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February 8, 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.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

The Lonely Hearts Hotel
by Heather O’Neill

New from Montreal starlet Heather O’Neill is a lush story of two spectacularly talented orphans. Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, the novel follows its protagonists as they glisten in the muck and mire of the cities’ underbellies. One is a piano prodigy, the other a gifted dancer—both must use their magnetism to survive and thrive in their ruthless surroundings. Thoroughly researched and beautifully imagined, The Lonely Hearts Hotel is another marvelous effort from one of Montreal’s finest.

A Simple Story: The Last Malambo

A Simple Story: The Last Malambo
by Leila Guerreiro, translated by Frances Riddle

Leila Guerreiro’s A Simple Story is, quite simply, the story of a dancer. Malambo is a viciously demanding strain of dance with a host of devotees who wrangle their bodies through the motions. One such fanatical dancer is Rodolfo Gonzalez Alcantara, who covets the prestigious title of Champion of the National Malambo Festival. A Simple Story recounts delirious obsession and mastery, and proves beyond a doubt that journalism has a place in the literary bracket.


by Joan Cornellà

Joan Cornellà became an internet sensation with his extremely twisted, extremely funny comic strips. The Spanish cartoonist’s distinct brand of disturbing, surreal humour is perfectly contrasted with his rubbery lines and sugary palate. The wordless strips in Zonzo will make you feel bad for laughing, but rest assured you will laugh.

The Estrangement Principle

The Estrangement Principle
by Ariel Goldberg

Published with Nightboat Books, The Estrangement Principle is a book-length essay that examines the problematic label “queer art”. Ariel Goldberg calls upon the work of artists such as Renee Gladman and Jack Waters to assess the complexity of categorization and argues for a wider array of associations for the art created by queer identified people. Goldberg mixes cultural criticism with personal anecdotes, which, along with nimble and erudite prose, make the arguments in The Estrangement Principle extremely compelling.

Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester
by John Darnielle

John Darnielle, author of Wolf In White Van and composer/vocalist for the Mountain Goats, expanded his revered lyricism into the captivating prose that stalks between the covers of his newest novel. In Universal Harvester, a Video Hut employee’s small town life takes a dark turn when unsettling footage is found on a VHS tape. Darnielle has a deft touch for the creepy, and utilizes it perfectly in his sophomore effort.

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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)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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