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April 9, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week -April 9, 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.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

Our world is one defined by a mental overcrowding; at any moment dozens of forces clammer for our attention, our productivity, our personal information. In How to Do Nothing Jenny Odell writes that nothing is more crucial, more politically important, than learning to do nothing. Indeed, she argues that a recentering and refocusing of our attention is what will open us up to bolder political change, in a work billed as “a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.”

Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

In a 1980s American suburb, students struggle their way through a highly competitive performing arts school, pursuing movement, music, and acting classes in turn. The school provides an insulated bubble, apart from family life and economic status, in which David and Sarah can fall in love. But their peers and teachers are determined to get involved, and the school may prove not to be the safe haven it was believed to be.

Sabers and Utopias: Visions of Latin America

Sabers and Utopias: Visions of Latin America by Mario Vargas Llosa

Assembling never-before-translated criticisms and meditations, Nobel Prize in Literature winner Vargas Llosa’s newest collection, translated by Anna Kushner, explores the recent past of Latin America, its political groups, famous figures, and place on a global stage. From FARC to Fidel Castro, the prolific author’s famously uncompromising eye nevertheless remains optimist and thoughtful, committed to facing head on the fear and discrimination that rupture societies.


Naamah by Sarah Blake

In the well-trod tale of Noah and his arc, there remains one figure shrouded in mystery. Sarah Blake’s inventive novel cedes the floor to Noah’s wife Naamah, the matriarch responsible for keeping her family of sole survivors alive through divine cataclysm. A woman caught between faith and fury, tormented by questions, regrets, and temptations, Naamah survives by sheer resilience in this age-old parable for the modern day.

Notes from a Young Black Chef

Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi, with Joshua David Stein

Praised by the likes of Carla Hall, Michael W. Twitty, and Questlove, Onwuachi’s culinary coming-of-age story is a journey from selling candy in the subway and cooking on a Deepwater Horizon ship, to training in (and launching) some of the finest fine dining establishments. Exploring the intersections of race, fame, and food, this Top Chef alum’s autobiography shows just how powerful an enduring passion can be.

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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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