November 14, 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 Shigeru Mizuki
This third installment of MIzuki's sweeping epic chronicles the end of the Pacific War, and the devastation endured by both Mizuki himself and Japan more broadly. With his signature masterful style, Mizuki, one of Japan's most famous cartoonists, recounts moments as world-changing as the atomic bombs dropped by the United States, and as intimate as his own loss of an arm.
by Walter Scott
Wendy is a urban twenty-something whose "dreams of contemporary art stardom are perpetually derailed," and if that doesn't pique your interest, Scott's brash, spaghetti-limbed illustration sure will. Hailed both as the Cathy of the hipster art world (by Bullett) and the "real voice of our generation (sorry Lena Dunham)" by Vice, this party girl's antics will endear her to you from the very first panel.
by Jamie Coe
Continuing on with the art school theme, Coe, a UK-based illustrator, brings us a funny, vibrant account of what it's like to go from small town to big city. Lushly coloured, and with a cast of characters to match, the comic's protagonist, Daniel Stope, struggles to make friends, find love, and sort out his life, in the process giving us a heartwarming coming of age story.
It's difficult to describe a writer as acclaimed and prolific as David Foster Wallace, and nearly impossible to point to which of his works constitute essential reading. But the impossible has been done, in this carefully curated collection of his fiction, non-fiction, and teaching materials. This collection, an in-depth, substantial tome, was put together by an entire team of writers and critics, and is an excellent resource for newcomers and long-time admirers alike.
No Such Thing
by Ella Bailey
Georgia the littlest skeptic keeps noticing strange things happening around her house. A lesser mind would think it was ghosts, but not Georgia. She knows better. Bailey's first children's book, No Such Thing, is a beautifully illustrated story for 5-7 year-olds that will keep you guessing until the very end.
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also at Largehearted Boy:
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)