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Saturday, 1 August 2015

This month's shelf belongs to Sarah Mangle!

Each month we invite a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This August, artist and writer Sarah Mangle has made an excellent selection of books!

Sarah Mangle, the artist behind The Affirmations Coloring Book and les Cartes Contre L'Austerité, is also a writer and sometimes advice columnist. Her work has appeared in carte blanche, FUSE, Make/Shift, No More Potlucks and Broken Pencil. She's currently working on a graphic novel inspired by her Grammie.

All of Sarah's picks will be 15% off throughout August!

The Incident Report - Martha Baillie
I was reading this book on the TTC in Toronto and at a certain moment I was so moved and surprised that I had to sit on a bench at my stop and just take in the fact that the whole world had changed.

Another Country - James Baldwin
Baldwin's work challenges ideas of Americanism and offsets white supremacy in such beautiful and queer ways.

One Hundred Demons - Lynda Barry
Lynda Barry really gets kids. Not the ideas, but real kid experience. It is life changing.

Dhalgren - Samuel Delaney
Delaney embraces the garbage of life and sex in ways that are unbelievable and hyperreal. This book is economic destruction and grim under your fingernails that never leaves.

The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
This book encapsulates grieving better than any other book I have ever read.

Snowflake/Different Streets - Eileen Myles
These poems are perfect. They are hilarious and conversational and personal and mysterious.

Big Questions - Anders Nilsen
This book suggests a new approach to character writing and voice and death. It's a good non-academic intro to post-humanism and it's sad and charming.

Michael Rosen's Sad Book - Michael Rosen
The Sad Book beautifully holds a space for sadness and grief in ways that both adults and children need, separately and together. 

The End of San Fransisco - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
MBS identifies the complicated messiness of identities of belonging, activism, and being instruments of gentrification. She writes to us about sickness in the body, embodiments of anxiety, sadness, fear, trauma, panic attacks, chronic pain, nightmares at night and nightmares in the day.

Emergency Contact - Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
Many poems in this collection grab me by the throat. They're time capsules of moments I didn't witness the first time around but get the chance to here in poem form.

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