Monday, February 1, 2016
Please join us at PFB Main Street on Friday 19 February, 7-9pm, for a special performance by American spoken word superstar Sarah Kay.
Main Street's front room fits over a hundred people without difficulty, as we learned from Eileen Myles' November visit to the shop, but seating is limited; if you would like a seat or have difficulty standing, please plan to arrive between 6-630pm.
We will have copies of Kay's B and The Type available for sale, even though The Type's release date is technically March 1st.
Many thanks to Hachette Books for organizing this event and getting rush copies of The Type to us!
PFB [upon learning, first hand, that Kayla Czaga's For Your Safety Please Hold On is pretty terrific]: Hey KC! We should totally do an event with you!
KC: Sure, but it shouldn't just be me. I'd like to bring some friends along!
PFB: Just let me know when and who; Main Street's front room is at your disposal.
[Six months pass]
KC: Okay, the lineup is me, Ali Blythe and Arleen Pare, on Thursday 18 Feb, from 7-9pm!
PFB: Excellent! Crowd virtually guaranteed.
Thrilled to announce we'll be attending Rebecca Solnit's EMMA Talk on Wednesday 17 February from 7-9pm at SFU Woodwards, along with all of her in-print publications. The event has been sold out for a few months now, but there will probably be at least a few rush tickets available at the door.
Rebecca Solnit is one of the very first authors we carried when we started adding new books to inventory a decade ago, & we're looking forward to finally meeting her in person. If you attend, drop by the sales table and say, "Hi!"
Friday, December 18, 2015
Everyone keeps asking us for a best-of-the-year list. We're not Oprah and this isn't our book club, but here's some titles enjoyed by PFB staff and regulars in 2015, not all of which were published in 2015. Go figure! If I hadn't worked 100+ hours this week I might be amiable to a longer exegesis; as it is, names, title(s) & you're on your own, or drop in & we'll bend your ear.
Elena Ferrante, The Neopolitan Quartet
Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
Anakana Schoefield, Martin John
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women
Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang, In Real Life
Carrie Brownstein, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Susan Musgrave, A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering & Feasting at the Edge of the World
& our first PFB No-Prize: Aaron Peck, Jeff Wall: North & West
Friday, July 3, 2015
We've acquired 335 new, unread Black Lizard titles, the former contents of Creative Arts' California warehouse.
The books are available on a first-come, first-served basis at our Main Street shop as of noon today.
Special thanks to Jeff Maser of Berkeley, California for his kind assistance with this transaction.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Please join Pemberton author Katherine Fawcett tomorrow night, Thursday June 25, from 7-9pm, as she reads from her debut collection of short fiction, The Little Washer of Sorrows.
Excellent review of the book over @ NPR:
"Fawcett lets her speculative side run wild. Like fellow fabulist Kelly Link — not to mention forebears such as Donald Barthleme — she finds fertile ground in the fuzzy territory between realism and surrealism. In 'BLK MGC,' a ripped-from-the-headlines pyramid scheme takes a left turn somewhere near The Twilight Zone; in 'The Anniversary Present,' an aging Mother Earth is addicted to beauty products while her husband, Father Time, has adulterous feelings for Sister Moon.
Domesticity plays as big a part in Fawcett's story as science fiction, fantasy, and mythology do. The tenderly combative interplay between the married couple in 'Lenny and the Polyamphibians' — which only intensifies when a mermaid enters into the equation — is poignantly layered, even as it sparks with snark. The couple in Little Washer's title story, on the other hand, are haunted by the most prosaic of monsters: Bankruptcy. As their estate manager begins to exhibit supernatural qualities, though, the balance of reality gets turned on its side."
Thursday, May 14, 2015
A busy next few weeks for literary events @ PFB:
On Tuesday 19 May, please join Amber Dawn, Leah Horlick, Sigal Samuel and Rhonda Douglas @ PFB Main Street from 7-10pm. Amber will read from her first book-length collection of poems, Where the Words End and My Body Begins (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015). Sigal is launching her debut novel, The Mystics of Mile End (Freehand, 2015). Leah's most recent collection is For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), and we also have copies of her first book, Riot Lung (Thistledown, 2012), on hand. Rhonda Douglas and her debut collection of short fiction, Welcome to the Circus (Freehand, 2015) rounds out the evening.
On Thursday 21 May, please join us offsite at Heartwood Community Cafe, 377 East Broadway, from 7-10pm, for a celebration of the life and poetry of Elise Partridge. 10+ guest readers will pay tribute to Elise's life and work; see the full line-up and further details here.
On Friday 22 May, please join North Vancouver writer Shawn Curtis Stibbards @ PFB Main Street from 7 to 9pm to launch his first novel, The Video Watcher (Biblioasis, 2015), with a special introduction by long-time friend of the shop Zsuzsi Gartner.
Finally, on Monday 25 May, please join Andrew Struthers for the launch of his new philosopho-travelogue Around the World on Minimum Wage (New Star, 2015). Andrew will be joined by king of the Toronto small press scene Stuart Ross, whose new collection Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer (Anvil, 2015) is comprised of equal parts literary memoir, reckless tirade, and unsolicited advice for the aspiring writer.
(Photo: Amber Dawn, courtesy her website)