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Friday, 31 August 2012

McGill's Carrie Rentschler and Jonathan Sterne launch Second Wounds , MP3: The Meaning of a Format, and The Sound Studies Reader

Please join us at the Drawn and Quarterly store (111 Bernard W.) on Wednesday, September 12, at 7pm, for a joint book launch with McGill professors Carrie Rentschler and Jonathan Sterne! They will be discussing their respective new books:  Rentschler's Second Wounds: Victims' Rights and the Media in the U.S. (Duke, 2011) shows how the victims' rights movement transformed news coverage of crime and violence. Sterne's MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke, 2012), is a 100-year history of the world’s most common audio format; The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge 2012) anthologizes classic and new scholarship on sound.  



In Second Wounds, Rentschler delves into language of victimization and victims' rights in the context of violence against women. She lays out the complicated history of victims' rights activism, highlighting the way in which the feminist discourse of victims' rights, which focused on the need to recognize the voices of women who had experienced violence, was co-opted by conservative activists who call for increased punishment for perpetrators of violence as a full "solution" to violence against women, completely ignoring the need for systemic analysis of such violence. She also examines the heavy influence of this conservative victims' rights movement on media portrayals of violence against women, which perpetuate the myths that aggressors are usually strangers; that such crimes generally take place "on the street" (which supports racist and classist ideas about who perpetrators of violence against women actually are); and that women are responsible for avoiding violence by not frequenting certain spaces, and by seeking male protectors to accompany them in public. As a self-defense teacher who focuses on women's physical empowerment and is adamant about bringing conversations about systemic oppression and violence into self-defense workshops, Rentschler offers new perspectives on "antivictimization" and on the importance of focusing on education and prevention in a way that doesn't simplistically tell girls and women: "Don't be a victim!"
For more details, check out this great interview Rentschler did with Bitch magazine!



In MP3: The Meaning of a Format, Jonathan Sterne traces the history of the mp3 from the initial Bell Labs hearing model to its present ubiquitous status as the default audio format, and the ongoing "pirating" controversy that surrounds its use. He argues that the perception of the mp3 as "dematerialized" or "invisible" is erroneous, because the mp3 is in fact just as much a "thing" as are CD's or vinyl - you can hold it in your hand, too, as long as it's in a container (an mp3 player, for instance), and it is also subject to physical limitations such as bandwidth and hard drive storage capacities. What the mp3 lacks in aesthetic attractiveness and collectability, Sterne argues, it makes up for by being closer to "the social demand for music-- the desire to be with music, to move with it and share it". In Sterne's mp3 history, there are many surprising elements, including an account of how music file formats are tested (not at all dissimilar from how potato chips or canned foods are tested - that is, on a hedonic scale of relative pleasure or displeasure upon consumption), and some myth-debunking around who the major winners/losers/players in the business of mp3s really are (hint: it's definitely not just record companies and end users!). Mp3's are certainly going to be around for another good while, so this extended analysis of their history is sure to be an enlightening read!

For more details, have a look at this illuminating interview Sterne did with Pitchfork!


Sterne is also launching The Sound Studies Reader, a collection he edited, which "touches on key themes like noise and silence; architecture, acoustics and space; media and reproducibility; listening, voices and disability; culture, community, power and difference; and shifts in the form and meaning of sound across cultures, contexts and centuries" (from Routledge). Contributors range from Frantz Fanon, to Jacques Derrida, to Roland Barthes, to Georgina Born. The featured pieces "reflect on crucial historical moments, difficult definitions, and competing accounts of the role of sound in culture and everyday life". 

This sounds like a truly thought/ear-provoking line-up! Refreshments and low definition sound will be served (we hear tell of plans to set up several audio stations around the store...). We hope to see you there!

Pictures from Robin Shulman's Eat the City launch!

Yesterday evening, we were excited to host Robin Shulman's launch of Eat the City, her new book on the often surprising histories and current realities of food production between the cracks of New York City's urban landscape. Robin was an engaging story-teller, sharing anecdotes from the book, tidbits about the people she met while she researched, her thoughts on what has often been overlooked in mainstream narratives and reporting on urban food production, and more! Here are some photos for those of you who missed out:






If you couldn't make it to the event, you can still come by the store to get a copy of Eat the City. We even have some signed copies left!
Thursday, 30 August 2012

Robin Shulman launches Eat the City Tonight!!



Tonight (Thursday, August 30), Robin Shulman joins us in store to launch her delicious book, Eat the City, which chronicles the stories of New Yorkers past and present who have done battle with the notorious concrete jungle that is NYC in order to grow vegetables, butcher meat, cut and refine sugar, bee-keep, brew beer, and generally make the city live through local food production. Each section of the book is simply titled "Honey", "Vegetables", "Beer", "Fish", etc, and delves deep into the history and present realities of each. Fascinating anecdotes abound, such as one of my favourites, which concerns the mysterious red-honey-producing bees of Red Hook... I won't give away the surprising ending, of course.

To read a little more about the event and the book, check out this previous post.

The event starts at 7pm. Come on down!
Wednesday, 29 August 2012

"How Music Works" is here!

It's here! The new book by David Byrne!

How Music Works, published by McSweeney’s, delves into a subject Byrne has spent years exploring− how music is shaped by time and place. Drawing on his experiences with the influential new wave band Talking Heads, Byrne examines how music adapts itself to cultural and physical contexts.

And remember:

David Byrne and Win Butler in conversation: How Music Works

A co-presentation of Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and POP Montreal’s Symposium

a conversation with two of today’s most influential artists – David Byrne and Win Butler of The Arcade Fire. The two will be discussing Byrne’s new McSweeney’s book, How Music Works, in the context of their own personal and professional experiences as musicians and music lovers. This legendary occasion is a truly unique opportunity to hear from two highly respected voices of the independent music and art world.

Saturday September 22nd at the Ukrainian Federation, 5213 Hutchison

SOLD OUT!

Come by the shop and pick up a copy! $5 off the cover price with the purchase of a ticket - and if you've already bought a ticket, show it to us and get $5 off! (there will be a limited number of signed copies available at the event as well)


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Nobody Knows


Right before I took off for vacation Jason handed a bagful of ARCs and advance copies and said "you think you're so smart, so read these and get back to me." And I did read them. Well, some of them. And here is the first of several dispatches from the office about my summer reads.

Nobody Knows by Shelley Tanaka is an adaptation of the Hirokazu Kore-Eda film of the same name. I'm no film buff so I hadn't heard of this well-regarded movie which worked out well for me because I couldn't get into the old compare book and movie game. What I can say is that this is a fantastic downbeat sweet sad Young Adult novel. A family of four kids holes up in an apartment with their restless mom. She disappears for days at a time. Then weeks. And all the while she tells the kids to stay hidden lest they get kicked out by the building manager. From their balcony they watch other kids play and go to school and do the things "regular" kids do. They live their lives in that tiny apartment. Until when it seems like mom won't ever come back they sneak outside to play and explore.

The chapters are short and beautiful and while that setup seems bleak the tale fairly skips along with plenty of fun amidst the continual neglect from all adults. Let's call this a beautiful bummer.

Maybe I'll watch the film soon but I liked the book so much that I'm happy to enjoy its spell a bit longer.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Remedy Issue 10 (Discovery) now in store!

This issue looks mouth-watering, as always!

Sure, you can find plenty of recipes on the internet these days, but it's hard to resist a beautifully curated collection of recipes and food writing that comes out every few months, just when you're running dry on cooking inspiration.

Inside: Artichokes! A Salsa Generator! Exploring Detroit's culinary and food growing landscape! A Thai catfish salad recipe 20 years in the making! Peach pie!

To whet your appetite, I present the following:







Atelier de bande dessinée avec Pascal Girard!

Bonjour chèr-e-s lecteurs-trices! Nous cherchons de temps en temps de vous édifier, et donc nous sommes echanté-e-s de vous annoncer que le fabuleux et très talentueux bédéiste montréalais, Pascal Girard, va enseigner un atelier de roman graphique, en français, au librairie en septembre (les lundis 10, 17, 24, et le 1 octobre). Nous avons publié les éditions en anglais des livres de Pascal (Bigfoot, Reunion, Nicolas) depuis un bon bout de temps, et, ayant travaillé de proche avec lui, nous pouvons vous dire que Pascal a un grand talent, et en plus qu'il est super gentil - nous ne doutons pas qu'il soit un merveilleux enseignant et guide de bédé!

Si vous n'êtes pas encore convaincu-e-s, nous vous laissons cette affiche superbe, dessiné par Pascal lui-même, qui servira sûrement à répondre aux questions que vous aurez!



Please note that this workshop series is being offered in French only. However, rest easy, dear English-speaking readers, as D&Q's very own Tom Devlin will be offering a graphic novel workshop in English later in the year! Stay tuned!

 

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Chris Kraus' Summer Of Hate

Writer and art critic Chris Kraus has a new novel out! Set in the Southwest US at the peak of the Bush-era, Summer of Hate is a love story and an account of the American prison industry.




The heroine, Catt, is an art-world insider who runs away from her career in LA to play the real estate game in Albuquerque. But she is not just seeking refuge from a disconnected and delusional environment: there is this stranger she met online through BDSM personals, and while at first she enjoys the thrilling idea of handing him all of her money, she comes to realize he's probably out to kill her - which may not be as great of a death as she initially thought.
 
Eventually, she gets romantically involved with Paul, a recently sober ex-con whose rehabilitation in the real world is hindered by a flawed parole system.




If you want to know more about the book and its author, I highly recommend this wonderful interview with Kraus that's currently up on Rhizome. You can also visit the book's website, where you'll notice something very exciting in the Events section: Chris Kraus will be reading from Summer of Hate here at the bookstore this October! Save the date, Thursday October 11th, and stay tuned for more information and more surprises about her Montreal visit!



 
Chris Kraus was called "one of our smartest and most original writers on contemporary art and culture” by the NY Times. Her first novel I Love Dick was released in 1997 and it is still being talked about: just this summer, it made it in the Jezebel book club. This cult classic has also been described by the Village Voice as “one of the literary high points of the past two decades.”
 
Her second novel, Aliens & Anorexia (2000), was also recently hailed by Rolling Stone as “visionary.” A frequent contributor to Artforum, Bookforum, Art in America, the LA Review of Books and other magazines, she is a noted art writer who has penned two collections of essays: Video Green (2004) and Where Art Belongs (2011). 

Check back here soon to know everything there is to know about her upcoming visit here this fall!
Friday, 24 August 2012

A Short Guide To Recent Youth Fiction Fixations

September's creepin' and school season is almost here. Lots of reading to do, but make sure to keep it interesting. We all need fiction! Here are some carefully curated choices from the shelves at Academie D&Q:

Welcome to the Town of Remarkable Where Every Day in this Remarkable Place filled with Remarkable People is Positively Remarkable for Absolutely Everyone Except Jane
by Lizzie K. Foley
(middle grades)

Woah, what a title! It's almost a book in itself. Thankfully, there's lots more story to be told inside, specifically the story of little ol' ordinary Jane Doe who's only the only student at Remarkable's public school. Enter: The Grimlet Twins, an ex-pirate, a lake monster and more and Jane's life starts getting more remarkable by the page.

[Foley] does [not] aspire to heavy moralizing about the virtues of ordinariness. Instead, she sets herself the more modest goal of showing how even a self-­proclaimed former nobody can dream up a lot of outlandish entertainment. - Ann Hulbert, New York Times


Supergirl Mixtapes
by Meaghan Brothers
(grade 8 and up)

Named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and the winner of a GLBT Table ALA award Brothers follow-up to her acclaimed Debbie Harry Sings in French with the story of Maria and her reunion with her troubled and eccentric artist mother in New York City. Alienated in the city and hating her new school, Maria finds solace in the girl group heavy mixtapes sent to her by the best friend she left behind in South Carolina.

The 1990s New York City setting is captivating in its detail...[m]essy and often heartbreaking, Maria’s journey is one well worth taking. - Publisher's Weekly



The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
(older teens)

Some heavy themes are visited in Chbosky's cult-classic 1999 novel (it was third on the American Library Association's list of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009) and, with the release of the film next month, the controversy over it's suitability for teen audiences will continue. Wherever you stand, though, there can be no debate over just how much the book has permeated pop culture and resonated with a generation that has adopted as their very own Catcher in the Rye.


Wonder
by R.J. Palacio
(middle grades)

"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse."

Auggie, Wonder's 10-year old protagonist, is a boy born with facial anomalies who is entering middle school for the first time after years of home-schooling. Beautifully written and with a light touch, Palacio's novel has been receiving raves upon raves since it was first released last May (it's been re-ordered several times here at the shop).

...delivers what it promises – an emotional roller-coaster ride in which tears, laughter and triumphant fist-pumping are mandatory. But it is better than that. In its assured simplicity and boldness, it also has the power to move hearts and change minds. - Simon Mason, The Guardian


Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman
(teen)

For those of you who like a little escape from the sometimes harsh realities of life this, the debut from author Rachel Hartman, should do the trick nicely. A New York Times bestseller, Hartman's book is about the musically gifted Seraphina Dombegh who stumbles upon a sinister plot that threatens her kingdom's 40 years of peace their neighbours: a nation of shapshifting dragons who disdain art and emotion.


The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
Illustrated by Patricia Castelao
(grades 3 and up)

Brought from Africa by hunters, Ivan, a silverback gorilla, inhabits a plexiglass and concrete enclosure at The Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade where he's been entertaining visitors for twenty-seven years - so long that Ivan has not only all but forgotten his homeland but also what true freedom feels like. Once new arrival Ruby, a young elephant, arrives and shakes him from his malaise Ivan decides to do everything he can to get her out of the mall and into the zoo.
Narrated by Ivan himself (and loosely based on a true story), The One and Only Ivan has drawn raves for it's spare style, and it's thoughtful and non-preachy approach to detailing the lives of animals in sad circumstances.

Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author’s note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates. - Kirkus Reviews


Chomp
by Carl Hiaasen
(grade 5 and up)

Another book featuring animals, but this time hilarious. Son of an animal trainer and living in a zoo in Florida, Wahoo Cray has grown up around all kinds of critters. When his dad gets a job on a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival" Wahoo finds that humans are even harder to deal with than denizens of the wild.

[Hiaasen] proves that it is possible for a modern author to put a Moral in the Story without losing savvy young readers, most of whom can sniff out a Message from a mile away. But these readers are laughing all the way to the point, and coming back for more. - Jenny's Book Review

The Disenchantments
by Nina LaCour
(teen)

Colby and Bev are best friends. Bev's in a band (The Disenchantments) and when she decides to quit after graduation it throws Colby into a tailspin: he'd been waiting, eagerly, to roadie for them that summer. Colby goes anyway but dealing with the loss of his friend and the question of what will happen next is always on his mind. Breezy but deep, The Disenchantments features a lot of what like to be in a small band that still plays music for fun and a teenager who's whole life lies ahead.

LaCour perfectly blends the fun and adventure of a road trip with the sadness of things coming to an end with the hope of new beginnings. - Michelle Krys



























Thursday, 23 August 2012

Aya: Life in Yop City


AYA: LIFE IN YOP CITY is out in paperback everyone!!! This new edition brings together the first three volumes of the AYA series, complete with interviews and a wonderful set of appendices that will teach you everything you need to know about the Ivory Coast culture, from authentic recipes for chicken kédjénou to a glossary of local slang. This book is a perfect introduction to Abouet and Oubrerie’s award winning series, and will surely cause you to seek further volumes of this captivating story about a 19-year-old girl living in the Ivory Coast during the late 1970s.


 Our camera really doesn't do justice to Oubrerie's incredible color work. Just magnificent.

Part of the appendix demonstrates how to shake one's derriere, and how to properly
carry a baby on your back using a brightly coloured cloth known as a pagne.

Atelier de bande dessinée avec Pascal Girard

Hello faithful blog readers! Every once in a while we try to edify y'all, and so I am delighted to announce that we will have the extremely wonderful Montreal-based cartoonist Pascal Girard running a French-language graphic novel course at the Librairie this September (Mondays the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 1st October). We've published the English editions of Pascal's books (Bigfoot, Reunion, Nicolas) for quite some time now, and having worked with him, I can tell you this -- Pascal is very talented, but also very kind and friendly, and I suspect he's an amazing teacher.

But no use blabbing when there's an amazing poster, drawn by Pascal, which can answer all the questions you might have!


Alors, mes amis francophones, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant!
Saturday, 18 August 2012

Granta 120 is in!


Titled 'Medicine', this new issue of Granta features fiction and non-fiction stories, as well as a few poems, and a 27-page photo essay by Brad Feuerhelm. Ths list of contributing authors includes Linda H. Davis (Charles Addams: A Cartoonist's Life), Man Booker winner Alice Munro, Suzanne Rivecca, Pulitzer winner Kay Ryan, and more.

Benny's Brigade


We just received a new kids book by Arthur Bradford and Lisa Hanawalt, and holy smokes is this one funny. BENNY’S BRIGADE recounts the story of Benny, a miniature walrus who lost his way and ended up trapped inside a walnut. Now Benny isn’t like other miniature walruses, he’s actually quite the ladies' man, charming sisters Theo and Elsie with his dapper ways to help him make his way back to his underwater home. What follows is a wild adventure with an ambitious craft project and some friendly slug companions. The book is published by McSweeney’s, a name that’s become synonymous with beautiful book design, and this title is no exception. Lisa Hanawalt just nails it in terms of illustration, giving lil’ Benny an incredible amount of personality and zest. By the way, if you’re a fan of Hanawalt's work (who isn’t?), make sure to mark your calendars for her upcoming D&Q book MY DIRTY DUMB EYES, it will rock your socks off. In the meantime, why not take a little break with Mr. Benny himself:


 Hahahahaha... talk about a ladies' man!

 Here's a fun tip: if you ever meet a walrus, give him 
a pretzel, the salty taste will remind him of the sea!

 Oh no, sad Benny!

Staff Picks mid-August 2012

JULIA
On Beauty
by Zadie Smith

Folks, I am PSYCHED about the new Zadie Smith book, NW, out this fall. I have devoured almost everything she's done, in part because she's very good, and in part because her opinions are always so on-point (viz: Changing My Mind). So far, though, On Beauty is my absolute favourite. The story of two dysfunctional families twinned (and counterpointed) in their dysfunctions, their successes, and their prides, On Beauty is filled with perfectly observed moments. The Belseys and the Kippses emerge from Smith's forehead fully formed, all flawed-and-fleshy realism and confused morals. On Beauty is a comedy with surprisingly tender love for its protagonists, but also a Great Realist Novel, something we forget can be as bewitching and absorbing as it is here.

Super Sad True Love Story
by Gary Shteyngart
 
Super Sad True Love Story is, well, a little bit of all of these descriptors, as you might guess. It was also quite funny. And surprisingly timely. Though the book came out a few years ago, I felt like the currents of social discontent and the critique of conspicuous consumerism were neatly timed for the social unrest we've seen in recent months. Though it's not really framed like a science fiction story -- more of a near-future story -- Super Sad does what good science fiction does: observes contemporary culture and pulls out the most subtle dangers lurking in our bad habits. It is one you will find yourself mulling over, time and again.


HELEN

Tubes
by Andrew Blum
A friend recently sent me a link to a fledgling documentary project on the (to me) alarming inequalities between different "classes" of Google employees (who gets to take the Google limos and eat the gourmet Google food, and who has to get to work at 4am without any of those perks...). It got me wondering, as many of us internet-users-who-don't-really-understand-the-internet sporadically do, about the politics surrounding the internet, and about the actual LOCATION of the internet, if there is such a thing? Where does the internet live? Can we go there? If we do, what do we find (and what is kept from us)? Andrew Blum, intrepid writer, actually acted upon these musings. On behalf of lazy internet-ignoramuses like myself, he goes in search of the Internet (he capitalizes it, making it all the more a location, a place with a Proper Name that you can actually visit physically), and chronicles his findings in Tubes, which reads surprisingly well as a travelogue (Blum visits LA, Toronto, Ashburn, Virgina, and Portugal, to name a few), albeit an unusual one. Is the Internet really just a series of tubes? Can the teeth of a hungry squirrel chew through it? What is NANOG? Apparently the Internet has a smell! Don't you want to know what it is?


JADE 

The Making Of
by Bretch Evens

I was really excited to read this book and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Evens’ The Making Of is so visually stunning I simply couldn’t put it down, and actually read the whole thing in one sitting. Don't get me wrong though, this book isn't just about vibrant watercolors and remarkable composition -- the character development and plot lines are equally captivating and complex. If you’re unfamiliar with Evens’ work, I urge you to take a peek at his blog, which although written in Flemish, will give you a good idea of how incredibly talented this guy is.

 
CHANTALE

Education and Ruins (Documents of Contemporary Art series)
Edited by Felicity Allen and Brian Dillion respectively

The Documents of Contemporary Art series, co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, is one of my favourite book series on art. They are smart, diverse, investigative and utterly compelling. Each book centralizes on a theme, compiling an array of writing related to such theme. The excerpts come from theorists, critics, artists, curators and the like who "represent the diversity of perspectives, generations, and voices defining art today." (MIT Press) Two recent editions, Education and Ruins, are especially fascinating as they approach themes long affiliated with the arts yet happen to hold a particularly pertinent position in our current contemporary art landscape. Artists are rethinking these topics as pedagogy, the right to knowledge, history, and displacement (to name a few) become principal considerations of contemporary society.


JULIEN

 
Anjin San
by George Akiyama

Published in french by Le Lézard Noir (Moomin, Suehiro Maruo), Anjin San is a collection of moral tales in which the descendant of Buddha wanders around the japanese countryside of the seventies. A small, nonchalant and optimistic guy, he discreetly lurks around disenfranchised but goodhearted characters. Throughout these slice-of-life stories, they try to find solutions to their social and sentimental hardships. Along the way, Akiyama provides moral dilemmas and Buddhist concepts for the characters and readers alike to reflect on. This one-shot visually stands out with its streamlined style, meditative sequences and inventive, gekiga-inspired, panelling. Ultimately, melancholia and nostalgia give way to hope, making any reader wish they had an Anjin San of their own right by their side.
Friday, 17 August 2012

Help us Eat the City: Thursday August 30th

You guys, it is starting to feel a lot like fall around here. Our events schedule is ramping up (expect more on that in the next week or so), and also HARVEST is here. Delicious tomatoes and eggplants and green beans and bell peppers and apples and so on and so forth. It's the most magical time of the year. And in two short weeks, we have an event with someone who really knows how to celebrate nature's bounty.

Robin Shulman, a New York-based writer and reporter, recently published Eat the City: a Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers who built New York. Not only is this a totally fascinating topic for a book, but it is eloquently explored here, in chapters that deal with different foodstuffs (honey, wine, meat, beer, etc.).


Read an excerpt here, and some reviews here and here and then get excited because hey, guess what? We'll have Robin Shulman launching Eat the City right here at the Librairie D+Q on Thursday August 30th at 7 pm! I'm not entirely sure what she has planned for the launch, but I suspect we'll be in for some artisanal treats and also be able to learn a thing or two about our city from her, so mark this one in your datebooks, and stay tuned y'all!
Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Vinyl on paper

Just dropped off! Spivey is an artist and music enthusiast (as befits a Norton Records employee) whose books feature comics on the stories behind under-appreciated musical legends (Hasil Adkins, Esquerita, Kim Fowley, Stud Cole, Dolemite, and many more!) and people that love 'em. Subtitled "Torrid Tales From The Wild World Of Norton Records" and co-created by Norton co-founder Billy Miller, KC is gonna look great splayed out next to your pile of '45s.

In addition to comics, HBL also features an interview with Jim Valice of ultra-cool 60's underdogs (and personal favourites) The Index , an excellent primer on Fanny, the first all-female rock band signed to a major label for a multi-album deal (and who, for awhile, featured Suzi Quatro's sister, Patti, in their ranks) and a short guide to the which of Lou Reed's record-bin mainstays is worth your while (a pretty spot-on assessment too!). Oh. and more!
Records! Comics! What goes together better?
Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Derek Raymond's Factory Series


Nice! New additions to Melville's House's beautifully designed and expertly curated International Crime Series!
















Credited as being the founder of English Noir, Derek Raymond was an ex-criminal and ex-pornographer who eventually turned to writing to support his family.

Derek Raymond's (a nom-de-plume, he ditched his real name -Robin Cook- to avoid confusion with the medical-mystery writer) infamous Factory series detailed the exploits of an unnamed police sergeant employed at the London Metropolitan Police’s Department of Unexplained Deaths. A deep-seeded hatred of authority and glory-grabbing informs most of his relationships with his colleagues and thoughts of his institutionalized wife torment him almost constantly.

Originally published in the eighties, the books in the bleak and brutal Factory series (four of five are pictured above) were the books that put Raymond's name on the map as one of the most esteemed neo-noir writers. Some good 'n dark stuff here, people.



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