Launch of Mile End Portraits

On Friday 20 September 2019, Drawn & Quarterly bookstore hosted the launch of Mile End Portraits, an illustrated book coauthored by Mile End Memories with two local artists, Michel Hellman and Pascal Girard. The book originated with our 15th anniversary celebration held on 22 November 2018 at the Rialto Theatre. We think it will interest both residents of this very special neighbourhood and anyone who would like to get to know Mile End better. The book is available at Drawn & Quarterly bookstore as well as during our activities. We thank the bookstore for hosting the launch – which you can also read about on the bookstore’s blog. Here are a few photos of the evening, taken by Maxence Bilodeau.

The launch took place on a lovely warm late summer evening. More than 100 people were present, some of whom had to move out to the sidewalk!

The bookstore manager, Rebecca Lloyd, presenting the illustrators, Pascal Girard and Michel Hellman.

Yves Desjardins thanks the authors and all those who participated in the project.

The illustrators, Pascal Girard and Michel Hellman, along with Yves Desjardins of Mile End Memories.

The attentive crowd. In the foreground at left is Hélène Meunier, the book’s graphic designer. Behind her to the left is Joshua Wolfe, translator of the English version.

The two illustrators signed books (with personalized drawings) nonstop for almost three hours!