What We're Reading in the Office This Month—May Edition

It is the end of the month and that can only mean ONE THING—it's time to see what all the people in the office are reading. Hmm, let's take a look into the brains of this very serious group of "fans of the written word, and picture, and written word and picture combined."

Our three production interns added their choices this month (So long, Juliette and Sandra) so we'll start with them.

Le secret, Émilie Vast (Édition Mémo)

Ce mois-ci je vais vous faire découvrir un livre illustré et édité en France, Le secret. Émilie Vast est une illustratrice française qui vit et travaille à Reims. Son style de dessin est minimaliste et stylisé, les formes et les couleurs donnent une impression de douceur et de poésie. La majorité de ses illustrations ont pour thème la nature et les animaux.

C’est le cas dans ce livre qui nous emmène pages après pages à la découverte des animaux et des plantes de la forêt. L’histoire commence avec « Renarde a un secret. N’y tenant plus elle le confie à lapin. Oh ! Extraordinaire, dit le lapin. Lapin a un secret. N’y tenant plus il le confie à libellule. Oh ! Formidable, dit la libellule. » Mais quel est ce secret que se chuchotent les animaux ? Je vous conseils vivement ce livre qui est pour moi une pause de douceur et de calme.

—Juliette Flocher, spring intern

Hiver Nucléaire, CAB (Front Froid)

I discovered this graphic novel in Toronto, during this year’s TCAF Festival. I was actually reading a few other books at the time but that’s what happens when you are at a festival like TCAF, you’re surrounded by so many good books that you have to read some more!

Cab is a young author from Montreal who sets her story in her beloved city. You can guess this right from the cover, which depicts part of Waverly Street or what is left of it. The book is written in Quebecois, which is perfect for me (as a French speaker from France) to learn more about this exquisite language (and the swear words). But, if you’re not comfortable with French, an English version titled Nuclear Winter is also available online.

It’s been nine years since an accident has occurred at the nuclear station of Gentilly-3 in Montreal. Since then, winter has never stopped and the snow has become radioactive, as have the citizens! They are now slightly different, some with a lonely big eye, some with three eyes; some with a type of horns (so, weird faces mostly)…and most of the animals have turned wildly dangerous, or green!

But life is life and it still goes on almost as it used to be. So we follow Flavie on her ski-doo, delivering bagels in the whole city. She’s pretty shy, not like her best friend Leonie who is a party girl and tries to make Flavie more outgoing. And then, there is this cute-cool guy: Marco… So, Hiver Nucléaire is really much more about life than pure sci-fi. What do you do in a post-nuclear Montreal? You’ve still got to have a job, you still go to parties, you still hang out on the phone with your friends, you still meet new people, and you definitely still eat Whippets! As it is said in the story: you “moved to Montreal (and you stay) for a reason”! I am definitely looking forward to reading the next volume.­­

—Sandra Martin, spring intern

Heureux qui comme, Nicolas Presl (Atrabile)

I first read this book in a few minutes, but the images lingered in my head for days and I just had to read it again (this time slowly!)

The story is mute, which is apparently the author's trademark. The result is intriguing and deeply moving. In the absence of words, there are some aspects the reader never fully understands, while interpretation and feelings take over. The colours are used sparingly but beautifully, highlighting the contrasts which underpin the story at all levels.

It follows two foreigners in an unnamed African country as it enters a period of political trouble and violence. One of them is clearly there to keep damaging the country for profit, whereas the other is trying to heal some wounds. They both don't get the country, they both are out of place, and that's all they seem to have in common. But at some point, they meet each other.

I know little about Presl's work, but it looks like I really need to catch up!

—Lucie Lecoutre, summer intern

Frontier #10, Michael DeForge (Youth in Decline)

The tenth installment of Youth in Decline’s Frontier monograph series is by Michael DeForge, with his story "Sensitive Property." An ex-protester turned real estate broker recounts the details of their job as a secret agent who infiltrates communities to gain their trust so that the big bosses can buy the town for profit. To avoid suspicion, everything must be carried out in a measured fashion: start a family with one of the residents so no one will see you as an outsider; be outraged when everyone else is, but not too much or too little; make sure the protests against your bosses are violent enough, but not too violent either; and so on.

As with many of DeForge’s stories, the main character's narration is imbued with a peculiar sense of detachment, which makes "Sensitive Property" all the more weird and interesting. In terms of art, DeForge opts for something a bit different than his usual style, with simplified colorful geometric shapes that give the story an almost abstract feel. I could go on and on about all the cool things about Frontier #10, but really, it’s another wonderfully bizarre work by Michael DeForge, who as always, just knocks it out of the park.

Queer Spirits, AA Bronson & Peter Hobbs (Creative Time / Plug In Editions)

A friend got this for me from The Plug In, a contemporary art gallery in Winnipeg which also publishes gorgeous art books. The impetus for Queer Spirits is quite interesting: the authors held spiritual invocations in five North American locations (Banff, New Orleans, Winnipeg, Governors Island, and Fire Island) to "invoke the 'queer' and marginalized spirits of the site." Each invocation is specific to the location, with research into marginalized communities for each séance. The book is packed with interesting photography and art, and I was immediately drawn to the Winnipeg section that showcased the famous Dr. T.G. Hamilton ectoplasm photographs, which, as an added bonus, glow in the dark. The writing sometimes veered a bit too much into new age for my personal taste, and I was a bit disappointed to find that basically all the photos and artworks represented white males (c’mon, it’s a book meant to address the marginalization of minorities!), but nonetheless, the ideas, aesthetics, and beautiful design made this a very worthwhile read.

—Marie-Jade Menni, Production Coordinator

What Is Obscenity: The Story of a Good for Nothing Artist and Her Pussy, Rokudenashiko (Koyama)

The whole time I was reading artist Rokudenashiko’s graphic memoir What Is Obscenity: The Story of a Good for Nothing Artist and Her Pussy, I kept thinking how brave she was. But the more I thought about how brave she was, the more I felt I was detracting from her wittiness. Because Rokudenashiko (Megumi Igarashi) is both a very brave person and a very funny person, taking a situation that could have destroyed her career and destabilized her life and turning it into a work of art, as well as an opportunity for activism. Rokudenashiko makes manko (pussy) art that fights “discrimination and ignorant treatment of the vagina in Japanese culture— toys, phone cases, and other items designed from a mold of her vagina, as well as the pussy de résistance, in my opinion, the world’s first pussy-shaped kayak (created with a 3D printer file of her vagina). It was for these works that she was arrested in 2014, and since then she has not stopped fighting charges that are ridiculous and representative of the repression of women’s sexuality and agency over their bodies.
What Is Obscenity showcases the double standards of so-called obscenity in Japan, but also serves to remind us of how much work is left to do around the world to curb the amount of control “small-minded men” hold over so many people in society. What Is Obscenity: The Story of a Good for Nothing Artist and Her Pussy is an incredibly funny and powerful book that shows a less acknowledged but no less important method of revolution, and through its humor and positivity also inspires the hope needed to continue that draining fight. Long live Rokudenashiko! Long live manko! {*}

—Marcela Huerta, Production Assistant

Sea Change, Frank Viva (Tundra/Toon)

Frank Viva does some of the most beautiful kids books out there these days, He’s got a kind of fifties throwback style but there’s a modern color sense. I’m not sure how to even gauge such a thing but that’s my sense. Anyways, he’s one of those very distinctive illustrators that brings a smile whenever you encounter him in a bookstore or while reading a magazine. So when I saw this book in the kids section of the D+Q bookstore, I was excited for page after page of drawings. But that’s not what this is at all. It’s a chapter book with occasional illustrations. It’s the story of a twelve year Eliot Dionisi (self described as “twelve and a half”) who is sent from his home in Ontario to stay with relatives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for the summer. Of course, he is unhappy and even a little terrified to be sent off to a fishing village in easternmost Canada. The setup is familiar enough—a smart sarcastic kid is thrust into an uncomfortable situation and his inner monologue runs wild with observations and articulated fears. Unlike his other work, Viva lets the words do the talking, the pictures (scratchy minimal pen and ink drawings) take a back seat. Viva can turn a phrase and my memories of not-quite similar (lake houses and station wagon trips to Maine) came flooding back in a perfect rush. I found myself nodding in recognition and even feeling that long lost anxiety of making a different life for myself, even if just for a few weeks.

—Tom Devlin, Executive Editor

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, William Finnegan (Penguin Press)

This month I’m reading Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. Why? Because Blue Crush is one of my all time favourite movies. No, I’m kidding. Well, only half-kidding. The real answer is mostly because I kept reading critics commenting on the book as engaging for readers and non-surfers alike, and well, you won’t find a greater non-surfer reader, than with lil ol’ me. Then, The Paris Review released this excerpt, and I got a taste of what exactly everyone was waving (this is a failed pun at “raving”) about. Finnegan explores his passion, and at many times, obsession with surfing as much as he chronicles the culture it bred from. I’m happy to report it’s as engaging as they say, and largely in part to Finnegan’s precision to writing in so much as his precision to surfing. He is the first to recognize this challenge, saying, “Nearly all of what happens in the water is ineffable—language is no help.” With Barbarian Days, Finnegan fills up 500 pages or so taking on both this impressive literary and athletic challenge. 

—Sruti Islam, Marketing Assistant

All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks

What can I say about this book that will resonate with you and convey the way in which the book resonates with me? I've been trying to find ways to talk about it that go beyond "you should probably read it" for the past month and a half. But you probably should!!! In writing this I just read the New York Times review of the book, but found it wanting because it placed too much emphasis on the "pollyanna"-esque qualities of her ideas. Why shouldn't philosophizing about love be pollyanna-esque? 

In less than 250 pages, bell hooks teaches us her ideas about what love is, how to love, how to accept being loved, and the importance of finding love beyond romantic relationships. She speaks clearly and eloquently about things that are bunched up and made ugly in modern discourse. All About Love is half philosophical treatise, half self-help book - but the elements that constitute the latter are empowering and community-centric rather than individuating and placing the blame elsewhere. I found utterly compelling hooks' definition of love. Perhaps the best argument for this book is that if you mention it to someone who's already read it or even sometimes someone who has a close friend who read it, they gush about how transformative it was to their own or their friend or their lover's ways of understanding love. 

—Julia Pohl-Miranda, Marketing Director

A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (Riverhead Books)

Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings takes place, mostly, in Kingston (for now anyway, I'm just a little over halfway through!). Here we see political turmoil, some of the most horrific violence I've ever read, some horrible American's who are certainly not as bad as the Jamaican gang members who are slaying people left and right, but somehow I hate them more...Wait, are they worse? Who am I to pass judgement here. Those Jamaican gang members were not dealt great hands and it's not like the Americans aren't killing. And then there's the lone female central character who my heart aches for and I cannot get out of my head, the insanely strong Nina Burgess. And then of course Bob Marley, or known better in the book as simply, the Singer. There's a ton going on here: each chapter is named after its narrator, of which there are many (so many that there's a character list a the start of the book), so this is all the plot summary you are getting.  

This book is difficult to talk about. Indeed, it's difficult to read at times. I often find myself finishing a particularly difficult chapter and closing it, shoving it under my pillow, and leaving it there for a week or so before I'm ready to jump in again. But despite the horrible things depicted in this novel, and the many many terrible men within, the book is a joy to read, somehow. It's a fictional take on true events. That weight makes it important, and the violence harder to take but worth taking. James's characters, despite how despicable they are, are fun to read, and I somehow like them despite their awfulness. And the patois, after a few pages, starts to tick by in a fun way, and really helps the characters to be so real in your head—it's fascinating the various voices James is able to write in. 

Anyway, this book good! Buy it then give me a call and we can chat about it! 514.516.3121

—Tracy Hurren, Managing Editor

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, Lindy West

Yes yes I know, why do I have to read a book about being a loud woman? I am a loud woman, I always have been. U-N-A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-A-L-L-Y. I was voted class clown of my high school class, for gosh sakes! I picked this book up as soon as it arrived, let’s just state the obvious, it spoke to me. Lindy West is the former Jezebel writer whose writing provokes but she doesn’t write to provoke. And therein is the magic of her writing, and what separates her from so many other contemporary journalists.  What I like best about Shrill is how Lindy reflects both on her critics, people whose opinions she does not agree with, and best of all herself.  When she calls out her boss Dan Savage on his anti-fat people writing, she goes back to look at the original email she sent him, expecting to find a prime example of maturity and respect, and instead calls herself “completely nanners.” (love!!!) She goes into great detail about the aftermath of the Daniel Tosh rape joke saga in regard to her world class essay, "How to Make a Rape Joke", most of which I missed the first time around.

Not only does Lindy prevail, she also forgives. It’s easy to tear someone a new one, to tear your idols or critics down, but to share a tear as hokey as that sounds—like Lindy does on This American Life with her harshest troll—is epically humane. It’s an act that no one would ever expect anyone to endure, and yet Lindy does, she is genuinely curious to understand the other side of the debate. The TAL piece is the portrayal of misogyny on the internet, and how a strong, loud, confident woman stating her opinion, doesn’t just shock but will anger. And yet, Lindy calls people out but she doesn’t cut them down. Once she finds out her troll’s life story, she wants to know more, she wants to know why people troll.

Shrill will have you laughing, cheering and crying. Lindy’s experience of flying as a fat woman is devastating. When she tells her story on Jezebel and faces more discrimination, her end note on the matter is not to tell everyone to fuck off, but she says “i’m just telling you human to human that life is complicated and people are trying to live.”  (love!!!) And as a comics side note, Lindy got her start at the James-Sturm-cofounded-Seattle-weekly, The Stranger. (love!!!)

In the larger picture, Shrill charts the path that public discourse has travelled from our newspapers to the internet and how the interaction between writers and readers has utterly changed.

—Peggy Burns, Publisher

Out Today: The Birth of Kitaro!

Out today from D&Q is Shigeru Mizuki's The Birth of Kitaro! Get ready for the first installment of seven in an all new series of stories following everyone's favourite one eyed Yokai boy.

The book starts with Kitaro's mysterious back story...

...then chronicles his epic adventures...

...as he fights to keep peace between humans and yokai!

Bonus! In this format you'll find a fun Yokai Files section at the back to give you the lowdown on the creepy creatures you've met along the way, including a maze, a crossword, and puzzle games!

New and Notable: Dazed and Confused

The new issue of Dazed and Confused is up on the shelf, featuring full page photo spreads with exposing flash and starkly real backgrounds. The glossy cover folds out to reveal fashion advertisements, as a fair amount of the magazine's content is itself these ads. Sometimes the line between ad and photo content is blurred, calling into question the nature of the image: does one produced by a magazine differ so much from one produced by a corporation? The answer is up to you. Regardless, visual splendor awaits in the pages of Dazed. The written content varies from interveiws with artists like Chris Kraus and Natasha Stagg, to narratives of artistic traditions like hip-hop: questioning its ability to cross cultures and languages. 
The new issue raises important questions and subverts norms through its visuals. Pick it up for a good read! 

D+Q at FBDM 2016!

We're at FBDM all weekend! Pay us a visit at the Drawn & Quarterly table, and browse our selection of awesome comics. We've got books for readers of all ages, in both French and English. Plus, we have an amazing roster of guest artists participating in panels and signings.

Come out to one of the best parks in the city and learn about more than 100 international and local artists, with 40 exhibitors, including a very special guest appearance from Chester Brown as part of his Mary Wept Tour.

Librairie D+Q will have a booth at the festival located at Table 23 in the large tent. All D+Q authors will be signing here. Read on for a schedule of all signings and panels taking place featuring our wonderful D+Q authors!

Friday, Festival Hours: 1 pm to 7 pm

4:00-6:30 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

Saturday, Festival Hours: 10 am to 6 pm

11:00-12:00 Julie Delporte signing at D+Q Booth

12:00-2:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

1:00-1:30 Chris Oliveros Panel with Ian McGillis at Rendez-Vous

2:00-3:00 Pascal Girard signing at D+Q Booth

3:00-4:00 Chester Brown Panel with Ian McGillis at Rendez-Vous

2:30-3:30 Sylvie Rancourt signing at D+Q Booth

4:00-5:30 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

Sunday, Festival Hours: 10 am to 5 pm:

12:00-1:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

1:00-2:00 Chester Brown on Comics and Sexuality Panel moderated by Joseph Elfassi at Hub

1:00-2:00 Keith Jones signing at D+Q Booth

2:00-3:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q Booth

The entire event is free — we can't wait to see you there! For a the full festival program, see their website here. Come say hi this weekend, and enjoy a beautiful, comics-filled day at Parc La Fontaine!

Tonight at 7:00 p.m: Biblioasis double launch with Catherine Leroux and Alice Petersen!

Join us as we host Catherine Leroux and Alice Petersen for the launch of two new Biblioasis books this May.

Catherine Leroux's LE MUR MITOYEN, winner of the France-Quebec Prize and the Quebec Bookseller's Prize, is now translated into English as THE PARTY WALL. 

Alice Petersen's new collection of short fiction is WORDLY GOODS, following up on the success of ALL THE VOICES CRY, which won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize. Catherine lives and writes in Montreal, and Alice lives in Chelsea, QC.

Refreshments and conversation will be flowing.

Wednesday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. - Maison de la poésie presente trois poètes écossais

Join us on Wednesday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. for a transatlantic reading with poets disembarking from Scotland (Peter Mackay, Rachel McCrum et JL Williams) and representing locally (Daniel Dugas et Patrice Desbiens). Presentation in English and French. Free entry!

Here's some info about the guests of honour:

Patrice Desbiens
Poète et conteur né à Timmins (Ontario), Patrice Desbiens fait ses études secondaires au Collège du Sacré-Coeur de Timmins. Il est ensuite journaliste à L'Express de Toronto pendant un an. Il collabore aussi à plusieurs revues et périodiques dont notamment à Estuaire, Exit, Le Sabord, Hamilton Express, La Souche, Réaction, Alive Press, Poetry Toronto Newsletter, Steak Haché et Rauque. Invité au salon du livre de Québec en 1988, il décide de s'y installer. Il vit maintenant à Montréal.

Il participe à de nombreuses lectures en tant que poète et percusionniste, et prend part, notamment, à la tournée du Trésor de la langue de René Lussier, qui circulera dans plusieurs Maisons de la culture de Montréal, de Paris, et en Belgique. Cette collaboration mène, à l'automne 1999, à la création de deux disques réalisés et produits par René Lussier : Patrice Desbiens et Les Moyens du Bord et La grosse guitare rouge.

Patrice Desbiens a été parmi les cinq finalistes pour le Prix du Gouverneur général en 1985 avec son recueil Dans l'après-midi cardiaque ; la même année, il a obtenu le Prix du Nouvel-Ontario pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre et pour sa contribution à la culture franco-ontarienne. Il a reçu le Prix Champlain pour Un pépin de pomme sur un poêle à bois en 1997 et le Prix de poésie Terrasses Saint-Sulpice-Estuaire pour son recueil La Fissure de la fiction en mai 1998. Le documentaire de Valmont Jobin sur Patrice Desbiens, Mon pays, a remporté au 10e Festival du film sur l'art le Prix du meilleur témoignage. Patrice Desbiens a également été en nomination pour le Prix Félix-Antoine Savard en 1998.
(référence : http://www.litterature.org/recherche/ecrivains/desbiens-patrice-164/)

Daniel Dugas
Poète, artiste numérique et musicien, Daniel s'intéresse aux nouveaux médias et participe à des expositions individuelles et collectives au Canada et à l'étranger depuis près de 30 ans. Il effectue de nombreuses résidences, notamment à Banff Centre, Sculpture Space (New York), EMMEDIA (Calgary) où il agit comme commissaire pour l'exposition vidéo OIL, A.I.R. Vallauris en France et plus récemment au Sydney College of the Arts en Australie avec sa collaboratrice Valerie LeBlanc.

S'interrogeant sur les nouvelles technologies, il en fait des projets artistiques innovateurs inspirés d'événements qui l'entourent. En 2009, entre autres, il mène un projet d'installation vidéo Camille, Andrew, Katrina et cie, une histoire de personnification d'ouragans en 33 séquences présentée à la Galerie Sans Nom dans le cadre du Festival International du cinéma francophone en Acadie.

Depuis le milieu des années 80, Daniel a réalisé une quarantaine de vidéos poèmes. En 2005, il lance un CD audio de musique interactive, Free Market Karaoke, qu'il présente au Canada et au festival Transitio MX - Festival International de Artes Electronicas Y Video, à Mexico City. Il a aussi enseigné au MediaArts and Digital Technologies Department de l'Alberta College of Art and Design de Calgary.

Daniel est l'auteur de sept recueils de poésie, dont les trois plus récent, Même un détour serait correct, Hé suivi de Icônes et Au large des objets perdus, a été publié aux Éditions Prise de parole.

Il détient un baccalauréat en arts visuels de l'Université de Moncton (1986), une maîtrise en arts visuels (School of the Art Institute de Chicago, 1993) et est actuellement étudiant au doctorat en création littéraire à l'Université de Moncton.
(référence : http://acadie-export.ca/index.php?option=com_sobipro&pid=52&sid=103:daniel_dugas&Itemid=322&lang=fr)

Peter Mackay
Peter Mackay (Pàdraig MacAoidh) est originaire de l’île de Lewis. Spécialiste de la poésie écossaise et irlandaise, il a complété un doctorat à Dublin et a travaillé comme journaliste pour la BBC. Chargé de cours à l’Université St-Andrews, il a publié le pamphlet From Another Island (Clutag, 2010), le recueil bilingue (gaélique / anglais) Gu Leòr / Galore (Acair, 2015) et fera bientôt paraître une anthologie de poésie érotique gaélique.

Rachel McCrum
Rachel McCrum a étudié à Belfast, Oxford et Édimbourg. Chez Stewed Rhubarb, elle a publié The Glassblower Dances (2012, Callum Macdonald Award) et Do Not Alight Here (2015). Avec Jenny Lindsay, elle anime depuis 2012 les cabarets Rally & Broad. Elle a lu ses textes au Royaume-Uni, en Grèce, en Afrique du Sud et en Haïti. À l’automne 2015, elle a été la première poète en résidence à la Radio BBC Scotland.

JL Williams 
JL Williams (Jennifer Lynn Williams) a fait paraître : Condition of Fire (2011) et Locust and Marlin (2014), tous deux chez Shearsman. Elle a pris part à de nombreux projets qui allient la poésie à d’autres disciplines, comme les arts visuels, la danse, le théâtre et l’opéra. Responsable de la programmation à la Scottish Poetry Library, elle se produit également avec le groupe de poésie et musique Opul.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Chester Brown launches MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS!

Oh boy, are you ready? If you thought Chester's last masterpiece got people chattering wait until his newest hits the shelves. In MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS Chester expands on his favoured themes of love and intimacy, this time he pulling specific passages from the big 'B' itself to illustrate. And we are beyond excited that he will be at the bookstore to launch it on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm at 211 Bernard Ouest.

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus continues Chester's thoughts on sex work by retelling nine stories from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament.  forms a fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution.

Chester Brown's Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus may be the most provocative comic book published this year. - Slate

   Any reputable list of best cartoonists includes Chester Brown's name and for good reason, and now he's returned with another sure-to-be controversial tome. Do not miss a chance to see him present his newest work!

New and notable: Recent arrivals in translated literature!

We like to keep up-to-date on translated literature over here, and hope you do too! There's plenty to sink your teeth into these days on that front. In this past month alone, we have received Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller's The Fox Was Ever the Hunger; Ladivine, the anticipated new novel by Marie Ndiaye; One Hundred Twenty-One Days (Michèle Audin), the second ever Oulipian work published by a woman; Confessions, from the Lebanese writer Rabee Jaber; Montauk, from the late Swiss writer Max Frisch; and, from Argentina, Juan José Saer's The Clouds, among others!

One Hundred Twenty-One Days (Michèle Audin, translated from the French by Christiana Hills)
The Fox Was Ever the Hunter (Herta Müller, translated from the German by Philip Boehm)
The Clouds (Juan José Saer, translated from the Spanish by Hilary Vaughn Dobel)

Montauk (Max Frisch, translated from the German by Geoffrey Skelton)
Ladivine (Marie Ndiaye, translated from the French by Jordan Stump)
Confessions (Rabee Jaber, translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid)

New and Notable: Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet

Emily Carr has written a new collection of poetry, and its everything you would hope for and more. It is self described as "poetry of love - and divorce - that rips open romance..." Each word is dripping in meaning, but somehow manages to connect to the next in a succinct and beautiful way. The result: a gooey warm mess of both affect and intellect. The framing of all capital lettered headings, brackets, and dashes produces disjoint. From page to page some phrases spill, while others are contained within one. The reader is left in a space of ambiguity and uncertainty: what is coming next? will the current phrase reach is culmination on the next page, or is this it? The form mimics Carr's questions posed through text. She develops imagery of objects and spaces, all familiar and quotidian, that transform through affect into extraordinary mementos of a lost love.

Working through the poems is simultaneously heartbreaking and healing.

Beautiful books for babes, tots and teens!

There's nothing like arriving at the store every shift to see new titles nestled on the shelves. Here are just a few of our recent arrivals:

Because flying is fun (unless you're a parent, amirite?)!

A little bear learns from his Papa that being brave doesn't mean you can't ask for help. Emily Hughes is one of our fave illustrators. Just look at that mischievous lil' bear face!

Bob gets bullied. The other birds call him names. But Bob learns that he's awesome, despite what the other birds might say.

A reissue of the 1940s bestseller. Another self-conscious animal learns a lesson. Duvoisin's illustrations are even more stunning than usual, if that's possible.

An independent little boy doesn't want to be called Jr. He wants his own name. This is a beautiful story about figuring out identity as he searches for a new, special name all of his own.

This update of the classic tale, complete with beautiful minimalist  illustrations.

And for the older kids... two fantastic fantastical novels! 

We have a ton more new arrivals that we would absolutely love to show you, so stop by the store! We're always happy to take the time to help you find the perfect book for your little (or not-so-little) ones!

New and Notable: Cherry Bombe

The new issue of Cherry Bombe pops. Chrissy Teigan's magnetic and contagious smile makes both the cover and the back impossible to resist. The issue is on all things California, featuring the golden girls of its sunny coastline,  including Nancy Silverton of Mozza, Liz Prueitt of Tartine, Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, and Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks.

The combination of beautiful photographs, illustration, and watercolor creates a stunning visual display. The food spreads will make your mouth water...

The content ranges from food guides and recipes, to interviews and book reviews. It combines cute and sassy in an impossibly rich and interesting array of inspiring women.

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