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March 21, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 21, 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.

The White Card

The White Card by Claudia Rankine

Poet and noted Genius (MacArthur Fellow) Claudia Rankine offers us her first published play - it delves into the ways in which white people discredit their whiteness. Originally performed in Boston, the piece features a wealthy white philanthropic couple interested in acquiring the work of an established black artist. What follows are various confrontations about privilege, representation, complicity, and what falls between.

Mars: Stories

Mars: Stories by Asja Bakić, trans. Jennifer Zoble

This is a thrilling debut from Bosnian poet, writer and translator Asja Bakić. Compared to the stylings of George Saunders, Edgar Allen Poe, and Marge Piercy, she plays with sci-fi tropes and speculative narratives in ways that feel darkly imaginative and exhilarating.

The Knowledge Economy

The Knowledge Economy by Roberto Mangabeira Unger

As both a philosopher and politician in Brazil and the US, Unger is interested in how knowledge is produced, enacted upon, and who is allowed to participate in this economy. He writes on how insidiously the knowledge economy infiltrates all aspects of public life: education, culture, politics, and finance.

Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made

Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made by Josh Frank, Tim Heidecker, illus. Manuela Pertega

A riotous graphic adaptation that brings to life the long lost, never made Dali film Giraffes on a Horseback Salad. Intended to star the Marx Brothers, it was to be a wickedly surrealist film of life manifested through dreams, fantasies and wishes. This book serves as a fascinating re-imagined artifact of the 1930s and of an art movement that wanted so badly to bend the logics of reality.

What’s in a Name: Poems

What’s in a Name: Poems by Ana Luisa Amaral, trans. Margaret Jull Costa

With the original Portuguese to the left and the translated English to the right, this collection of poems beautifully weaves together myths, histories, voyages, and language with elegant ease. Amaral wears her attentiveness on her sleeve, deftly considering her place at home, in her city, and in the wilds.

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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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