March 29, 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.
Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story
by Peter Bagge
New D+Q! Veteran cartoonist Peter Bagge has become quite a refined biographer, following his acclaimed Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story with this portrait of Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston, renowned novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and key member of the Harlem Renaissance, hardly needs an introduction. Her second novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), is not only an enduring classic of Black American literature, it is a seminal work for literature as a whole. Bagge’s comic biography, like its subject, is vibrant and humorous, drawing from a number of primary and secondary sources to pay homage to an intellectual, an artist, a heroine.
The Mother of All Questions
by Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit is renowned for her glistening wit and infra-insights on feminism, social change, hope, etc. Her newest release, The Mother of All Questions, offers invaluable commentary on the gender binary, violence, rape jokes, and women who refuse to be silenced. For socio-political bellyaches, Solnit’s clear and calm essays are exactly what the M.D. recommends.
Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere
by Elise Gravel
A store favourite, Montreal author and illustrator Elise Gravel has written many excellent books for children, including The Cranky Ballerina and the Disgusting Critter series. Her newest book is the “observation notebook” of Olga, a grumpy kid “so small [she] can see inside everyone else’s nostrils.” With characteristic kookiness and heart, Gravel brings us into her world of pure fun.
by Odafe Atogun
Taduno’s Song is the debut novel from Odafe Atogun, an exciting, new literary voice. Indirectly based on the life of Nigerian musical sensation Fela Kuti, Taduno’s Song catches its titular character returning from exile only to find that his girlfriend has been abducted by government agents. Taduno is soon torn between standing up to the oppressive or saving his love; to sing for the heart or for his people.
š! #27 'BFF'
edited by David Schilter, Sanita Muižniece
Kuš! is a comics/art anthology out of Latvia, collecting comics from both Latvian and international artists on a certain theme. This installments theme? Best Friends Forever! Featuring an adorable cover from Hironori Kikuchi, š! #27 is thematically consistent yet stylistically—wonderfully—varied, hopscotching from the moody to the zany, with art from Lukas Weidinger and Tor Brandt to deadtheduck and Derrengueta, amongst others
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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)