September 4, 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.
Even More Bad Parenting Advice
by Guy Delisle
Drawn & Quarterly is delighted to be the publisher of the second volume of parenting misadventures by acclaimed Quebec comic artist Guy Delisle! Delisle rose to prominence with his award-winning travelogues of journeys in North Korea, Jerusalem, Burma, and China, but his Users Guide to Neglectful Parenting has been a sleeper hit with a lighter series of self-deprecating vignettes that depict the author as a lax, lovably immature stay-at-home dad. Even More Bad Parenting Advice offers exactly what it promises: watch as Delisle bribes his children with ice cream and video games, threatens them with shark attacks and homeless houseguests, and zones out during PTA meetings. Fun for the whole family!
by Claire Holden Rothman
Montreal author Claire Holden Rothman deftly weaves the personal with the political in her latest novel, My October. Set in Montreal in 2001, the story focuses on the lives of a family consisting of an aging Quebecois superstar writer (equally famous for his staunch separatist stance), his Anglophone wife (also his award-winning translator) and their teenage son who feels caught between worlds. Much of Quebec’s history, fraught with linguistic and cultural tension, is played out in the microcosm of the family dynamic. Be sure to catch Rothman this Thursday, September 4th here at Librairie D&Q at 7:00 pm for her launch of My October.
by Ben Lerner
Ben Lerner, who penned 2011’s surprise breakout his, Leaving the Atocha Station, is back! For his second novel, Lerner has doubled down on metafictional self-consciousness and written a story about a poet struggling with unexpected success and forced by opportunity ( the "strong six figures" that his agent gets him as an advance) to write a second novel. The resulting hybrid of poetry, fiction, and memoir, not quite fiction or non-fiction sparkles with the same intelligence and wit that Lerner brought to Leaving the Atocha Station. Particularly for those who like their lit with a foot in the art world, Lerner's latest is sure to be one of the year's most talked-about titles.
The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
If you thought David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas was ambitious, just wait until you read The Bone Clocks! The soaring, metaphysical narrative spans time and space, with countless narrative voices colliding into a seamlessly intertwined story. Though Mitchell deals heavily in the supernatural here, he also manages to critique contemporary culture (particularly literary culture, as evidenced by some self-deprecating jokes he throws in), and ultimately creates a moving meditation on what it is to be human. Sure to delight long-time fans as well as the uninitiated, The Bone Clocks will take readers on a truly epic journey.
The Back of the Turtle
by Thomas King
We’re very excited that Thomas King (The Inconvenient Indian; Green Grass, Running Water) has graced us with his first work of literary fiction in 15 years! The narrator, a brilliant scientist, discovers that his own work has inadvertently caused an environmental catastrophe which has completely wiped out a section of the West Coast, including the native reserve where his family lived. Knowing that he has had a hand in so much death, he returns to his home to drown himself in the sea, only to find a bunch of mysterious people struggling in the waves! Though this premise sounds heavy, The Back of the Turtle is actually a comedic story, filled with the wit and wordplay for which King is renowned, and invoking both Christian and indigenous mythology. Sure to join the ranks of his previous best-selling and beloved books!
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