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January 28, 2016

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - January 28, 2016

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.

Was She Pretty?

Was She Pretty?
by Leanne Shapton

Another of Shapton's books is once again available to us: Drawn + Quarterly is republishing Was She Pretty?, which conjures the qualities of everyone's exes, creating a sort of mosaic of jealous fixation and anxiety. It's also humourous and highly relatable! How do we contend with the people who came before us in the lives of our loves?

Don't miss Leanne Shapton and Adrian Tomine in Montreal on February 5 at the Rialto Hall!


by Nick Drnaso

Minimalist in its economy of details, this collection of short stories is brilliantly illustrated with a style reminiscent of Chris Ware. Sordid sexual anxieties or social insecurities are here contained within clear lines. Yet, the infamous ligne claire’s regularity is challenged by the themes at the heart of each stories, repressed emotions and weird fantasies. We are very excited to be hosting the launch for this book on February 17th at our store.


by Sergei Lebedev

Blending the personal with the political with a poetic narrative style, Lebedev's voice sheds light on a part of Russian history that its current leaders would prefer to forget. This is a bleak, grim book, but a fascinating one! Couple it with Ludmila Ulitskaya's The Big Green Tent, Oleg Kashin's Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin, or Vladmir Sorokin's The Blizzard, and slake your thirst for contemporary Russian lit.

Dinette magazine

Dinette magazine

Dinette has quickly become a store favourite since its inception last November. This second edition is no less wonderful than the first. Dedicated to brunch it's full of tantalizing recipes, New York brunch spots and a Québécois epicurean event list of upcoming events not to be missed. There are so many drool worthy pages that this magazine should come with it’s own napkin!

Rosalie Lightning

Rosalie Lightning
by Tom Hart

In 2011, the worst happened to author Tom Hart and his wife Leela: their nearly two year old daughter Rosalie died inexplicably. Rosalie Lightning tells the story of this devastating loss through an intertwined narrative of thoughts and recollections.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's blog
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Facebook page
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Tumblr
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Twitter

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

Online "Best Books of 2015" Year-end Lists

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
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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