July 28, 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 Alejandro Zambra
Widely translated Chilean novelist Alejandro Zambra’s latest novel is structured like a standardized test. In ninety questions, he playfully evaluates the limitations of meaning through multiple deconstructed narratives. Originally conceived of as a parody of the aptitude test, he critiques the education system as he challenges readers to think critically.
The Service Porch
by Fred Moten
This new collection of poetry from activist and writer Fred Moten comprises an unfolding of reflections on black life, love, violence and the undertaking of art. Moten generates a dialogue with some of the most brilliant African American artists through a series of epistolary poems that are by turns mournful, fierce, and full of joy.
The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays
by Andrew Forbes
Forbes' new collection of essays, suitable for "seamheads" and casual fans alike, is a modern poetics of baseball. Praising the zen-like slowness of the sport, Forbes finds respite in the rituals and traditions of America’s national pastime.
by Leslie Stein
The third installment in Leslie Stein’s Eye of the Majestic Creature series centering around Larrybear and her talking guitar, Marshmallow. In her distinctively stylized manner, Stein seamlessly weaves fantasy into the quotidian. In this volume, Larry travels between the country where Marshmallow has started a pie business and her life in Brooklyn where working in the service industry and its contingent drinking problems collide with a hurricane that hits New York.
The Osama Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime
by Toshio Ban & Tezuka Productions
This graphic format biography examines the life and work of the titan of Japanese comics, creator of Astro Boy, Osamu Tezuka. Penned by protege Toshio Ban, the book strives to recreate the style and pacing typical of Tezuka’s oeuvre. A popular culture history of postwar Japan that will transfix anyone interested in manga.
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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)