PALL-BEARING, PRIDE, & THE PATRIARCHY
our reading list for June 2017
SCARBOROUGH by Catherine Hernandez
Picture Magnolia set near Morningside Park and with a cast that isn't entirely white, and you have Scarborough: an epic story of magic and resilience, interspersed with the stories of a young Muslim literacy worker, a Filipino cosmetologist, a Black artist harassed by police, an Indigenous shelter resident, a dad reckoning with his skinhead past, and many more.
AUGUSTOWN by Kei Miller
Let’s get together and feel not all right: rude boys, anti-Rastafarian dreadlock cutting, and a levitating preacher converge in this hypnotic fictionalized account of real-life events in a Jamaican community.
WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE by Samantha Irby
The thirtysomething senior citizen behind the comical ‘bitches gotta eat’ blog takes on adult budgets, drinking buddies transforming into suburban moms (just as Everclear prophesied), and a romantic vacation that includes the disposal of a parent’s ashes.
THE LAST WORD: REVIVING THE DYING ART OF EULOGY by Julia Cooper
Seeing Kyle MacLachlan with long hair in the Twin Peaks reboot has us all pondering mortality. So you’ll definitely want to check out Julia Cooper’s brilliant look at eulogies past and present, real and fictional. You’ll feel you’ve died and gone to heaven and someone wrote a poignant eulogy about it.
ANY OTHER WAY: HOW TORONTO GOT QUEER edited by John Lorinc, Jane Farrow, & Stephanie Chambers
Did you know that Oscar Wilde wore a velvet coat when he visited Toronto? Or that Union Station had secret glory holes as early as 1900? Or that the first national lesbian conference took place at the Toronto YWCA? Find out this and much more Toronto queer history in this anthology named after the biggest R&B hit by a gay Canadian-American drag performer.
MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM: REBIRTH AND ROCK AND ROLL IN NEW YORK CITY, 2001–2011 by Lizzy Goodman
If you love The Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, or Interpol, Goodman’s book is the monstrous tome you need. Did Britney Spears record with DFA? Did Vampire Weekend end practices early to watch 24? Is Ryan Adams a Tony Montana-esque villain? Read all 600 pages (or most of them) to find out!
DOWN BELOW by Leonora Carrington
Now that everyone is eating up the macabre short stories of rediscovered Surrealist writer and painter Leonora Carrington, one-up the Surrealist snobs with the NYRB edition of Down Below, Carrington’s harrowing account of her descent into a terrifying mental illness.
THE GREAT UNKNOWN: SEVEN JOURNEYS TO THE FRONTIER OF SCIENCE by Marcus Du Sautoy
From the centre of the mind to the final frontier: Du Sautoy makes the biggest mysteries of science (dark energy, before the Big Bang, the lack of queer people in Star Trek) and makes it so even the most annoying dinner party guest can understand.
FATHER KNOWS 'IMPRESSED'
Between Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Luke Perry and Skeet Ulrich on Riverdale, and the Pope’s negging of Donald Trump, 2017 has been a banner year for fathers, holy or otherwise. Father’s Day is approaching faster than most dads can craft a terrible pun. If you have a dad and feel like he deserves a gift, Type has plenty of options for you to choose from. We’ve got jerk balloons for the worst dads, toolshed colouring books for the butchest dads, and four pairs of socks for the daddy long legs in the crowd. And of course, we’ve got tons of appropriate Father’s Day cards, even though most of them really just want a solid handshake.
AND IN THE KIDS' ROOM:
HOP ON POP by Dr. Seuss
DADDY LONG LEGS by Nadine Brun-Cosme & Auriélle Guillerey
PAPA SAURUS by Stephan Lomp
Need a book the little ones can share with the dad-like presence in their lives? Type has a great selection of modern and classic books indulging the fatherly feels. These and many more can be spotted in our children's sections.
THE FOG by Kyo Maclear
A bird who loves 'human-watching' notices a mysterious fog enveloping his native Icyland. When a Red-Hooded Spectacled Female notices it, too, the two see if they can get the rest of their respective species to notice in this beautifully illustrated environmental fable that's definitely not (just) for the birds. Check out Type's own Serah-Marie's interview with Maclear at Hazlitt.
THE FASHION COMMITTEE by Susan Juby
One fashion-obsessed girl. One metalsmith boy. And a fashion competition that makes Project Runway look like Project Cakewalk. The Fashion Committee is the latest incredible book from the author of the beloved Alice, I Think series.