April 14, 2016
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.
Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus
by Chester Brown
The always surprising Chester Brown revisits the subject matter sex work that was central to his previous D+Q title, Paying For It. However, rather than being a continuation of the author's own experiences paying for sex, Mary Wept is a compilation of biblical tales that presents prostitution in a positive light. Provocative and refreshing, scholarly and unconventional, Brown’s interpretation of the Bible is a fascinating reassessment of the Christian moral code. A must-read comic for the ages. Lucky for us, Chester will be launching Mary Wept at the librairie (211 Bernard O.) on Thursday May 26th at 7pm.
Rich and Poor
by Jacob Wren
The always innovative Jacob Wren has come out with a new arresting novel about an immigrant pianist-turned-dishwasher who decides to start a revolution by killing a billionaire. Toggling between the perspectives of both the dishwasher and the billionaire, Wren writes about capitalism’s grim discrepancies and contradictions. He writes about those conflicting desires - to radically change the world and to maintain the appealing benefits of the status quo. Stoic yet provocative, Rich and Poor plunges the reader into a deep psychology of activism, politics, business, and how they all mesh together. Join us on Thursday April 28th at 7pm for the Montreal launch and BookThug Spring release of their newest titles. Not to be missed!
Mexican Hooker #1
by Carmen Aguirre
Author and actress Carmen Aguirre returns to the stuff of her varied and storied life in Mexican Hooker #1. Fierce, funny and enlightening, Aguirre interweaves a host of stories that are both harrowing and bold. She recounts an incident that made her the victim of a terrible crime, the artist who braved to confront her assailant, her experience with the end of the Chilean revolutionary dream, and her passionate but explosive relationship with a gorgeous Argentinian basketball player. Don’t miss the author in store for the launch of this powerful book on Sunday April 17th at 7pm.
Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam
by Simon Hanselmann
The latest collection of Simon Hanselmann’s strange, hilarious, and (often) disturbing web comics is out following Megg the witch and Mogg the cat’s depressive and drug-fueled trip to Amsterdam. Exaggerations of those stoner kids most of us have either known (or been), we see the Megg and Mogg in bold watercolour panels go through psychedelic foreign territories and continue to reckon with real world anxieties. Mundane yet crass, screwball yet familiar, this graphic novel is a real trip.
by Kate DiCamillo
One of the best contemporary young adult writers, Kate DiCamillio offers us a new book on the classic subject of summer and friendship. DiCamillo expertly employs simple prose to tell the story of how three friends cope with the weight of trauma, intimacy, and change as they take part in a looming talent competition. Subtly expressing the underlying sadness and disorientation of adolescence, Raymie Nightingale is a striking book about the heaviness of life without ever seeming heavy in and of itself.
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