May 22, 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.
A Body Beneath
by Michael Deforge
Freshly-delivered from Koyama Press is this anthology of Michael DeForge’s multi-award winning anthology Lose! For anyone who missed Deforge's early "floppies", Body Beneath collects issues 2-5, but not issue 1, because as Deforge's introductory comic "Context" explains, "Lose #1 is a very bad comic book!" We might beg to differ, but this anthology nonetheless offers a great opportunity to track the development of Deforge's singular vision and demented productivity. If you haven't caught the virulent, flesh-eating, euphoria-inducing bug that is Deforge-mania, A Body Beneath is a great place to start!
It's always an exciting day when a new Apartamento arrives, but lucky number thirteen features a major coup for the magazine: an in-depth interview with Wes Anderson about his interiors! Plus eccentric fashion designer Bernard Willhelm, sculptor/designer Peter Shire, antiques dealer Joel Chen, a special insert on the legacy of modernist designer Alexander Girard, a comic by Andy Rementer, and an editorial photo spread about sugar that exemplifies the offbeat whimsy and impeccable design sensibility that makes Apartamento so great.
Another well-loved magazine arrived this week: Lucky Peach! And it's the All You Can Eat issue! It features a travelogue of Las Vegas from the ribald pen of comics genius Lisa Hanawalt and an article by Adam Gollner on how Montreal is the new "ground zero for gluttony" (what with Joe Beef, Au Pied de Cochon, and the whole sugar shack phenomenon), a recipe for pot pie from Pavement's Mark Ibold (?!), discursions on chinese banquets, botulism bread, and a smorgasbord comic by Andy Rementer (making a double appearance on this list). Dig in!
by Dean Garlick
Chloes is a novella by Montreal writer (sometimes described as a fabulist) Dean Garlick that also features watercolour illustrations by Nicole Legault. It's a fantastical story that starts with a parakeet outside a Montreal window on a Spring morning and goes some very strange places. We're thrilled to be hosting the launch for it here at the store on May 29th.
Closing out this periodical-heavy list is the new Coming Envelope, a journal of experimental literary fiction edited and designed by Malcolm Sutton at Toronto's Bookthug Press (specifically, its "Department of Narrative Studies"). This issue showcases a promising selection of emerging talents, including York University scholar and novelist S.D. Chrostowska (whose book Permission came out last year from Dalkey Archive), Bronwen Wallace Award-winner Kilby Smith-Mcgregor and Queens, NY-based novelist Eugene Lim.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:
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)