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October 31, 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - October 31, 2014

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.

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel
by Neil Gaiman

Leave it to Neil Gaiman to take a familiar, dark fairytale and retell it in a fresh - and equally creepy - way for this new Toon Books edition of the Grimm's Brothers classic. Illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti's ink drawings provide the perfect visual accompaniment to Gaiman's eerie text. The book comes in a regular sized format, and a deluxe oversized edition. Just in time for your Halloween spooky reading needs!

Sunny Volume 4

Sunny Volume 4
by Taiyo Matsumoto

We're super excited about a new Sunny hitting the shelves! For those unfamiliar with Matsumoto's manga series, Sunny is set at a foster home in Japan in what is likely the mid-70s and centers on the lives of the kids and caretakers there. Volume 4 continues to follow the characters in overlapping episodes, as they navigate their daily lives. Matsumoto's gorgeous watercolour and ink drawings give life to each of the distinctive personalities we've come to love from previous installments.

Apartamento #14

Apartamento #14

The hotly anticipated new issue of Barcelona-based "everyday life interiors magazine" Apartamento is jam-packed with great content. Issue #14 features Christiaan Houtenbos, Peter Halley, Terry Ellis, Raymond Pettibon, Oiva Toikka, Heather Boo & Claudia Schwalb, Neoptolemos Michaelides, Lora Lamm, Andy Rementer & Margherita Urbani, Kenneth Perdigón, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Jeremiah Goodman, Birgitta Homburger & Florian Lambl, Elena Quarestani, Koudlam, among others! Plus a portfolio of interiors illustrated by Jeremiah Goodman and a short story by Jocko Weyland.

Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern German

Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern German
by David Stubbs

Music nerds, this one's for you! Future Days is arguably the definitive work on the strain of post-WW2 West German music which came to be known as Krautrock. The influence of this genre is far-reaching, to say the least. Stubbs does a commendable job of tracking its movement over the decades, as it permeated the postpunk, electronica and ambient scenes, and direcly inspired many iconic musicians including David Bowie, Talking Heads and others. A fascinating account of an experimental, boundary-pushing genre whose influence continues to be felt.

The Peripheral

The Peripheral
by William Gibson

New work from the godfather of cyberpunk fills us with glee! Set in a near-future dystopia, The Peripheral visits some themes of Gibson's earlier ouevre (time travel, alternate realities, the singularity, etc.), but feels cutting-edge contemporary. Gibson's masterful narrative skill is evident in his fusing of past, present and future into a riveting story of murder and high-tech parallel universes.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book 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)