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May 29, 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - May 29, 2014

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.

I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

I'm Not Scared of You or Anything
by Jon Paul Fiorentino

From Montreal literary impresario and man-about-town Jon Paul Fiorentino comes another volley of short stories that I would not be alone in calling "wickedly funny". Accompanied by illustrations from the whimsical pencil crayon of Maryanna Hardy, this collection asks questions like: What happens when you reimagine Christian Archie comics as a primer on French Theory? (There is an actual comic in which Mr. Weatherbee ventriloquizes Helene Cixous). How does a mild-mannered loser navigate the bureaucratic realm of exam supervision? And what if Mr. Spock was a character on HBO's Girls?

The Vacationers

The Vacationers
by Emma Straub

As the title and the cover (two bathers lounging in an expanse of blue water) of Emma Straub's latest make eminently clear, this is SUMMER READING. And about time, too. The Rookie staff writer brings you a sun-soaked story of a family trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca, where simmering tensions between friends and relatives can't quite be left behind. Wry, warm, witty, and wise, The Vacationers is breezy without being flimsy. A perfect read whether you're on the beach or the subway.

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals
by Patricia Lockwood

Probably best known as the funniest (and maybe dirtiest) poet on Twitter, Patricia Lockwood's "Rape Joke" also became possibly the first poem to ever become a viral hit, touching off a storm of commentary with its biting, bitterly humorous exploration of how to talk about an unspeakable event. In much longer than 140 characters, Lockwood's irreverent verse blooms like a venus fly trap. Cover illustration by the similarly perverse Lisa Hanawalt!

Kinfolk 12

Kinfolk 12

It's Kinfolk time again! This suitably summery theme of this issue is "Saltwater" and its stylish ages are full of cool blue and crystal-white tones. Contents include essays about failed fishing attempts, fear of sharks, whale-song poetry, a travel guide to British beach towns, photo essays on sweat and on Peru's salty ponds, plus recipes for fish tacos and a salt-and-vinegar menu. (Out June 3rd)


by Michael Deforge

Okay, so we featured Deforge's A Body Beneath in last week's list, which collects issues 2-5 of his multi-award winning comics anthology Lose. This simply-titled volume from Atrabile does the exact same thing, translated into French! Now Francophones need not be left out of the pleasures of Deforge's disturbingly cute drawings and twisted imagination. Youpi!

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other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

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
musician/author interviews
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)

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