August 27, 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 Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion
by Tracy Daugherty
Joan Didion's literary and journalistic work has both chronicled and contributed to American culture for over fifty years. Now in her 80s, Didion is as revered as ever, so a well-crafted biography of this influential living legend is very timely indeed. Tracing her life and work from her origins through the various stages of her career and personal trajectory, Daugherty has clearly done his homework, and paints a vivid, insightful portrait of one of the finest writers of our time.
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories
by Lucia Berlin
Any fan of Raymond Carver will find purchase in these stories. Berlin (who passed away in 2004) mines the same sort of dark, sad domestic underbelly that he tended to. She was also similar in that she supposedly wrote short stories because they took less time (any writer of fiction knows this is both true and patently not at the same time: less words means more time poring over each sentence.) Her fanbase, up to this point, has been mostly made up of peers and other writers in the know, here's to hoping this wonderful collection changes that!
Here Kitty Kitty
by Mallory Mcinnis
This one's for the cat lovers. Curated by writer and internet blogger Mallory McInnis it amasses a delightful selection of kitty illustrations and cartoons plus your favourite writers weigh in on these cuddly creatures from Twain to Montaigne. Where else can you find sailor cats, skateboard cats, cupcake cats, cats playing accordions and that perennial classic, cats in berets, all in one place?
Chickpea is a vegan food and writing quarterly dedicated to promoting a plant based whole foods lifestyle. Besides the fact that their print issues are made from high quality recycled material and completely ad-free they are also full of mouth-watering recipes, articles, interviews and book reviews. This issue features a report from the frontlines of the hot sauce movement, marinades, summer salads, sauerkraut, no-bake cakes and an interview with five feminist food writers!
L'Arabe du Futur 2
by Riad Sattouf
This is the second of a three part series following the first, critically acclaimed volume L'Arabe du Futur. In a darkly comic account cartoonist Riad Sattouf depicts his childhood spent divided between France and Syria and Libya under grim political regimes. Volume 2 recounts 1984-1985 as his family moves back to Hafez al-Assad's Syria. The first book will be released in English this October!
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Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
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Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
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