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June 20, 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - June 20, 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.


Moderne Luv

Moderne Luv
by O'Hara Hale

O'Hara Hale is well known around these parts as the legendary author of L'abc de monsieur pizza and the recently released L'arbre brocoli, but there’s an adult lady behind these amazing kids' books, and she's got some non-pizza related stuff to talk about in Moderne Luv, an astute look at love and relationships through the eyes of a "weird boob and a penis," as phrased by Hale at our launch for the comic.


It Never Happened Again

It Never Happened Again
by Sam Alden

Sam Alden's spare and affecting pencil illustrations have never looked more beautiful than in this collection of two stories published by Uncivilized Books. Hawaii 1997, which was previously presented on Alden's website, follows a semi-autobiographical Sam on an introspective, lonely trip to Hawaii where he encounters a kindred spirit, while Anime tells the story of a young woman from a small town who is obsessed with Japanese culture and makes the ill-advised decision to move there. Socially awkward yet endearingly sincere, Alden's narrative respects the character in a way that makes her deeply relatable.


Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey
by Nick Bertozzi

Nick Bertozzi's tightly packed panels and lively character designs bring historical figures to life in a way that personalizes them instead of reducing them to a paragraph in a textbook. Shackleton is the story of Ernest Shackleton"s ambitious Arctic expedition and the men who joined him on the trek that nearly killed them. It’s a story that has all the makings of out-of-this-world fiction, which makes it all the more incredible that it actually happened.


Drawn to Drawing

Drawn to Drawing
by John Vernon Lord

Nobrow takes us a on a fantastic voyage through the art and life of John Vernon Lord, revered author, teacher, and illustrator of over a dozen children’s books, whose career and work have spanned over 40 years. In this gorgeous hardcover retrospective, Lord’s work is elaborated upon and given context by his memoirs, in which he questions his impulse to draw and throws us into the strange and occasionally nightmarish world of his impeccable drawings.


Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
by Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers's books often experiment with new methods of telling morality tales, with some of his risk-taking tales narratively paying off better than others. In Your Fathers, Eggers uses only dialogue to tell the story of a man who has kidnapped a number of people and stored them in different places on an army base in order to "seek answers the only way he knows how." Eggers looks at issues of government intervention, and what truly constitutes a criminal in this formally daring novel.


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also at Largehearted Boy:

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)
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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