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August 28, 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - August 28, 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.

Chez L'arabe: Stories

Chez L'arabe: Stories
by Mireille Silcoff

Already garnering much praise and comparisons to such literary giants as Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler and Mavis Gallant, Mireille Silcoff’s debut collection of linked short stories is not to be missed. Inspired by the author’s own once-debilitating health struggles, Silcoff intertwines the lives of others dealing with chronic illness, divorce, death, secrets and estrangements, yet infuses their stories with humour, beauty and pathos. FYI: Librairie D&Q will be hosting the launch for Chez L’arabe at The Emerald (5295 Avenue du Parc) on Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m.


by Raina Telgemeier

Author of perennial store favourites Smile and Drama, Raina Telgemeier, is back with a new graphic memoir, Sisters, which revisits the characters from Smile, but can equally be read as a stand-alone. As the title implies, Sisters is primarily about the sometimes strained relationship between the adolescent Raina and her little sister, Amara. During a road trip to a family reunion, all sorts of tensions come bubbling to the surface - not only between the sisters, but between their parents too. Insightful and relatable, Telgemeier has a unique talent for capturing the struggles of growing up, which is why her coming of age books resonate so well with young readers.


by Simon Hanselmann

Who knew a comic about a witch, a cat, and an owl getting high could be "too real"? Well, Melbourne's Simon Hanselmann is here to amuse and/or depress the hell out of you with his tales of stoner mischief, depravity, and roommate-cruelty. Marvel as Werewolf Jones sticks foreign objects up his butt as party entertainment, Mike the Warlock explains his job (working in "receivals" at K-Mart), and Megg the Witch and Mogg the cat engage in inter-species romance while subjecting the hapless Owl to an endless variety of humiliating pranks. Bleak and hilarious in equal measure, Hanselmann strikes the perfect balance in this collection, featuring plenty of previously unpublished adventures.

N+1 – Issue 20: Survival

N+1 – Issue 20: Survival

Literature, culture and politics are N+1 magazine's chosen subject matter, as always, but the overarching theme of issue 20 is survival. In keeping with said theme, the editors discuss payment for writers, as well as privilege (and how to check it). Michelle Tea explores caregiving and the toll it takes on caregivers, while Frank Guan reivews Tao Lin, and David Samuels gives nine rules of hit songwriting. Also featuring brand new fiction from Nell Zink and Yelena Akhtiorskaya, plus many more essays, reviews and letters from a plethora of fine contributors.


by Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti’s fictionalized account of the supposedly rivalrous friendship between George Ticknor and William Prescott, two American writers and historians of the Victorian era, is now out in paperback. Ticknor’s litany of lamentations over his many failures, and his perpetual envy of Prescott’s successes form a well-crafted, experimental narrative, inhabited by a plausibly bourgeois cast of characters. Be sure to catch Sheila Heti in Montreal when she joins Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton at the Rialto Hall (5711 ave. du Parc) on the evening of Tuesday, September 16th to launch their new collaborative book, Women in Clothes!

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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)

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