January 18, 2017
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.
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
by Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings, Damian Duffy
Octavia Butler’s Kindred, the story of a young black writer who is inexplicably transported back in time to the antebellum South, was perfectly poised for a graphic adaptation. The science fiction classic is rendered in all of its searing intellect by Damian Duffy and John Jennings, with frenzied linework matching the verve of Butler’s writing.
by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell
This is a special novel from Argentinian writer Samanta Schweblin. A woman named Amanda lies dying in a hospital bed, having her psyche ransacked by fever. What follows is a deeply unsettling narrative, a portrait of psychological menace which intensifies as the subject deteriorates. Fever Dream is a mesmerizing first novel from a promising young author—we can’t wait to read what she does next!
The Wisdom of The Heart
by Henry Miller
First published in 1966, this selection of Henry Miller’s stories and essays has waltzed down the gauntlet of time unscathed. The Wisdom of the Heart features some of his best-known prose, including stories such as “The Enormous Womb” and studies of Balzac and D.H. Lawrence. New Directions has made a habit of reprinting quality work, and this collection is ideal for Miller devotees and newcomers alike.
Martin Luther King, Jr: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
by Martin Luther King Jr
The newest addition to The Last Interview series is Martin Luther King Jr! This collection contains conversations that span his career, including his first television appearance and his final interview, given only 10 days before his assassination. King’s wisdom and insights are ever relevant, as the insistence for equality and peace are as urgent now than ever. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
by André Aciman
André Aciman, professor of comparative literature at the City University of New York, has cemented a reputation as a cartographer of passion. His newest book is a map of one man’s desires, told in five vignettes arranged across a lifetime. Aciman’s prose is memorable not only for its nimble lyricism but also for its precision—at times painfully so—as he probes at how we love, want, and ache.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:
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)