This Shelf Belongs To... Neil Smith!

Each month, we invite a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This May, writer and translator Neil Smith picks his favourite books for you!

Neil Smith is a writer and translator living in Montreal. His first book, the critically acclaimed story collection Bang Crunch, was chosen as a book of the year by the Washington Post and the Globe and Mail and was nominated for the Hugh MacLennan Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Canada). He launches his new book, Boo, on May 14th here at the bookstore!

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

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
"All hell breaks loose when a religious ten-year-old, a mini–Carrie White, learns to control her world through the Biblical scenes she creates in her bedroom out of arts and crafts supplies. Miraculous."

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

"My favorite dystopias are those set not in the future, but rather in the recent past. This one takes place mostly in a boarding school in the seventies. Ghoulish in a Shirley Jackson kind of way."

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
"Nicole Kidman bought the film rights and will star in the movie version of this Wes-Anderson-esque story about two self-absorbed performance artists and their long-suffering son and daughter."

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
"About downsizing and restructuring the world till there’s no one left in it but you. The best novel ever written in the first person plural—the “we” voice (okay, The Virgin Suicides is pretty good too)."

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
"Which superhero power do you want? Young Rose can taste people’s emotions in the food they prepare. As for her egghead brother Joseph, he can vanish into thin air."

Under the Skin by Michel Faber
"A vegetarian parable in which extraterrestrials are the carnivores and male hitchhikers are the cattle. A creepy book made into an even creepier film that’s much different from the novel."

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
"The American narrator is terrified of Canadians. Hilarious. See page 29, the section that starts with: 'The way you might fear a cow sitting in the middle of the street during rush hour, that’s how I fear Canadians.'"

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

"A book by my favorite New Yorker cartoonist about how we cope with elderly parents and their imminent deaths. Dead funny. I read it soon after my mother passed away."

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
"A masterpiece of a novel built around another masterpiece of a novel, Dickens’s Great Expectations. A harrowing and brave story about the dangers of our own imaginations."

Lint by Chris Ware
"The creator of Building Stories taught me to read in a less linear fashion. He tells stories as if the reader is in a maze and every passageway is the right one to follow."

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