March 27, 2014
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.
War of Streets and Houses
by Sophie Yanow
California-born artist Sophie Yanow witnessed the Spring 2012 student strike (aka the "Printemps Erable," or "Maple Spring") on the streets of Montreal. The brutal police response and its violent tactics inspired Yanow to explore the history of urban planning and its hidden connections to military strategies for this book: Marshal Bugeaud’s urban warfare tactics in Algeria; Haussmann’s 19th-century restructuring of Paris; planning and repression in the New World; theory and personal experience collide into an ambitious and poetic cartoon memoir.
A Carefully Folded Ham Sandwich: Towards a Critical Phenomenology
edited by Roger Connah
This marvelously-titled and charmingly-embossed little book collects papers from the first Frascari Symposium at Carleton University's Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, which asked: "What has phenomenology to offer architects today?" The erudite and engaging answers come from a variety of architectural thinkers from Canada, the US, and the UK.
The Blighted Eye is a fiendish feast for all comics fans from the mind-boggling collection of Glenn Bray -- arguably the world's preeminent collector of original comic art. The Blighted Eye is not only a copious survey of the field over its long (and often sordid) history, but a testament to Bray's dogged and visionary commitment to preserving the work by the greatest artists working in an art form habitually sneered at by cultural gatekeepers throughout most of the 20th century.
The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza
by James Kochalka
James Kochalka is the ridiculously prolific and much-loved author of the American Elf series, the SuperF*ckers series (which Frederator made into an animated web cartoon), and children's books including Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher. Previously, his Glorkian Warrior character has appeared in a smartphone game (Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork), but now the kid-friendly, pizza-loving, wisecracking alien faces his greatest challenge, in book form: destiny has called...and it wants pepperoni!
New issues of the Paris Review are always welcome but this one is particularly tasty. It features interviews with Mad Men mastermind Matthew Weiner and psychologist Adam Phillips, poetry from Frederick Seidel and John Ashberry, photos by Francesca Woodman, and (perhaps best of all) new fiction from Ben Lerner and Zadie Smith! Great stuff.
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