Passing it along for Jeanne and Spider Robinson.

15 02 2010

A note from the webmaster for Spider Robinson’s site:

“Spider would like to remind everyone that his collection of his own personal reading copies of the existing 12 (of 13) volumes of the North Atlantic Books edition of the Short Work of Theodore Sturgeon is now finally up for auction on eBay, to help raise money for Jeanne’s medical and other cancer-related expenses. There are only 8 days left to make your bid for this most special item. The books are all first edition hardcovers, each read and lovingly cared for by Spider, and he maintains they are bound to contain countless samples of his DNA in the form of dandruff, eyebrow hairs, skin cells, etc. “In my canon,” he says, “Theodore Sturgeon and Robert Heinlein are tied for Greatest SF Writer Of All Time. This remarkable collection of Ted’s work, the eggs of the Sturgeon, is pure caviar. It’s only because I was recently given a complete new set for becoming a contributor to Volume XII that I can bring myself to part with my own library copies.” If the buyer wishes, Spider’s willing to sign each volume, though not on the title page.

To see photos of the books in question, follow the bidding, and/or place a bid, follow this link:

Dream For Jeanne Auction

Best wishes,
Colin MacDonald

It’s been a tough year for many, and donation drives seem to be springing from the woodwork everywhere. I post this because it’s a simple exchange of goods for services – in this case, literary goods for medical services/expenses – and there’s a lot of historic and sentimental value in what Spider’s offering up for sale in this auction.

Ted Sturgeon’s been a huge part of my personal canon, as are Spider and Jeanne, and if I wasn’t so close to needing a donation drive myself, I’d love to bid on these.

I present this auction to you, instead, Gentle Readers, if you are in a better position than I to offer assistance.



“…And a Happy Book Year…”

18 01 2010

I’m enjoying the electronic age just a wee bit more these days, as I watch people “live-blogging” and Twittering the ALA Midwinter Conference and its awards ceremonies.

I was unable to be there this year in Boston, but am thrilled that, with all the current networking platforms out there, others are helping fill me in as events unfold.

Rebecca Stead, Jerry Pinkney, Libba Bray Win Newbery, Caldecott, Printz

A Cybils Awards judge liveblogs while viewing the ALA webcast

Even if I have to be on the sidelines this year, it’s still a vicarious thrill.

Did *YOUR* choices win, my Gentle Readers?


Local bookstore reopens! Let jubilation reign.

24 10 2009

I’m pleased to report that Worcester, Massachusetts still has a friendly neighborhood bookstore.

Annie’s Book Stop, previously at 120 Stafford Street, has reopened its doors at 65 James Street in the James Street Shopping Plaza, near the Commerce Bank ATM, the Clayground pottery studio, the Green China restaurant, and the Clippers hair salon.

Their selection includes a sizable science fiction and fantasy section, as well as two full rooms of children’s books… both factors warranted to make me tickled pink. Annie’s carries new and used books and offers trade-in for store credit.

Their first in-store event is a talk and signing on Saturday, November 14th with Michael Bisceglia, a veteran New Hampshire educator and author of the novel ROOM 600.

Annie’s Book Stop has a LiveJournal at and a Twitter account at Their telephone number is 508-756-9836 and their hours are 11AM to 7PM Mondays through Fridays, 11AM to 5PM on Saturday, and 12Noon to 5PM on Sunday.

I’m very excited to have an independent bookstore in walking distance again.


The passing of a powerful voice and a firm hand.

14 07 2009

I was never fortunate enough to meet Charles N. Brown, and now I’m sorry that I never will.

LOCUS is a magazine that’s given me much pleasure since my college days. I am glad it will continue.

My thoughts are with his loved ones and friends.


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.


Awards nominees, award winners, and awards that really SHOULD be awarded.

4 03 2009

I swear, I get more done, industry-reading-wise and scanning-the-networking-environment-wise, on “sick days”, fevered brain and all.

Catching up on some of the news stories going around…


The winners were announced several weeks ago, but their works should still be picked up at your public library, purchased from your favorite independent bookstore, and hugged and loved. Internet hugs and love from me to the authors and to this year’s judges… I was one once, and I ***know*** how hard the choices were, sometimes! [Real hugs from me right now would be disease-laden.]

The complete list of Cybils Award Winners for 2008-2009.


My colleague Alison Morris, who is a never-ending font of good ideas, has been fostering a contest to name and market literary foods. I heartily endorse this idea, since I too am one of those people who grew up reading cereal boxes and am guilty of gulping down tomes while chowing down on many a “part of a balanced breakfast”.

Name a Bookish Breakfast Cereal at PW’s “Shelf Talker”

I’m partial to GRAVITY’S RAINBOW FLAKES, myself.


I’m getting tired of the sound of closing doors.

19 01 2009

BookStream to shut down on Friday, January 23rd

A letter from Jack Herr and Rich Stone.

Quote: A wholesaler, however committed to or respected by its customers, cannot be a wholesaler for very long without books. Over the course of the last year, we have not been able to raise the capital necessary to fund BookStream’s inventory in a way that compensates for never having established, after three years of being in business, trade credit commensurate with the inventory needs of a wholesaler.

We are grateful for and gratified by the enthusiastic reception we have received from booksellers in the Northeast. Thank you for your support – in all the forms it has taken – over the last three years. All of us at BookStream have been pleased and honored to serve you.

BookStream has also enjoyed truly remarkable support from publisher sales organizations. The sales reps in our region enthusiastically talked us up when they called on their customers. We did not make a sales call for which sales reps had not paved the way. We could not have asked for more – either directly in overall service or generally in their commitment to the idea of BookStream – from our friends in publishing.

My bookseller-heart has already suffered a lot of damage this year, and this news puts yet another huge crack in it, for personal reasons as well as professional ones. I’ve worked with BookStream’s staff members in a variety of different circumstances over the years, outside BookStream as well as within, and every single one has been top-notch to work with… absolutely no hyperbole there.

Thank you, Jack, for bending my ear about BookStream back in September 2005 at the NEBA trade show, and for letting me bend yours in return on several other occasions. Thank you, Lily, Felice, Kim, Carol, Ken, Carolyn, and Omari for always answering my questions and filling my orders promptly. Thank you, George and Rick, for doing the unseen work.

Thank you, BookStream, for three wonderful years of working with my business.