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Reading Tonight 7/24/14

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Carolyn Ives Gilman and Terry A. Garey will read tonight from 6:30 until about 8pm.  Refreshments will be served.

Carolyn Ives Gilman has been publishing science fiction and fantasy short stories and novelettes since 1986, in such publications as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, Bending the Landscape, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Universe, Full Spectrum, and Tales of the Unanticipated. Her novels are Halfway Human (set on a world with female, male, and neuter genders), Isles of the Forsaken, and Ison of the Isles. Her novellas include Candle in a Bottle, Arkfall, and The Ice Owl. She has received Best Novella Nebula and Hugo nominations. Several of her works, including the collection Aliens of the Heart, have been published by Aqueduct Press. She is also a professional museologist and historian, specializing in North American history, particularly frontier and American Indian history. Her nonfiction books—as Carolyn Gilman—include Where Two Worlds Meet: The Great Lakes Fur Trade (1982), The Way to Independence: Memories of a Hidatsa Indian Family, 1840-1920 (with Mary Jane Schneider), and Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide. She served as exhibition curator for the Missouri Historical Society’s Lewis and Clark exhibition. She currently serves as senior exhibits developer at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Terry A. Garey is a writer and editor who has been published in many journals and anthologies including Tales of the Unanticipated. She edited two poetry anthologies, Time Gum (with Eleanor Arnason) and Time Frames, and is the author of The Joy of Home Winemaking. Terry is a member of the Lady Poetesses From Hell performance group. She lives in Minneapolis with a librarian and three cats. In Vegetology her vegetable is pumpkin and her condiments garlic and soy sauce.

Whew!

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I'm in the middle of one of the biggest lulls I've had in a long time.  I don't have any conventions, bookfairs, or other events until Lisa and I leave for the UK in August to take a week holiday and then attend the World Science Fiction convention in London.  I am selling at the WorldCon but it should be a lot of fun, nonetheless.

Last Sunday we finished the last event we had planned; William's combination Eagle Scout Court-of-Honor and Graduation Party.  They were both great successes.  Over 50 people attended the ceremony, which was just the right mix of serious and silly, and none too long.  He's an official Eagle Scout and has a letter from the President to prove it (I have mine from Richard Nixon somewhere around the house - if it wasn't printed with disappearing ink).  I'm very proud of him.

The graduation part was low-key but fun.  There were enough parents and friends of ours attending so we had plenty of people to talk to and William had a lot of friends show up to eat barbecue (Famous Dave's), play volleyball and run around a lot.  We had it at a local "family farm" where there was plenty of room for everyone and it was breezy enough so there were no mosquitoes.  It was a gorgeous day and everyone seemed to have a great time.  So, whew!

I'm open on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the next few weeks and I'm busy bringing things up from the bowels of the basement and marking things that have been in the store for a while down, down down.  I'm staring at the endless piles of stuff and I'm worried I'm going to die with mountains of books on my hands.  so I am working to rid myself of loads of stuff. I need your help.  YOU should have this stuff, not me.

I hope to see you all at the store soon.

GregUnknown-2

Positively Positive

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First, the upcoming store hours:

-All Days Noon until 6:30

Saturday July 12
Wednesday July 16
                            Saturday July 19
                            Wednesday July 23
                            Saturday July 26
                            Wednesday July 30

Last weekend I attended Convergence, possibly the largest "Science Fiction" convention in the country.  They have close to 7000 attendees.  It's not a ComiCon International (150,000) or DragonCon (60,000?) or several other media events which usually call themselves comic book conventions or sometimes science fiction conventions.  Convergence still bills itself as an SF convention and it probably is.  They don't mostly emphasize written SF like, say, our other local SF convention, MiniCon (#50 next year!) but they do try to stick to genres near to SF.  But Convergence is really mostly a "party" convention with lots of costumes, amazing theater and attention to decorative detail (you really haven't lived until you've seen the House of Toast).  They have nearly 150 dealer tables, with only 7 or 8 dedicated to books and/or comics.  You would think that the ratio would really favor bookdealers and at most SF conventions this would be true.  But not at Convergence.  I sold a bit more than I did at MiniCon (500 people/30 tables/ 8 book tables) so the ratio per head was about 5-8% of what I made at MiniCon.  I was hoping to do as well as last year which probably was an aberration; I fell back to pretty much business as usual.  It was worth the effort.

So, I'll be open quite a bit this month and have I got deals for you!  I'm still cleaning out the basement and I have tens of thousands of books that are going out at a buck; paperbacks, trade paperbacks, hardcovers.  I'm bringing more out every day.  I have a lot of other great books that need good homes (other than mine) so come on by and pick up a few.

Greg

The Death of Books(?)

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I just attended the 24th annual Book Fair at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds this past weekend, and it was a sad affair.  The number of book dealers keeps dwindling as do the attendees.  I'm not sure which is dropping faster.  Sales were mediocre but what distressed me even more than the lack of sales was the seeming lack of enthusiasm over the books.  I remember the first few book fairs and people lined up around the block before the opening night.  There were near fist-fights with rabid book seekers trying to get in as early as they could.  There was a real passion for books and a desire to acquire them.  That's all gone now.

There were some pleasant talks with fans of books and I sold some unusual items (I call some of the "moral victories" - I'm just happy to have sold them at any price).  But without that enthusiasm and passion, I was left feeling somewhat empty.  I've been feeling that way a lot lately.

My upcoming hours are:        (all days are Noon -6:30)
Wednesday July 2
Wednesday July 9
Saturday July 12
Wednesday July 16
Saturday July 19
Wednesday July 23
Saturday July 26
Wednesday July 30

I'm still buying some amazing books and now is a great time to find some wonderful books.

Greg

Red Dawns

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Well, that was unpleasant.

I had a tear deep in my nose cauterized today after enduring a week-and-a-half of nose bleeds and sleep deprivation.  The tear itself was not painful but the treatments certainly were.  I'm hoping it's over but I've been cautioned that it could re-tear and start bleeding again.

I walked into the house about 10:00pm after driving back from a convention in Columbus Ohio last week and my nose started to bleed.  It didn't stop that night and by 6:00am I hadn't slept more than about a half-hour at a time getting maybe 2 full hours of sleep.  I drove to the emergency room where they treated me with cocaine to stop the bleeding.  It worked, for about 12 hours.  It started bleeding again about 10:00pm again and bled all night.  It stopped in the morning.  Another sleepless night.  It did not bleed again until a couple of days later, starting, you guessed it, about 10:00pm and going all night.  It stopped again for a couple of days and...repeat.

Last night it started again in the evening but it did stop about 2:00am and lasting until I got up at six.  I made the mistake of sneezing and it started all over again.  It flowed harder than ever and a partial remedy I'd been using, lying on my back with my head slightly elevated resulting in the blood flowing into my throat rather than through my nose, resulted in my nearly choking to death on the extra blood.   Lisa made me an appointment with an ENT for cauterizing for Tuesday but it quickly became apparent that wouldn' t be soon enough.  She managed to get an afternoon appointment.   The doctor treated what he termed "a really tough tear" possibly on a polyp that may have been more damaged when I had the original emergency room treatment.  That was the doctor's assessment; he thought it looked like a "trauma" and speculated the ER doc had been too aggressive in treatment.

What this all leads to is the fact I was supposed to be open today but I couldn't do it.  I will instead be open tomorrow, Thursday, from Noon until 6.  And again this Saturday, the 7th from noon until 6:30.  I'll list more hours tomorrow.

Excelsior,

Greg

The Music's Over......For Now

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I watched all six performances of Andover High School's musical, The Music Man and i'd be happy to watch it at least six more, but it has come to its end.  I helped strike the set yesterday and it was a bit sad.  Lisa didn't want to leave the theater; she helped sort out screws and small hardware with the kids.  I brought my electric drill and pulled screws out of scenery and platforms.  All of the kids/actors worked for hours.  It was strangely gratifying to see the two leads, my son William (Harold Hill) and Anna (Marian, the Librarian), with their pant legs rolled up, shoeless, painting the stage with other kids once all of the other work was done.  Most of the cast had spent all of Saturday night at a cast party and then all day at the theater putting on  the performance and then doing strike.   They are a tight crew and I know Lisa and I are going to miss seeing them together.  But now it's on to New York where William is attending college.

I'll be open this Wednesday, May 14th.  This weekend I'll be attending the MCBA Comic Convention at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds.  If you like comics, you should attend this convention.  It's not like the media circuses that claim to be "comic conventions".  This is an honest-to-goodness old-fashioned comic convention with real comics and comic artists and none of the cast of Walking Dead or Star Trek stars.  They are a great group and even though I can't always attend myself, I highly recommend their conventions.  I'm happy to be able to attend this year and I've been cleaning out my basement and finding all sorts or weird and exciting things to display at the convention.  Come on out on Saturday and have a really fun time; you'll probably come back out on Sunday.

Greg

Shipoopi

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Well, I've seen three performances of The Music Man now with my son William in the lead and I've cried every time.  He's just SO GOOD.  I can't believe that it's my son up there singing, dancing, KISSING, and being incredibly funny and entertaining.  Of course, I am a bit biased.  We'll see what happens when the Spotlight Awards are announced.  Perhaps he'll earn an "Outstanding Performance" award.  He's got my vote (if I got to vote).

There are three more performances next week and I've decided to stay home next week to see them.  I'm going to forego a trip I had planned so I will be open next Saturday, May 10, from Noon until 6:30.  I'll make some more announcements soon about specials and sales.

Greg

Saturday May 3 / Gary Indiana

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I will be open on Saturday, May 3 from Noon until 6:30.  In my continuing effort to clean up around here I'm still marking down thousands of books, comics and miscellaneous items.  There are some incredible deals to be had so I hope you will come to see me soon.  Other open hours are Wednesday May 7, Wednesday May 14, Wednesday May 28, and Saturday May 31.  All days are Noon until 6:30.

Starting this weekend, my son William, is starring as Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man at Andover High School.  I'm really anxious to see this; he's been rehearsing constantly for months and he's really gotten the songs down.  He admitted he's nervous and this is really the first time he has been.  But it's also the first time he's had the lead - and it's a BIG lead.  If anyone wants to come and cheer him on I know he'd be grateful.

Greg

Hours

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As I sit here watching more snow fall in mid-April, getting more and more depressed, I remember I haven't posted any new hours recently.  Upcoming conventions will keep me away from the store for much of the rest of April and some of May but here are the days I will be open:

- All Days are Noon until 6:30 -

Wednesday       April 23
Wednesday       April 30
Saturday           May 3
Wednesday      May 7
Wednesday     May 14
Wednesday     May 28
Saturday         May 31

Greg