April 11, 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.
New York Postcards
by Adrian Tomine
Adrian Tomine's beautiful and compelling New Yorker covers have been leaving their mark on the public at large for years, and now you can have thirty of his most iconic images to do... whatever you like with! Frame 'em, mail 'em, hoard 'em; no matter what, they'll be there, looking gorgeous. Those of you familiar with New York Drawings will recognize a lot of work shown here, but a few newer illustrations that have come out since the debut of Drawings are included as well, along with some of his more famous sketches.
by Sean Michaels
Us Conductors is the debut novel by Montreal author Sean Michaels, who is best known as the founder of Said the Gramophone, one of the web's longest-running and best-loved mp3 blogs (he's also written for The Guardian and McSweeney’s, among other venues, and won two National Magazine Awards). The story is inspired by the true life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen, creator of the theremin, and is told through a series of flashbacks and correspondence between Termen and his "one true love," Clara Rockmore, the finest theremin player in the world. It's a story of love, longing, and electricity that takes the reader from Jazz Age glitz and glam to the gulag.
Can't and Won't
by Lydia Davis
Can't and Won't - Lydia Davis
We LOVE Lydia Davis. In fact, it seems like you can't work here unless you do. What can I tell you? She's one of our favourite reasons for knowing how to read, and since winning the 2013 Booker Prize, her fan club has grown bigger every day. Anyway, obviously, we're overjoyed to have received her newest book of short stories. It's called Can't and Won't and it joins her Collected Stories and The Cows as one of the very best books our little store holds. As always, Davis' hyper-precise language and micro-focused observation offer the reader a myriad of delights.
Polyamorous Love Songs
by Jacob Wren
Polyamorous Love Songs is the latest emission from the VERY prolific mind of Montreal-based interdisciplinary writer, performer, blogger, and man-about-town Jacob Wren -- seriously, he comes to almost all of our events, is very active on the internet, travels internationally to present his performance art with remarkably frequency, and still finds time to write novels. This one is his third, and, in accordance with his boundary-crossing bent, it's concerned with the intertwining of art with life and with politics. Populated with furries, 'New Filmmakers' that devise increasingly unexpected sexual scenarios with complete strangers, and a secret society that concocts a virus that only infects those on the political right - Wren's avant-garde fiction will appeal to those who like their literature to have a foot in the contemporary art world (or vice versa). Chris Kraus fans should especially take note.
This lovely, sunshine-coloured edition of our favourite independent, ad-free food magazine is just in time for Spring! In issue 14 of Remedy you can find: an introduction to Mission Pie; Lindsay Kucera's blackened halibut tacos (that she dreaded growing up); a peek into the life of a beekeeper (with a recipe for a honey harvest cake); and the secrets to growing a giant pumpkin. That’s just a taste of the delicious stories, recipes, tips & tidbits, waiting to be devoured in this issue.
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also at Largehearted Boy:
52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)