Author Archives: Kay Higgins

Whitney Houston et al launches Wednesday, January 25

Agony Klub and Publication Studio Vancouver are pleased to present Whitney Houston, et al: essays around popular music. Inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’s chapter on Whitney Houston in his controversial novel, American Psycho (Vintage, 1991), editor/author Casey Wei invites five writers to explore their own relationships to popular music, resulting in essays on Marianne Faithfull, MIA, Kanye West, The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Wiz Khalifa, My Bloody Valentine, Patti Smith, and more by Brit Bachmann,Gabi Dao, Olivia Dunbar, Steffanie Ling, and Karen Zolo. The authors use personal experience to delve deep into the ambivalence of fandom, mythology, appropriation, and appreciation.

Please join us for the launch of this book, the sixth release by Agony Klub, at 8 East Pender Street on Wednesday Jan 25. At 8pm, authors will read from and present on their texts. Refreshments will be served.

http://agonyklub.com/

Book launch for Tyler Brett: Every Building & Some People in Bruno SK circa 2011

Bruno SK circa 2011Saturday, November 26 2016, 7pm

Join us for the launch of Tyler Brett’s new book Every Building & Some People in Bruno SK circa 2011 at Publication Studio/Selectors Records, 8 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC.

The book is a series of matter-of-fact representations of everyday life in the town of Bruno, suitable for colouring by adults or children or for quiet enjoyment. Printed and bound on-premises by Publication Studio, it is available for the reasonable price of $20, and will be available for online order after the event.

Bruno Saskatchewan is a town of roughly six hundred people located about one hour east of Saskatoon. In addition to all of the public service and amenity buildings, the drawings in this book document every one of the town of Bruno’s shops (all of which were locally owned and operated) as they existed in 2011. Some of the drawings are also of, or include, shopkeepers, or members of the community who were associated with the buildings depicted. Tyler Brett lived on Main St. and worked in and around Bruno for seven years as a carpenter assistant and occasionally as one of the local shopkeepers. Since leaving Bruno in 2013, many of these buildings and businesses have changed ownership, and some of the people drawn have since passed away. This book is a tribute to all of them. Brett now lives in Sointula BC on Malcolm Island where he works as a paramedic and runs The Sointula Art Shed Artist Residency with Kerri Reid, their son Teddy, cat Marvin and six chickens.

Goodbye to 222 East Pender

Goodbye 222Just a quick note: we’re moving out of our storefront at 222 East Pender Street. Thanks to our neighbours in the studio, our next-door neighbours at Access Gallery, 221A for setting up this great facility in the first place, and to the Yee Fung Toy Society for watching over the building. We’ll miss you all, even though we won’t be far away.

Our new premises are being set up now. We’ll be sharing space with Selectors Records at 8 East Pender, where we will continue to publish and bind books, but with a different soundtrack. Watch this space for the announcement of our opening.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report/TRC Reading Challenge

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UPDATED: we’re pleased to announce that both Publication Studio Guelph and Publication Studio Edmonton are turning out copies in their cities!

Inspired by the TRC Reading Challenge, we are printing and binding copies of Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, the 388-page summary of the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We’re making these available at PS Vancouver on a pay-what-you-can basis, with a suggested price of $10. You can also order them from us online, at $10 plus shipping.

If you get a chance, let people know you are reading the report by posting on social media with the tag #trcreadingchallenge .

Tiziana La Melia: Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect launches Tuesday March 22

Lyle03 copyTIZIANA LA MELIA
ORAL LIKE CLOAKS, DIALECT
Selected Writings: 2005-2015

Edited by Steffanie Ling
Published by Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver
222 East Georgia
Tuesday, March 22
7pm

Readings by Jo Cook, Kara Hansen and Tiziana La Melia.

Please join us at Publication Studio Vancouver for the launch of Oral like Cloaks, Dialect a selection of writing by poet and artist Tiziana La Melia. This collection of her texts includes poetry, scripts, reproductions of short-run publications, and writing for exhibitions and artists, as well as an array of collaborative writing conducted over the past decade. In referencing Hollywood cinema, literature, costume history, insect anatomy, La Melia’s texts exercise dialects, changing outfits and modes of inquiry. In the way clothing inflects language in the pursuit of style or a role, ways of elaborating oral and text based codes is as much a way to inhabit identities as a form of inquiry. The texts in Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect articulate the texture of speaking, reading and writing as vibrations, feelings and pulses translated into English.

Image above: from the series Summer Diagrams (2014 – ) by Katie Lyle

Young Adult #1 launch Saturday, February 27

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Join us to celebrate the launch of
Young Adult
Issue 1: Friends Are Not The Same As Fans

With fine wine and readings by

//////////////// Steve Hubert \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Carey Mercer ///////////////
////////////// Jacquelyn Ross \\\\\\\\\\\\\\

Young Adult is a literary journal promoting new writing by emerging and established voices. Published two or three times a year in a very small run, each issue includes a few short stories or otherwise prosey texts and a special edition artist poster*. Edited by Jacquelyn Ross. Printed and bound at Publication Studio Vancouver.

Copies of the journal will be available for $15. Cash bar.
*Issue 1 poster by SF poet Kevin Killian !

www.youngadult.ca

We’re closed for a few weeks, but we’ll be back

psv-constructionPublication Studio Vancouver’s storefront at 222 East Georgia is closed temporarily, while our building undergoes some necessary renovations. It looks like construction will be completed some time during November — we’ll give you an update when we know the exact date.

In the meantime, our books are still available for order online — it may just take a few extra days to ship them to you.

This week: Places of a Present Past and Bartleby

Places of a Present Past - coverWe’re hosting two book launches this week, in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Book Fair’s Artists’ Books Week. On Tuesday the 13th at 7pm, join us for the Canadian launch of Places of a Present Past, published by our friends at Publication Studio Hudson, and by the Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University. Curator/editor Noah Simblist will be in town to introduce this book, a beautifully-produced volume including work by Jin-me Yoon, who will be in attendance.

On Saturday the 17th at 7pm, we’ll be presenting the launch of a second Bartleby Reader. The first Reader anthologized Bartleby Review’s first 20 issues; the new one covers issues 21-40.

We’ll also be at the Vancouver Art Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday during the day. Watch for additional announcements of the titles we’ll be showing there.

Book Launch for 2nd BARTLEBY REVIEW anthology, Saturday October 17th

second bartleby readerReadings and Book Launch for BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40
Saturday, October 17th, 7pm
Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 E Georgia St

Publication Studio Vancouver presents the launch of BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40, a compilation of the last twenty issues of Vancouver’s free and occasional leaflet of criticism and other writing. Featuring an introduction by Peter Gazendam and a new design by Jaz Halloran. Please join us at the launch for readings by past contributors, Kara Hansen and Ingrid Olauson.

BARTLEBY publishes writing that might otherwise be lost to the pruned paradigm. Melville’s scrivener usually comes to mind too, but we practice his mantra—”I would prefer not to”—only notionally, although BARTLEBY does exercise a willful refrain from certain expectations of art criticism and publishing which may hinder the publication of, or distract from, writing simply as autonomous works of inquiry. These aspects are further touched upon in the first anthology, BARTLEBY REVIEW: 1–20 (Publication Studio Vancouver, 2014)

This event is presented by BARTLEBY REVIEW and Publication Studio Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair’s open-source event series Artists’ Books Week. Recent issues of BARTLEBY REVIEW are hosted in The Garden: A Moniker Press and Brandon Cotter reading room installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the VA/BF.

Places of a Present Past — book launch Tuesday, October 13

Places of a Present Past - coverTuesday, October 13 2015, 7pm
Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
This event is presented by Publication Studio Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair’s open-source event series Artists’ Books Week.

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to host the Canadian launch of Places of a Present Past, published by Publication Studio Hudson and Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts. Join us on Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm for presentations and a discussion by editor/curator Noah Simblist and artist Jin-me Yoon. Copies of this book, with attractive letterpress cover and several colour reproductions inside, are available for purchase at the event, or online through publicationstudio.biz (US$22/C$29).

Places of a Present Past brings together three exhibitions, all showcasing the work of international video artists, that were presented at the Meadows School’s Pollock Gallery in 2014 and curated by Noah Simblist and the Pollock Gallery’s 2014 curatorial fellow, Sally Frater. These exhibitions shared a common theme: addressing the traces of trauma on particular sites and paying close attention to the lasting impacts of war. The exhibitions explored in the publication include Jin-me Yoon’s Extended Temporalities, which invoked the colonial relationship between Japan and Korea in the first half of the 20th century; the group show Where Are You From?, which included artworks by Aissa Deebi, Kamal Aljafari and Dor Guez recounting the story of the Israeli occupation of Palestine; and the Sarah Morris film 1972, alluding to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, during which 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group – a film that pointed to the legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and beyond.

The artworks in the book are bound together by a historiographical impulse,” said Simblist. “In some sense, these artists act as historians. However, they are less interested in the truth than the way we feel through the legacies of past traumas. They reveal the oblique ways that we repress historical trauma, burying it in the very sites of their origin. Places of a Present Past is filled with an archaeological ethic, metaphorically digging down, both spatially and psychologically, into the depths of transnational grief.”

A European launch event for this book will take place on October 25 at Publication Studio Rotterdam, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam (details TBA).