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February 16, 2021

Librairie Drawn and Quarterly's Books of the Week - February 16th

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.


No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

First hailed as the “poet laureate of Twitter” during the Weird Twitter era for her deliriously offbeat posts, Tricia Lockwood has since been celebrated for her first two poetry books and then for her breakout memoir Priestdaddy (named one of the Ten Best Books of 2017 by the New York Review of Books ). No One Is Talking About This, her first novel, is perhaps the first to pose one of the defining questions of our times: how to exist in the world with a severe case of Internet Brain Worms.


A Short History of the Blockade by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

A Short History of the Blockade by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

The latest book by celebrated Michi Saagig Nishnaabeg writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a genre-defying exploration of the generative power of Indigenous blockades. Bridging politics, story, and song, Simpson uses the figure of “our relative” the beaver (Amik, in Nishnaabemowin) to show how dams and barricades not only stand as agents and symbols of resistance, but also as affirmations of life and sovereign creativity.


Unfinished Business by Vivian Gornick

Unfinished Business by Vivian Gornick

Incomparable writer Vivian Gornick is back, this time more concerned with reading. In nine essays, she extols the virtues of reading, and re-reading, at different life stages, the better to understand her relationship with her psyche, her womanhood, and her self. By examining writers like DH Lawrence, Colette, Elizabeth Bowen, and Natalia Ginzburg, Gornick, and by extension her readers, are that much closer to a deep and powerful self knowledge.


The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop by Clover Hope

The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop by Clover Hope

In one beautiful, Rachelle Baker-illustrated volume, Clover Hope manages to chart a clear and comprehensive path from the earliest female MCs to current megawatt rap stars like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. Chronicling the biggest names and most underrated talents, The Motherlode has something for everyone, no matter how much you think you already know.


Consent by Vanessa Springora

Consent by Vanessa Springora

When Vanessa Springora’s complicated memoir came out in French last year, it immediately changed the conversation about the sexual abuse of minors, and the ways the French intellegentsia were in turns blind to and complicit in the worst crimes of their most celebrated members. Now in English, Consent is a blistering examination of trauma that refuses easy answers.




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