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December 3, 2015

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - December 3, 2015

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.

š! #23 'Redrawing Stories from the Past'

š! #23 'Redrawing Stories from the Past

The End of a Fence

The End of a Fence
by Roman Muradov

Our favourite Latvian comics publisher brings us two new volumes! š! #23 'Redrawing Stories from the Past' is a particularly special issue of the comics anthology. Five young European artists researched and worked for a full year on these stories about people who were victims of National Socialism. They seek to retell what is largely lost in the collective European memory. The End of a Fence, by acclaimed author and illustrator Roman Muradov, imagines an alternate reality in which everyone is segregated by compatibility data. This is the first long form book in the new kuš! mono series.

Thing Explainer

Thing Explainer
by Randall Munroe

The eagerly anticipated book by the creator of xkcd uses eye-catching annotated blueprints to explain all kinds of complicated stuff. Munroe rejects jargon, instead choosing to limit himself to the thousand most used words in English to illuminate objects and processes like sky boats with turning wings (helicopters), the bags of stuff inside you (organs), and the other worlds around the sun (the solar system).

The 6:41 to Paris

The 6:41 to Paris
by Jean-Philippe Blondel, translated by Alison Anderson

The 6:41 to Paris (Jean-Philippe Blondel, translated by Alison Anderson)
Already a bestseller in Europe, this suspenseful novel takes place over a short train ride that unexpectedly brings together two former lovers who haven't seen each other in 27 years. Finding themselves sitting face to face, they are forced to reckon with the way their lives have gone ever since the harsh end of their affair so long ago.

Jacobin Magazine Issue 19: The Uneven and the Combined

Jacobin Magazine Issue 19: The Uneven and the Combined

The American socialist magazine takes up the discussion of the so-called "Rise of the South", the title of the 2013 UN Development Program's annual report, which claims that countries in the Global South are doing better than ever because of their new-found "rapid people-centered development." But are things really so sunny? The articles in this issue take on the promise and pitfalls of microcredit, conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs), private foundation philanthropy, and US-backed community development programs.

Tin House Volume 17, Number 2: Winter Reading

Tin House Volume 17, Number 2: Winter Reading

The Winter Reading issue brings us fiction from Dorothy Allison, Patrick DeWitt, Helen Phillips and Andrea, alongside features by Claire Vaye Watkins, Evie Wyld & Joe Sumner, Rachel Jamison Webster, CJ Hauser and John Fischer, and more!

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also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

Online "Best Books of 2015" Year-end Lists

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)