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October 18, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - October 18, 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.


Daybreak by Brian Ralph

Now adapted into a Netflix original series, Brian Ralph’s 2011 zombie thriller graphic novel has been reissued in a beautiful hardcover edition by Drawn & Quarterly. The zombie apocalypse field is pretty crowded at this point, but Daybreak was and remains a truly original take on survival horror. Ralph’s grim story is laced with a surprising sense of humour and vulnerability, and his scratchy pen work is almost cutesy, at times. Most uniquely, the story is told in the second person: the protagonist addresses himself directly to the reader, who acts as a character in the story--a startling device that makes for a one-of-a-kind reading experience. Whether or not you watch the show, check out the original!

The Man Who Saw Everything

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy’s hotly-anticipated, Booker Prize-longlisted new novel is out! Levy is much beloved of our staff, who were enamoured with her smart, sexy novel Hot Milk (also a Booker nominee) and her unparalleled “living autobiography,” which so far has two volumes (we can’t wait for the third!). The Man Who Saw Everything is an ambitious, elliptical novel that loops back and forth in time, circling around the moment when Saul Adler, a self-absorbed young historian doing research in Communist East Germany, is struck by a car--not in the GDR, but while crossing London’s Abbey Road. This artful, electrifying story explores old and new love, the past and present of Europe, and the cyclical nature of history while blurring sexual and political binaries.

Exquisite Mariposa

Exquisite Mariposa by Fiona Alison Duncan

We were thrilled to host the launch for Exquisite Mariposa last week, the autofictional debut novel by Fiona Alison Duncan aka Fifidunks aka F.A.D., an LA-based writer, sexpert, astrologer, former D&Q employee, and host of the Hard to Read and Pillow Talk reading series. Following its protagonist on a search for the Real amid the unreal worlds of art, literature, and celebrity, Exquisite Mariposa introduces an intimate cast of friends and lovers trying to navigate art-making, obsession, and the internet in this economy. Chris Kraus calls it one of “the great Young Girl books of becoming”!

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Beloved travel and science writer Bill Bryson is the kind of big-picture nonfiction author who delights in making the world more understandable. Holding no fewer than eleven honorary doctorates, Bryson has unparalleled ability to bring the macro down to size (A Short History of Nearly Everything). With this book, he explodes the micro, looking at the minutiae of the human body in light of millions of years of evolutionary history. Entertaining, enlightening, and accessible!

Persephone’s Garden

Persephone’s Garden by Glynnis Fawkes

Vermont-based comic artist Glynnis Fawkes came to drawing from a unique path: as an archaeological illustrator. Having worked on sites in Greece, Crete, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and Lebanon, she began drawing comics that reflected her experiences an archaeologist and a mother, which have won her several awards. Her latest book, Persephone’s Garden, is a collection of short comics that look at girlhood, womanhood, and motherhood through memory, history, and mythology.

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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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