February 24, 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.
Black History in its Own Words
by Ronald Wimberly
In January of 2015, artist Ron Wimberly was asked to find and illustrate eight quotes to be published in The Nib for Black History Month. He had “so much fun” that he drafted four more, and another twelve the following year. Black History in its Own Words is “a look at Black History framed by those who made it” and features wisdom from luminaries such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Octavia Butler, and Serena Williams.
Things We Lost in the Fire
by Mariana Enriquez, translated by Megan McDowell
Renowned Argentinian author Mariana Enriquez makes her English-language debut with Things We Lost in the Fire, a collection of short stories in the tradition of Julio Cortàzar and Shirley Jackson. Enriquez’s characters are at the mercy of her imagination as they are placed into banal situations only to be yanked down dark paths. Written in mesmerizing prose, these macabre tales explore the effects of desire and passion when they are let off the leash.
by Charles Glaubitz
Starseeds is the first graphic novel from multi-media artist Charles Glaubitz. The book maps the mythology of the warrior-like Starseed Children who do battle with the Illuminati—imagined by Glaubitz as having created a fifth element that can become any object of desire. This is an excellent debut comic book sporting vivid art and blistering storytelling.
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists
by Donna Seaman
Donna Seaman—acclaimed author, editor, and critic—has dragged seven twentieth-century women artists from the depths of obscurity, artists whose work was top-notch yet overlooked for their male counterpoints. In compassionate, illuminating prose Seaman champions the lives and works of these seminal artists who called to be judged for their art rather than their gender.
by Jesse Ruddock
Shot-Blue is an electric debut novel from a young Canadian writer. Reading Jesse Ruddock’s prose sentence to sentence is like rowing at high speed, each stroke forward is a blunt, visceral experience. Shot-Blue is a story of poverty, youth, and loneliness, told with a purposeful gait and searing language.
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)