October 26, 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 Anne Carson
Coming in highly anticipated from enigmatic poet and classicist Anne Carson, Float is a treat from the moment it is picked up. The book consists of twenty-two individual chapbooks which “float” (hence the title) inside of a transparent case. The off-kilter presentation is mirrored in its contents, as Carson’s work is ever fragmentary, ever startling, ever prancing towards truth. Though each chapbook is technically isolated and meant to be read in any order, there is a surprising coherence to the various themes. The subjects shift from memory to loss to icebergs to Francis Bacon, yet constant throughout seems to be the concept of translation, whether it be language to language—she is a professor of Classics after all—or experience to language, the chief concern of the poet. Anne Carson is a favourite of many at Librairie D+Q, and with Float has delivered not only an astounding work of poetry, but a tilt on what we expect from a book as artifact.
by Jeff Lemire and Gord Downie
Largehearted Boy explores the point where music and literature overlap: how about we throw some visuals in the mix with Jeff Lemire’s collaboration with Gord Downie? Secret Path sees the duo explore new storytelling possibilities, as Lemire’s melancholic panels are narrated by a ten track album from Downie. The true story is of Chanie Wenjack (misnamed Charlie by his teachers), a young boy who died in 1966 trying to escape the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School and walk to his home 400 miles away. All proceeds from Secret Path will be donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, as Lemire and Downie created this project as a way to throw open the door on Canada’s painful history, with the hope that this country can start on the path to atonement.
Did anyone tell Martha Stewart that cookbooks have been hijacked? The culprit is Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach, who made it their mission to “bring you a portfolio of meat-free cooking that even carnivores can get behind.” The design is scintillating, with the cookbook sporting a zany cover and photos saturated to the point of flooding with colour. The recipes contained in Power Vegetables! are curated with “oomph-factor” in mind, producing flavourful veggie dishes that can stand nose-to-nose with their meaty counterparts.
A Walk in Eden
by Anders Nilsen
New D+Q! Featuring otherworldly sceneries inspired by Victorian botanical illustrations, A Walk in Eden is famed cartoonist Anders Nilsen’s first colouring book. The author of Big Questions and Poetry is Useless has spent a successful career with instincts trained on existence in all of its natural splendor, creating surreal and complex worlds which he now invites you to make your own. These ethereal landscapes are populated with giant crystal formations, rich vegetation, and unearthly creatures. Take a break from the everyday and let your colouring tools amble through a lush, abandoned Eden!
How to See
by David Salle
American multimedia artist David Salle has written the spiritual successor to John Berger’s art criticism classic Ways of Seeing. If Berger was asking the ‘what’ of art, Salle is asking the ‘how’ with his new collection of essays. Featuring a sharp cover from famed designer Peter Mendelsund, How to See cuts to the marrow of art and its most basic functions: how does it move us, startle us, change us? Refreshingly absent is the polarizing jargon typically found in art theory, Salle instead writes with precise descriptions and clear language, allowing the reader into the engine room on his trains of thought.
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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)