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Kate Beaton at Rialto Hall

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Woo-hoo, it's our turn to celebrate Step Aside, Pops, Montreal! Kate Beaton will be discussing her equal-parts-brilliant-and-hilarious new collection with Montreal-based author Anna Leventhal, answering your questions, and signing books this Sunday, September 27th, at 7pm, upstairs at the Rialto Hall (5711 avenue du Parc). Doors open at 6, so get there early to get a prime spot. The Rialto Hall is just around the corner from our very own Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, who will be on hand with books for sale. A few tickets are still available online and in store (211 Bernard O in Mile End, 514-279-2224).

Meanwhile, Step Aside, Pops has been thrilling fans and critics alike since its arrival in bookstores last week and check this out:

(Step Aside, Pops is now a New York Times #1 Bestseller!) We're so excited to be able to host Kate in our town. And we're not the only ones hootin' and hollerin': 

Lisa Hanawalt and Kate Beaton

Have you read the interview between Lisa Hanawalt and Kate Beaton on Jezebel, from which the above jam drawing is from? You must. Read it here

Maybe that's not enough Kate interview goodness to get you through the day? Here's a piece on People and another excellent interview on Wired, where Laura Hudson adds:

"there’s a distinct through line of humor that cuts across it all, one that betrays a deep knowledge of history and literature, but delights in twisting their familiar (and sometimes unfamiliar) stories into slightly irreverent shapes."

If you're holding out until the event to get your hands on a copy of Step Aside, Pops but are dying to take a peek inside, treat yourself to this excerpt on Entertainment Weekly

And in case you missed it live: Kate recently appeared on CBC's Q, and you can listen to the entire interview here

I hope that is enough Hark!-and-Kate awesome to keep you satisfied until Sunday night, which will most definitely be the most awesome of all. See you there, Montreal! And hey, Boston! You're next.