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September 26, 2013

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - September 26, 2013

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.

Every week, Montreal's Librairie Drawn & Quarterly bookstore recommends a selection of new books, including fiction, art books, magazines, and comics.

Sunday Night Movies

Sunday Night Movies
by Leanne Shapton

From the author of the D+Q-published Native Trees of Canada comes Sunday Night Movies, a beautiful collection of paintings based on movie stills. Shapton’s black and grey water-color palette perfectly captures the magic and romance of the cinema. Featuring images mostly taken from iconic films from the '30s through the '70s, but also including a few from more contemporary works, any cinephile will appreciate this gorgeous book.

Moomin and the Comet

Moomin and the Comet
by Tove Jansson and Lars Jansson

Hooray! We are so delighted that D+Q has released not one but two new collections of Moomin comics this week! Join the Moomins as they encounter a menacing comet which threatens Moominvalley. With a comet and a tidal wave on the horizon, how will they evade catastrophe? If the title of Moomin and the Comet rings a bell, it’s probably because Jansson also published a novel version of this story, entitled Comet in Moominland. However, Moomin and the Comet has a significant plot variations, and is of course a full-color version of the original comic strip.

Moomin and the Sea

Moomin and the Sea
by Tove Jansson

Also out this week from D+Q and equally as delightful as the aforementioned Moomin and the Comet is Moomin and the Sea. In this beautifully-wrought comic collection, the Moomin family find themselves living in a lighthouse on a remote island at the behest of Moominpappa, who is determined to write a Great Novel About the Sea. Sounds rather romantic, no? Unfortunately, the fact that the lighthouse is haunted, lacks tea-drinking facilities and is already occupied by a family of unwelcoming rats puts a bit of a damper on things. But you can count on the Moomins to make the best of any situation, no matter how less-than idyllic it may be.

Fairy Tale Comics

Fairy Tale Comics
ed. Chris Duffy, various authors

Boasting work by 18 renowned comics authors (including several from the D+Q roster) such as Gilbert Hernandez, Vanessa Davis, Raina Telgemeier, and Jillian Tamaki, just to name a few, Fairy Tale Comics is chock-full of great stuff. The diverse talents of each contributing cartoonist are showcased in these comic strip versions of classic fairy tales. What a great way to introduce kids to some of the biggest names in comics and get them excited about reading fairy tales!

Young Frank Architect

Young Frank Architect
by Frank Viva

This book aimed at kids aged 3-8 is the first picture book released by MoMA. As the title suggests, it’s about architects: specifically, Young Frank, who lives in New York City with his grandfather, Old Frank, and their dog Eddie. Old and Young Frank tend to clash about exactly what an architect is supposed to create, with Young Frank being imaginative and experimental, and Old Frank taking a more conservative, approach. The rift between their visions of architecture widens – that is, until they take a trip to the MoMA together. As they discover through admiring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Ghery (prompting Young Frank to rightly wonder if all architects are named Frank) architects can design all kinds of things…even squiggly chairs and crooked towers!

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