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 Vagabond Valise by Siris
From the founding father of Quebec underground comics is the translation of his renowned French original comic, winner of Quebec’s Graphic Novel of the Year award in 2017. Taking place in post-war, working class Quebec, it follows the author during his erratic childhood, in and out of foster homes, trying to find his footing.
Treaty 6 Deixis by Christine Stewart
Written on Treaty 6 land, which encompasses most of Central Alberta and Saskatchewan, the poet writes through physical and symbolic questions about what it means to “be here” as a settler. This long poem — the author’s first book — investigates the author’s ethical obligations to the place and time in which they are situated, while demonstrating how language can re-situate place and experience.
Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan
This debut collection of short stories from the dependable Coffee House Press introduces us to a new voice full of magical, quasi-cinematic darkness. Alexander Chee writes that May-Lan Tan has “an imagination like a haunted carousel and each story here is like a ghost that wants only to talk to you.”
Godsend by John Wray
This provocative novel from Whiting award-winning author John Wray is inspired by the true story of John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban.” In Wray’s novel, however, the protagonist is an eighteen-year-old girl who flees the claustrophobia of her American family home to study Islam in Pakistan, taking on the identity of a militant young man named Suleyman. Praised by authors such as Akhil Sharma and Hari Kunzru, Godsend is a coming-of-age novel like no other. (Jacket design by D&Q artist Adrian Tomine)
From Indigenous writer, activist, and artist Gord Hill comes a comprehensive chronicle (in comic books form) of 20th- and 21st-century fascism and resistance movements against it around the world, from Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy to Greece, Britain, the Ukraine, the USA, Canada, and beyond. With an introduction from Mark Bray (author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook), this is an engaging and accessible guide to the poisonous roots of fascism’s racist ideology and how to fight it today.
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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)