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 Hard Tomorrow by Eleanor Davis
Eleanor Davis has done it again! The latest graphic novel from the creator of Why Art? and You and a Bike and a Road follows Hannah, a social justice activist living with her partner in a truck as the latter builds their new house. Set in the undefined near-future, the couple are trying to get pregnant while grappling with the implications of child-bearing amidst such a tumultuous present, and facing such an uncertain future. This work is so full of humanity and daring and wisdom from one of the most fiercely talented artists in contemporary comics.
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
The Zadie Smith is back with an enormously rich collection of stories. Weaving eleven previously unpublished pieces with a wealth of her best-loved stories from The New Yorker and elsewhere, Smith’s is an ever-prescient and indispensable voice.
I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom
From discussing mental health and Robin Williams to confronting the complications of consent, Kai Cheng Thom’s I Hope We Choose Love is as urgent a collection of essays as any that has been published this year. This is brave and bright writing that gets to the very molten core of what it means to care for oneself and others in 2019. Another essential book from an incredibly versatile writer who’s already given us a novel, a children’s book, and a poetry collection.
Dakwäkãda Warriors by Cole Pauls
Dakwäkãda Warriors, by Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and printmaker Cole Pauls, is a graphic novel told bilingually in Tahltan and English that offers an accessible and illuminating allegory of colonialism for young adult readers. Pauls’ dynamic duotone panels follow two earth protectors who defend the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches.
Love and I by Fanny Howe
Poet-laureate of sweet bewilderment Fanny Howe is back with the latest installment in an illustrious career. The American author has published over thirty books, and Love and I is yet another glimmering collection full of inquisitiveness, wisdom, and “pure seeing”.
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Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
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)