Bookstores

The Regional Assembly of Text

The Regional Assembly of Text

While in Vancouver I came across this unusual little store, The Regional Assembly of Text (3934 Main Street) stocks cards, postcards, zines, artists’ books, kits to make zines and books, t-shirts, all made by the shop owners. They also have a tiny reading room full of artists’ books and zines. They hold a regular letter [...]

Terence Byrnes - Closer to Home - Interview

Terence Byrnes – Closer to Home – Interview

Terence Byrnes LP: You have been taking photographs for many years, what drew you to writers? TB: Well, I’ve also been writing. My first collection of short stories was called Wintering Over, I published an anthology called Matinees Daily, wrote for many magazines, and, during a dark and busy period of my life, ghost-wrote other [...]

Patrick Blennerhassett - Monument -  Interview

Patrick Blennerhassett – Monument – Interview

LP: Monument’s characters are heavy drinking, drug abusing, amoral, racist, violent, misogynist young men yet somehow the reader remains interested rather than simply repelled by the characters. Was this a challenge when writing the book? PB: Definitely, I wanted people to be torn about cheering for Seth in particular. I wanted him to be an [...]

Munro’s Books Celebrates 45 Years!

Tom Hawthorn has an excellent article in the Globe and Mail about Jim Munro and his Munro’s Books celebrating 45 years in business in Victoria with special events this coming weekend including an invitation only literary costume party. Mr. Munro will be there as Prospero.

Only Poetry

A story from Crosscut about a Seattle book store that sells only poetry. It is one of only two poetry only bookstores in the USA (The other is in Cambridge, Mass.). The two owners keep costs down by employing only themselves and not computerizing, all sales and inventory are kept track of in a spiral [...]

Online 50

Interesting to scroll down through Chapters list of their top fifty online bestsellers for the week and see what people are actually buying to read. Good to see Elizabeth Hay in the top twenty (#17).