Thursday, October 19, 2017

PFB Events, October/November 2017: Jen Agg; Lynn Johnston

On Monday, October 23rd, Toronto's Jen Agg, author of I Hear She's A Real Bitch (Random House, 2017) and owner of Toronto's The Black Hoof, Grey Gardens, & etc., will be in house at 7pm to talk (for a while), answer questions & argue (for probably longer), drink wine (continuously), & maybe even sign some books.  I've read her book, & Agg is a business owner after my own heart -- smart, funny, possessed of real service standards, & ferociously opinionated.  If you'd like a seat, I recommend arriving c. 630pm for a 7pm start.  Both booze & books will be available in abundance.

On Thursday. November 9th, Lynn Johnston, creator of "For Better or For Worse," and one of the world's best living newspaper-strip cartoonists, will make a rare appearance at Main Street from 7-9pm, in conversation with Kurtis Findlay, her editor on IDW Books' new complete edition of For Better or For Worse.  This event will definitely be over capacity and we may have to turn people away if we max out the load limit on the floor!  Facebook event here, though please note that signing up on Facebook does not guarantee a seat; seating is strictly first-come, first-served, & showing up at 6pm for the 7pm start might not be a bad idea.  Free admission; books will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PFB Events: February 2017

Winter looks to be coming to an end, at least up at Main and Broadway. and we've lined up a variety of events for the remainder of the month, including one next week that will be standing-room only:

Next Saturday, 18 February, from 7 to 9pm, we're pleased to welcome Lawrence Weschler to Vancouver.  Weschler is a writer of creative nonfiction and 20+ year veteran of the New Yorker whose work encompasses visual-art criticism and in-depth profiles of figures like Robert Irwin, David Hockney, J.S.G. Boggs, and David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson, co-founders of LA's Museum of Jurassic Technology.

On the 18th, Weschler will read from, and discuss, his latest book, Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists (Bloomsbury, 2017), a profile of the legendary sound and film editor's other love, astrophysics, and, specifically, "the rehabilitation of Titius-Bode, a long-discredited 18th century theory regarding the patterns by which planets and moons array themselves in gravitational systems across the universe."

This event will be 100% packed out!  Admission is free, as is box wine & the deli tray, but I definitely suggest early arrival if you don't want to be standing halfway down the aisle.  And thanks to our friend Genevieve Fuji Johnson, for arranging Lawrence Weschler's visit.

On Thursday, 23 February, from 7 to 9pm, our friend Robin Bougie launches the 10th anniversary edition of his extreme cinema zine, Cinema Sewer, at Main Street.  Leave the kids at home, but come for chips, free wine, zines, and a variety of shock- & smut- related merch and door prizes.

On Friday, 24 February, we're down at SFU Woodwards for the launch of Jaleh Mansoor's Marshall Plan Modernism (Duke UP, 2017). Free admission.

Finally, because I can never close these letters without a recommendation, Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach, a perennial PFB favorite, has just released a new novel, Son of a Trickster, which reads like an extended riff on Twin Peaks, but with First Nations spirit beings stalking around an otherwise realistically rendered Northern BC.  I devoured this book in under 24 hours, and unreservedly recommend it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Now Hiring: Contract Web Position

Pulpfiction Books is currently seeking an experienced web designer for a part-time contract position of between 40 and 50 hours of work, to be performed over the next month or month and a half. As far as we know, this is not a continuing position.

The job will involve updating our handmade webpage(s) under the guidance of senior staff, to improve their visual appearance, especially on mobile devices.  It will not involve designing pages from scratch.

Familiarity with HTML, CSS & image editing programs like Gimp and Photoshop is assumed.  Familiarity with Python, MYSQL, Google Adwords, or any combination thereof is a definite plus.

Most work to be performed @ PFB Main Street during regular business hours, ie., no late nights!

Compensation: $20/hr + staff discount on books.

Please submit a resume of relevant experience to, clearly marked, WEB POSITION.  Please do not submit a resume if you don't live in the Lower Mainland; if we can't meet you face-to-face on a daily or weekly basis, we'll be unable to consider you for this position.

Thanks for your interest, & we hope to hear from you soon!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

PFB Events: November 2016

Grey drizzle, low light, hot water heat finally turned on behind the desk at Main Street: must be late fall!  And, after a month or two in which not much happened, November brings a whole horde of readings and other special events:

On Tuesday 1 November, with the help of the Association of Book Publishers of BC, we're presenting an intimate evening with Vancouver poets Julie Emerson, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Fred Wah and Evelyn Lau.  Each author will read from their most recent book for 15 or 20 minutes, followed by a short question-and-answer session and the cusomary freebie wine.  Things get going around 7pm and should wrap up by 9pm.

On Wednesday 2 November, PFB owner Chris Brayshaw will be co-interviewing graphic novelist and journalist Joe Sacco down at SFU Woodwards.  Tickets are still available through the SFU website ($13).  We'll be on site all evening with a variety of Sacco's books for sale.

On Thursday 3 November, we're selling books at a private event for novelist Patrick Taylor (An Irish Country Doctor, & etc.).  If you would like a signed copy of one of his in print works, please let us know!

On Friday 4 November, our friend Clint Burnham has organized a reading by American poet Rodrigo Toscano, which starts around 7pm at Main Street. Toscano will be reading from and signing his most recent book, Explosion Rocks Springfield.

After all this activity, a break for a week or two, and then on Wednesday 23 November poets Danielle LaFrance and Anahita Jamali Rad, co-editors of the feminist literary journal About a Bicycle, will join us at Main Street at 7pm to read from their latest collections, both published by our friends at Talonbooks.

That's it for events this month.

As usual, a few staff picks and recent client favorites round thinsg out.  Not a book club, just titles we're currently reading and enjoying:

Katherena Vermette's The Break

Mary Beard's SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Emily Witt's Future Sex

Lynda Gray's First Nations 101

Zoe Whittall's Best Kind of People

Steve Wolfhard's Collected Cat Rackham

Finally, December is fast approaching.  A gentle reminder that things will soon become completely mental over here, and that extra savings are often available on books in return for a slightly longer wait.  If your Xmas /  Hanukkah /  pagan winter festival gift list includes books, give us a holler by late November, and avoid being stuck behind the guy who desperately needs a signed first edition of the Hobbit on December 23rd (which sounds like a joke, but we have taken this exact frantic request once or twice each December for the last 16.5 years)!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PFB Events: June 2016

After a quiet May, we've got a number of author events in June:

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 1st, Olympia writer Jim Lynch visits Main Street from 7 to 9pm to read from his new novel  Before the Wind.  Lynch's lyrical Pacific Northwest family sagas have earned comparison to everything from Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion to Steinbeck's Cannery Row, & his previous novel The Highest Tide has been a perennial PFB bestseller since its release in 2005.

Nothing special is planned for Sunday June 12th, which is PFB's 16th anniversary.  Always kind of a surprise when the date rolls around; it feels more like a very busy eight or twelve weeks, but the calendar & my brow furrows apparently think otherwise.

On Thursday, June 16th, our good friend Sam Wiebe, author of the terrific debut Vancouver-based noir novel Last of the Independents, which many crime-loving PFB regulars read & enjoyed, launches his second novel, Invisible Dead, at Main Street from 7 to 9pm. This launch will be very busy; if you want a seat, plan to arrive by 6:30 or so.

On Friday, June 17th, PFB's third-ever customer, SFU's Clint Burnham, will be in house from 7-9pm to read from his new collection of poems, Pound @ GuntAnamo. Clint will be joined by special guest reader/performers Jordan Abel and Shazia Hafiz Ramji.

As always, these events are free and open to the public.  Most have free box wine and/or snacks.

Finally, two miscellaneous notes:

1. Our friends at the SFU library are bringing perennial PFB bestseller Maggie Nelson (Bluets; The Argonauts) to Vancouver in January 2017!  Still a ways off, but we are obviously stoked by the prospect of a free Maggie Nelson lecture at SFU Woodwards, and several days of events on Burnaby Mountain!  More details in the fall.

2.  Question #1 at the desk: "What are the regulars reading?"  We're not Oprah and this isn't our book club, but a few recent titles that have been mega-popular among folks we're on a first-name basis with include:

Leanne Simpson, Islands of Decolonial Love

Elena Ferrante, The Neapolitan Quartet

Lindy West, Shrill (coming soon to our friends across the street at the Fox!)

Paul Lazenby, When We Were Bouncers

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Thanks for reading this far!


Christopher Brayshaw & staff

Monday, February 1, 2016

PFB Events: Sarah Kay, 19 February 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 Events: Kayla Czaga, Ali Blythe, Arleen Pare, 18 February 2016

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.