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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week – May 8, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week – May 8, 2019

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.


Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Inspiring the award-winning film Arrival with his debut collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, Chiang is back again with nine stories, from rare classics to previously unpublished work, exploring poignant new ground with portals through time, alien scientists, and literacy-destroying search engines.

New Daughters of Africa

New Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby (editor)

A staggering international collection of the writing of over 200 women of African descent, New Daughters of Africa spans centuries, continents, and every genre imaginable with contributions from some of the greatest writers of today, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Edwidge Danticat, Esi Edugyan, Roxane Gay, Imbolo Mbue, Nnedi Okorafor, Zadie Smith and many, many more.

Rabbits for Food

Rabbits for Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum

With Paul Beatty calling Rabbits for Food “psychiatric dayroom dark and just as funny,” Kirshenbaum’s newest novel delves deep into the crisis of art-making, loneliness, love, and hospitalization, with an acerbic New York writer protagonist whose New Year’s Eve breakdown sees her admitted to a prestigious hospital and refusing all forms of treatment.

Call me American

Call me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin’s path to becoming an American seems almost unbelievable: learning English from American pop and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, posting secret dispatches from al-Shabaab-controlled Somalia to a worldwide audience, winning the annual visa lottery. Now in Maine and working toward citizenship, Iftin is sharing this dramatic memoir, a must-read for an age of increasing immigration crisis.

Revenge of the She-Punks

Revenge of the She-Punks by Vivien Goldman

Concentrating on four main themes–identity, money, love, and protest–music journalist and post-punk musician Vivien Goldman tells the liberating, visceral story of women and punk through interviews, history, and personal experience. From Patti Smith and Poly Styrene to Grace Jones and Blondie, Revenge of the She-Punks is a carousing, celebratory musical tour.

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other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

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)