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September 11, 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - September 11, 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.

The Hospital Suite

The Hospital Suite
by John Porcellino

We’re very excited about this new D+Q book by John Porcellino, and even more excited that he will be here to launch it on September 17th at 7:00 pm! In 1997, John began to have severe stomach pain. He soon found out he needed emergency surgery to remove a benign tumor from his small intestine. In the wake of the surgery, he had numerous health complications that led to a flare-up of his pre-existing tendencies toward anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Hospital Suite is Porcellino’s response to these experiences—simply told stories drawn in the honest, heart-wrenching style of his much-loved King-Cat mini-comics. His gift for spare yet eloquent candor makes The Hospital Suite an intimate portrayal of one person’s experiences that is also intensely relatable.

Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes
edited by Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton, Heidi Julavits

We’ve been chomping at the bit all summer for the release of this book, especially since we’re hosting the launch next Tuesday, September 16th at The Rialto Hall! The almighty trifecta of Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton, Heidi will be in conversation with Fiona Duncan, and then a clothing swap will take place, so make sure to bring along your best old duds so you can participate! (Tickets for the event are ten dollars, or free with a purchase of Women in Clothes and are available at Librairie D+Q.) Through original interviews, conversations, surveys, projects, diagrams and drawings from over six hundred contributors – including Miranda July, Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham, Sook-Yin Lee, Rachel Kushner, Sarah Nicole Prickett, and Tavi Gevinson – Women in Clothes explores the wide range of motives that inform how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means.

How to Be Both

How to Be Both
by Ali Smith

Already long-listed for the Man Booker, Ali Smith’s How to be Both is as daring as it is inventive. The book consists of two separate, yet fundamentally interconnected, story arcs. One is focused on a teenage girl named George, who is trying to make sense of her mother’s recent death, while the other follows an actual historical figure - Francesco del Cossa, the Italian renaissance painter. Smith’s big innovation here is that some editions of How to be Both begin with George’s story, while others begin with Francesco’s, so readers experiences of the book will vary, depending on which edition they happen to pick up. Smith’s work challenges the whole notion of binaries – not only in in its unconventional narrative structure, but also in its content.

Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress
by Margaret Atwood

All-things Atwood are beloved around Libraire D+Q, so we’re delighted to get our mitts on Stone Mattress, her latest collection of short tales. Atwood’s cast of characters is wide in scope; though several of the stories feature septuagenarian literary-types as their protagonists, Atwood also revisits the characters from The Robber Bride, and even throws in a werewolf! Sprinkled with a healthy dose of the supernatural, Atwood plays with the short story form, imbuing her mythic tales with her characteristic razor-sharp wit and wry humour.


by Bastien Vivès

Long appreciated by francophone readers, Bastien Vivès’ Polina is now available in English for the first time! This visually stunning graphic novel chronicles the life of a young ballet dancer, the titular Polina. When she is accepted at a prestigious Russian ballet school, the legendary (and legendarily difficult) Professor Bojinsky takes her under his wing, and despite his harsh ways, she flourishes under his tutelage. Upon graduation and admittance to a new school, Polina learns that her new ballet teachers disagree with Bojinsky’s methods, and her struggle to adapt leads her to flee Russia for Berlin, where she joins a group of students in creating a new form of theatre. Polina’s journey from girlhood to adulthood is gorgeously rendered in beautiful black and beige illustrations, courtesy of Vivès’ gift for capturing both the human form and human emotion in ink.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

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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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