September 21, 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 Hidden Keys
by André Alexis
André Alexis did not rest on his laurels after winning the Giller with Fifteen Dogs, instead following up with this year’s fantastic The Hidden Keys. The third installment in a projected five book sequence, The Hidden Keys details an eclectic cast, including a sophisticated thief, a heroin addict, and a taxidermist, as they hunt for a massive inheritance. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and set in Toronto, the rendering of which has become something of a trademark for Alexis, The Hidden Keys brings to the forefront all the wit, grit, and talent we have come to expect from the reigning Canadian Fiction champ.
by Kate Beaton
Hark! A new Kate Beaton book! King Baby is the egg-shaped ruler of the house, and his humble servants—a.k.a. parents—are doing all they can to appease him. King Baby will let you take pictures, for King Baby is generous, but as his parents soon find out, King Baby also has many demands. Kate’s illustrations are awww-inspiring; dangerously cute for child and adult alike. Lap this one up!
Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists
by Jessica Campbell
Jessica Campbell, formerly of D+Q, has forever changed the way we talk about 20th century artists. In this informed and hilarious book, Jessica gives us the rundown on highbrow hotties, from Malevich to Rothko. This is a comic book for those who are just as concerned about an artist’s body as their body of work. The men who occupied the art hierarchy of the past century take their turn as Jessica’s subjects, as she erodes macho ideals of artistic achievement with heart-eyes-hindsight.
The Hideous Hidden
by Sylvia Legris
The language of anatomy is wrought with rich, poetic potential, and never has this potential been so brilliantly realized as it is in The Hideous Hidden, a voracious foray into the physical by Sylvia Legris. Winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize with Nerve Squall, Legris uses her poetic sensibility to dissect our “complicated riddle of meats.” Drawing from sources such as da Vinci’s Anatomical Manuscripts and Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil, each poem scintillates, sharp as a scythe. This collection is worth it for some of the titles alone, “Serenade the Glands” and “Cold Zodiac and Butchered Pig” being two that stand out in particular.
The Arab of the Future 2
by Riad Sattouf
A follow-up to his much beloved first-installment of the graphic novel, The Arab of the Future 2 picks up right where Riad Sattouf left off. The plot follows the author as he settles in his father’s hometown of Homs, gets to go to school, and focuses on becoming a true Syrian in the country of the dictator Hafez Al-Assad. The scope of Sattouf’s comic is remarkable, taking in the complicated landscape of politics and religion, but it is in the small, human moments that he shines as an artist. A bestseller in both English and French, The Arab of the Future is essential read that deserves such a phenomenal sequel.
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