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February 1, 2017

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - February 1, 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.

4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1
by Paul Auster

Weighing in at nearly 900 pages, Paul Auster’s new novel is a certified heavy-hitter; a sprawling bildungsroman from a seasoned, literary veteran. 4 3 2 1 follows the life, or rather the lives, of Archibald Isaac Ferguson, a boy born in late 1940’s America whose life takes four simultaneous and independent paths. Employing a kind of personification of the Multiverse and the Butterfly Effect, this soaring novel is a generous portrait of possibility in career, in love, in life.

The Crunk Feminist Collection

The Crunk Feminist Collection
edited by Brittney Cooper, Susana Morris, Robin Boylorn

Dedicated to “our mamas, our homegirls, and each other”, The Crunk Feminist Collection gathers vigourous, intersectional essays by feminists who “love hip hop and hate sexism”. Featuring some of the most erudite and impassioned voices writing on gender theory today, this collection is for anybody interested in feminist discourse from the hip hop generation.

Perfect Hair

Perfect Hair
by Tommi Parrish

A debut comic book from Tommi (aka Katie) Parrish, Perfect Hair is a dreamy tromp through tiny moments of revelation, of raw sentiment, of identity being hewn. Visually this book is a delight, Parrish uses the comic form to analyse these small moments with an inventive and scrupulous style. Perfect Hair is a marvelous experimentation of the comic book form; Parrish’s storytelling is simple, poetic, and oozes with passion.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
by Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson, professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and regular contributor to the NY Times, has written one the most lucid and insightful dissections of the crisis in race-relations. An ordained minister of thirty-five years, Dyson stages Tears We Cannot Stop as a series of sermons. His message is blunt, his wisdom is vast and delivered full-throated. Barack Obama saw fit to decree “Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”, and we wholeheartedly agree.

Loving vs. Virginia

Loving vs. Virginia
by Patricia Hruby Powell

In 1955, two teenagers fell in love and changed the course of history. In mid-20th century Virginia, segregation and prejudice were at a seething boil, and Richard and Mildred Loving—yes, their real name—broke the law when they were wed as a black woman and a white man. Their love was at the heart of a landmark Supreme Court case that saw interracial marriage legalized. This pivotal point in the Civil Rights Movement is rendered in beautiful, spare verse by Patricia Hruby Powell, and given immediacy through artwork by Shadra Strickland.

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other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

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
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
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