Norilana Books and cyberfunding

22 04 2011

I do not know Vera Nazarian in a face-to-face, sit-down-and-have-a-beverage kind of way.

But I know her through the Internet, and I know people who know her, and thus I feel comfortable reposting her request for assistance.

She’s not asking for money directly. She’s offering goods and services.

And those goods and services are pretty good, even to my quarter-century-in-bookselling eye.

I’ve experienced eviction; I’ve also spent time literally living on the street. I have an inkling of what Vera is feeling right now, and I am happy to assist her with spreading the word about her catalogue of titles at Norilana Books.

Once I set up an account with Ingram later this year, I’ll be able to carry Norilana Books at my shop and those offer them to my Gentle Readers. until then, buying them through the channels listed on Vera’s site will help her through this rotten time.



Back to the Desk of Doom.

24 11 2009

If I met you at Philcon 2009 this past weekend, please give me a shout-out here!

Lots and lots of bookish news to compile from the convention weekend, but I must first unpack my bags and try to make some sense of my piles in my office. Therefore, a full con report remains forthcoming.


Readercon 2009: Radio dreams, ghostly screams, and a Chocogator.

11 07 2009

I’m very glad to have made it to Readercon on Thursday night. If things here improve, I’d love to make this convention a regular item on my calendar.

* The evening started with dinner at The Burlington Mall with Mari Ness, whose short fiction works have appeared in Farrago’s Wainscot, The Edge of Propinquity, Fantasy Magazine, and Reflection’s Edge, among others. Michael and I hadn’t seen her for several years, so it was a grand reunion. She brought us what is to me an amazing treat from Florida… a Chocogator.

It’s chocolate! It’s an alligator! It’s a chocogator!

It both amused Michael and me and touched our hearts.

* After our meal, Michael, Crystal L. Woods, Mari and I made our way to the convention hotel. We quietly sneaked/snuck in to the last twenty minutes of Jennifer Pelland’s reading; her selection was “Ghosts of New York”, which properly chilled *my* blood.

* Once that reading broke up, we were able to say a quick hello to Inanna Arthen and to Trisha J. Wooldridge, with hopes of catching up with both later this summer.

* My intrepid little party of four then hung out for a brief span in one of the common areas near the ballrooms while we waited for our 9:30PM appointment. I saw Warren Lapine in passing, but did not get a chance to say hello, so this shout-out will have to do. I’m looking forward to getting my copy of REALMS OF FANTASY in the mail that I requested last month.

* We parted company with Mari at 9:30PM, and Michael, Crystal and I had a lovely sitdown with Jim Freund and Barbara Krasnoff in the gazebo on the hotel grounds. Our conversation dabbled mostly, if I may mix my metaphors, under the umbrella of my other “hat”… that of distributor of speculative fiction on audio and in print, rather than as a retailer of same, but nonetheless it was wonderful to get to meet these folks and gave me reason to scratch my head as to why our paths had not crossed earlier in my New York City days.

* After we parted company with Jim and Barbara, it was past 11PM and we three tired congoers attempted to go to the Goblin Fruit party. Unfortunately, the combination of the room crowds and my inability to keep standing, even with the Sexy Sleek Black Spy Cane, meant that we needed to call it a night.


All in all, Readercon-on-opening-night was a very nice experience for us, and a change from the usual day-to-day operations here. Again, based on my little “nibble”, I wouldn’t mind tasting the “full course” sometime, and I’d certainly like to add it to my regularly scheduled events in any given calendar year.


Extremely last-minute Readercon 20 note.

9 07 2009

I will be at Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts, tonight and tonight only.

If you see me sitting in one of the common areas, please stop by and say hello. I’m not always good with faces.

For the rest of you who will get to enjoy the full convention, have a great time!


ConBust 2009, March 27th through March 29th.

23 03 2009

This is cross-posted from my personal journal and from the Mike’s Comics blog. Just a reminder that we DO sell books, despite what seems to be a proliferation of toy posts and audio adventures posts! See the sidebar at the LiveJournal version of Bookseller By Night for some of the kinds of books we carry. And, most importantly, WE TAKE SPECIAL ORDERS. We looooooooooooooove special orders. If Amazon can get it, we can get it, and we’ll match or beat their price whenever possible. Support your independent bookseller!

Anyway, here’s the blurb. If you can, please come to the convention and say “Hello!”

Mike’s Comics will have dealer tables at ConBust 2009 at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, this coming weekend. This means that we will have limited availability for phone orders, but we expect to have e-mail access to answer your questions and reply to your want lists.

If you will be in the area, please come to the convention! And if you know you’ll be there, and wish us to bring a specific item or items for purchase, please drop us an e-mail at, or give us a phone call at 508-756-9836, by 9PM Eastern Time on Thursday, March 26th, so that we can put it aside for you.

Convention Details:

WHEN: Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th

WHERE: Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. Directions and other vital information can be found here at

CONVENTION HOURS: Friday 5PM-12Midnight, Saturday 9AM-12Midnight, Sunday 9AM-5PM

DEALER ROOM HOURS: Friday 6PM-10PM, Saturday 10:30AM-7PM, Sunday 11AM-3:30PM [we expect to be around before and after those hours, if demand warrants… let us know!]

GUESTS: Lynn Flewelling, Patricia Briggs, Holly Black, Phoebe Wray, Annette Curtis Klause, Jeph Jacques, Jennie Breeden, Randall Munroe, Theo Black

PROGRAMMING: Scheduling can be found at

OTHER DEALERS: Aardvark Tees, Broad Universe, Hickory Arms, Modern Myths, Neko Jin Designs, Tatterdemalion, and TopatoCo. Links to these folks can be found at

ARTISTS: See for details.

CON STAFF: Direct any and all questions to the con committee here at

We look forward to meeting old friends and making new friends at ConBust!

Thank you, as always, for your support.

—Michael and Patty
Mike’s Comics

And thank YOU, Gentle Readers, for passing this along.


Please assist an author in a timely survey.

15 03 2009

My colleague Susan Taylor Brown is looking for answers from those involved in the publishing industry, in order to gather material for a presentation on Saturday, March 21st.

Her questions can be found at the following link:

If you find such networks as LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace and Facebook useful to your stock-in-trade as an author, bookseller, editor, proofreader, etc., please share your experiences with Susan, either on her blog or via e-mail.

Please note… answers will be taken *after* the 21st, as this may provide material for an ongoing class. But the sooner she gets responses for this first presentation, the better.



Boskone 2009.

13 02 2009

I will be at Boskone on Sunday only… if buses and subways behave the way they should, then I will arrive sometime between 11AM and noon, and will stay until the end of the con. I may or may not have someone else with me. Look for the long grey hair [definite], The Hat [possibly], and the Sexy Black Spy Cane [probably]. I’ll be in a black sweater and black leggings, with a silvery blue turtleneck collar and a silvery-blue glitter scarf. My only planned event is Michael A Burstein’s book reading at 3PM; otherwise, I will be networking in the Huckster area.

If you see me, say hello!