This shelf belongs to...Saleema Nawaz!

Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This March, we bring you recommendations from Saleema Nawaz!

Saleema Nawaz is one of our favourite Montreal authors. She is the author of the short story collection Mother Superior, and her debut novel Bone and Bread won the Quebec Writers' Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Bone and Bread is a 2016 Canada Reads contestant. The debates will take place on March 21-24, 2016.

All of Saleema’s picks will be 15% off for the month of March. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find on her shelf:

It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken by Seth
A book for anyone who loves old buildings, small-town Ontario, and rummaging in used bookstores.

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
A graphic novel that perfectly captures high school in the nineties. I wish this book had existed when I was a teenager.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I've only read this once, but I still remember the spell it cast over me. A classic for a reason.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
My favourite novel of the last few years. I love its Dickensian scope and plot twists.

Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie Macdonald
I stayed up all night reading this in high school, crying over the characters, and deciding that this was the kind of novel I wanted to write.

Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
Funny and sad, brilliant and quirky, this book that will make its way into your heart and stay there. And it's partially narrated by a tortoise!

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
I love this Toronto-set comic series. Maybe it's because I'm the exact same age as O'Malley, but I feel like these books perfectly capture my early twenties -- with some showdown battles, alternate dimensions, and superpowers thrown in.

Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
Wonderfully Borgesian in its atmosphere of intricate meanings and mysteries, this novel follows a man as he sets out to discover the truth about his wife -- who he thinks has been replaced by a doppelgänger.

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