January 29, 2015
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 Just City
by Jo Walton
The Just City (Jo Walton)
In Walton's latest, the goddess Pallas Athene decides to spearhead a time-travelling social experiment: she assembles over ten thousand children, a handful of adult teachers from various eras, some robots from the future, and even the god Apollo who takes on a human incarnation for one lifetime. All residents are eager to become their best selves, which is the aim of the entire endeavour. Many familiar historical and mythical figures, even Socrates himself, crop up in the city. With such an array of characters and the utopian premise, the wittiness level of the dialogue is off the charts, and it's easy to be immersed in Walton's imaginative world of philosophers and gods.
City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife
by Mark Kurlansky
In this all new collection of short stories, Kurlansky visits urban spaces where humans and animals intersect. The topic takes readers on a journey all over the world, and provides rich fodder for an exploration of how our lives are interconnected, despite our tendency to view ourselves as separate from the natural world. Kurlansky's revealing stories are at once funny and touching, and ultimately remind us that like it or not, humans are animals, after all!
by Peter Bagge
Originally serialized by DC Comics, Bagge's portrait of Mel Bowling, the ficitonal creator of an abominably bad daily newspaper comic strip (a wretched hybrid of Garfield and Dilbert, apparently) is now available as a complete collection for the first time. Bagge's unmistakable rubbery drawings perfectly suit the sit-com cast of overworked studio assistants and frazzled cartoonists that flesh out Bowling's world. However, Bagge's signature style is also complemented by the contributions of some renowned guest comics artists, such as Stephen DeStefano (Popeye) and Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit). Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by Neil Gaiman!
I Hope This Finds You Well
edited by Dan Stafford
Comics aficionado Dan Stafford, whose documentary on John Porcellino, Root Hog or Die, has been garnering plenty of praise since its debut last year, is a busy guy. In addition to co-owning Kilgore books and being heavily involved in the independent comics world, he has been conducting hand-written interviews with cartoonists, writers and musicians he admires since 2003. Now you too can read and enjoy his correspondence with such comics heavyweights as R. Crumb, James Kochalka, Jeffrey Brown, Adrian Tomine, Joe Matt, Peter Bagge, Anders Nilsen and Johnny Ryan to name but a few!
How to Think About Exercise
by Damon Young
The School of Life series always provides practical life-advice in a thoughtful, and thoroughly readable format, and this latest installment is no exception. Young challenges the pernicious notion of mind/body dualism, and seeks out ancient and modern philosophical texts that bolster the connection between a sound mind and body. Particularly timely at this juncture of the season, when so many people are struggling to maintain health-related new year's resolutions, this little tome filled with wisdom is a helpful companion to good intentions! Join Schopenhauer, Darwin and Murakami, and discover how taking care of your body is also one of the best ways you can nurture your mind.
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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)