Hello, Montreal! Perhaps we will be seeing more of you all since the closure of a downtown Chapters outlet was announced? Only time will tell if the predictions (see the article connected to the link) of Vehicule Press co-publisher Simon Dardick will come to pass. For now, we’ll just keep doing what we do, and we promise we won’t start selling teapots and novelty corkscrews… In other news, the results of our mini poll shows that one of the most anticipated reads for the autumn season is a tie between Consumed by David Cronenberg (yes, the director) and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. Many thanks to everyone who voted. Seems we’re all about Murakami this month! Read on to find out more.
For those of you who don’t know, in-store events will be on a hiatus from July to September, and we’ll resume again in the month of October. Keep an eye out for our September newsletter if you wish to see the upcoming fall events.
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Book of the Month: 20% off
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
by Haruki Murakami
“…The neuroses and obsessions of the runner leap from every page… The style is very clipped, many of the sentences short, so you feel the pace of the runner skipping through the text.” (Alastair Campbell, The Guardian)
A memoir of vivid and revelatory qualities, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is more than just a journal of his struggles to prepare for and complete New York City’s 62-mile ultramarathon. Full of intimate moments, from meditations on where his obsessions of writing and running intertwine, to his ‘eureka moment’ when he decided to become a writer, this book is a great read for newcomers to his work as well as long-time appreciators.
Born on January 12th, 1949, Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese writer who has been translated into 50 languages. His best-selling books have been published in millions of copies. His works of fiction and non-fiction have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, both in Japan and internationally.
New & Latest Arrivals
The month of August brought us a lot of successful titles now available in paperback, from Eleanor Catton‘s The Luminaries to Margaret Macmillan‘s The War That Ended Peace, but we’ve brought a lot of other interesting books new to the shop as well! Take, for example, new additions to our art section: We’ve brought in a book of beautiful drawings by Kurt Vonnegut and Letter of Note, which “attempt(s) to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.” The latter art title still has a website which updates regularly. We would also like to draw your attention to the latest and most excellent work by Karyn L. Freedman, found in the History& Social Sciences below. Lastly, local author Muriel Gold has been so kind as to drop off her whole canon of criticism on drama! Not too much exists online about her work, so we suggest you come by the shop to check them out.
Click the title of a book to view information on or a review of that title, or just search for them in our catalogue (recommended for price checks).
LITERATURE & POETRY
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (paperback edition)
- Agostino by Alberto Moravia (NYRB edition)
- Sputnik Sweetheart: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami
- Both Flesh and Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace (paperback edition)
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (paperback edition)
- The Conversations by César Aira
- The Double and The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Vintage Classics edition)
- The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Vintage Classics edition)
- Shouting Your Name Down the Well: Tankas and Haiku by David W. McFadden
- White Noise by Don DeLillo (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
LITERARY CRITICISM & PHILOSOPHY
- Exile’s Return: A Literary Odyssey of the 1920s by Malcolm Cowley (Penguin Classics edition)
- Cinders by Jacques Derrida
- Kurt Vonnegut: Drawings by Nanette Vonnegut, Peter Reed and Kurt Vonnegut
HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES
- The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914 by Margaret Macmillan (paperback edition)
- One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery by Karyn L. Freedman
DRAMA (LOCAL AUTHOR)
- Tell Me Why Nights Are Lonesome by Muriel Gold
- Drama Across the Curriculum: The Fictional Family in Practice by Muriel Gold
- The Dramatic Legacy of Dorothy Davis and Violet Walters: The Montreal Children’s Theatre, 1933-2009 by Muriel Gold
- A Gift for Their Mother: The Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre: A History by Muriel Gold
- Therapy Through Drama: The Fictional Family by Muriel Gold
- The Fictional Family: In Drama, Education and Groupwork by Muriel Gold
Our Next Book Club Title
Our next read is Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt:
“Whether framed philosophically as “Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?” or more colloquially as “But, Mommy, who made God?” the metaphysical mystery about how we came into existence remains the most fractious and fascinating question of all time. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose, and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt emerges with an engrossing narrative that traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe.”
On September 25th, we’ll get together to discuss the book over some drinks. Everyone’s welcome, and anyone partaking receives a 15% discount off the book.
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