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November 23, 2017

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - November 23, 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.

Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God
by Louise Erdrich

Following in the tradition of writers like Margaret Atwood, Lois Lowry, and Octavia Butler, Erdrich's new rich novel zeroes in on reproduction in a dystopian future of state control and biological reversals. While externalizing present-day anxieties, this book is about a world that doesn't make sense and the imaginative ways in which we cope through the unthinkable.

Debriefing: Collected Stories

Debriefing: Collected Stories
by Susan Sontag, edited by Benjamin Taylor

This intriguing collection of writing by literary and social critic Susan Sontag compiles the short fiction that she wrote during her lifetime, employing styles ranging from allegorical to autobiographical. To stress the intimate sensibility of this collection and to give you a sense of how Sontag perceived fiction in her work, consider this: Sontag said that while the living room was fine for essays, short stories needed to be written in the bedroom.


by Nicola Pugliese

While this 1977 Italian cult classic will satisfy readers who eagerly inhabited Ferrante's storied Naples, it is a more surreal tale of The city. One where the city is flooded after a four-day rainfall, left on the brink of disaster. Readers are in for a strange wild trip with this novel as they follow a journalist recording the stories and voices of those experiencing a city sliding into madness.


by Vehlmann and Kerascoët

The authors of the weird and wonderful Beautiful Darkness (Drawn & Quarterly) have come out with this new weird and wonderful graphic novel. A ragag set of characters travel underground towards Hell in search of a lost scientist, only to slowly lose sense of reality and encounter an uneasy innocence of horror.

Granta 141: CANADA

Granta 141: CANADA
edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thien

This new issue of Granta on Canada is a good one. Edited by Giller Prize winner Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux, this collection of stories by contemporary Canadian writers reflects on land, language, and mythology in beautifully considered and creative ways. And with a beautiful singular cover art by Leanne Shapton, en plus.

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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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