Saturday, October 28, 2006

October 28 - VOCAL sale

VOCAL is Voices of Concern for Animal Life, a local nonprofit group that does excellent work dealing with urban animals. Today is their seventh annual book sale: small, but with books donated from excellent people who therefore have good taste in books. (Mostly.) For a total of $28.50, I picked up:


  • James Anderson, Sawney’s Letters and Cariboo Rhymes
  • Doris Bircham, Where Blue Grama Grows
  • Gary Geddes, Skaldance
  • Anne Szumigalski, Doctrine of Signatures
  • Paul Wilson, The Long Landscape (autographed)
  • Andrew Wreggitt, Making Movies
  • Andrew Wreggitt, Man at Stellaco River
  • Patricia Young, The Mad and Beautiful Mothers

  • John Berger, And our faces, my heart, brief as photos
  • David R. Boyd, ed., Northern Wild: Best Contemporary Canadian Nature Writing
  • Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler
  • Noam Chomsky, 9-11
  • Lee E. Harding and Emily McCullum, eds., Biodiversity in British Columbia: Our Changing Environment
  • John Harris, Small Rain
  • Michael Levey, The Dolphin History of Painting: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (volume 6)
  • Vincent Massey, On Being Canadian
  • Noel Perrin, Second Person Rural
  • Wallace Stegner, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West
  • P.G. Wodehouse, Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

Friday, October 20, 2006

October 20 - Bolen's

  • Paul Honore, In Praise of Slow ($22.00)
But I paid nothing down: gift certificate from Rob and Beth (thanks, guys!).

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Bronwen Wallace

My devotion to Bronwen Wallace began with a recitation competition at my former high school, where I was a volunteer judge. When a slip of a girl recited the crushing "The Woman in This Poem," I knew I was going to have to find that poem. I've got Gary Geddes' 15 Canadian Poets X2, which includes it, but I'm still on the hunt for the original source, Wallace's Signs of the Former Tenant. (I don't buy online, only in person, but that may have to change!)

I've since fallen hard for Keep That Candle Burning Bright (poems about and inspired by Emmylou Harris), and I calmly enjoy the short stories in People You'd Trust Your Life To, but the point of this post is that right now I'm making myself work s-l-o-w-l-y through The Stubborn Particulars of Grace.

Wallace had such grace to her lines, and there's such intimacy in the details and how she turns to address embedded or imagined listeners. I'm so jealous of her (and of Tim Bowling for writing The Witness Ghost, while I'm admitting that sort of thing). It's so difficult to read slowly, because I just want to get onto the next poem!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

October 14 - garage sale

  • Paul William Roberts, The Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein
  • Eleanor Perenyi, Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden
  • Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poems and Prose (Penguin, ed. Gardner)
  • "chosen by Michael Grant," Greek Literature: An Anthology (Penguin)

Total of $1.50, a quarter for the softcovers and four bits for the Roberts hardcover.

Friday, October 13, 2006

October 11 - department book sale

  • William Gibson, Idoru (which I read years ago but want for my own)
  • George Bowering and Linda Hutcheon, eds, Likely Stories: A Postmodern Sampler
  • Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing
  • Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper, and Kurt Schick, A Guide to Composition Pedagogies (a ripping yarn, as McSweeney's would say)
  • Rosemond Tuve, A Reading of George Herbert (a classic)
Two dollars each -- I'm already enjoying Graff and Birkenstein.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October 3, 2006 - breathing again

Six weeks of chaos, madness, confusion, out of which I stumble with treasures in hand.

Hornby Island, at second hand:
  • Doug Jones, My Brother's Farm: Reflections on Life, Farming, and the Pleasures of Food ($4)
  • Wayne Grady, Chasing the Chinook: On the trail of Canadian words and culture ($6)
Victoria, garage sale:
  • Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country ($2)
Salmon Arm, Bookingham Palace:
  • Oliver Sacks, The Island of the Colorblind ($6.99)
  • Chip Kidd, The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters ($9.48)
  • Michael PJ Kennedy (ed.), Going Top Shelf: An Anthology of Canadian Hockey Poetry ($2.99)
Victoria, Grafton Books:
  • Alexander Pope, Works, Volume II (Imitations and Translations) - 1756 ($85)
Birthday presents:
  • Douglas Coupland, JPod
  • Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters
Granville Island, Blackberry Books (buy two, get one free):
  • John Vaillant, The Golden Spruce ($21)
  • Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife ($22)
  • Orhan Pamuk, Snow ($21)
Vancouver, Canterbury Tales:
  • Tom Wayman, Did I Miss Anything? Selected Poems 1973-1993 ($7.95)
  • Bronwen Wallace, The Stubborn Particulars of Grace ($5.95)