May 5, 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.
by Keith Jones
When two delightful hobo friends (a pigeon and an elephant) are framed for the murder of Mr. Mouse Mouser, the consequences are dire. Playful and whimsical on the surface, but serving as a pop parable underneath, Keith Jones’ latest graphic novel takes us to an alternate universe where the poor get crushed and where the rich and powerful trump all in extreme, and sometimes hilarious ways. Weird, wonderful, and filled with misfortune, Secretimes is a magical trip into Jones’ colourful world.
by Don Delillo
Being hailed as his finest novel since his best-selling Underworld, visionary writer Don Delillo has returned with Zero K: his first novel in six years, and a dark, cautionary tale worthy of all of Delillo’s hype. Assessing the threat of a subtly dystopian world where cryopreservation is a viable option for the extremely wealthy, Zero K’s narrator Jeff Lockhart travels to the Kazakhstani commune—known as the Convergence— where his stepmother is preparing to be, well, preserved. What unfolds is a journey into the existential realm of the “what-if;” Delillo’s superb writing serving as our well-trodden guide.
Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting
Over the past decade, Phaidon has released stunning analyses and overviews of contemporary art as it happens. Credited for challenging and re-evaluating the way we look at and discuss paintings in the 21st century, Vitamin P2 (the follow-up to 2002’s ultra-popular Vitamin P) is filled with page after page of astounding artists both famous and not-so-famous who are dominating and re-defining painting as we know it today.
20x20: Twenty Years of Conundrum Press
edited by Andy Brown
Over the past twenty years, the good folks at Conundrum Press have been knocking it out of the park with their stunning graphic novels, chapbooks, and comics, and have, in turn, played an integral role in re-defining and popularizing the graphic medium. To celebrate their twenty year anniversary, founder Andy Brown asked twenty of Conundrum’s best artists to contribute new material to this collection, resulting in the title 20X20. Filled with diverse artists, personal photos, and heartfelt look-backs through their history, 20X20 is a book filled with a palpable sense of love.
Back to Moscow: A Novel
by Guillermo Erades
Filled with healthy doses of hedonistic pursuits and literary curiosity, Back to Moscow takes us to a post-Soviet Moscow flipped on its head. Taking place at the turn of the 21st century, Erades’ narrator—PhD candidate Martin—takes us on a journey through the seedy, club-ridden streets of a city ripe with the debaucherous nouveau-riche. Through erotic conquests and emotional upheavals, our protagonist Martin reveals himself as a complex character we can both identify with and dislike in equal measure. Dark, witty, and ultimately surprising, Erades’ novel is a must-read.
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