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March 4, 2016

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 4, 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.


The Art of Charlie Chan

The Art of Charlie Chan
by Hock Chye

Featuring the life and work of Singapore’s most illustrious (and fictional) cartoonist Charlie Chan Hock Chye, author Sonny Liew illustrates the evolution of the island-city state over the course of many, tumultuous decades. With a focus on Singapore’s ever-changing economic and political environment, Liew’s beautifully curated novel provides an immersive look into the life of an artist whose creative output affects the culture around him in heartbreaking, and at times hilarious ways.


Kinfolk Vol. 19

Kinfolk Vol. 19

With a focus on life’s many unexpected, adrenaline-sparking moments, Kinkfolk’s spring issue aims to mobilize the mind with each turn of the page. Featuring a photo essay titled ‘The Heat of the Moment,’ along with a conversation with sociologists (and thrill-seeking skydiving enthusiasts) Stephen Lyng and Jeff Ferrell, this issue gathers stories from people who challenge the status quo - while, of course, doing it with style.


The Goddess of the Fireflies

The Goddess of the Fireflies
by Genevieve Pettersen (translated by Neil Smith)

Told from the perspective of a 14-year-old girl named Catherine, the translated version of the award-winning The Goddess of the Fireflies is an exploration into the depths of an angst-ridden teenage soul. Taking place in Quebec during the 1990s, Pettersen’s debut, coming-of-age story is an engrossing look into a life laced with drugs and budding rebellion. Translated by award-winning novelist Neil Smith, Catherine’s tale is a must-read.


Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois
by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

A world-renowned modern artist noted for sculptures made of steel, wood, stone, and cast-rubber, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) takes on the role as subject in this stunning picture book by Novesky and Arsenault. Beginning with her childhood spent in France, weaving tapestries and discovering her own talent alongside her mother, Cloth Lullaby takes the reader on a journey through Bourgeois’ life, focusing on the memories that weave together a mother and daughter’s love.


Blackass

Blackass
by A Igoni Barrett

A wonderful satire set in the bustle of Lagos, Barrett’s novel tells the story of a young Nigerian named Furo Warikobo who is transformed into a white man, literally overnight. With his new red hair and bright green eyes, Warikobo must navigate the murky waters of racial politics, while simultaneously attempting to maintain his own true sense of self.


The Sandwich Thief

The Sandwich Thief
by André Marois & Patrick Doyon

A colourful caper of delicious proportions, Marois and Doyon’s book introduces us to Marin and his beloved sandwiches. When a thief manages to rob him of his absolute favourite (ham-cheddar-kale), Marin tries to unravel the mystery as the suspects pile up - resulting in a witty, brilliant book about a young boy’s quest for justice.


Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
by Carlo Rovelli

With this international bestseller, renowned Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli challenges the idea that physics is a subject reserved exclusively for academics “in the know.” Providing a rapid overview of the great revolution that took place in physics during the twentieth and twenty-first century, Rovelli breaks down grand, seemingly daunting theories into seven brief chapters. Meant for readers with little to no knowledge of modern science, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics illustrates the joys of discovery in seven wonderfully vivid lessons.


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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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