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August 3, 2018

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - August 3, 2018

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 Incendiaries

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

A brilliant exploration on the impact of extremism. Lin and Will are in love. Lin is diving deeper and deeper into a cult legacy, with a crossover into her family history. Will is driven further and further away from his family’s fundamentalism. Interweaving both perspectives into one love story, R.O. Kwon masterfully investigates what drives an individual to either side.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Inspired by the author's own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of seven-year-old Chula and her freshly hired young maid Petrona. Fruit of the Drunken Tree intersects the feminine challenges faced by both characters despite their generational divide—united in their gendered and lived experiences.

Black Klansman: A Memoir

Black Klansman: A Memoir by Ron Stallworth

Now a motion picture directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele and starring John David Washington and Adam Driver. Detective Ron Stallworth investigates the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in his local community and enlists the help of his white-passing partner Chuck to to work as an undercover KKK member. Set in 1978, during the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in America, what develops is an all too timely (and true to life) tale.

The Story of a Marriage

The Story of a Marriage by Geir Gulliksen & Deborah Dawkin

Nominated for the Nordic prize, this compilation details with great intimacy and lyrical precision the ending of a marriage. Editor of the infamous Karl Ove Knausgaard, Geir Gulliksen writes of the grief processed by a man losing his wife to another man. In a deeply empathetic approach, our narrator poses questions, heavy with meaning, trying to trace back the dissolution of their marriage from her perspective.

Permanent Press

Permanent Press by Luke Healy

Store favourite and author of bestselling comic How to Survive in the North, Luke Healy returns with Permanent Press. Our narrator is severely depressed suffering from a case of “metaphoritis” and other non-existent diseases. From here, he sets out on a mission to create the best-selling and award-winning comic in order to win the respect of his peers.

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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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