November 6, 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.
by Aisha Franz
Very exciting new D+Q book alert! Berlin-based illustrator and cartoonist Aisha Franz's Earthling captures a brief moment in the lives of three women – two sisters and their lonely mother. Aisha Franz’s grey pencil renders perfectly the greyness of the trio’s suburban existence.The smudgy pencil lines create an atmosphere of claustrophobia. Earthling is an atmospheric and haunting account of the inevitability of losing the dream worlds of childhood. Montrealers, take note that the author will be at the store on Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m. You should definitely come by and enjoy some comics talk and refreshments with Franz and all the D&Q staff!
Information Doesn't Want to be Free: Laws for the Internet Age
by Cory Doctorow
As a blogger, science fiction writer, and co-editor of Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow has plenty of occasions to discuss the Internet and is well-positioned to write a manual for its use. Information Doesn't Want to be Free synthesizes his ideas about creativity in the high tech digital age in prose that will engage even the most lo-fi readers. Boasting forewards by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, this book tackles some of the most hotly debated issues of our time, such as privacy, copyright, intellectual property, and crowd funding, to name but a few.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore
Harvard professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore's new book provides a fascinating perspective on the origins of iconic superhero Wonder Woman through examining the biography of her creator, William Moulton Marston. It turns out that the man who claimed himself to be the inventor of the lie-detector test spent most of his life concealing his true life! Many of Marston's more scandalous secret practices, persuasions and beliefs (including feminism, polyamory, BDSM) were kept tightly under wraps, but hinted at in the original Wonder Woman strips. Lepore's account of Marston's family life is brillantly linked to the broader pop-culture history associated with Wonder Woman in this riveting examination of one of the 20th centuries most beloved superheroes.
by Lindsay Hunter
Aptly titled for the content therein, Ugly Girls takes the reader on an out of control ride into the world of two teen girls as they shoplift, steal cars and skip school in an attempt to escape their bleak home lives. Meanwhile, a predator disguising himself as a fellow teenager stalks the girls online and devises a nefarious scheme to meet them in person. The collision course of their downward-spiralling lives leads to much depravity and, you guessed it, human ugliness! Despite the darkness of the story, Hunter's characters are rich and nuanced, and manage to avoid the realm of the "troubled-teen" cliché.
Jacobin describes itself as a "leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture." If you're familiar with its online offerings, you already know the quality of its content, and you'll be delighted by the great production values of the quarterly print edition. This double issue is focused on cities. There are pieces addressing the ways that political issues play out in urban spaces through neoliberalist policies, gentrification, public vs. private housing, etc. Get your daily dose of radical thought from the good folks of Jacobin!
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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)