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June 2, 2016

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - June 2, 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.

Modern Lovers

Modern Lovers
by Emma Straub

In this very contemporary family portrait friends and bandmates grow up together, watch each other grow up and then face their own offspring growing up. Real estate choices, sex talks, gentrification and the shock of middle age are just a few of the things the characters in this engaging summer (but not just!) read get to deal with. Emma Straub’s followup to The Vacationer’s once again offers up a great tag along to the beach and arm chair. Read the New York Time’s review here.

The Hatred of Poetry

The Hatred of Poetry
by Ben Lerner

Haters of poetry unite! The author of international acclaim for his two previous books 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, Lerner uses the hatred of poetry as the beginning of his defence of the art. He writes: "Many more people agree they hate poetry than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore."


by Yaa Gyasi

A loudly lauded debut that covers 300 years of history through Ghana and North America. The reader sees the development of the slave trade through the tale of two half sisters in Ghana, Effia and Esi, and their descendants on each of the continents. It is already being heralded as a modern masterpiece.


by Noah Van Sciver

We had the pleasure of hosting an event with Van Sciver in February of this year and we were so impressed. Disquiet is a showcase of the best of his short comics work showing his versatility as an artist and his keen observations of the human condition.

Grief is the Thing With Feathers

Grief is the Thing With Feathers
by Max Porter

Moving smoothly between prose and poetry, this is a story of a family struggling in the aftermath of the sudden loss of their wife and mother. The family is visited by a crow that promises to stay and counsel them on their grief. It is another stunning debut for this week’s picks.

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other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

Online "Best Books of 2015" Year-end Lists

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
musician/author interviews
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)

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