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September 14, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - September 14, 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.


Unfurl by Klara du Plessis

In this beautifully bound essay collection from Gaspereau Press, Du Plessis professes gratitude “for a poetic climate of curiosity, resilience, and endless potential,” specifically in the work of Erin Mouré, Dionne Brand, Lisa Robertson, and Anne Carson. While she celebrates the triumphs of these writers, du Plessis also explores the failure of language itself with poise and lucidity. She starts her analysis with this clear signal: “definitions have always been a way of corseting language.”


Creation by Sylvia Nickerson

Sylvia Nickerson’s debut from D+Q is a beautifully drawn comic about gentrification, motherhood, and creativity. We witness gut-wrenching scenes about the corrosive effects of real estate speculation and displacement, as well as themes of alienation and community building in urban environments. Nickerson’s gorgeous drawings of expansive cityscapes are replete with the very hope and melancholy through which we experience our cities. Wide-ranging themes including decay, empathy, parenting, the value of creativity, and the effects artists can have on gentrification are explored with tenderness and honesty.

A Fortune for Your Disaster

A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib

Loss and transformation are two overarching themes in this highly anticipated poetry collection from Hanif Abdurraqib. Over the last half decade, Abdurraqib has produced the widely celebrated non-fiction texts—They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us and Go Ahead in the Rain—and we’re elated to have this new poetry collection in stock, the follow up to 2016’s The Crown Ain’t Worth Much.

Whose Story is This?

Whose Story is This? by Rebecca Solnit

The latest from Rebecca Solnit chronicles how distinct narratives are being told from different perspectives in society. Solnit tackles subtle and overt forms of racism, systemic oppression, and subjugation with nuance and grace. Her examination of the macro and micro along with an indictment of societal frameworks is refreshing. As we’ve come to expect from Solnit, these essays are expertly crafted and speak to essential currents of our politics.

Press Enter to Continue

Press Enter to Continue by Ana Galvañ

August’s celebration of Women in Translation has strutted into September’s National Translation Month. We celebrate Ana Galvan’s Press Enter To Continue with both of these notions in mind. The comic is a visually stunning kaleidoscope of bright colours. The work has aesthetic and narrative parallels with Jesse Jacob. Both works even feature a character crawling through a washing-machine-sized portal to an alternate universe. The figure drawing is evocative of Eleanor Davis. Love the futuristic themes and the experimental nature of this comic.

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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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