I’m back from a long stretch of shifts in the city and I did some book shopping… obviously. This will be the last book shopping I’ll do for a little while because I’ve got tons of books now that I haven’t read yet, and it’s getting silly haha. Above are 3 books I ordered from Amazon for my upcoming book club picks; Chocolates for Breakfast by Pamela Moore, The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler, and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. The rest of the books I got this week I purchased from local book stores, which I am going to share with you because they are amazing and you need to go there!
This stack includes The Fox Woman by A. Merritt, Fireflood by Vonda N. McIntyre, The Compass Rose by Ursula K. Le Guin, and a book about Edie Sedgwick all from The Paper Hound at 344 East Pender Street. The Paper Hound is a relatively new shop that I just discovered a few months ago. They have a great selection of used books that include a lot of Pulp and Vintage selections. The shelves are well curated and there are some real gems at very reasonable prices!
Here are some pics of the Paper Hound:
This copy of the Fox Woman is from 1949, and I admit I only grabbed it because of the title and the hilarious cover, but I am looking forward to reading it as well.
Also pictured above is Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats which I got from Value Village, and Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman which I got from MacLeod’s at 455 West Pender Street. MacLeod’s book store is CRAZY. I’m fairly certain the owner is a hoarder of books given that the state of the store is almost unshoppable most of the time. They also have a second storefront that is used only for storage of books. It’s fun looking around in there, and if you have a specific request the owner knows where everything is. I often feel overwhelmed going in here because I want to clean and organize haha. But I always poke around when I am in town.
Pulpfiction books at 2422 Main Street has been a long time favourite stop of mine. Their selection of books is fantastic, the store is neat and clean, and they have a lot of great titles including second hand and new. Their science fiction and fantasy section is ginormous which is excellent as some book shops only keep a small section of sci-fi titles. This time around I picked up 6 paperbacks (when you buy 6 or more you get a discount!); Still Forms on Foxfield and The Wall Around Eden, both by Joan Slonczewski and Darkover Landfall, The Planet Savers, Free Amazons of Darkover and City of Sorcery all by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
I LOVE old sci-fi covers. Love them. And these are some goodies:
Spartacus is another amazing Vancouver book store. I wanted to buy so many books but limited myself to just one; The Unfinished Revolution by Minky Worden. There is an incredible selection of books here, it is a must visit for zines, feminist selections, LGBTQIA… and all things politics.
Last but not least is Future Females edited by Marleen S. Barr, which is all about feminism and science fiction. I’m especially excited for this one! So don’t expect any more Book Haul posts for the next few months (or more) because I am CUT OFF from book buying! I’m going to end up like the MacLeod’s guy! Hahaha.