|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
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