October 1, 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.
Showa: A History of Japan 1953-1989
by Shigeru Mizuki, translated by Zack Davisson
Shigeru Mizuki, a giant of manga, has crafted an epic series that traces his own life against the backdrop of Japanese history during the turbulent Showa period (1926-1989). This fourth and final volume sees Japan reeling from its devastating defeat at the end of the Second World War. A newly forged allyship with the US allows the country to put on a bright new face for the world; but the War casts a long shadow, and ordinary Japanese people are still struggling with that darkness.
Mould Map 4: Eurozone Spezial
edited by Hugh Frost and Leon Sadler
This glossy, full-colour anthology showcases comics, art and graphics that play with the idea of "Europe and its possible futures". Featuring new work by Leon Sadler, Edwin Burdis, Daniel Swan, Grace Wilson, Brecht Vandenbrouke, Amalia Ulman and Suzanne Treister, among others. Also within: a selection of activist ephemera, features on both near-future speculative / design fiction and historical counterculture movements, and more!
I'll Never Write My Memoirs
by Grace Jones
The iconic Grace Jones has been a triple threat—a singer, model and actress, ever since she rose to prominence in the 1970s. Luckily for us, she has written a memoir, cheekily named after a line to the contrary in her 1981 song Art Groupie. Jones writes about her career with humour and forthrightness, and gives important insight into her struggles for artistic control and freedom as a black woman in the entertainment industry.
The Heart Goes Last
by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood's latest book is the result of the author's interest in new forms of digital narrative. It was first released as an online serial and has now morphed into a novel. The narrative revolves around a down-and-out couple living in a grim near-future, who agree to live half their years in prison, in order to live the other half in a comfortable house. Unsurprisingly, this does not turn out to be a good trade-off.
The Violet Bakery Cookbook
by Claire Ptak
Claire Ptak, who got her start working for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, is the owner of the Violet Bakery in London, which has become a major destination for exquisite baked goods. This is her third cookbook, and features mouthwatering recipes for a wide variety of desserts, accompanied by irresistible full-colour photos.
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