July 17, 2014
In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
The hotly anticipated follow up to O'Malley's emblematic Scott Pilgrim series was worth the wait! 29 year old restaurant owner, Katie, discovers that she can undo her mistakes by writing them down in a mysterious book and eating a mushroom before bed, but it soon becomes clear that this power has some unintended consequences. If you're in Montreal on July 31, be sure to catch O'Malley here at Librairie D&Q where he will be in conversation with Brad Mackay, followed by a signing. Tickets are free with a purchase of Seconds!
God and the Devil at War in the Garden
by Anders Nilsen
Nilsen's idea to both shed light on and subvert Amazon's business practices is as ingenious as it is beautiful. Included with the book is an invitation to the reader: if you send Nilsen your receipt (a formality to prove that you bought it from an independent bookstore, rather than Amazon) and a request or question, he will send you a personalized drawing in response! As if that wasn't incentive enough to pick up a copy, it is absolutely gorgeous to look at too.
Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER!
by Kier-La Janisse
The latest from Kier-La Janisse, author of the perennial store favourite, House of Psychotic Women, promises to be a true delight for anyone who appreciates the weirder side of kids' cinema and television. This book is the debut in a line of small-run, themed anthologies focused on cult film, pop culture, and emphasizing the work of Canadian genre writers. Sounds almost too good to be true, no?
Who Did It? Who Did It?
by Ohara Hale
If there's one thing that makes kids laugh without fail -and plenty of grown-ups too- it's bodily functions. This little boxed set covers all the bases and is chock full of hilarious illustrations of animals relieving themselves, all the while teaching kids the proper etiquette for such situations. Ohara Hale will be here at Librairie D&Q on Sunday July 27th at 10:00 am, reading from her books, and teaching kids how to draw farting dogs (amongst other things, of course.) It'll be a whale of a time, so bring your wee ones for some laughs, snacks and fun drawings!
The Hundred-Year House
by Rebecca Makkai
Unfolding in a secret-laden, possibly haunted Midwestern estate, Makkai's latest novel pays homage to the grand tradition of gothic fiction. Laurelfield, the titular hundred year old house, was once an arts colony, and still harbors the creative spirits of many of its former inhabitants. Academics Zee and Doug move in with their somewhat eccentric family and begin to unravel some of Laurelfield's history in this engrossing tale of horror, love, and family drama.
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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)
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Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
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