March 10, 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 alternative comics scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s was largely male-dominated, that is until a group of ten women cartoonists got together to intervene. The result was all-women comics anthology Wimmen's Comix, which gave rise to many of the most renowned cartoonists in America, and addressed subject matter that was largely ignored by the "boys club" school of underground cartoonists. This new edition collects all of the long out of print issues in a beautiful slip case format.
Founding Fathers Funnies
by Peter Bagge
Peter Bagge astutely represents the often ridiculous and absurd antics of the founding fathers of America in his newest collection of short vignettes. The range of characters moves slightly outside the best known players, but remains within the conceptual framework of the men whose histories have lived on to form a collective concept of how the nation was formed. Bagge’s deliciously hilarious visuals poke fun at the traditional representation of history, while adding to the reader’s knowledge of the lives of these men.
by Hyewon Yum
In this young children’s illustrated novel, a young boy’s day is ruined by a spout of bad weather. His inventive mother decides to bring the outdoors inside, and draw a portrait of the two splashing around in the rain. The fictive representation brings the mother and son so much joy that they decide to make it a reality: raincoats and boots go an, and the rainy day becomes a day of exploration. The paired down illustrative style, and pastel colour scheme make a beautiful read.
A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America
by Oscar Martinez, foreward by John Lee Anderson
Oscar Martinez utilizes a precise reporting style to represent the haunted and dangerous landscapes of El Salvador and Honduras, and what it means to inhabit these spaces. The regions in question have the highest homicide rates in the world, with citizens fleeing by the masses to North America. The author’s gritty experiences of traveling through volatile towns shines through in his empathetic yet critical narrative style. Importantly, the connection is drawn between the crisis and our implicit roles as citizens of North America.
What Is Not Yours is Not Yours
by Helen Oyeyemi
Acclaimed novelist Helen Oyeyemi's first short story collection debuts this week, after much anticipation. It contains nine intertwined tales which are linked together in unexpected ways by the theme of locks and keys. This conceit could go awry in the hands of a lesser writer, but Oyeyemi weaves the stories so gracefully that the lock/key imagery provides cohesion and creates interesting possibilities, rather than coming off as contrived or precious.
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also at Largehearted Boy:
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)