July 10, 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.
Moomin: The Complete Lars Jansson Comic Strip, Book Nine
by Lars Jansson
Moomin fans, rejoice: the ninth volume of Moomin comics (penned by creator Tove Jansson’s brother, Lars) has arrived! Featuring four complete stories (Damsel in Distress, Fuddler and Married Life, Sniff’s Sports Shop, and Mymble’s Diamond) this collection will bring you back to the delightful, whimsical world of Moominvalley and its charming inhabitants.
Worse Things Happen at Sea
by Kellie Strom
This beautiful panoramic leporello from the always immaculate Nobrow Press will tickle the fancy of salty sea dogs and landlubbers alike! Featuring mythical monsters from the deepest depths, Strom’s vivid illustrations are as vibrant as they are detailed. It’s easy to see how Strom spent two years working on this project, based on the stunning detail alone.
Truth is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries
by Gabrielle Bell
Blurring the boundary between reality and fiction, Bell’s autobiographical comics document her travels throughout Europe and South America, and back to her home in Brooklyn. With humour that is characteristically self-deprecating, introspective and surreal, these mostly-true diary comics give the reader a fascinating glimpse into the author’s life.
by Jenny Zhang
Hags is the latest offering from Guillotine, “a chapbook series dedicated to revolutionary nonfiction” as described by editor Sarah McCarry, who runs The Rejectionist blog. Each issue is hand sewn and letter-pressed, making for a seriously fine looking final product. You may recognize Jenny Zhang’s name from her writing for Rookie, but this essay is another animal altogether, delving into issues of gender, art, identity and anger.
by Rainbow Rowell
Following up Rowell’s previous bestsellers - Eleanor & Park and Fangirl - Landline covers a lot of ground. The story’s magical conceit is a landline telephone that somehow connects the protagonist to an earlier version of her husband, so she can communicate with him as the person he was early on in their relationship. However, this plot device is not the central focus; rather Landline turns the lens on marriage, love, career, family, and the many ways in which our choices at a particular moment in time determine how our future lives will play out.
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)