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September 3, 2015

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - September 3, 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.

Native Trees of Canada: A Postcard Set

Native Trees of Canada: A Postcard Set
by Leanne Shapton

Leanne Shapton's iconic Native Trees of Canada book, in which she recreates a government reference book by the same name by painting said native trees in used ink and house paint, is a perennial favourite. Her beautiful interpretations of Canada's distinctive pine cones, seeds, and leaves in vibrant colours are now available in postcard form. What better way to say hello to a distant friend than with a wonderfully abstract Trembling Aspen, Slippery Elm, or Mountain Hemlock?

The Story of the Lost Child

The Story of the Lost Child
by Elena Ferrante

The first day of September means many things to many people (the end of summer? back to school?) but here at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, it marks the release date of Elena Ferrante's fervently-anticipated new novel (and the conclusion to her universally-acclaimed Neapolitan Tetralogy), The Story of the Lost Child. Let me say, it was a real pleasure to call all of the customers who placed a special order for this book -- everyone was ecstatic to hear that their copies were here (as were many of our staff). Find out what the fuss is about, if you haven't already!


by Jonathan Franzen

No less anticipated than the aforementioned Elena Ferrante offering is another new book released today: Jonathan Franzen's Purity. According to our colleague at D+Q HQ who has been enjoying an advance reading copy: "His stories are so well balanced—engrossing and easy to digest, yet there's enough going on to keep my little brain pretty busy. Anyway, while previous Franzen novels—The Corrections and Freedom—felt very broad and somewhat normative in their depiction of the contemporary American middle-class existence, Purity reads more like a knock 'em sock 'em thriller (okay, I normally read pretty low key comics about old men walking around outside). I'm about a third of the way through so it's hard to say how this will all come together, but boy are their a ton of balls in the air and I'm very curious to see how Franzen catches them all. Ploughing forward at a pretty fast pace, Franzen's tossed together a truck load of male privilege, several crushing female stereotypes, and some fun little current events type topics (read: Occupy and Wikileaks and maybe cults). It's ambitious, guys, but I trust Franzen."

Kinfolk Issue Seventeen: The Family Issue

Kinfolk Issue Seventeen: The Family Issue

The fall edition of ever-popular slow-lifestyle quarterly magazine Kinfolk "explores the relationships we have with our nearest and dearest, in all of their iterations." All of the features in this issue relate to the overarching theme of family relationships, whether through nature or nurture, genetics or choice. Articles and interviews on commensality (sharing a meal with family), creativity, play, home, work, and community are accompanied by gorgeous photos, and infused with Kinfolk's characteristic aesthetic.

Cherry Bombe: Issue No. 5

Cherry Bombe: Issue No. 5

We are so pleased to be the latest stockist of Cherry Bombe, a beautifully designed biannual magazine celebrating women and food. Issue number 5's theme is "pet project", so it's chock full of ladies with a food-related side hustle, including cover girl Cristina Tosi, best known as the founder of Milk Bar. Drool-inducing photos and recipes abound! Get some inspiration for your own pet project by checking out how the stellar cast of contributors and featured women here in issue 5 are pursuing their passions.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

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
musician/author interviews
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)

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