The sun. The goddamned sun. As we broil and boil during the first of these heavy summer months, there’s nothing more we’d like than to hit the shores of the nearest body of water with a cold drink, some shade and a book. Wouldn’t you? And while we can now enjoy the long-awaited heat we craved since winter, it has become a bit too hot for in-store events. For those of you who don’t know, in-store events will be on a hiatus from July to September, and we’ll resume again in the month of October.
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Book of the Month: 20% off
Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin
Chosen for its absurdity and fluid style, July’s book of the month tells the story of Omon, a young Russian man who yearns to fly to the stars as a cosmonaut. In a rush to actualize his dreams, he abandons his family and enlists himself in flight school, determined to be chosen for the Soviet Space Agency’s next moon-bound project. Doubts begin to arise, however, once Omon is submitted to mysterious drug tests, substandard space exploration technology (leather jackets as spacesuits and bicycle-powered moonwalkers), and the orders and speeches of the Soviet Dr. Strangelove that is Colonel Urgachin.
Victor Pelevin was born on November 22, 1962 in Moscow, and attended the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering, and the Institute of Literature.
“…In light of the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction state of contemporary Russian society, some of the Soviet-era satire seems oddly tame. Nevertheless, as captured in Bromfield’s superb translation, Pelevin is blessed with a distinctive mix of eloquence and nervous energy, inventive storytelling and subversive wit.” (Publishers Weekly)
New & Latest Arrivals
Now that Canada Day has come and gone, you may recall some of the fantastic Canadian literature we brought in last month, all of which are highly recommended. In addition to those authors, some highlights of our new arrivals include Book 3 of Karl Ove Knausgaard‘s My Struggle, the Collected Prose Translations of John Ashbery, Hugo Ball’s Flametti from Wakefield Press… all that in addition to new and beautiful local author titles in the store, Su J. Sokol‘s Cycling to Asylum, Matt Murphy‘s A Beckoning War and Dean Garlick‘s Chloes.
Click the title of a book to view information on or a review of that title, or just search for them in our catalogue (recommended for price checks).
- My Struggle: Book Three by Karl Ove Knausgaard
- Collected French Translations: Prose by John Ashbery
- Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor by Hugo Ball
- Between Parentheses by Roberto Bolano
- The Secret Of Evil by Roberto Bolano
- A Beckoning War by Matt Murphy (local author)
- Chloes by Dean Garlick (local author)
- Wonder Boys: A Novel by Michael Chabon
- Signor Dido: Stories by Alberto Savinio
- The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson
- Flowers Of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
- Cycling to Asylum by Su J. Sokol (local author)
- The Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova (Penguin Classics ed.)
- The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
- bp: beginnings by bp Nichol
- View With A Grain Of Sand: Selected Poems by Wislawa Szymborska
- Return to my Native Land by Aime Cesaire
- North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette
- Stag’s Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds
- Personae: The Shorter Poems (Revised Edition) by Ezra Pound
- Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar by Brian Bartlett
FILM & ART
- Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism by Cinema Politica
- Mao by Claude Hudelot & Guy Gallice
- Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier (paperback)
- Burn This Book: PEN Writers on the Power of Language (edited by Toni Morrison)
- The Medium Is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan & Quintin Fiore
- The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher
- No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
- The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude by Andrew Nikiforuk (paperback)
- Pieces Of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts by Charles Fernyhough
- Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
- Napoleon’s Buttons: 17 Molecules that Changed History by Penny Le Couteur
- Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel L. Everett
- Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein
CRITICISM & THEORY
- The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
Book Club Update
Our next read is… Fatale by Jean Patrick Manchette:
“Whether you call her a coldhearted grifter or the soul of modern capitalism, there’s no question that Aimée is a killer and a more than professional one. Now she’s set her eyes on a backwater burg—where, while posing as an innocent (albeit drop-dead gorgeous) newcomer to town, she means to sniff out old grudges and engineer new opportunities, deftly playing different people and different interests against each other the better, as always, to make a killing. But then something snaps: the master manipulator falls prey to a pure and wayward passion.” —New York Review of Books
“In France, which long ago embraced American crime fiction, thrillers are referred to as polars. And in France the godfather and wizard of polars is Jean-Patrick Manchette… [H]e’s a massive figure… There is gristle here, there is bone.” —The Boston Globe
On July 10th, we’ll get together to discuss the book over some drinks. Everyone’s welcome, and anyone partaking receives a 15% discount off the book.
AND DON’T FORGET:
The Ste-Catherine Street Sidewalk Sale!
JULY 12th and 13th
The street is closed to automobiles in order to accommodate the huge crowds that turn out for this annual event. Dancers, singers and DJs are on hand to create a festive atmosphere. Stores will be outside so that bargain hunters can take advantage of the biggest sale of the year.
Come by the shop and check out what we have to offer!