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MAR 30: HIROMI GOTO + ANN XU “SHADOW LIFE” VIRTUAL LAUNCH

Tuesday March 30th at 8PM EST we are very excited to celebrate the launch of award-winning Canadian writer and poet Hiromi Goto’s Shadow Life, a graphic novel illustrated by Ann Xu. The event will be broadcast virtually over Crowdcast.

The book follows Kumiko, a tenacious 76-year-old woman who refuses to while away her remaining years in an old folks’ home and submit to death – even as death comes knocking. It’s a brilliant, heart-rending, beautiful piece that defies stereotypes about age, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, and celebrates the importance of families both born and chosen.

This book is shaping up to be a favorite of the year! Hiromi Goto and Ann Xu will be present for a reading and discussion moderated by Loyalty Bookshop’s Christine Bollow.

RSVP for the Crowdcast event here
Preorder your copy (with a signed bookplate) from our webstore here

MAR 25: MICHAEL DEFORGE “HEAVEN NO HELL” ZOOM LAUNCH W/ ELEANOR DAVIS

“It’s always a pleasure when a new Michael Deforge book comes into the world, and especially when we’re able to host Michael in-store to launch it!”  – The Beguiling, 1 year ago

Well, that’s mostly true again, as we are beyond excited to launch Michael’s new book HEAVEN NO HELL. This time Michael will be live on Zoom for anyone in the world to attend, and joined by none other than Eleanor Davis! That’s just something that a virtual event allows us to do!

Michael and Eleanor will be live on Zoom on March 25th at 8pm. RSVP RIGHT HERE: https://t.co/y5nN17ksWX?amp=1

Heaven No Hell is available for preorder here on our webstore. Preorder yours now as we’ll have signed copies available!

About Heaven No Hell:

Heaven No Hell collects DeForge’s best work yet. His ability to dig into a subject and break it down with beautiful drawings and sharp writing makes him one of the finest short story writers of the past decade, in comics or beyond. Heaven No Hell is always funny, sometimes sad, and continuously innovative in its deconstruction of society.

“ONE OF THE MOST INVENTIVE AND PROLIFIC CARTOONISTS WORKING TODAY.”—VULTURE

MAR 25: MICHAEL DEFORGE “HEAVEN NO HELL” ZOOM LAUNCH W/ ELEANOR DAVIS

“It’s always a pleasure when a new Michael Deforge book comes into the world, and especially when we’re able to host Michael in-store to launch it!”  – The Beguiling, 1 year ago

Well, that’s mostly true again, as we are beyond excited to launch Michael’s new book HEAVEN NO HELL. This time Michael will be live on Zoom for anyone in the world to attend, and joined by none other than Eleanor Davis! That’s just something that a virtual event allows us to do!

Michael and Eleanor will be live on Zoom on March 25th at 8pm.  RSVP RIGHT HERE: https://t.co/y5nN17ksWX?amp=1

Heaven No Hell is available for preorder here on our webstore. Preorder yours now as we’ll have signed copies available!

About Heaven No Hell:

Heaven No Hell collects DeForge’s best work yet. His ability to dig into a subject and break it down with beautiful drawings and sharp writing makes him one of the finest short story writers of the past decade, in comics or beyond. Heaven No Hell is always funny, sometimes sad, and continuously innovative in its deconstruction of society.

“ONE OF THE MOST INVENTIVE AND PROLIFIC CARTOONISTS WORKING TODAY.”—VULTURE

MAR 18: SHIRA SPECTOR + FIONA SMYTH AT THE BEGUILING

Join cartoonists Shira Spector and Fiona Smyth for a virtual book launch celebration of Shira’s debut graphic memoir, Red Rock Baby Candy!

Streaming via Instagram Live at instagram.com/thebeguiling/

Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner.

Order Red Rock Baby Candy from The Beguiling, and receive a free signed bookplate with your copy!

MAR 18: Shira Spector + Fiona Smyth at The Beguiling

Join cartoonists Shira Spector and Fiona Smyth for a virtual book launch celebration of Shira’s debut graphic memoir, Red Rock Baby Candy!

Streaming via Instagram Live at instagram.com/thebeguiling/

Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner.

Order Red Rock Baby Candy from The Beguiling, and receive a free signed bookplate with your copy!

FEB 27: Tintin, Astérix & cie : la timide aventure américaine de la BD franco-belge au XXe siècle

ENGLISH FOLLOWS
Cette conférence sera en français uniquement.
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Comment ça marche ?
1/ RSVP ici https://www.crowdcast.io/e/tintin-astrix–cie–la/register
2/ Recevez un lien peu avant l’événement.
3/ Profitez bien de la conférence !
This talk will be in French.
How does it work ?
1/ RSVP here https://www.crowdcast.io/e/tintin-astrix–cie–la/register
2/ Receive a link shortly before the event.
3/ Enjoy the conference!
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Vous avez grandi en lisant Tintin, Astérix et Lucky Luke ? Vous avez toujours aimé les BD ? À l’occasion de cette conférence, sortez de votre bulle et venez explorer l’aventure des bd franco-belges en Amérique du nord.
La grande bande dessinée franco-belge a connu un énorme succès dans la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, contrastant fortement avec la réception décevante dont elle a fait l’objet dans le Nouveau Monde : à partir de la fin des années 50, Tintin, Astérix, Lucky Luke et nombre de leurs coreligionnaires ont été accueillis en Amérique avec une indifférence inexplicable par rapport à la popularité dont ils ont bénéficié dans leurs pays d’origine — à l’exception notable des Schtroumpfs, qui ont percé à Hollywood, mais au prix d’une américanisation radicale qui a annihilé leurs racines belges.
Cette exportation “ratée” de chefs d’œuvre populaires de la francophonie Européenne d’après-guerre s’explique par des facteurs économiques, mais aussi et surtout culturels : s’acclimater à l’Amérique du nord a été mission impossible pour des œuvres, séries et personnages dont la modernité était encore très fortement marquée par leurs racines européennes.
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Qui est votre conférencier ?
Jean-Paul Gabilliet est professeur de civilisation nord-américaine au département des mondes anglophones de l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne. Il est spécialisé depuis trente ans dans l’histoire culturelle de la bande dessinée et de l’illustration aux États-Unis et au Canada ainsi que de leurs circulations transatlantiques.
Outre de nombreux articles, il est l’auteur de Des Comics et des hommes : histoire culturelle des comic books aux Etats-Unis (Editions du Temps, 2005) et de la première biographie consacrée au “pape” de la bande dessinée underground américaine, R. Crumb (Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2012). Il a récemment dirigé le numéro du Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace University Press, New York) consacré à « US Comics in France / Bandes Dessinées in America ».
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You maybe grew up reading Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke? You’ve always liked comic books? On the occasion of the talk, get out of your bubble and come explore the adventures of Franco-Belgian comics in North America.
Franco-Belgian comics have met an enormous success in the second part of 20th century, strongly contrasting with the disappointing reception they went through in the New World: At the end of the 50s, Tintin, Astérix, Lucky Luke and many of their coreligionists were welcomed in America with an unexplainable indifference, compared to the popularity they received in their origin country – except for the Smurfs who made it to Hollywood, at the cost of a radical Americanisation that annihilated their Belgian roots.
This “failed” exportation of popular masterpieces of post-war European Francophonie can be explained by economic factors, but first and foremost cultural factors: adapting to North America was mission impossible for works, series and characters whose modernity was still strongly marked by their European roots.
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Who is your speaker?
Jean-Paul Gabilliet is a teacher of North-American civilisation in the department of Anglophone worlds at University Bordeaux Montaigne. He’s specialised for 30 years in the comic and illustration cultural history in the United-States and in Canada, as well as their transatlantic circulations.
In addition to many articles, he is the author of “Of Comics and men : A cultural history of American comic books” and the first biography dedicated to the “pope” of underground American comics, R. Crumb. He recently directed the edition of Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace University Press, New York) devoted to « US Comics in France / Bandes Dessinées in America »

FEB 4: JASON LOO + CHIP ZDARSKY “AFTERLIFT” LAUNCH ZOOM PANEL

Thursday, February 4th at 6:30PM EST,  JASON LOO and CHIP ZDARSKY will grace all of us with their presence to celebrate the  physical release of their 2020 EISNER AWARD WINNING book AFTERLIFT, out now from Darkhorse.

ANTHONY OLIVEIRA moderates a panel with these two Canadian comic darlings.  Click here to register for the webinar, starting at 6:30 EST, February 4th on Zoom.

Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell.

 

NOV 12: Dakota McFadzean “TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE” DRAWING DEMO/Q&A ON INSTAGRAM!

Virtual events! We did a few, they were lots of fun, so let’s do it again with this amazing one coming your way!

On Thursday, November 12th at 7PM EST,  artist DAKOTA McFADZEAN will be going LIVE on the Beguiling’s Instagram to celebrate the release of TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE from the fine folks at Conundrum Press!

To mark the occasion, Dakota will be doing a live drawing demonstration followed by an interview and Q&A hosted by BETH HETLAND of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago! Beth and Dakota will talk, they’ll answer your questions in the Instagram feed, it’ll be a fun time from the safety and comfort of your own home!

We have some more exciting details to come but what more do you need really?! Mark it down in your calendars and see you there!!

NOV 12: Dakota McFadzean “TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE” DRAWING DEMO/Q&A ON INSTAGRAM!

Virtual events! We did a few, they were lots of fun, so let’s do it again with this amazing one coming your way!

On Thursday, November 12th at 7PM EST,  artist DAKOTA McFADZEAN will be going LIVE on the Beguiling’s Instagram to celebrate the release of TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE from the fine folks at Conundrum Press!

To mark the occasion, Dakota will be doing a live drawing demonstration followed by an interview and Q&A hosted by BETH HETLAND of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago! Beth and Dakota will talk, they’ll answer your questions in the Instagram feed, it’ll be a fun time from the safety and comfort of your own home!

We have some more exciting details to come but what more do you need really?! Mark it down in your calendars and see you there!!

JULY 29: JOE SACCO “PAYING THE LAND” VIRTUAL EVENT!

The Beguiling is pleased to be the official bookseller for a special virtual launch event with Joe Sacco in celebration of his new book PAYING THE LAND!

Joe Sacco is one of the recognized masters of the form of comics journalism, a sub-genre of both comics and journalism that he was instrumental in pioneering. In his first full-length work of comics journalism in a decade, Paying the Land, Sacco brings his razor sharp intelligence and insight to Canada’s Mackenzie River Valley in the Yukon and the day to day struggles of the Dene people who have inhabited this land for thousands of years. As many lands have experienced in the recent past where the money that follows development is both a blessing and a curse, Sacco travels through the far North and shows us how these conflicts play out on and in the ground and how the Canadian government’s legacy of racism and neglect in this stunning landscape still lingers.

Joe Sacco will discuss Paying the Land and his travels through Canada’s far North with author and storyteller, Richard Van Camp, member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation of the Northwest Territories.

REGISTER TO ATTEND NOW!

From now through August 5, any order on BEGUILINGBOOKS.COM including a copy of PAYING THE LAND will ship free to most locations in Canada! A shipping charge will appear as you check out but will be removed before charging your card.  Additionally, we are getting signed bookplates to go with the book, and if you would like your order to include one all you need to do is put the word BOOKPLATE in the notes when checking out!!