Earlier this fall, local publishing house Drawn & Quarterly celebrated its 10th anniversary by opening a second storefront in Mile End. Located across the street from the original shop, La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly will cater almost exclusively to children and young adults.
Tom Devlin, executive editor of Drawn & Quarterly, says the idea to open a children’s bookstore had been something the Montreal-based company had long considered but it wasn’t until a neighbour closed up shop that expansion could be realistically considered.
The store will offer young bookworms a huge selection of fiction, poetry, graphic novels, picture books and comics. Some of the most popular works featured in the store, says Devlin, include the Swedish illustrated series The Moomins, as well as books by local authors. Adults will also be able to browse through parenting books and best sellers. The store will also offer a large selection of educational card games, toys and board games. Although most of the children’s books will be available at the new store, a smaller selection will remain at the original location.
For the past decade, Drawn & Quarterly has hosted countless lectures and events featuring some of the most prominent figures in contemporary literature, including Margaret Atwood, Junot Diaz, Neil Gaiman and Art Spiegelman. With the new location, Devlin says they will be able to accommodate more of these events without having to close the store.
There will also be weekly Saturday morning workshops for kids as well as regular book club meetings. On Nov. 18, little ones will be able to explore the world of Curious George through arts & crafts and creative games. Readings and lectures by children’s authors will be held periodically.
La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is located at 176 Bernard St. W.