November 4, 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.
by Kliph Nesteroff
Stand-up comedian turned writer Nesteroff brings us a comprehensive history of the role of stand-up comedy in American culture over the past century. The book has already earned high praise from the likes of Mel Brooks and Marc Maron. A must-read for comedy nerds!
by Derf Backderf
Backderf, well-known for his harrowing memoir about growing up with Jeffrey Dahmer, returns with a somewhat lighter tale—inspired by his time as a garbage collector. Three twentysomething friends spend a summer working on a garbage truck, battling bizarre townsfolk and the neverending stench of waste. Interspersed with this story are non-fiction segments about garbage, and where it goes after we throw it away.
by Mary Gaitskill
Gaitskill, beloved for her strange stories, gives us a more linear narrative in her new novel. The Mare is told in three voices: those of Ginger and Paul, a well-off white couple in their forties, and that of Velveteen Vargas, the eleven-year old Dominican-American girl who comes to live with them in the country for the summer as part of the Fresh Air Fund program.
by Gillian Flynn
The author of Gone Girl (among others) is back with a stand-alone short story that will chill. A fraudulent psychic, a suggestible woman, and a haunted house figure in this creepy tale.
Stoner: 50th Anniversary Edition
by John Williams
The New York Review Books Classics re-published John Williams' quiet 1965 novel in 2006, to little fanfare—however, by 2013 it had become a must-read, recommended everywhere by its new fans. Now NYRB has published a beautiful hardcover edition of this rediscovered work. Austere, deeply reflective, and sweeping, it is being hailed as one of the great unheralded 20th-century American novels.
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Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel 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)