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Unfortunately, I ran out of books. They will become available soon. Meanwhile, you can buy them at various libraries. See the list  below.

Stairway Stories. In the Montreal of my childhood (August 2010) features two French-speaking children, Doudou and Danny, growing up in Montreal in the late 1950s. In those years, public schools in Montreal, like almost everywhere in Quebec, were religious. For those whose native language was French, they were usually Catholic. Boys and girls were in separate classrooms and often in different schools. However, Doudou and Danny are next-door neighbors and, even though they’re entering school, it does not prevent them from continuing to discover life side by side. And because they live in Montreal, their stories often have, as a backdrop, a stairway.

40p. Full color. Bilingual Book (English on one side, French on the other side.)

US$10 (plus US$2 for shipping).

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Stairway Stories. On the way to school (March 2011) is the second book of the series. In these stories, Doudou and Danny meet people and have experiences typical of Québec culture. School continues to present them with new challenges and even forces them to question their deepest beliefs.

52p. Full color. Bilingual Book (English on one side, French on the other side.)

US$10 (plus US$2 for shipping).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stairway Stories. The Age of Reason (August 2011) is the third book of the series. In those days, in Quebec, the school calendar was punctuated by the various religious holidays and celebrations. Spring doesn’t come early in Quebec. The first days of nice, warm weather often arrive only in May, when children celebrate the Month of Mary. However, this time of year is above all marked by the most important, the most anticipated, the most rehearsed event of the first year of school: First Communion. Doudou and Danny have reached the Age of Reason. Within a short period of time, they will go through Confession, First Communion and Confirmation. This series of stories portrays, with, humor the many worries and anxieties triggered by these unique events in the two children’s lives. If you are curious about the specifics of the French dialect spoken in Quebec or about the meaning of certain religious terms, please consult the glossary at the end of the book.

52p. Full color. Bilingual Book (English on one side, French on the other side.)

US$10 (plus US$2 for shipping).

The Age of Reason. 52p., full-colour. Bilingual book (French and English)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Québec-California. The wild life. (2012)

California wildlife is quite different from that of Québec. The first year I lived her, I went from one discovery to the next. It seemed to me that every day brought a new challenge. And when I went back home to Québec, I always seemed to have a story about an encounter with one animal or another. And my feelings seemed to sit somewhere between fascination and terror.

Now, looking back, I mainly see the humor, which is why, I thought it could be fun to make a comic book about these stories. Most of them come from real events in our life. Sometimes, I changed some details, usually unimportant ones, for the sake of storytelling. For this reason, the book is not truly autobiographical.

This book constitutes a small sample of my many adventures and misadventures with the local wildlife. I am not talking about the hummingbirds in my backyard, at once fascinating and terrible because they are so territorial; or about the eight raccoons which once prevented my neighbor from parking her car in front of her garage; or about the Canadian geese unable to fly back to Canada; or the race my daughter once had with a snake; or about the menacing praying mantis who decided one day that my backyard table was now hers. I have too many stories. I’ll tell them some other time.

48p. Full color. Bilingual Book (English on one side, French on the other side.)

US$10 (plus US$2 for shipping).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La sobriété volontaire. Une année sans alcool. (2015) (French)

This French book is the paper version of the blog Une année sans alcool. It is based on the author’s own experience with sobriety, it is a work of fiction. Through a series of comics and short texts, the reader will be able to follow the challenges the main character faces trying to remain sober in a world where, she will soon come to realize, drinking alcohol is not only omnipresent but expected. While Catherine struggles to find ways to overcome her personal strong urges for a cold glass of white wine, she also has to figure out how to deal with the many negative reactions and pressures coming from family, friends and even complete strangers. She will discover that a decision to improve her health, a choice that she saw as personal, is actually a public matter.

The blog is currently being adapted in English. Follow it! www.ayearwithoutadrink.com

200p. Full-color (in French)

US$23 (plus US$2 for shipping).

 

 

You can also buy the books in different libraries in Québec and in California.

In Québec

 Montreal: 
Librairie Olivieri 5219, chemin Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal (Québec)                        514.739.3639  service@librairieolivieri.com
Librairie Planète BD 3883, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal (Québec) Tél. 514.759.9800 info@planetebd.ca
Librairie Raffin 6330, rue St-Hubert, Montréal (Québec) Tél. 514 274-2870 infosthubert@librairieraffin.com
Meubles d’Autrefois M.B. 350, rue St-Paul #250, Vieux-Montréal Tél. 514.875.4511 meublesbinette@videotron.ca
Quebec city:
Librairie Pantoute 1100, rue Saint-Jean, Québec (Québec) Tél. 418.694.9748 librairie@librairiepantoute.com
CALIFORNIA, USA.
        Bell’s Book 536 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, (California) (650) 323-7822
Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission St. San Francisco (California), 415-CAR-TOON bookstore@cartoonart.org

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