November 28, 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.
Anna & Froga: Thrills, spills and gooseberries
by Anouk Ricard
We have a brand new Anna & Froga book out from Drawn & Quarterly this week! Thrills, spills and gooseberries is written and drawn by the French artist Anouk Ricard, whose other D&Q titles include Want a gumball? and I dunno...what do you want to do? in the Anna & Froga series, plus the graphic novel for older readers, Benson's Cuckoos. In this third installment, your favourite gang is back with more good times.This time Anna, Froga, and Ron find out what Bubu really did on vacation, Froga fights off a bunch of hungry snails from her garden, Christopher finds out he's really awesome at charades, and plenty of other hijinks ensue! Hop on board for the wild ride!
Moomin on the Riviera
by Tove Jansson
The story of Moomin on the Riviera is a particular store favourite in the original Tove Jansson comic series, so we're very excited about its glorious, full-colour debut. Moominpappa and Snorkmaiden's spring wanderlust leads the whole family on a trip to the glamourous French Riviera, where they hobnob with the aristocratic elite. Soon it becomes clear that the life of luxury isn't all it's cracked up to be, and trouble is brewing in paradise. In typical Moomin fashion, this story is as delightful for children as it is for adults, so readers of all ages will enjoy the Moomins' escapades in high-living.
Now Playing at a Librairie D+Q Near you: the gorgeous Criterion Designs book from The Criterion Collection! Yes, the esteemed film-curating powerhouse has finally published a book celebrating the best of 30 years worth of incredible design. Among the images you'll recognize, a lot of supplementary material is also collected, including preliminary sketches, alternate designs, and other artifacts of the creative process. It should come as no surprise that plenty of works by D+Q artists are featured in this collection, namely Dan Clowes, Leanne Shapton, Adrian Tomine, Jillian Tamaki, and Seth! Of course, there are plenty more amazing non D+Q artist designs as well, but you'll have to mosey on down to catch 'em. Don't wait too long though, these are only here for a limited engagement!
by Kathryn Reed Altman
Along with the aforementioned Criterion book, here we have another great book for the cinephiles among us. If there was ever any doubt regarding Robert Altman's contributions to cinema, let the fact that his surname has given rise to a brand new adjective (in this case, "Altmanesque") quell it! This brand new visual biography is authorized by the Altman estate, penned by his widow, Kathryn Reed Altman in collaboration with film critic Guilia D’Agnolo Vallan, and featuring contributions from many of Altman's close collaborators. Inside you'll find a superb collection of ephemera, including photos from the family archive, and a plethora of information about each of his films. A biography truly worthy of the pioneering, iconic director!
Behold, the Dinosaurs!
by Dustin Harbin
Behold, the Dinosaurs is the latest addition to the roster of Nobrow's Leporello series of boundary-pushing illustrated books. Measuring an impressive 6.5 feet long, unraveled, you can imagine how much dinosaur-related info is contained within its double-sided accordian pages. What could be a better way to learn fun facts about dinosaurs and their "numerous non-dinosaurian contemporaries" than folding out page after lushly illustrated page of them? The concertina format also lends itself well to display on a mantlepiece or in a frame, if you're inclined to adorn your home with dinos.
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