Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This February, we bring you the inspired choices of Arjun Basu! Arjun's first novel, Waiting for the Man, was published in 2014 and longlisted for the Giller Prize. The Ottawa Citizen called it "A refreshing look at our search for meaning in a celebrity driven culture that is very, very funny and more than a little profound." He also writes 140-character short stories he calls Twisters on Twitter (@ArjunBasu). Arjun lives in Mile End with his wife, son, and dog. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on Arjun’s shelf:
Near Enemy (Adam Sternburgh): The second in Adam Sternburgh's series of Dystopian hard-boiled noir. The first one, Shovel Ready, was razor-sharp, taut and edge-of-your-seat excellent.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Raymond Carver): Carver's short stories are so firmly entrenched in the modern cannon it continues to astonish how fresh they feel today.
A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James): James' violent, epic and hard-to-describe novel hit a lot of Best Of lists in 2014 and for good reason.
The Martian (Andy Weir): Weir’s backstory is almost as entertaining as this novel, already optioned for film by Ridley Scott.
The Sixth Extinction (Elizabeth Kolbert): A depressing but important - and necessary - chronicle of what we are doing to the world.
L'il Bastard (David McGimpsey): Montreal's premier poet has a new book coming out this spring. If you haven't read his last one, nominated for a Governor General's Award, do it now.
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Chris Ware): Creepy, beautiful and large-hearted. Graphic novels are works of art and this is exhibit A.
Ant Colony (Michael DeForge): A graphic novel about ants that teaches the reader what it means to be human.
Underworld (Don DeLillo): Brilliantly captures modern America. One of my favorites of all time.
The Sportswriter (Richard Ford): A classic dissection of the modern middle-class male.