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March 13, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 13, 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.

Minutes of Glory

Minutes of Glory by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Take Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s word for it: Ngugi wa Thiong'o is “one of the greatest writers of our time.” This collection of stories covers the intimate lives of those caught in the grip of colonial Kenya, as he merges folklore, minutiae, fantasy, and the experiential.

A Joy to be Hidden

A Joy to be Hidden by Ariela Freedman

Taking its title from a D. W. Winnicott quote - “It is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found” - comes this novel on loss, family history, secrets, intimacies, and elusive relationships. Set in the late nineties after the death of the narrator’s grandmother, this elegiac story is full of flush sensations and reflections.

Invisible Women: Data bias in a world designed for men

Invisible Women: Data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado Perez

Perez uses the persuasiveness of data to demonstrate just how sexist the world really is. What she found is that if you find yourself outside the boundaries of the “Reference Male” (40 years-old, 155 pounds, caucasian male), you’ll notice that the constructed world isn’t made for you at all. Rather, it is carefully catered to the Reference Male’s needs, comforts, and habits, leaving everyone else behind.

Castle on the River Vistula

Castle on the River Vistula by Michelle Tea, illustrated by Kelsey Tea

The final book from Michelle Tea’s subversive Chelsea Trilogy, Castle on the River Vistula, starts with our thirteen-year old heroine emerging from freezing waters in Poland. What follows is an electric fantasy-horror that concludes with an epic faceoff between good and evil.

In the Weeds

In the Weeds by Daniel Browne

This novel follows the logical conclusions of what would happen were one to try to do good in an ever bureaucratic world. A former politician still has virtuous dreams of making the world a better place, but a mega metropolis like New York City won’t bend so easily to his utopian desires.

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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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