will also be available for pre-purchase.
Tuesday, September 29th 7:00 PM
Bande dessinée et carnet de croquis avec Michel Hellman Workshop: Sketch journaling and comic book creation with Michel Hellman
Bande dessinée et carnet de croquis avec Michel Hellman

29 septembre - 20 octobre, 19h-21h

Dans cet atelier nous allons explorer le lien entre la bande dessinée et le carnet de voyage. Par le biais de différentes techniques, les participants seront invités à documenter leur vie quotidienne et à exprimer leurs pensées à travers le croquis dans ce qui deviendra leur carnet de "voyage" journalier. Par la suite, nous allons voir comment ce carnet peut être utilisé comme une base pour créer une bande dessinée.

L'atelier aura lieu les mardis soirs à 19h00, à partir du 29 Septembre, au 20 Octobre. Le coût est 150 $, maximum 10 participants.September 29th - October 20th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

In this workshop, we will be exploring the link between documenting one's everyday life through a sketch journal and creating a comic book. Participants will be shown different techniques to create and maintain a sketch journal in order to record what they see around them and visualize their thoughts. We will then see how this journal can be used to create a comic book.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., starting September 29th, and running through October 20th. Cost is $150, maximum 10 participants.
Friday, October 2nd 7:00 PM
Rom Com: a book launch with Daniel & Dina and special guests!
Saturday, October 10th 7:00 PM
Sarah Riggs Launches Pomme & Granite (1913 Press)
Sarah Riggs will be launching her new book, POMME & GRANITE from 1913 Press with Alexei Perry Cox. The readers will be introduced by Megan Fernandes
Wednesday, October 14th 7:00 PM
D+Q Graphic Novel Book Club : Olivier Schrauwen
Saturday, October 17th 7:00 PM
Multi Publisher Launch
Derek Webster launches Mockingbird (Véhicule Press)
David Solway launches Installations (Signal)
Josh Trotter launches Mission Creep (Coach House)
Mary Dalton launches Edge (Palimpsest)
Sunday, October 18th 10:00 AM
Kid's Day Launch for Isabelle Arsenault's Alpha (Candlewick Press)
Thursday, October 22nd 7:00 PM
Roxane Gay of Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial) and An Untamed State (Grove Atlantic) in conversation with Rachel Zellars at the Rialto Hall
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and Writer's Read Concordia in association with IGSF, Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies and the James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology present Roxane Gay in conversation with Rachel Zellars.
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