This month's shelf belongs to Sophie Yanow!

Each month we invite a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This April, cartoonist Sophie Yanow has made some choice picks to inspire your springtime reading!

Sophie Yanow is the author of the Ignatz-nominated graphic novel War of Streets and Houses (also available in French as La guerre des rue et des maisons), a chronicle of her experience during the Quebec student strike of 2012 and an examination of the policing and development of urban space. She has also chronicled her life in Montreal in her In Situ journal comics. She is currently the 2014-2015 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on Sophie’s shelf—all titles will be 15% off for the month:

Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell
Gabrielle Bell is more or less the reason I started taking comics as a serious endeavor.

The Romantic Dogs by Roberto Bolaño
A capsule containing all the enthusiasm, devotion, and skill of the young poet, before he packaged his words into the more salable form of "novel."

Susceptible by Geneviève Castrée
Proof that a physically small work can have a huge impact. Dense, only the important details.

On s'en câlisse by the Collectif de débrayage
The most important book about the 2012 Quebec student strike. Required reading.

Everywhere Antennas by Julie Delporte
A 21st century story unfolds through diaristic fragments. Julie Delporte's storytelling is incredibly modern and yet totally classic. All of her work is incredibly dear to me.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
Young Didion writes nonfiction with the dry heat of California summer in her mouth.

Against Architecture by Franco La Cecla
As beautifully written as a polemic can be.

The Importance of Being Iceland by Eileen Myles
The first essay in here contains some very important information about life. The rest of the book is what you get when you ask an amazing poet to write about artists: you don't need any familiarity with the artist in question, just enjoy.

The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino
John P brings his classic, minimalist pen to a story about getting through illness.

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