May 27, 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 Gilbert Hernandez
Legendary comic creator Hernandez has once against delivered a sexy, mind-bending tale unlike any other. When mysterious, glowing spheres start appearing from the water of a small, seaside town, the residents don’t know how to react. They blind children, bestow them with psychic powers, and cause inexplicable havoc. Beautiful drawn and expertly told, Twilight Children explores the sociological and psychological effects of sci-fi magic in graphic form.
The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death & the Ecstatic
by Joanna Ebenstein
Morbid and deeply erotic, the Anatomical Venus stands out as being one of the most singularly compelling artifacts to grace the pages of the history of medicine. Featuring over 250 images of the life-sized, dissectible wax woman reclined on moth-eaten cushions, Ebenstein’s newest, extensively researched book pinpoints humanity’s curiosity with beauty and death - the Venus’ femininity serving as a confounding explanation of both.
by Frank Viva
Straddling the line between picture books and literary fiction, Frank Viva’s newest kids’ book elevates a simple coming-of-age tale into an enigmatic daydream. Chronicling a twelve year old boys summer ‘vacation’ to a rural fishing village in Nova Scotia, Viva illustrates a summer filled with grumpy old men, angry lobsters, and awful teenagers, but allows for these experiences to bubble beneath the surface of the narrative; charting Eliot’s (our protagonist) change from twelve year old boy into something else entirely.
by Stephanie Danier
While the promise of being yet another “coming-of-age” story might throw off some potential readers, Danier’s debut novel is a brilliantly written, page-turning tale that is fueled by burgeoning wisdom and ample doses of cocaine. A mixture of Kitchen Confidential with a pinch of Sex and the City, Danier’s novel takes us through the Manhattan of 22 year-old Tess in the heatwave of summer 2006; her powerful writing carrying the novel into uncharted, passionate territory.
by Rivka Galchen
A collection of short stories, essays, and general observations about literature, babies, and mothering said babies, Galchen’s new, orange pocket-sized book is both sharp and undeniably hilarious. Inspired by The Pillow Book - a book of observations and musings recorded during the 990s and early 1000s in Japan - Little Labors reads as a well-composed train of thought; Galchen’s talent taking the reader on a journey through the ordinary-extraordinary. Hailed as subtly re-inventing the memoir as we know it, Little Labors is a joy to read.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:
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)