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October 18, 2018

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - October 18th, 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.

Bad Friends

Bad Friends by Ancco

Bad Friends is set in the 1990s in South Korea in the bleak world of cycles of abuse. But at it’s centre is a story about friendship, and what it means to endure despite the hardship. The illustration style is beautiful, all in black and white, and the expressions on everyone’s faces are humorous and so descriptive. It’s a hard read that’s definitely worth it!


Brat by Michael Deforge

Deforge’s style is unlike any other artist. Colourful and bizarre, his work is absurdly smart and funny. Brat follows the struggles of an aged-out delinquent, looking back at her career and wondering: “My actions were originally politically motivated, but I guess the whole thing got away from me.” Brat is relevant for any artist or activist wondering where their life went, and how they’ve moved from the radical to the mainstream, wondering what it means to be an artist and political.

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Following Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s memoir Dirty River, which talks about their experience as a queer mixed race + disabled person, comes Care Work, a book about a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, although the book packs care information for all. Piepzna-Samarasinha’s work centers radical love and community, and this book is a how-to (start) for anyone trying to build intentional community and what it means to create access for all, a radical idea that is not so radical at it’s foundation.


Heavy by Kiese Laymon

“Wow, just wow” is Roxane Gay’s reaction, so we’re already sold. An exciting and timely memoir, Kiese Laymon talks about weight, race, and being a black in America. In his essay, Green, Laymon’s grandmother is in the hospital with an infection in her scalp, the doctor ignoring her cries of pain as he operates, and Laymon contemplates the ways in which “folk always assumed black women would recover but never really cared if black women recovered”. Looking outside of just his own experiences, Heavy is contemplative and compassionate.

Passing by Nella Larsen

A reissue from the Harlem Renaissance, and yet still so relevant. Passing tells the story of two white-passing black women that choose different experiences, one woman deciding to marry a bigoted white man, and live in the word as a white woman, while her friend only chooses to pass when it suits her needs, shocked by her friend’s choices. Meditating on race, anti-blackness, and the ways we choose and don’t choose to be seen, Passing is a classic that everyone should read!

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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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