MAY NEWS: 2013
David Lester is working on a graphic novel about the life of feminist and anarchist Emma Goldman. 2013
David Lester has a new website for his art, music, and design.
Karl Blau covered the Mecca Normal song THIS MACHINE for his album of songs written by women of the West Coast entitled “West Coast Chalice.” 2013
David Lester and Jean Smith‘s weekly collaboration of text/art for Magnet Magazine reached #200 in January, 2013.
Jean Smith (Mecca Normal) was in Miami in February, 2013, painting a slew of large, politically-charged, abstract expressionist canvases as part of her artist residency at the Fountainhead Residency Program.
Feb 9. 2013: Jean Smith (Mecca Normal) performed at the International Noise Festival in Miami with Kramer and Rat Bastard.
David Lester and Jean Smith (Mecca Normal) presented their writing and music at Kevin Chong‘s creative writing class at the University of British Columbia on January 29, 2013.
David Lester‘s duo MECCA NORMAL recorded a new album with legendary producer Kramer in Florida in November, 2012.
PM Press published Anarchy Comics: The Complete Collection which includes a page of comics by David Lester.
Mecca Normal TOUR updates
September 1 – 30, 2012: The Black Dot Museum of Political Art pops up at Northern All Ages in Olympia, Washington for the month of September. The exhibition will feature art by David Lester, Jean Smith and characters from Jean’s recently completed novel by the same name.
Saturday, September 8, 2012: Mecca Normal opens for Chain & the Gang in Vancouver (Waldorf).
Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2 p.m.: Mecca Normal will be presented by CUPE Local 391 at Word On The Street (Vancouver).
Saturday, October 6, 2012: Performance event: The Listener graphic novel by David Lester – MECCA NORMAL guitar-player turned author-illustrator. Jean Smith talks about her new novel, Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage. Mecca Normal performs. Timberland Regional Library, Olympia, WA.
October 7, 2012: Portland, OR: Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
October 8, 2012: Salem, OR: Willamette University
October 10, 2012: David Lester and Jean Smith will both be reading at LitQuake in San Francisco as part of the Radar Reading Series at the SF Main Public Library. Mecca Normal will be on tour on the west coast at that time.
Saturday, October 13, 3:00 p.m. Los Angeles. Echo Park Film Center lecture.
October 13, 2012: Los Angeles, CA: Human Resources LA
October 19, 2012: Olympia, WA: Evergreen State College: Jean and David present “How Art & Music Can Change the World”.
November 8: Miami – Churchill’s Pub
November 9: Ft Lauderdale – Radio-Active Records in-store
November 17, 2012: Vancouver, BC: MECCA NORMAL will be playing Broken Pencil’s CanZine West, Festival of Zines and Independent Culture (Vancouver at W2).
November 17, 2012: Vancouver, BC: Jean Smith will be part of the The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series (W2 Media Cafe, Vancouver).
My duo MECCA NORMAL is currently working on some great new songs.
2012: THE LISTENER was a finalist for ForeWord Reviews‘ 2011 Book Of The Year Award in the graphic novel category.
The Listener was one of five books, including Maus and Persepolis, that were singled out by The Canadian Museum for Human Rights because the books dealt with “human rights issues and struggles past and present.” 2012
January 31, 2012: The Listener is presented by David Lester and Jean Smith at Kevin Chong‘s Creative Writing class (University of British Columbia). Photo by Kevin Chong.
June, 2012: David Lester is part of a School of Communication panel on Magazine Publishing, CMNS375, along with Kevin McKeown and instructor Bob Mercer (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver).
January 30, 2012: The Listener is selected as book of the week by the Toronto Public Library system.
“We have David Lester’s wonderful book at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library + Archives. If you are in the Cleveland area come give it a look!” – Laura Moody, Libraian, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH) 2012
David Lester‘s painting “A New World in Oue Hearts” is published on the cover of THE GLOBAL EDUCATOR, a teacher’s magazine devoted to peace and social justice issues. 2012
John K. Samson of The Weakerthans picks Mecca Normal‘s presentation of THE LISTENER as one of the TOP 10 shows he saw in 2011.
David Lester interviewed in Amplitude Equals One Over Frequency Squared (PA) 2012
Alternative Magazine (UK) selected THE LISTENER as one of the best graphic novels of 2011.
January 24, 2012: David Lester reads and shows art from his graphic novel THE LISTENER as part of the W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ & Culture Series. W2′s Media Cafe (Vancouver, BC). Also reading: Angie Abdou, Zsuzsi Gartner, Ayelet Tsabari, Arley McNeney, Garry Thomas Morse, and Jen Neale.
AK Press Distribution ranked The Listener as #4 on its list of top 10 bestselling books of 2011.
Largehearted Boy (music/literature blog, Brooklyn, NY) selected The Listener as one of its favourite graphic novels of 2011: “These are the six graphic novels I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year. David Lester’s The Listener is one of the year’s most impressive graphic novels. This compelling book offers an insightful glimpse into the Nazi party’s 1933 election in Germany as well as the connection between modern art and politics.”
Monday Magazine (Victoria, BC) picked The Listener as one of the best Books of 2011.
David Lester, author of THE LISTENER and guitarist in rock duo Mecca Normal, whose most recent record release “Malachi” (K Records) was selected by Tobi Vail for her list of Best of 2011, in Artforum Magazine (New York).
The Hidden Cameras cover Mecca Normal’s “Throw Silver” for the Have Not Been The Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995 compilation. The song was recorded at St. Mary Aldermary church in London, England, 2011. All proceeds from the CD comp go to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
Brett Lyman (M’Lady’s Records) picked his top 10 of 2011 in Jigsaw: Best 7” of the year that wasn’t on M’lady’s: Mecca Normal “Malachi” b/w “Blue Sky With Branches” (K Records).
THE LISTENER goes into a 2nd printing, October, 2011.
Read a comprehensive interview with David Lester on the UK’s Alternative Magazine Online. 2011
North by Northwest interview with David Lester on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) radio (August 20, 2011).
The Listener is presented at Word On The Street (Vancouver, Sunday, September 25, 2011). The Listener performance adaptation by Jean Smith, includes Mecca Normal. David also signs his book at Word Under The Street.
The Listener was selected as one of the best books of 2011, so far, by the School Library Journal (New York).
The Globe & Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) profiles David Lester and The Listener. 2011
THE LISTENER reviewed in Crack Magazine (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK); Alternative Magazine (Liverpool, UK), the World’s Strongest Librarian (West Valley City, UT), and by Les Wiseman in the Times Colonist (Victoria, BC).
A page from THE LISTENER is featured in Geist Magazine (summer issue, 2011).
Deanna Radford writes her observations on the Montreal presentation/book launch of THE LISTENER: Suoni Per Il Popolo blog (Montreal, PQ) 2011
UMFM University of Manitoba, interview with David Lester. 2011
CKUT Montreal, interview with David Lester and Jean Smith. 2011
The Listener - #45 on the Amazon.ca TOP 100 list of bestsellers in themes books in late June and ranked #13 on the All-Canadian Top 30 Comics Bestseller List for June (Book Manager). 2011
David Lester’s graphic design (posters, album covers) is featured in Talk – Action = O An Illustrated History of D.O.A. by Joe Keithley (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011) .
David Lester and Jean Smith presented a performance adaptation by Jean Smith that includes Mecca Normal to a Creative Writing class at the University of British Columbia. 2011
David Lester reads from The Listener at Spartacus Books in Vancouver. 2011
Jean Smith put together a film about the Book Lauch Tour. 2011
“I would like to recommend David and his performance partner Jean Smith who gave an incredibly dynamic, introspective and involving presentation – a slide show, music, monologues with a sense of humour. His presentation would be absolutely perfect for teens especially.” – Cameron Ray, Youth Services Specialist at North York Public Library. 2011
Book signing in Vancouver, May 15, 2011
David Lester Author Page Amazon.com
The Listener by David Lester (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011) $19.95, ISBN: 9781894037488