November 10, 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.
What My Hair Says About You
by Laura Theobald
The End, By Anna
by Adam Zachary
We Are All Just Animals & Plants
by Alex Manley
Metatron Press Fall 2016 Releases
Metatron Press is one of our favourite Montreal publishers. The literary outfitters specialize in poetry, and devotes themselves to voices and perspectives that “reflect the experiences and sensibilities of our time.” The Fall 2016 crop of new releases is especially noteworthy, as it features a number of young, talented authors debuting their work. What My Hair Says About You is Laura Theobald’s full length poetry debut, which contains cries of love through gnashed teeth, examinations of the impact zone when we allow ourselves to be close to someone. The End, By Anna by Adam Zachary, is genre-bending novel in which a performance artist sets out to create a final, fatal artpiece. We Are All Just Animals & Plants rounds out the releases, and is written by longtime Montrealer Alex Manley. The poems the make up this debut collection turn their attention to the natural world and how it backdrops our contemporary lives.
The Beach at Night
by Elena Ferrante
It is no secret that Elena Ferrante is one of the biggest living writers. Author of the beloved Neapolitan Quintet, Ferrante has garnered international acclaim for her stylish, bewitching novels that take in a grand scope of love and friendship across generations. Her new children’s book, The Beach at Night, is inspired by a scene from her earlier novel The Lost Daughter. The rather frightening story follows a doll named Celina who is left to fend for herself on the beach. She is tormented by the Mean Beach Attendant of Sunset, nearly burned by the Fire, and has her prayers ignored by the Sea. This edition features beautiful illustrations by Mara Cerri, and is sure to be enjoyed by courageous youth and their Ferrante-fevered parents alike.
by Chelsea Martin
After breaking up with her boyfriend—the titular Mickey—a young woman navigates the dark waters of her contemporary woes all on her own. Told in a series of restrained vignettes, Mickey follows its protagonist as she attempts to situate her life and art and connect with her estranged mother. Martin is a prime example of what a young writer can accomplish in the internet age. Her art is brooding, minimalist, yearning. The intelligence is obvious but never flaunted, Martin may just be the patron saint of modern heartbreak.
by Walter Scott
Walter Scott is an artist born in Kahnawake and based *somewhere* between Montreal and Toronto, who garnered near cult-status with his Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel nominated Wendy. After graduating from Concordia’s fine arts program, Walter penned a trendy alter-ego to live out his own experiences in what he calls the “Wendiverse”. Wendy is a boozy bundle of nerves who has her sights set on becoming an art starlet but is consistently derailed by bad decisions, and as we watch her misadventures, we realize that WE are Wendy. Despite (or perhaps by way of) her blunders, Wendy is completely lovable and relatable. This time around, Wendy is back and ready to unleash her wrath on the art world that left her for dead.
The Best Kind of People
by Zoe Whittall
We at Librairie D+Q were very excited to help launch this Giller-nominated book from Quebec-born author Zoe Whittall. The Best Kind of People is a chilling character portrait by omission. A respected and well-liked professor is arrested for sexual misconduct, he is alienated from his family who are in turn alienated from the community. What if someone you were close with, someone you trusted, was accused of the unthinkable? That is the painful reckoning that befalls all who know George Woodbury, as his case rattles his community. Writing on the difficult subject of sexual assault, Zoe Whittall shades in the nuances with remarkable emotional precision. This study of an All-American family at the point of detonation certainly deserves its nod as one of the best books of the year.
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