'Louis Riel' tops Canadian bestseller chart

Official Press Release

Montreal, QC ­ Chester Brown's critically acclaimed graphic novel LOUIS RIEL; A COMIC-STRIP BIOGRAPHY has landed at #7 on the hardcover non-fiction bestseller list of the Canadian publishing trade Quill & Quire. The list is compiled from sales results of more than 170 independent booksellers across Canada. Regionally, LOUIS RIEL has also appeared on the bestseller lists of The Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal. In stores since November, a second printing is now available.

Quill & Quire's best-selling hardcover non-fiction for the week ending January 10, 2004:

1. Dude, Where's My Country? Michael Moore(Warner Books/H.B. Fenn, $36.95, 0-446-53223-1)

2. Shake Hands with the Devil: The Future of Humanity in Rwanda, Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire (Random House Canada, $39.95, 0-679-31171-8)

3. The Road to Hell: How Biker Gangs are Conquering Canada, Julian Sher and William Marsden (Knopf Canada, $35.95, 0-676-97598-4)

4. Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance, Noam Chomsky(Metropolitan Books/H.B. Fenn, $32.95, 0-8050-7400-7)

5. A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell(Putnam/Penguin, $39, 0-399-15172-9)

6. Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation, Michael Moore (HarperCollins, $39.95, 0-06-039245-2)

7. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, Chester Brown(Drawn & Quarterly/Raincoast Books, $34.95, 1-896597-63-7)

8. Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything, Andrew Heintzman & Evan Solomon, eds. (House of Anasi Press, $37.95, 0-88784-695-5)

9. Mike Weir: The Road To The Masters, Lorne Rubenstein(McClelland & Stewart, $34.99, 0-7710-7572-3)

10. Broken Music: A Memoir, Sting(Random House, $37, 0-385-33678-0)

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LOUIS RIEL was the cover book review of the national newspaper The Globe & Mail and included in the newspaper's "Globe 100" list. G&M reviewer Bernice Eisenstein stated "if you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further: Chester Brown's LOUIS RIEL is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good."

Brown's LOUIS RIEL also made "the best of 2003" lists for Time.com and Quill & Quire and has been the subject of numerous feature stories and reviews across North America including The National Post, Quill & Quire, The Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, The Onion, Boston Phoenix, Montreal Hour, Montreal Review of Books, The Coast, Halifax Chronicle Herald, The Vue Weekly, Exclaim!, Prairie Dog, The Manitoban, Montreal Mirror, Fast Forward Weekly and The Georgia Straight. Chester has been interviewed on several CBC radio shows including The Arts Today, Brave New Waves and Definitely Not The Opera as well as the television show Imprint.

In addition to numerous store signings and library events, Brown was the guest of several literary festivals this past Fall including the Winnipeg Writers Festival, Toronto's Word on the Street, Ottawa International Writers Festival and the Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival.

Brown's next appearance for LOUIS RIEL will be at "This Is Not A Reading Series" presented by Pages Books and Magazines & Now Magazine. (Rivoli, 332 Queen St W, 3/31/04, 6:30-8:30 PM)


Martyr or Madman? LOUIS RIEL is the passionate rebel history can't close the book on. Legendary cartoonist Chester Brown reveals in this dusty closet of Canadian history that there are some skeletons that won't stop rattling. To some Louis Riel was one of the founding fathers of a nation but to others he was a murderer who nearly tore a country apart. A man so charismatic he was elected to government twice while exiled with a prize on his head. A man so impassioned his dramatic behavior cast serious doubts on his sanity. Riel took on the army, the government, the Queen, and even the Church in the name of freedom. Will Riel's visionary democracy ever be enough to defend him from the verdict of history?

About Chester Brown:

Chester Brown is one of the pioneers of the 1980s comix renaissance. He is the author of the literary graphic novel classics I NEVER LIKED YOU in which he documented his adolescence and his mother's schizophrenia, THE PLAYBOY, THE LITTLE MAN and ED THE HAPPY CLOWN as well as the comic book series YUMMY FUR and UNDERWATER. Brown was born in 1960 in Montreal and lives in Toronto.

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