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In Montreal? Don’t Miss Drawn & Quarterly’s (The Bookstore) Launch of Krakow Melt

September 8, 2010

Drawn & Quarterly, the bookstore not the press (although they’re technically one in the same), is located at 211 Bernard Ouest and will be launching Daniel Allen Cox’s new novel, Krakow Melt, on Friday September 10th at 7pm.

Why should you be attending this event? 1. You might pick up something good to read. 2. You get to be in the same room as Daniel Allen Cox. 3. Some of his coolness might rub off on you, by proxy, AND you can get an autographed copy of his new book while you’re there. I mean, shit, you’re already there. You might as well. 4. The premise of Krakow Melt is crazyyyy interesting.

Pyromaniacs fight homophobia in a Polish city where nothing is fireproof.

It’s 2005 in Krakow, one of the fronts of the Solidarność revolution that eventually toppled the Berlin Wall in 1989. Poland is grappling with its newfound role as a member of the European Union.; the country dips into moral crisis as Pope John Paul II (a Pole) approaches death while the country’s soon-to-be president makes homophobic declarations.

Radek, a bisexual artist and a practitioner of the extreme urban sport parkour, is convinced that fire is the great stabilizer. While creating miniature replicas of the world’s great infernos – Chicago 1871, San Francisco 1906, London 1666 – he meets Dorota, a literature student and  budding pyromaniac. Driven by rage, sexual curiosity for one another, and Pink Floyd, the buck Church, government, and the LGBT community to find sexual freedom, escaping their enemies by scaling the crumbling walls and ideas of the city.

Provocative and unnerving, Krakow Melt is at once a love letter and a fiery call to arms. (Press release)

I haven’t read the book, just got it in the mail today, but I’m excited. It’s just one of those book I know I’ll like. You know the kind. They’re not the same for everyone, but come on… pyromania, rage, sexual curiosity, Pink Floyd, bucking the Church, the government and the LGBT community to find sexual freedom…I’m sold! Anyhow, stay tuned, I’ll be posting a review about it as soon as I’ve read it.

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