Friday, July 3, 2015

New Arrivals: Massive Black Lizard Collection

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

Katherine Fawcett reads @ PFB Main Street

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

May 2015 events @ PFB

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)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Peter Culley, 1958 - 2015

Announcing a public remembrance for Peter Culley, peerless poet, photographer, walker, critic, longtime friend of the shop, who passed away last week in South Wellington, BC.


Pulpfiction Books, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver

Saturday 18 April 2015, 8pm-late

Everyone is welcome.

"Come as you are"; bring food & booze or just yourself & memories.

PFB will supply some food & drink; New Star will bring copies of Pete's in-print books.

No agenda or schedule, just a chance to hang out with some like minded folks & remember a friend.

(Photo credit: Pete, by Ben Friedlander)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Some Good News re: Special Orders & Most Hardcover Books

Over Christmas, we tried offering a little extra discount on hardcover books sourced from Canadian suppliers, by way of thanking everyone who's been coming in for years. 

That promotion was wildly successful, resulting in special order prices below those offered by our Monopolistic Online Competitor, and new book sales way out ahead of anything we have ever seen before.

Starting today, and continuing until further notice, almost all new hardcovers in the shops will be sold at 30% off Canadian cover price.  Most, but not all hardcovers special ordered from Canadian suppliers will be sold at 37%-40% off Canadian cover price. 

Once again, thanks to everyone who finds value in our work, and to those who prefer to shop in, and support, the communities where they work or live.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Now Hiring: Full Time Bookseller

Pulpfiction Books, Vancouver’s largest independent bookstore, seeks a mature, enthusiastic individual interested in joining us as a full time bookseller in late January or early February 2015.

The successful candidate will:

• Work a full 40 hours per week.  This is a full time position.

• Not currently be attending college or university full time, or plan to within two to three years.

• Be available for a variety of shifts, including mornings, evenings, and weekends at all three of our locations.

• Possess good practical intelligence, and the ability to work quickly and multitask under pressure.  The job involves a lot of physical and mental activity, and is best compared to fast-paced warehouse or restaurant work.  Those interested in standing behind a cash desk socializing and/or being paid to read will not be a good fit with us.

• Be client-focused.  Every time we hire we invariably interview someone who knows lots about books, but very little about client service, and even less about sales.  We can teach our retail systems to almost anyone, but we can't teach empathy and good judgment, which are more elusive components of character, and highly prized around here.

• Have previous customer service or supervisory experience.  Previous book-related experience is preferred but not required. Some of our most valuable staff came to us with no previous bookselling experience.

• Have a wide familiarity with contemporary literary fiction and non-fiction.

• Already possess an undergraduate degree or equivalent work history.

• Bring other skills and abilities to the table.  Examples: social media (Twitter; Blogger); basic accounting and/or bookkeeping skills; carpentry; HTML; SQL, PHP & MYSQL coding experience, etc. etc. etc.

We offer competitive compensation and a vibrant, entrepreneurial work environment.

To apply for this position, please forward a detailed resume to Please, NO phone calls, non-resume email queries, or walk-in requests for employment.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but may, depending on resume volume, not be able to reply to everyone.