Pamela Anderson and I are both vegetarians from Vancouver Island. We’ve both been romantically linked to drummers. That’s where the similarities end. (I’m brunette, for one thing). But for some reason, whenever the subject of women booksellers comes up, my mind leaps to Ms Anderson and her short-lived bookstore sitcom Stacked, which perhaps only existed to satisfy a stupid double-entendre. And that’s pretty annoying, especially on International Women’s Day. So, today I salute my sisters in the stacks, including Pam, and present the stack that lately has made us happiest here at The Paper Hound: this rather comprehensive collection of modern Japanese literature in affordable and elegant Tuttle editions. (The irony that there’s not a woman writer in the bunch doesn’t escape me. We’ve got a long way to go - after all, it’s only been eight years since someone thought the premise of a bimbo in a bookstore would be hilarious TV. Sigh.)
A bit of local history stamped to the inside front cover of this old Harlequin - Sandal’s at 43 W.Hastings (before Save-on-Meats, the current occupant, opened at that address in 1957) was a tobacco stand with smiling lips and stogie logo, where one could evidently pick up a trashy paperback too.
Iris Murdoch Penguin paperbacks and the grotesque female gaze….