August 21, 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.
Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story
by Blank Space Publishing
Fairy Tales is the result of an unconventional architecture competition, in which the call was for architects to submit narrative-based design proposals. Synthesizing architecture and storytelling through stories, poems, memoirs and comics, illustrations, photos and diagrams, this book contains the 24 best “fairy tales” out of over 300 entries from over 50 countries. Submissions were judged on both their story and the strength of their design proposal. This innovative collection aims to render architecture more accessible to non-architects, and proves that design ideas can be effectively communicated through prose.
by Hilton Als
If you haven’t yet had the chance to read Hilton Als’ genre-blending, category-defying collection of essays exploring race, gender, identity through a dissection of pop culture, there has never been a better time to do so, now that White Girls is available in paperback. Winner of the LAMBDA Literary Award for LGBT Nonfiction, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, this fearless and personal cultural critique merits all of the hype and praise that has been lavished upon it.
Boasting a cover by Marcel Dzama (who is also featured within) as well as a free 7-inch vinyl record complete with new music from Dzama and members of Arcade Fire, the much anticipated Music Issue has finally arrived! Inside you’ll find interviews with Meredith Monk, Nancy Sinatra, Killer Mike, Glenn Branca, a feature on Arcade Fire’s tour of Haiti, a deconstruction of tUnE-yArDs, and a consideration of the literary merits of the memoirs of rock star exes.
Quarterly food journal Lucky Peach turns their focus seaward in their twelfth issue. As you’d guess the content is pretty sea-critter heavy, featuring articles, essays, art, recipes and photo spreads in keeping with the nautical theme. We’re particularly enticed by the recipes inspired by the iconic coast depicted in 1980’s classic film, The Goonies, but this wonderful cinematic homage is but one of many awesome features, including stories of a shrimp farm in Indonesia, the sea monsters of Korean BBQ, clam-shucking on Long-Island, and so much more! Bonus: a tear-out sixteen-page BEACH READS comic book to take on your seaside jaunts, featuring Jason Jägel, Tony Millionaire, and others.
Anorak Magazine aptly calls itself “the happy mag for kids,” though its stellar graphic design and content make it a joy for children and adults alike. As you may have guessed by its theme being “Cities,” the most recent issue takes readers on a journey around cities past, present and future, both real and imaginary. Readers can delve into the depths beneath the pavement of “Anorak Metropolis” to discover what lurks there, as well as learn from a real town planner how cities are built. In addition to the excellent games, crafts, and illustrated stories that are standard in every issue, there is also a brand new column entitled “Ask Stuff” where the answers to important questions (such as “Why do cats sleep so much?” are revealed!
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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)