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March 31, 2016

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 31, 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.

Carpet Sweeper Tales

Carpet Sweeper Tales
by Julie Doucet

Back in the 1990’s, Julie Doucet’s comics were fearless, smart, and completely original. Unsurprisingly, the same can be said about her exciting new publication Carpet Sweeper Tales, an absurd photo-comic collage of love, lust, gossip, and travel. It’s a fun remix of photo and text from vintage women's and home decorating magazines with Italian fumetti (photo novels) from the sixties and seventies. Following her past comic and collage work, Carpet Sweeper Tales playfully demonstrates Doucet's wildly experimental eye and ear for storytelling outside of traditional means. And, for those in town, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is proud to host the Montreal release of Carpet Sweeper Tales Thursday, April 7th at 7pm.

Is that Kafka? 99 Finds

Is that Kafka? 99 Finds
by Reiner Stach

Reiner Stach presents an autobiography that offers readers a fun and accessible way of entering Kafka’s work. He shares the discoveries he’s made throughout his Kafka research that are at once entertaining, peculiar, and humane. Breaking down Kafka’s moody mythology, we learn through Is That Kafka? that Kafka was afraid of mice, that he couldn’t cry, that he was a fitness nut, and that he basically acted as a life coach for many those around him. Pick up the book to learn about those 95 other juicy finds.

Margaret the First: A Novel

Margaret the First: A Novel
by Danielle Dutton

The fascinating story of a very real woman in history who defied the strict expectations put upon women in the 17th century. Lady Margaret Cavendish wrote feminist works of philosophy, poetry, and science fiction before such works existed. Acting as inspiration for Siri Hustvedt’s wonderful 2014 novel The Blazing World, about a daring and provocative contemporary female artist, she is the source for yet another literary work in this new piece of historical fiction. Here Danielle Dutton writes a portrait of a woman with sharp intimacy and warmth, a woman who is now unfortunately largely unknown.

Tokyo Digs a Garden

Tokyo Digs a Garden
by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka

This fantastical picture book asks the hopeful question of: what if gardens grew as verociously and tenaciously as cities do, eating up everything in its path? Hearing stories from his grandfather about all the plants and wildlife that used to surround their home, little Tokyo decides to plant a simple garden. To his astonishment, the garden grows and grows and doesn’t stop growing, forcing the city to adapt. A fun story, bright illustrations, not to mention offering environmental awareness, help to make this a top notch pick for kids this week.

New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever

New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever
by Matthias Hollwich with Buce Mau Design

For those of you out there who want to learn to live better in this difficult and complicated world but just don’t know where or how to start, this book is for you. It offers advice through digestible headlines - like “Exercise Without Meaning to.” “Make Room For Visitors,” and “We Don’t Have to Own to Enjoy” - accompanied by bright joyful illustrations. By applying advances in architecture and urbanism to the challenges of 21st century living, Hollwich suggests a new approach to burgeoning social and personal struggles.

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