Arbeiter Ring Publishers & CKUW Present:
Book Launch by David Lester & Performance by Matador Records artists Mecca Normal
at Mondragon, 91 Albert St, on Wednesday, June 8, from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
The Listener, a graphic novel, reveals a tragic act of spin doctoring that changed the course of history. Complacency, art and murder collide in Hitler's terrible rise to power in 1933, and in the artist Louise Shearing's search for meaning in the art of Europe.
David Lester is a painter, graphic designer, cartoonist, and the guitarist in the rock duo Mecca Normal. His book, The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism, has been required reading in a university English course.
He has created the poster series “Inspired Agitators,” and designed the popular t-shirt “Actually, I like crap.”
Lester also does a weekly illustration, with text by bandmate Jean Smith, for Magnet Magazine. His art has been published in DrippyTown #4, Warburger (Slovenia), MungBeing, Z Magazine, Reproduce & Revolt: A Graphic Toolbox for the 21st Century Activist, Celebrate People’s History, and The San Diego Reader.
Jean Smith is the author of two published novels and a two-time recipient of Canada Council for the Arts awards (creative fiction). Her writings on culture have appeared in Village Voice, NPR online, the American Book Award winning anthology Sounding Off!: Music as Resistance / Rebellion / Revolution, The Globe & Mail, the New York Foundation of Arts' Current Magazine, Rolling Stone, Review of Contemporary Fiction, McSweeney's, and 3:AM Literary Magazine.