October 2, 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.
Working on my Novel
by Cory Arcangel
The fresh novelization of that loveable prankster Cory Arcangel's long running twitter feed, @WrknOnMyNovel finally brings the project to its natural conclusion. The book consists of a survey of the best retweets of people who are "working on their novel" and simultaneously engaging in laudable feats of multitasking like reading East of Eden, watching Garth Brooks Live From Vegas, listening to the new Amy Macdonald album, eating bagel bites AND status updating. Working On My Novel is a poignant and highly relatable ode to the contemporary condition of creative work.
by Michael Robbins
Just two years after his literary debut Alien vs Predator - so celebrated it cycled through five printings and almost got a movie deal- Michael Robbins is back with Second Sex - his second complete collection of poetry to date. His lines irreverently invoke low and high culture while repurposing lyrics and clichés into his absurdist stanzas. Highly satirical and sophisticated, his cultural commentary doesn't discriminate in using language against itself.
by David Cronenburg
After ten years in the works and the intermittent release of five films, Cronenburg is releasing his first novel. Stylistically, Consumed is a probing existential body horror piece flowing seamlessly into his oeuvre. The narrative revolves around freelance journalists Naomi and Nathan, telematically involved lovers, who are both pursuing sensationalistic stories in separate countries. What follows is a compelling murder mystery full of grotesquely carnal intrigue and Cronenburg's characteristic philosophical inquiry into lust, death and technological mediation.
Not That Kind of Girl
by Lena Dunham
The young woman behind Tiny Furniture and the award winning HBO series Girls Lena Dunham unveils her latest, a collection of essays accompanied by the illustrations of Joana Avillez, entitled Not That Kind of Girl: A young woman tells you what she's "learned". Modelled after Helen Gurley Brown's Having It All: The Ultimate Woman's Guide to Love, Success, Sex, Money, Dunham offers her own observations and advice on life as a millennial through her idiosyncratic memoirs. From warm nostalgic reminiscences of childhood to more gritty and ambiguous coming of age experiences Lena D's reflections on life are cautionary, funny and often touching.
by Dionne Brand
Dionne Brand, the extensively decorated writer and 2009-2012 poet laureate of Toronto, maps the emotional geographies of three parallel characters in her new novel Love Enough. The book depicts protagonists June, Bedi and Lia living in present day Toronto and their relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Brand captures the small, poignant intersections of daily life, however transient, that imprint her characters as they explore love in its myriad forms.
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