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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Graphic Novel Book Club: Asterios Polyp


Each month we host a Graphic Novel Book Club meeting, open to all, during which we hang out and informally discuss a featured graphic novel. Our pick for February is Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. We will meet at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard O) on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. The discussion will be hosted by D+Q store staffer Benjamin Bush Anderson. Join us for refreshments and collective insights!

In Asterios Polyp, an egocentric architect buys a one-way ticket to the middle of nowhere, upending his life as a university professor. Asterios’s bumpy journey through the American heartland becomes a rootless exploration of remembered relationships and vivid dream sequences. David Mazzucchelli’s lovable anti-hero debates everything from design aesthetics to the merits of remarriage. Mazzucchelli’s artful illustrations straddle the colour wheel, associating bold shades with personalities and spaces. This dazzling comic demands discussion, crowning it as a gem of the genre.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

New & Notable: Exciting magazines!

This week's magazine arrivals are an embarrassment of riches! Check it out:


Dazed and Confused and Bright Lite


Bomb and Cherry Bombe


Hi-Fructose and 24 Images
Wednesday, 11 January 2017

New & Notable: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay


Acclaimed essayist, powerhouse talent, and twitter icon Roxane Gay has once again delivered on the hype. Difficult Women collects previously published stories, and with them it collects evidence that Gay’s writing deserves the superlatives. Her remarkable language feels raw as an exposed tooth root, and as the reader burrows through these thematically linked stories, one finds that the harshness of the subject matter (violence, rape, desperation, etc.) is negated by Gay’s thoroughly engrossing prose. There is particular care in depicting the body and experiencing the world through the senses, which adds a clarity, an immediacy. This is another knock-out from the American, who is quickly becoming a heavy-hitter!
Monday, 9 January 2017

This shelf belongs to...Joe Ollmann!

Photo credit : Taien Ng-Chan

Each month, Librairie Drawn and Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This January, we bring you recommendations from Joe Ollmann!

By his own account, Joe Ollmann was born ''on a Christmas tree farm some time before the festivities surrounding Expo '67.'' Despite these idyllic origins, Ollmann has spent much of his adult life writing comics that eloquently deprecate his own physique, habits, and achievements. In 2007, these efforts were recognized by the Doug Wright Awards, where Ollmann took home "Best Book" for This Will All End in Tears. He was nominated for the same award again in 2012, for Mid-Life (published by Drawn & Quarterly!), which Ollmann described as his "break-out, feel-good, fun-time book." 

Ollmann's latest book, due out January 24th from D&Q, is titled The Abominable Mr. Seabrook. It's a biography of William Seabrook, the journalist and travel writer who brought the word "zombie" into the English language, palled around with Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann, Gertrude Stein, and Sinclair Lewis, smoked opium with Jean Cocteau, practiced black magick with Aleister Crowley, and collaborated with Man Ray and Salvador Dali. He also lived with Bedouin tribesmen, a Haitian witch doctor, and (reputedly) ate human flesh with cannibals. He was also an alcoholic and S&M enthusiast who committed suicide in 1945! Typically sunny Ollmann territory, in other words. Nevertheless, Seabrook was a famous bestseller in his lifetime but is almost unknown today. Ollmann makes the case that Seabrook's remarkable life deserves to be better known -- and understood.

Joe Ollmann currently lives in Hamilton, ON.

All of Joe's picks will be 15% off for the month of January! Here's a sneak peak of what you'll find on his shelf:



Drop In by Dave Lapp
This is short vignettes of a guy teaching art to little kids in a drop in centre in a diverse neighbourhood in Toronto. Dave takes on hard stories and childhood cruelty with unblinking frankness and a lot of heart. His art is a simplified, heavy-line iconic style that works well with his writing. I’d love for more people to read Dave’s work.

It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken by Seth
This was the first book I read by Seth. It was a revelation and I fell in love with his work. This book is younger Seth, still smoking and pre-Tania and kind of a mess with no solace but the lure of old cartoon books. This book is beautifully drawn and filled with lovely weird details. The guy’s not a national treasure for no reason!

The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
Orwell meant so much to me as a kid, but he still resonates for me now I’m old. He was the person who taught me more about cynicism than perhaps even Mad Magazine did: you can be a socialist and hate socialism…wha…?? This is one of his less rock star titles, but still my favourite, as he travels around England reporting on the living conditions of the poor.

The Greatest of Marlys by Lynda Barry
As a young man, I had to buy the Toronto free paper Now Magazine in Hamilton for a dollar every week, just so I could cut out and save every Ernie Pook’s Comeek. Lynda Barry is probably the best writer of stories in comics there is. She does funny, she does sad, mostly overlapping. There’s a kindness and goodness that permeates all of her work. I love her and my daughters love her and I’m so glad that all her work is being reprinted in proper form.

The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
This is an insane book. Lewis was 19 when he wrote this in 1796. It has cross-dressing monks, murder, corruption of innocence, and the devil appears in physical form. It’s the story of the most pious monk in the world who really falls off his pedestal. Incredibly readable with a million diversions. One of my all-time favourite books.

My Lunches with Orson by Peter Biskind
This is literally transcripts of recordings made by Henry Jaglom of his daily lunches with Orson Welles in the 80s. He’s still trying to make films and financing it by appearing on Loveboat and such. It’s sad, funny and the brilliance of Orson shines through. This book feels like Boswell recording Johnson, Welles is that kind smart and I hate that he’s reduced to the fat drunk guy in the frozen vegetable commercials on Youtube, this guy did great things and could have done more. Simon Callow’s 3 volume (so far) biography of Welles is also incredible.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
Again, one of those book that meant a lot to me when I was young, but holds up every time I’ve re-read it. Everyone today should read this book. His life story itself is fascinating and tragic, but the journey from hustler to statesman is epic. This was one of the greatest speakers the world has ever known (watch some of his speeches on youtube!).

Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac
This book is incredible. Nina draws like Old Masters good, like Albrecht Durer good. And she writes equally well. Oh, and the the story, which is autobiographical, of her terrorist father getting himself blown up, makes most autobio comics about sad people drawing comics in coffee shops look pretty tepid. Though the book sold a ba-zillion copies and in every language, we may never see the promised sequel, cause Nina wanted to make a porny comic based on the Tourner film The Cat People!

I Never Liked You by Chester Brown
This book is so full of emotion both repressed and overtly shown between the lines. Chester’s got the most unique style of any cartoonist but you can still see subtle influences of a lot of old master cartoonists in his drawings. Incredibly honest to an often painful fault, Chester’s memoir of growing up and the haunting demise of his emotionally disturbed mother is my favourite of all his books. Another national treasure! Canada's Mount Rushmore should be stone heads of Julie Doucet, Chester, Seth and Collier.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This was both President Obama’s and my favourite fiction book from 2015. The story of a marriage told from two perspectives in each half of the book. One character is a playwright and Groff’s synopsis of the plays are very real and evocative, reminding me of Auster whipping out a million unrealized story ideas in his books. I almost didn’t read this book because I thought the cover looked designed to attract older women readers! I apologize! Profusely!

Joe Ollmann launches The Abominable Mr. Seabrook



Join cartoonist Joe Ollmann on Friday, January 27th at 7:00 pm as he discusses his latest graphic tour de force: The Abominable Mr. Seabrook! In Seabrook, Ollman chronicles the trials and tribulations of notorious journalist William Buehler Seabrook: famed member of the Lost Generation known for participating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals, and popularizing the term “zombie” in the West. 

Exposing both the highs and extreme lows of a turbulent life, Ollmann often weaves in Seabrook’s own words and those of his biographers. This biographical account, however, posits Seabrook the believer versus Seabrook the exploiter, leaving the reader to consider where one ends and the other begins.

**Admission is free. Wine and snacks will also be served**


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Top 5: December's bestselling magazines!

Whether you were buying gifts for loved ones, or a little something for yourself, these are the top magazines picks from the month of December:


Lez Spread the Word


Apartamento


Kinfolk


Dinette 


Aperture
Saturday, 31 December 2016

Some Books We Are Excited About in 2017!

Graphic Novels and Comics

 


So pretty / Very Rotten, Comics and essays on lolita fashion and cute culture, jane mai + an nguyen (May 2017)


We are primed for this collection of essays and short stories by two cartoonists who go beyond the clothes.


Fire!! Zora Neale Hurston Story, Peter Bagge (February 2017)

Following his stellar biography of Margaret Sanger, cartoonist Peter Bagge chronicles the life of another twentieth century trailblazer, the acclaimed writer Zora Neale Hurston.


Sticks Angelica Folk Hero, Michael Deforge (March 2017)

The prolific and incredible Michael Deforge is back with tales of Angelica Sticks, our new heroine!



Pretending is Lying, Dominique Goblet Trans. Sophie Yanow (February 2017)

Translated from the French by store favourite Sophie Yanow, Belgian artist Dominique Goblet's memoir is an unnervingly funny account of dysfunction and an unflinching portrayal of trauma.



Boundless, Jillian Tamaki (June 2017)


Looking forward to the inimitable Jillian Tamaki's next feat - a collection of short stories revolving around a parallel world "mirror facebook" and possible transendence on the internet.

Poetry



A Sand Book, Ariana Reines (January 2017)

One of our favorite poets, Ariana Reines is giving us A Sand Book this year - a series of lyrical essays and poems situated in the American southwest!


There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Morgan Parker (February 2017)

So excited to read this collection of poetry about feminism, race and pop culture!

"Please wait to record Love Jones at 8:48 Saturday on BET
Until your life is no longer defined by Beyoncé
Ants crawling over fallen leaves and little pieces of dog shit
Empty chicken boxes glowing with the remembrance of grease
(...)"

Fiction



This Accident of Being Lost, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (April 2017)

From the author of Islands of Decolonial Love, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, This Accident of Being Lost is a knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs!


Homesick for Another World, Ottessa Moshfegh (January 2017)

After devouring Mcglue and Eileen we can't wait to read more of Moshfegh's wicked prose!


Sour Heart, Jenny Zhang (August 2017)

So thrilled to see Brooklyn based poet Jenny Zhang publish her debut collection of stories which promises to plunge into adolescent hearts.



4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (January 2017)

We're not only excited by Paul Auster's forthcoming novel, we are also thrilled to have him at Rialto Hall, on Tuesday February 28th.Tickets are $10 (receive a $10 discount on 4 3 2 1 with the ticket).

Essays and Non-Fiction

 


On Intersectionality: Essential Writings, Kimberle Crenshaw (August 2017)

"In this incisive introduction to Crenshaw’s groundbreaking work, readers will find the key essays and articles that have defined the concept of intersectionality collected together for the first time."


South and West: from a notebook, Joan Didion (March 2017)

New Joan Didion! Do we have to say more?



Hunger: A memoir of (My) body, Roxane Gay (June 2017)

From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Bad Feminist! A memoir about food, weight and self-image.
 
“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.”


Too Much and Not in the Mood, Durga Chew-Bose (May 2017)

Sigh - we're eagerly awaiting this lyrical collection of essays on writing and female subjectivity that takes it title from Virginia Woolf's A Writer's Diary.

Kid's Books



Colette's Lost Pet, Isabelle Arsenault (May 2017)


Oh my! Our beloved Isabelle Arsenault is giving us a marvelous children story set in the Mile End.


If found, please return to, Elise Gravel (June 2017). trans. Shira Adriance

Can't wait to take a peak in local bestselling author Elise Gravel's sketchbook, full of mushrooms and colorful creatures!


Happy to be Nappy, bell hooks (January 2017)

Feminist and social critic bell hook's children book is back in print! Yahoo!
Friday, 30 December 2016

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's Overall Bestsellers of 2016

The Top Ten


1. Killing and Dying - Adrian Tomine


2. My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante


3. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus - Chester Brown


4. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


5. Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier


6. Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur



7. Nunavik - Michel Hellman




8. Swing Time - Zadie Smith



9. The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson



10. Mooncop - Tom Gauld

The Next Ten

11. The Inconvenient Indian - Thomas King
12. Illustrated Compendium of Animal Facts - Maja Safstrom
13. Hot Dog Taste Test - Lisa Hanawalt
14. Patience - Daniel Clowes
15. Mile End (French) - Michel Hellman
16. Louis Riel: Tenth Anniversary Edition - Chester Brown
17. Mile End (English) - Michel Hellman
18. All About Love - bell hooks
19. Islands of Decolonial Love - Leanne Simpson
20. Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay

With the year drawing to a close, it's time to compile a definitive list of the titles that most excited our customers in 2016. D&Q books figure heavily, of course, with Adrian Tomine's highly anticipated Killing and Dying at number one, and strong entries from Chester Brown, Tom Gauld, and Lisa Hanawalt.

Surprisingly (or not), a number of this year's bestsellers were not actually new releases. For example, we can see from these numbers that Ferrante fever is still running high, with My Brilliant Friend at number two. Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts, one of last year's bestsellers, continued to be very popular, at number nine. Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian, originally released in 2013, proved its ongoing relevance. Chimamana Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists held on to a top spot at number four (and retained its prominent display right next to our cashiers).

Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey was definitely the breakout hit of the year, with sales that defied all expectations for a volume of contemporary poetry.

Fans were also clamouring for the new titles by Raina Telgemeier, Zadie Smith, and Daniel Clowes (Ghosts, Swing Time, and Patience), so it's no surprise to see how well they did in our store.

Michel Hellman has the distinction of appearing twice on this list, for his new graphic novel, Nunavik, as well as his perennial favourite, Mile End (which came out in French in 2011 and in English last year). In fact, if you count the English and French versions separately, Michel appears three times. Chester Brown's classic Louis Riel also continues its long run as a store favourite (making Brown another author to appear more than once on this list).

bell hooks' All About Love, though now fifteen years old, had a striking resurgence this year, and appears at number eighteen, while Leanne Simpson's Islands of Decolonial Love, from 2013, follows up at number nineteen. Roxane Gay closes out the list with 2015's Bad Feminist. I think these last three books attest to a widespread interest among our customers in reconciling political convictions and personal life, particularly with regard to feminism and indigenous rights. In a year of dispiriting news, we regard this as a hopeful sign.
Monday, 26 December 2016

Solde d'après Fêtes/Boxing Day Sale 2016!


Here's wishing you the very best of the festive season from D+Q! What better way to enjoy the holidays than to get cozy with a new book? We're having a big boxing day sale in store: today only - buy one book at regular price, and get a second book of equal or lesser value at 40% off! If there are still some gaps in your holiday reading wishlist, now is the perfect time to fill 'em! Come say hello to us this boxing day, and get some great reads for a song.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Les lectures 2016 de Lucie

Comme mes collègues l'ont déjà à peu près tou·te·s souligné, il est difficile de limiter ses choix de l'année à dix livres... Surtout quand on est une nouvelle recrue et que l'on a passé les derniers mois à entasser avidement des ouvrages chez soi sans avoir pu en lire le tiers, tout en étant certaine qu'ils méritaient leur place ici.

Les ouvrages qui m'ont le plus marquée ces derniers temps ont deux points communs ; ils portent sur l'actualité et prennent le temps de se poser les bonnes questions, au lieu de choisir le confort de la simplification face à des situations complexes. J'en recommande trois en particulier :


Rolling Blackouts, Sarah Glidden (Drawn and Quarterly)
En 2010, Sarah Glidden a suivi deux journalistes du collectif The Seattle Globalist à travers le Moyen-Orient pendant deux mois, avec pour objectif de comprendre l'essence de leur travail. Qu'est-ce que le journalisme ? Où commence-t-il, où s'arrête-t-il ? À quoi sert-il ? Son questionnement est d'autant plus intéressant que le Globalist se cherche encore ; Sarah et Alex varient les méthodes et se retrouvent souvent dans des situations qui les poussent à redéfinir leur rôle, leur positionnement par rapport aux sujets traités. Difficile de poursuivre un entretien avec professionnalisme quand un ami d'enfance et ancien soldat américain s'obstine à ne donner que des réponses partielles au sujet de ses expériences sur le terrain, ou encore quand une réfugiée irakienne vous demande ce que vous y avez gagné au juste lorsque votre pays a envahi le sien. Pas évident non plus de trouver l'équilibre entre ce qu'il est nécessaire que le public sache et ce qu'il veut savoir : une fois un reportage terminé, il faut savoir lui donner une visibilité sans tomber dans le sensationnalisme...
C'est un délice de retrouver les très belles aquarelles de Glidden, et impressionnant de constater que sa voix a pris autant de complexité. On devine tout le chemin parcouru depuis How to understand Israel in 60 days or less !


Le centre du monde, Emmanuelle Walter (Lux)
De son côté, c'est le député cri Romeo Saganash qu'Emmanuelle Walter a accompagné dans toute la Baie-James québécoise, au cours d'un road-trip qui les a emmenés d'une communauté à l'autre. À la fois un portrait de Saganash, de la circonscription qu'il parcourt et de ses habitant·e·s, le récit de ce voyage est croisé avec des sources documentaires diverses, toutes plus passionnantes les unes que les autres. C'est une excellente introduction à des enjeux sociaux et environnementaux sur lesquels j'en savais bien trop peu et que je ne savais pas par où aborder. Bien sûr, c'est un livre qui m'a mise en colère à bien des égards, car il décrit l'exploitation abusive des ressources naturelles de cet immense territoire, aux dépens des communautés autochtones. Mais l'ouvrage n'est pas exempt de nuances, ni d'optimisme. On perçoit une volonté d'avancer de manière constructive et inédite, malgré les tensions toujours présentes et malgré la grande diversité des intérêts à défendre. Une lecture rapide, mais qui ne cache pas la multiplicité des enjeux de ce territoire et nous lance sur de nombreuses pistes pour aller plus loin.


Über das Meer (Suhrkamp) / Franchir la mer (Lux) / Crossing the Sea (& Other Stories), Wolfgang Bauer
Le troisième voyage de cette liste, le plus médiatisé, le plus rude : traverser la Méditerranée pour demander l'asile en Europe. C'est ce que tente le groupe de Syriens qu'accompagnent le journaliste allemand Wolfgang Bauer et le photographe tchèque Stanislav Krupař.
La mort qui plane sur les bateaux surchargés, on l'évoque si souvent qu'elle semble détachée du reste. Ce n'est pourtant qu'une fraction du voyage. Ici, on nous raconte la réflexion qui précède la décision de traverser la mer, l'inquiétude des proches qu'on laisse derrière soi, l'attente interminable dans des appartements vides et le coup de fil qui annule tout, les échecs qui s'enchaînent, amenuisant les ressources et les espoirs investis dans le périple, le renversement des repères, la corruption des gardes-côtes, les solutions de plus en plus insensées que proposent les passeurs et que l'on finit par accepter à défaut d'avoir le choix... Les réfugiés, et avec eux, Bauer, se retrouvent face à des lois qui ne tiennent pas compte des réalités humaines : loin de les dissuader de prendre des risques, elles les poussent à toujours plus s'exposer. On est bien loin des représentations qui reprochent à l'ensemble de ces personnes, comme à une masse uniforme, les tragédies que nous vivons, alors que ces tragédies ne représentent qu'un échantillon de ce qu'elles fuient.
À la lecture de cet ouvrage, on ne peut qu'être frappé par la violence avec laquelle les frontières retiennent des humains qui risquent leur vie pour les franchir, alors que le passeport d'un pays qu'il n'est nul besoin de fuir nous autorise, voire nous encourage, à oublier l'existence de ces mêmes frontières.


Côté fiction, je n'ai pas eu de vrai coup de cœur pour des romans récents, mais l'année 2016 a été généreuse en bandes dessinées de qualité !


Moomin and Family Life, Tove Jansson (Drawn and Quarterly)
Je ne saurai jamais dire suffisamment mon attachement pour cette famille de trolls constamment tiraillés entre leur sens moral et leur égoïsme, entre leur volonté de se fondre docilement dans la masse et leur besoin irrépressible de fantaisie... Comment ne pas s'identifier à eux, comment ne pas être tenté de se réfugier dans leur monde quand le nôtre va si mal ? J'aurais pu parler de n'importe quel livre des Moomins, mais celui-ci, en plus d'avoir l'excuse d'être le plus récent à être publié dans ce format, est l'un des tous premiers épisodes du comic strip et c'est celui qui nous introduit à Moominpappa et Moominmamma, alors qu'au hasard d'une promenade en barque, ils retrouvent Moomin, leur fils qu'ils croyaient perdu depuis des années. Je le trouve particulièrement représentatif de leur univers intemporel, plein de mélancolie et d'humour absurde.


Quoi de plus normal qu'infliger la vie ?, Oriane Lassus (la mauvaise tête / Arbitraire)
Enfin quelqu'un qui décrit son malaise vis-à-vis des pressions exercées sur les femmes pour qu'elle portent des enfants, sans s'autocensurer ni imposer ses opinions : qu'est-ce que ça fait du bien ! Le tout avec un sens du détail remarquable et un style visuel qui m'a beaucoup plu. Le parallèle omniprésent entre injonction à procréer et consumérisme est à la fois hilarant et désespérant par sa justesse.


Moi qui marche à tâtons dans ma jeunesse noire, Roxane Desjardins (Les Herbes Rouges)
Un récit à la première personne sur cet entre-deux émotionnel qu'est l'adolescence : la démarche aurait pu être banale, mais à aucun moment l'ouvrage ne sonne faux. C'est un récit, mais c'est aussi un long poème en construction, un journal intime, une bande dessinée sans images, une expérience tour à tour familière et déconcertante. On s'y réconcilie avec le grand vide jamais oublié de l'adolescence, peu importe depuis combien de temps on a eu quinze ans. La narratrice met en mots la difficulté à se trouver une place, affronte peu à peu sa peur de l'échec, lutte contre la tentation de la mort, contre des comparaisons qui lui donnent le vertige et manquent d'anéantir ses débuts littéraires. Et nous ouvre grand les portes vers d'autres univers poétiques québécois.


After Nothing Comes, Aidan Koch (Koyama Press)
Porté par un dessin au crayon à papier, inachevé et infusé de nostalgie, et par un très beau sens de la mise en page, ce n'est pas un livre qui se résume. C'est une mosaïque d'instants, de morceaux capturés, comme issus de souvenirs, vécus ou imaginés. Aidan Koch décrit admirablement les émotions liées à une image du passé ou du subconscient. L'ambiance d'un lieu à un moment précis. Le résonnement, longtemps après, de paroles qui n'ont été prononcées une seule fois. Les détails visuels qui repassent en boucle jusqu'à se vider de tout leur sens.


Hot Dog Taste Test, Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)
Parce que ce livre contient, entre autres, des loutres irrésistibles, des toucans en bikini, des cabanes à menstruation, des poteries grotesques, des questions existentielles sur le petit-déjeuner et des buffets à volonté. Parce qu'il est garanti sans jus détox et sans régime. Parce que c'est Lisa Hanawalt. Franchement, je ne vois pas ce que je pourrais dire de plus ?


Commando culotte, Mirion Malle (Ankama)
Si elle montre que les représentations des genres dans les productions audiovisuelles se diversifient, s'améliorent sur certains points, Mirion Malle met également en valeur ces stéréotypes tenaces que les séries et les films les plus populaires perpétuent, parfois même sans qu'on s'en aperçoive. À l'aide d'une structure bien définie, alternant les concepts et les analyses d'exemples audiovisuels, son avatar joufflu (qui vaut le voyage à lui tout seul) établit un lien très habile entre les écrans et la « vraie vie ». A noter : on y explore les tropes féminins, mais aussi masculins et trans* (beaucoup plus rares en études médiatiques !). Un livre très pédagogique, idéal comme entrée en matière pour toute personne qui souhaite s’intéresser à la relation qu'ont les médias au genre – et nous aux médias.


Les sentiments du prince Charles, Liv Strömquist (rackham) (c'est une réédition, donc techniquement, la version dont je parle ici est sortie en 2016. Si ça ne suffit pas à vous convaincre de sa fraîcheur et du bien-fondé de sa présence ici, je vous renvoie au dernier ouvrage de Liv Strömquist, L'origine du monde, qui date vraiment de 2016 et fait d'ailleurs partie des meilleures lectures de Julie !)
Avec un humour et une érudition en matière de culture pop qui m'ont beaucoup rappelé Mirion Malle, Liv Strömquist analyse les relations amoureuses telles que nos sociétés les ont façonnées. Partant d'exemples qui vont du scandale de tabloïd à la biographie d'un scientifique renommé, elle nous montre, armée d'une logique désarmante, à quel point les modèles de relations hétéronormés et monogames qui prédominent dans nos sociétés peuvent être bancals, voire complètement malsains. Elle balance vérité difficile sur vérité difficile tout en restant terriblement drôle. Une révélation.

Pour plus de suggestions, je vous encourage fortement à faire le tour de nos tops 10 de 2016 :

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