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June 9, 2016

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - June 9, 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.


The Photographer’s Cookbook

The Photographer’s Cookbook
by Lisa Hostetler

In the late 1970s, the George Eastman Museum approached some photographers to ask for their favorite recipes and food-related photographs, including titans like Robert Adams, Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Imogen Cunningham, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, and Ed Ruscha (cactus omelet!), to name a few. But the book was never published -- until now! It’s a time capsule of contemporary photographers of the 1970s—many before they made a name for themselves—as well as a fascinating look at how they depicted food, family, and home.


The Reactive

The Reactive
by Masange Ntshanga

This ambitious first novel has already garnered heaps of award nominations for South African author Masande Ntshanga. It’s the story of a young Cape Town man struggling to deal with the death of his brother while living with HIV in a period before anti-retroviral drugs (which he makes his living selling under table) were widely available. Hailed as a fresh and fearless portrait of contemporary South African life, The Reactive marks Ntshanga as a global talent to watch.


Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives

Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives
edited by Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley

This substantial volume from Wilfrid Laurier University Press brings a scholarly eye to bear on a subject that’s near and dear to our hearts at D&Q: autobiographical comics in Canada. With engaging, well-researched essays on major talents (and D&Q authors) like Chester Brown, Julie Doucet, and Seth, as well as on broader questions of nationalism and representations of diversity in Canadian comics history, this book is a valuable contribution to the emerging field of Comics Studies.


Someone Please Have Sex With Me

Someone Please Have Sex With Me
by Gina Wynbrandt

After being featured in Best American Comics 2015 and nominated for an Ignatz Award, this is the debut book by Gina Wynbrandt (whose name, as her website points out, is an anagram for "gay anal by twin nerds" and "wannabe sadly trying"). In these raunchy tales, she becomes obsessed with Justin Bieber, joins a gang of feral cats, and explores the sordid depths of female thirst. As Lisa Hanawalt (whose new book is out next week, by the way) proclaims on the back jacket, ‘’Bow down to Gina!’’


Super Extra Grande

Super Extra Grande
by Yoss

Cuba’s leading sci-fi writer, the inimitable Yoss, is the lead singer of a metal band, the holder of a biology degree, and the author of more than twenty books. His latest, Super Extra Grande, takes place in a distant future in which Latin Americans have mastered faster-than-light travel. Its protagonist is a veterinarian who specializes in treating enormous alien animals: colossal ameobas, multisex species with exotic reproductive habits, carnivorous monsters, etc. His most challenging assignment will be a daring mission inside the bowels of a gigantic creature to rescue two ambassadors embroiled in a colonial conflict -- who also happen to be his competing love interests!


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