FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION

June 6th, 2018

Please join us here at the store at 3pm on Saturday June 23rd for the launch of Freeze-Frame Revolution, the new book by Peter Watts.

It’s been ages since he’s had a new title: you know you wanna come.

BOOKS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

June 5th, 2018

On Saturday June 16th we’ll host a panel discussion on the crossover appeal of YA novels.

Please join us at 2pm to hear local YA authors L.E. Sterling, James Bow, Erin Bow, Lena Coakley, and V.S. McGrath discuss why so many readers are drawn to YA stories.

BAKKA ABROAD

March 22nd, 2018

BAKKA ABROAD!

For the next few weeks, we’ll be posting pictures of places we scouted in our plan to take over the world traveled to in 2017 onto our Instagram.

We’ll post a photo each Thursday, and you’ll have until midnight the following Wednesday to comment with the correct location. A winner will be selected at random from the correct answers. Prizes will be switched up weekly with each new photo. Only real restrictions are that you need to comment with your answer on the Instagram photo, and you’ll have to swing by and visit us to pick up your prize.

So… Where were we?

The Bakka-Phoenix Frequent Buyer Discount has rocketed into the, erm, present.

March 15th, 2018
The discount bookmarks: We’ve filled them, lost them, stuck them in books for years, gleefully found enough of them to buy all new books when we’re supposed to be moving house, watched them explode all over our desk, and shared them with friends and family.

Now, as is the inevitable destiny of all fleshly things, their consciousness has been uploaded.

That’s right: We’re going digital.

 

What you need to know:
Going forward, we’ll track your purchases in-store–so no more losing bookmarks–and you’ll get the exact same discount as you always have with the frequent buyer card. The only thing that changes is how you redeem it and the amount of work going in for everyone.

How does that work, Bakka staff?
In short, it’s a digital points system tied into our register. For every $10 you spend, you’ll get a dollar of credit points (so, our traditional frequent buyer’s 10%). Once you’ve earned $50 worth of points, they become spendable as credit.

What if my credit purchase is less than $50?
The unused credit will turn back into points and stay in your account, getting you ahead of the game for your next credit.

Do I have to redeem at $50?
Nope! If you have your eye on something really big, bide your time.

Do the points ever expire?
As long as you make one (1) purchase in a 12-month period–so it’s not been more than a full year since your last purchase–the points will keep accumulating. If you don’t, they expire, but will start up again with your next purchase.

Can I redeem the points in the same transaction that takes me to $50?
Nope. We subscribe to a linear timestream. If you want to hit us up with them five minutes later, though, go for it.

This sounds suspiciously like cryptocurrency.
But it’s not. We are automating for your laziness and ours.

What if I already have a card, in-store or with me?
We’ll still honour any and all full bookmarks, and if your card isn’t full, we’ll translate your previous purchases into points and keep counting from there. If you have your card on you, please just bring it in and we’ll get you set up–and there’s no limit date on that. Find one five years from now? We’ll do it.

What information do you need to set up the account?
Just your name; we aren’t collecting a whole lot of information. We just want to make sure we know your points go with you.

Any questions?
Call us or drop in with as many bookmarks as you can find. We will happily explain it with many large hand gestures and set you up with a frequent buyer account.

First New Releases of March

March 6th, 2018

New books for a wet and snowy Tuesday!

Hardcover
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, Tomi Adeyemi
HARRIET GETS CARRIED AWAY, Jessie Sima
THE WICKED DEEP, Shea Ernshaw
GOOD GUYS, Steven Brust
IF TOMORROW COMES, Nancy Kress
SHAPE OF WATER, Guillermo Del Toro
LAKE SILENCE, Anne Bishop
BURN BRIGHT, Patricia Briggs
DAUGHTERS OF THE STORM, Kim Wilkins
BLOOD OF THE FOUR, Christopher Golden
RESTORE ME, Tahereh Mafi

Trade Paperback
BEAST IS AN ANIMAL, Peternelle Van Arsdale
NEW YORK 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson
RAVEN KING, Maggie Stiefvater
STRANGE BIRD, Jeff Vandermeer
BURNING WORLD, Isaac Marion
COLD EYE, Laura Anne Gilman
REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES, Catherynne M. Valente
SINS OF HER FATHER, Mike Kupari
STAR DESTROYERS, Christopher Ruocchio
CROWN OF WISHES, Roshani Chokshi
SONG RISING, Samantha Shannon
WARRIOR WITHIN, Angus Mcintyre
SHADOW RUN, Michael Miller
QUIETUS, Tristan Palmgren
NORSE MYTHOLOGY, Neil Gaiman
FIREBRAND, Kristen Britain
GUARDIAN ANGELS AND OTHER MONSTERS, Daniel H. Wilson
THE SILVER GATE, Kristin Bailey

Mass Market
TRICKS FOR FREE, Seanan McGuire
LADY HENTERMAN’S WARDROBE, Marshall Ryan Maresca
QUEEN OF THE STRUGGLE, Nik Korpon

Swords, history, and fantasy with Sebastien de Castell, Miles Cameron, and Nicholas Eames!

January 27th, 2018

It’s the shortest, slushiest month of the year. Which is why we are attacking it with swords.

Join us for a panel of literally sword-wielding authors — Sebastien de Castell, Miles Cameron, and Nicholas Eames — at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 3, to discuss history, fantasy writing, and pointy things with sharp edges.

Sebastien de Castell has worked as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist, and is the author of the acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series The Greatcoats. His debut novel, Traitor’s Blade, was shortlisted for both the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy and the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut. He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats.

Nicholas Eames was born to parents of infinite patience and unstinting support in Wingham, Ontario. Though he attended college for theatre arts, he gave up acting to pursue the infinitely more attainable profession of “epic fantasy novelist.” Kings of the Wyld is his first novel. Nicholas loves black coffee, neat whiskey, the month of October, and video games. He currently lives in Ontario, Canada, and is very probably writing at this moment.

Miles Cameron was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. After the longest undergraduate degree on record (1980-87), he joined the United States Navy, where he served as an intelligence officer and as a backseater in S-3 Vikings in the First Gulf War, in Somalia, and elsewhere. After a dozen years of service, he became a full time writer in 2000. He lives in Toronto with his wife Sarah and their daughter Beatrice and works as a full-time historical novelist, and it is the best job in the world.

Wherein we co-present Annalee Newitz at ChiSeries!

January 13th, 2018

We’ve shaken off our New Year’s fuzz and it’s back to the social whirl–with our first author appearance of the year!

We’ll be co-presenting California author and journalist Annalee Newitz–interviewed by Canada Reads finalist Madeline Ashby–at the January edition of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series! Join us on January 17th at 8:00 pm at the Round Venue, 152A Augusta Avenue, to hear excerpts and insights from Newitz, Kari Maaren (late of our 2017 Christmas party!), and local dark fantasy author Christian Adrian Brown.

2017 Bestsellers

January 3rd, 2018

We had lots of events here in 2017. We helped a lot of terrific customers find new things to read. And we sold a LOT of books. Here’s a list of our top ten sellers in each format.

(* = Canadian author)

Hardcover
1) WALKAWAY, Cory Doctorow*
2) PERSEPOLIS RISING, James S.A. Corey
3) NORSE MYTHOLOGY, Neil Gaiman
4) MAGICIANS IMPOSSIBLE, Brad Abraham*
5) TO GUARD AGAINST THE DARK, Julie E. Czerneda*
6) PROVENANCE, Ann Leckie
7) COLLAPSING EMPIRE, John Scalzi
8) OATHBRINGER, Brandon Sanderson
9) LAST YEAR, Robert Charles Wilson*
10) RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O, Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

Trade Paperback
1) LILITH’S BROOD, Octavia Butler
2) QUANTUM NIGHT, Robert J. Sawyer*
3) HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, Shirley Jackson
4) FIFTH SEASON, N.K. Jemisin
5) WHITE IS FOR WITCHING, Helen Oyeyemi
6) RECIPEARIUM, Costi Gurgu*
7) ANCILLARY JUSTICE, Ann Leckie
8) WIZARD OF EARTHSEA, Ursula K. Le Guin
9) DISPOSSESSED, Ursula K. Le Guin
10) OBELISK GATE, N.K. Jemisin

Mass Market
1) NEUROMANCER, William Gibson*
2) THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON, Saladin Ahmed
3) 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson
4) GOBLIN EMPEROR, Katherine Addison
5) HANGING TREE, Ben Aaronovitch
6) RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA, Arthur C. Clarke
7) NAME OF THE WIND, Patrick Rothfuss
8) WAY OF KINGS, Brandon Sanderson
9) GOOD OMENS, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
10) WISE MAN’S FEAR, Patrick Rothfuss

We also want to give a special shout-out to HAIL TO THE CHIN by Bruce Campbell, of which we sold more in a single afternoon than any other title… pretty much ever.

The Last New Books of 2017!

December 28th, 2017

We are in the late December, and the last new releases of the year have arrived!


Hardcover

SURVIVAL, Ben Bova
KILL ALL ANGELS, Robert Brockway
NEMO RISING, C. Courtney Joyner

Trade Paperback

CARVE THE MARK, Veronica Roth
FEVER CODE, James Dashner
RIVERS OF LONDON: DETECTIVE STORIES, Ben Aaronovitch

Boxing Week!

December 27th, 2017

It’s Boxing Week, and we’re back in store with something a little different this year!

We’ll have our usual 10% off everything in the store, with 25% off selected titles, which include 2017 hardcovers, new picture books, graphic novels, and more. The sale table will change up through the week, so check in to see if your favourite author’s there!