August 6, 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.
Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s
edited by Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe
A comprehensive text that encompasses an entire decade of horror movies, paperbacks, and primetime television specials that exploited people's fascination with devil worship and the occult, Satanic Panic is all you'll ever need to know about a decade that saw Satanism in every dark corner. The books starts with the alternative religions of the 1970s that primed North America for the hysteria that followed, a paranoia that swept both real controversy (like the McMartin Preschool scandal) and harmless fun (heavy metal and Dungeons & Dragons were both accused of youth-corruption) up in its wake.
Bright-Eyed at Midnight
by Leslie Stein
Acclaimed artist Leslie Stein kept a sketchbook diary every night during 2014, and Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a beautiful hardcover edition, compiles the best of her experiments in style and narration. The book gives readers access to her instinctive creative impulse and ability to shift seamlessly between her daily life as a bartender, childhood memories, excerpts of books she is reading, and much more.
Let Me Tell You
by Shirley Jackson
Donna Tartt once called Shirley Jackson's stories "the most terrifying ever written," and this new collection, out in time for the fiftieth anniversary of Jackson's death, is sure to send chills up your spine. Full of previously unpublished stories, essays, and other writing, this compilation of 56 works edited by two of Jackson's children is a significant addition to her already impressive legacy.
Barbara the Slut
by Lauren Holmes
An intense, inspiring debut collection of ten short stories, Barbara the Slut navigates love, family, and sex through a cast of characters each struggling for recognition. A recent law school grad who takes a job selling sex toys, a teenager who loves sex and must deal with her slut-shaming high school, and a closeted woman carrying a suitcase of lingerie across borders to her mother are only the tip of the iceberg.
Wind / Pinball
by Haruki Murakami
Fans of Murakami's prodigious oeuvre are in for a treat with two new short novels published for the first time in English. In 1978, Murakami sat down at a kitchen table and began to write. The result is the two novels, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973, that launched his career. Through his early writing, one can see a literary star being born and notice the seeds of the young male coming of age stories that would make him a household name worldwide.
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