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March 7, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 6, 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.


Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi has an Angela Carter-esque knack for retelling fairy tales (her 2014 hit Boy, Snow, Bird was a fresh take on Snow White) and her most recent novel, (very) loosely based on Hansel & Gretel, seems partly inspired by her adopted home of Prague. The story centers on Perdita Lee and her mother Harriet, both immigrants to the UK from the possibly imaginary Mitteleuropan country of Druhástrana, who guard a family recipe for gingergread. When teenage Perdita goes in search of her mother’s childhood friend Gretel, the recipe’s long history is uncovered. A spicy, chewy treat of a book!

Binstead’s Safari

Binstead’s Safari by Rachel Ingalls

Following the rediscovery of Rachel Ingall’s cult classic Mrs. Caliban (which partly inspired Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water), New Directions has reissued Ingalls’ 1983 novel Binstead’s Safari. In it, a sour academic’s neglected wife finds new life and new love (possibly with a Lion deity?) while tagging along on her husband’s African research trip. A magical realist romance, Kirkus describes Binstead’s Safari as ‘’Another witty, elegant story from a writer whose atavistic vision of romantic love is resonant and deeply satisfying.’’

Famous Men Who Never Lived

Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess

This novel boasts one of the best sci-fi premises we’ve come across in a while: the protagonists are refugees, fleeing an alternate universe in which nuclear war broke out in the United States; now they live in our New York City, which they find both reassuringly familiar and terrible wrong. The plot centers on a couple, Hel and Vikram, one of whom tries to assimilate while the other fixates on The Pyronauts, a science-fiction masterpiece from her universe which never existed in ours, and of which she possesses the only (dog-eared, paperback) copy.

Our History is the Future

Our History is the Future by Nick Estes

Thi powerful book by Lower Brule Sioux historian Nick Estes offer an insider’s perspective on the Standing Rock protests in North Dakota -- the largest indigenous protest movement of the 21st century -- and the genesis of the #NoDAPL resistance. But Estes also folds this recent history into the long tradition of Indigenous resistance in North America, making this book a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of struggle that Naomi Klein has called “a major contribution.”

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang

From Emily Chang, the host of Bloomberg Technology, comes this incisive critique of Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture, its consequences for women in tech, and some solutions for what to do about it. With insight that comes from firsthand experience, she reveals how the tech industry got so sexist, calls out the worst offenders, and describes how women are fighting back. This paperback edition also includes a new afterword with reports from the high-tech wing of the #MeToo movement.

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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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