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July 17, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - July 17, 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 Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Among the most anticipated novels of the year, Colson Whitehead’s follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad is a seismic event. Following two boys with conflicting ideals as they are plunged into a hellish reform school, The Nickel Boys is a masterful dramatization of the vast injustices in Jim Crow-era Florida, and more widely across this dark period of American history.


Accommodations

Accommodations by Wioletta Greg

Primarily writing as a poet, Wioletta Greg brings a bite and a polish to each sentence of her latest novel. Swallowing Mercury, her debut novel, followed her experience growing up in Communist Poland, and was met with wide acclaim. Accomodations picks up the lead with a young woman’s move from a small agricultural community to a nearby city, where she bounces between a hostel and a nuns’ convent. This puzzling and delightful book was translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft.


Knitting the Fog

Knitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernández

Claudia Hernandez brings the reader into the tumult of her upbringing with this striking memoir. At seven-years-old she had found herself suddenly without her mother, who fled domestic abuse in Guatemala for the pursuit of economic prosperity in the United States. Told in interlocking passages of prose and poetry, Knitting the Fog is a complex and moving account of the immigrant experience and the threads that connect mother and daughter.


Circus

Circus by Wayne Koestenbaum

Praised by the likes of John Waters and Maggie Nelson, one remark about Circus that stands out is from John Ashbery: “If Debussy and Robert Walser had collaborated on an opera, it would sound like this.” Polysexual pianist Theo Mangrove is obsessed with the idea that he must be accompanied by circus star Moira Orfei for his comeback performance. This new edition of a dazzling novel by renowned poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum includes an introduction by Rachel Kushner.


Aug 9—Fog

Aug 9—Fog by Kathryn Scanlan

Having found an elderly stranger’s diary at an estate auction, Kathryn Scanlan took to its contents in the tradition of erasure poetry. She cut and arranged and rearranged the entries to reveal what is extraordinary in the ordinary, what is remarkable in the humdrum. Mary Ruefle says of Aug 9—Fog: “the ordinary diaries of ordinary people will reassure you that yours is no different than anyone else’s—friends die, flowers come fast.”


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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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