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On the Road

I'm in New York on my way to World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs.  Lisa and I cam a week early to stop by to our son perform in Fiddler on the Roof at Hofstra university.  He played Fyedka, the Russian youth who marries Chava without Tevye's permission (or knowledge).  We saw three performances and really enjoyed the play a lot.  The young man who played Tevye was wonderful and some of the staging was spectacular, Tevye's dream in particular.  Tomorrow, on to Saratoga.  Then home.  Then Chicago for WindyCon.  Then home for a long while.
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Adam Stemple Speculations Reading

On Wednesday, September 30, Adam Stemple will be reading at DreamHaven.  Adam is the author of several novels including Singer of Souls and Steward of Songs.  He is also co-author with his mother, Jane Yolen of several other works such as B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy), and Pay the Piper and Troll Bridge. The reading begins at 6:30 and goes until about 7:30.  Refreshments provided.
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More Shameless Plugs

William's play, Bartleby : Musical has an actual schedule.  The Play will take place at Mixed Blood Theater (1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454) starting July 30th.

7/30     10:00pm
8/1        5:30pm
8/3       8:30pm
8/6      5:30pm
8/8      7:00pm

And if they do well enough with admissions with these five shows, a sixth show will be announced for some time after the 8th.

Tickets are $14.00 plus a $4.00 admision button.  Tickets at

We'll all get to hear him sing "I would prefer not to".

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Shameless Plugs

Tomorrow, Saturday July 11th, is the DreamHaven Garage Sale.  We're formally opening our "Buck a Book" room in the garage and we're cleaning out the basement of many things other than books.  We'll have specials throughout the store.  Come on by and help us with our late Spring Cleaning.

I wanted to mention that my son, William, is going to appear in a Fringe Festival production.  The play is Bartleby : A Musical and William is the title character.  It's based on the Herman Melville story and the production is looking for some help via Kickstarter.  I hope some of you can attend the play.  I'm not sure of the schedule yet but it will be at the Mixed Blood Theater later this month.

Be well.

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Alright, Enough's Enough...

I've been following some of the Hugo controversy and the follow on Irene Gallo / TOR dust-up and I'm truly tired of the demands for Irene's ouster as some mis-guided and some other downright evil people threaten boycotts.  It's completely disgusting and JUST PLAIN WRONG and, well, I can do something about it in terms of sales of Tor books.

From now until the end of July, I will sell all TOR hardcover books at 40% off cover price.  If I don't have it in stock, I'll order it.  You can come in the store or you can order by phone or email.  This should make it easier to support Irene and negate any minimal effect the boycotters may have.  A letter in support of Irene to the very same people that Vox Day and Peter Grant and others are asking you to send hate mail to would also go a long way.

I've been quiet on the whole subject mostly because I just couldn't be bothered to spend any time on it.  I wasn't worried about adverse effects on my own business since I sincerely doubt the kinds of trollish behavior I'm seeing is from any of my customers.  I'm amazed that the biggest complainers would have bought any books from Tor, ever, since they admit their reading tastes are generally contrary to everything that Tor holds dear (this is a totally facetious statement since I have no idea what it could really mean - I've been buying Tor books for my store since they first started and from what I can see, they publish books that they can sell.  Period.)

So, I'm declaring July to be TOR BOOKS MONTH around here and I wish you all good reading.

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Back from the Dead, Again

I've been traveling so much I'm not always clear on which city I'm in at any given moment.  I just got back last night from a quick drive to New York to pick up my son from college (2500+ miles in four days).  Next week I'm in Kansas City for Conquest, then four more trips in a row until I collapse.  Luckily Alice will be at the store while I'm gone.

I've built the first of the shelves which someday this summer will be part of the "Buck-A-Book" room we'll have in the garage.  We're moving all of the dollar paperbacks, hardbacks and comics (most of which will only be a quarter) to one place.  It will clear up more room in the store for MORE BOOKS.  We'll have a special opening day sometime in July/August with a "DreamHaven Garage Sale" where we'll be selling all kinds of things.  I need to "de-accession" because I really don't want to be the person who dies with the most stuff.

I went down this morning to the Minnesota Comic Convention at the State Fair grounds.  You know, the REAL comic convention, not the fake pantomime comic convention that Wizard falsely advertizes as a comic convention.  No movie or TV stars, no has-been celebrities, no fresh-out-of-rehab nobodies hawking their autographs to people who should know better than to pay $100 for an autographed photo of someone who will be forgotten next week.  Just lots of comic books and related items.  Loads of families with adorable 2-year-olds in Harley Quinn outfits and Batman muscle suits. People just having fun looking through comic books.  It was a great time and I highly recommend the MCBA Comic Convention as one of the last, true comic conventions anywhere.

Be good.

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Back from the Dead

I've been pretty quiet for some time now but I haven't been inactive.  I don't think I've been home longer than two days in a row for manyn weeks and I worked 7 days a week for several months running.  Two weeks ago I went out to New York to see my son William in a play (Stephen Sondheim's Assassins) and try to relax a bit.  It was supposed to only be a four-day trip but because of a change to the play dates it ended up being a 12-day vacation.  It worked very well; Alice handeled the store with little trouble and I actually got some afternoon naps now and then.  Lisa and I also went ot NYC and saw a couple of Broadway plays - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.  Both were quite excellent and I wish we'd had time for another five or six plays.  But now I'm back (for a few days) and then starts another round of running across the country for various events.  More to follow.....

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Happy Anniversary to Me!

38 years ago I opened my first store.  It was a pretty bare-bones operation; a few comics, some new books, a few used books.  Whatever I had on hand and whatever I could afford to buy for $300 from local distributors.  My best seller was a novelization of an, as yet, unreleased and little known movie called Star Wars.  That and Sword of Shanara which had the princely price of $5.95 (other paperbacks were $1.25 to $1.50). Things have changed a bit since then.

I never intended to build a business to last me a lifetime.  I had no plan, for business or for life.  I didn't have any training in either bookselling or business.  I just made it up as I went along.  I never gave it any thought as to a future in bookselling.  I just did what I felt like doing, pretty much what any 20-year-old would do.

Now, most of my life has passed.  I've made a living, more or less.  It's always been a struggle but it's usually been a joy.  I'm not sure what I'd have done if I hadn't opened a store.  I'm certainly not suited, at this point, to do anything else.  So I guess I'm in it for the  long haul.  Just remember, starting next Tuesday, Alice and I will be open 5 days a week, from noon until 6:30. Thanks for supporting an independent bookstore.

Welcome to my April Fool's joke on myself.

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He's Gone

But not forgotten.

Sir Terry Pratchett died today.  Lisa and I were driving to Milwaukee to attend OperaCon with my old friend, Somtow Sucharitkul, when we got a text from my son William that told us of Terry's death.  William was so devastated that he ended up leaving his class and going to his dorm to cry for 20 minutes.  He says that Terry taught him how to laugh.  I had no idea that Terry Pratchett meant so much to William but it does not surprise me.  We read some of Terry's books to a very young William, he did get to listen to Terry talk and was fortunate enough to meet him and have a meal or two with him.  We will all miss him very, very much.

I think it's my turn to cry.