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Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography has won Harvey Awards for Best Writer and Best Graphic Album for his compelling, meticulous, and dispassionate retelling of the charismatic,and perhaps mad, nineteenth-century Métis leader. Louis Riel was also nominated for Eisner, Ignatz, and Libris Awards; featured on the Globe and Mail’s list of the 100 best books of the year, and Quill and Quire’s list of the five best Canadian non-fiction books of the year; and excerpted in the comics issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern.

The Author

Chester Brown was born in Montreal and grew up in the nearby suburb of Chateauquay.

Brown has gone through several periods in his comics work. In the 1980s, he gained notice in alternative comics circles for the improvised, surreal, scatological Ed the Happy Clown. He followed this with revealing, confessional autobiographical comics in the early 1990s. His historical-biographical graphic novel of rebel Métis leader Louis Riel was a surprise mainstream success in the early 2000s. In 2011, he released his controversial pro-prostitution polemic, Paying For It.

In 1991, he signed on with Drawn & Quarterly, which has since come to be recognized as an internationally renowned publishing house of literary graphic novels and art books from around the globe.

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