March 17, 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.
So Sad Today
by Melissa Broder
Melissa Broder, poet and mastermind behind the amazing twitter account @sosadtoday has published a new collection of personal essays, out this week. Broder proves in So Sad Today that her writing chops extend quite nicely from the tweet to the essay form. The essays are personal and riveting, yet not in a grotesque, celebrity meltdown, spectacle kind of way. Misery porn this is not; there is profound comfort to be found in being offered a glimpse into another person's struggles with anxiety and sadness.
by Dan Clowes
After working on the story for the past five years, Daniel Clowes’ much-anticipated new graphic novel is finally available. A time travelling love story in typical Clowesian style, Patience a weirdly amusing romp told in brilliant colours. As it morphs from a sci-fi whodunit to a psychedelic horror, this comic asks questions like: If I could go back in time and change the past, would I? What would I try to fix? And how badly would I mess things up?
Book 5: Some Rain Must Fall
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
The fifth installment of Knausgaard’s sensation My Struggle multi-part series follows the author in his early adulthood as he puts everything into starting his writing career only to find everyday failure and despair. The cruel effects of his great artistic ambition is that he develops writer’s block and can’t get anything published. Our flawed hero develops strong friendships, but continues on a course of destructive habits while experiencing a devastating love affair. The shifting crux of the story emerges when the author’s father dies and when he finally completes his first novel.
Small Town Talk tells the story of Woodstock, NY from its earliest days as the bohemian arts colony to its ongoing life as a cultural satellite of New York. It’s a classic study of a vital scene in a magical place during a revolutionary time. Small Town Talk shows us how Woodstock earned its place in history with artists like Dylan, The Band, Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix frequenting the electric site. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is thrilled to launch the book with author Barney Hoskyns on Tuesday April 12th at 7pm.
The Storyteller: The Riverman Trilogy
by Aaron Starmer
For those invested in the wonderful young adult series The Riverman Trilogy, the final installment The Storyteller is finally out. A beautifully written and gripping story that begins with a secret told from 13 y/o Fiona Loomis to her 12 y/o neighbour Alistair Cleary: there is a creature called the Riverman and he is stealing the souls of children. This book follows the aftermath of Fiona’s mysterious disappearance, blending darkness and imagination, truth and mythology. For ages 10-12 and up, depending on maturity - it’s truly an edge-of-your-seat thriller for kids.
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Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
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Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
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