May 8, 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.
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
by Heather O'Neill
Heather O'Neill is one of those authors who has this majestically mysterious aura about her. Part of it might have to do with the fact that it's been almost ten years since her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, came out, to momentous critical and commercial success. Now O'Neill is back with her eagerly awaited novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, a coming of age story once again set in Montreal. We're of course so excited to be hosting the Montreal launch for The Girl Who Was Saturday Night on Saturday, May 10th, 7pm at the Rialto Hall. Tickets are still available, so book 'em while we got 'em, and celebrate Heather O'Neill with the rest of the city.
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
by Roz Chast
Ah, the graphic novel memoir. When done well, it is compelling, heartrending, and affecting. Lucky us, since there's a new addition to the comic memoir oeuvre. Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant is a witty and poignant portrait of an only child coping with the inevitable loss of her elderly parents as well as she can. You can also get a taster of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant on the New Yorker's website, where they've highlighted a sample from the book. Long live the graphic novel! Long live the memoir! Long live that wonderful combination of both.
Andre the Giant: Life and Legend
by Box Brown
From the mind and pen of Ignatz-winning comic artist Box Brown comes a graphic biography of man who was truly larger-than-life. Drawing from historical records about Andre's life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century's most recognizable figures.
Girls Standing on Lawns
by Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler
This enchanting little book is the first in a series of three-way collaborations between Kalman, Handler, and the Museum of Modern Art, celebrating the art and act of seeing, the poetics of the mundane, and the charm of the esoteric. Kalman, well known and much-loved as an author and illustrator, has picked out a selection of vintage photos of (you guessed it) "girls standing on lawns" from the MoMA's archive of vernacular photography, which she sent to her longtime friend and collaborator Daniel Handler (perhaps better-known under the irreverent persona Lemony Snicket) and he wrote back with simple, charming haiku-like responses to the photographs. Kalman immediately sensed the poetic potential of this impromptu mashup and decided to paint a series of watercolors based on the images. Lovely!
This new edition of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern is entirely focused on the Latin-American crime story, 13 examples of which are collected here. Swinging from secret Venezuelan prisons to Uruguayan resorts to blood-drenched bedrooms in Mexico and Peru, and even, briefly, to Epcot Center and the Havana home of a Cuban transsexual named Amy Winehouse, these stories re sure to electrify! Featuring contemporary writers from ten different countries—including Alejandro Zambra, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Andres Ressia Colino, Mariana Enriquez, and many more—McSweeney’s 46 offers an essential cross-section of the troubles and temptations confronting the region today.
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