This shelf belongs to....Sean Michaels!

Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This December, we are proud to announce that our featured guest curator is Montreal-based writer, blogger, journalist and music critic Sean Michaels, whose debut novel, Us Conductors won this year’s Giller Prize. Fellow music critic and author Carl Wilson writes, “Michaels’ voice will pass through you like live current and conduct you to parts unknown.” Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on his shelf, along with a brief quote from Sean about each book:

Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
"One of our greatest writers making good on his daftest dreams."

Moominpappa's Memoirs - Tove Jansson
"They look like kids' books but Jansson's moomin novels are wiser, stranger, truer than almost any grown-up literature."

Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
"A riddle of heartbreak that slowly unfolds. Impossibly good."

Ojingogo - Matthew Forsythe
"A labyrinth of beautiful, whimsical, singular visions."

The Winter Vault - Anne Michaels
"The only book I have ever read where the twist ending is a lesson in the meaning of life."

Einstein's Dreams - Alan Lightman
"Lightman's vignettes of snoozing Einstein are like a quantum repurposing of Calvino's Invisible Cities."

The Player of Games - Iain M Banks
"One of the finest SF novels ever."

Actual Air - David Berman
"I am a sucker for great songs; even suckerer for great songwriters' stanzas."

Idyll - Amber Albrecht
"With Amber, every garden is a secret hideout; every dream is a refuge."

Magic for Beginners - Kelly Link
"A book of weird, beautiful stories, hexes and promises - like Saunders, Luis Borges and The X-Files."

Note that all of the books on Sean's shelf are 15% off all month long! Also, Sean has kindly signed all of our copies of Us Conductors, so you can get yourself an autographed edition here! You can (and should!) follow Sean on his blog, Said the Gramophone, and on twitter @stgramophone.

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