From our Banned Books cabinet, perhaps the most recognizable banned book, DH Lawrence’s 1928 Lady Chatterley’s Lover, whose famous use of “four-letter words” and the moral battle that arose in response helped build momentum for the cultural revolutions of the 20th century. A great article by Ian Brown in the Globe & Mail gives an overview of the trial and influence of the novel, which was banned in Canada until 1960. 

It’s always a hunt for sex and sin in books at The Paper Hound….if only so we can display our wicked quarry prominently in the infamous Banned Books cabinet. Will be opening the door and showcasing some of our favourites this week in celebration of Banned Books Week  and to honour the passing of Vancouver bookseller and anti-censorship crusader Jim Deva.

Have wanted to post on juvenile watercolour interventions in black-and -white illustrated books for a while, then this great example showed up last week. Even though the young colourist knocked at least $100 off the value of this scarce Canadian first of Pirates in Oz, they admittedly did a lovely, nuanced job. Tempted to describe it as having hand-tinted plates….

Oh god, the unthinkable has happened: after maintaining a healthy ecosystem of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four for over a year (55 copies bought and sold since last June), we’re finally sold out. The pictured US first paperback edition was the last to go, and the hardest to part with. A terrible void gapes on the shelf between Animal Farm and The Road to Wigan Pier. Which is all just to say….anybody got a copy to sell?

As I understand it, the lemonade industry is propelled by the unanticipated allocation of displeasingly sour raw materials. Expanding this notion to bookselling, having unwittingly purchased a Simenon paperback missing the first 35 pages, I can only take out the old X-acto blade and turn it into a Paper Hound branding opportunity.

"Notice: The major portion of this issue of kayak has been printed on rifle and small-arms target paper rejected as substandard by the U.S. Defense Department." (Kayak 19, 1969)

Long live the physical book, and the subversive poetics of recycled paper! 

Our smallest books to our largest book. No yardstick to measure the 1954 BC Atlas of Resources, so to give an idea of scale, know that Tatters is larger and fluffier than the average feline, and that the atlas could be shamefully misappropriated as a bath mat. 

DIY curriculum ideas for understimulated kids during a school-less September: venture down to The Paper Hound and explore BC history through the lens of Sasquatch and Ogopogo. Our cryptozoology section is suddenly brimming!

Imagine a Vancouver Aquarium with no captive cetaceans, but, intriguingly, a resident “Mystery Fish”. Would totally go. 

If it’s taken us this long to publicly take a side in the Amazon-Hachette feud, it’s only because we’re so obviously Team Hachette that it goes without saying! Also, no one asked.

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