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February 1, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - February 1, 2019

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.

We Cast a Shadow

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

This searing debut novel by New Orleans author Maurice Carlos Ruffin is at once a pitch-black comedy and a chilling horror story. Set in the near future, heightened targeted surveillance and severe law enforcement regulations have put black lives at an ever terrifying risk. The prospect of demelandization centers the story, with a black father desperately considering it for his son.

Magical Negro

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

Following up her exquisite book of poems There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé comes a new collection of colloquial, restless, and timely poetry. Cataloguing the black present, her heroes and predecessors, her personal narrative, Parker offers a rich vision of curiosity and grief.

Mephisto’s Waltz

Mephisto’s Waltz by Sergio Pitol, trans. Elena Poniatowska

A strange and bewitching collection of stories from one of Mexico’s leading eccentric authors. The translator Poniatowska calls them “stories that sing like a river,” which I take to mean that they flow through time, elegantly picking up vestiges, tales, and characters on its way.

Black is the Body: Stories from my grandmother’s time, my mother’s time, and mine

Black is the Body: Stories from my grandmother’s time, my mother’s time, and mine by Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard’s new memoir opens with two quotes that introduce the book so succinctly and aptly: James Baldwin responding to an interviewer, “black is a state of mind,” and Simone de Beauvoir writing. “The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.” She weaves twelves personal essays, both exploring narratives of blackness and fearlessly sharing the stories that have shaped her.

Ghost Wall

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

In this wild, thrilling, and mournful look to a time past and changed, a young girl and her father join a field-based anthropology class in lieu of taking a vacation. There, they go back in time, enacting the tools and knowledge of the ancient Britons from the Iron Age. It’s a book that toggles between the past and present, questioning unreserved reverence for former civilizations and their rituals.

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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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