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.



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.


BookExpo America 2009 – Thursday through Sunday.

25 05 2009

I’m trying to pack two weeks’ worth of preparation into today, because I embark tomorrow at noon on my big trip to New York.

I’ve got meetings and lunches and coffee dates scheduled, and in between all of them I will get to indulge in three of my heart-held obsessions… books, trains, and time spent in The Only City In The World… the only one for me, at least.

I’ll be leaving the laptop behind, and the phone I’m bringing may or may not be able to Twitter, so chances are I’ll be keeping a paper journal on the trip and will transcribe it when I get home. That’s the delight of train travel.

Books, bookpeople, and bibliophilia. I am a lucky, lucky woman.

Be seeing you.


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.


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!


So many books, so few muscles.

10 02 2009

It’s a sad, sad thing when you have to say “no” to free swag, especially free books.

My intrepid partner and I did a day trip to New York Comic Con on this Saturday past. [A full con report will be posted over at my personal blog Syzygy later today.]

We got caught in the unfortunate necessity of having to dress for winter in Massachusetts and spring in New York City. Thus, we were so laden down with coats and layers and our own backpacks that we couldn’t avail ourselves of Tor’s 10-book-giveaway.

Pity. I would have loved to have gotten Brian Francis Slattery’s LIBERATION, and F. Paul Wilson’s THE KEEP, and Eric Nylund’s MORTAL COILS, to freshen up our stock, not to mention John Scalzi’s OLD MAN’S WAR, a perennial favorite.

I learned enough from the day trip that I need to do much more planning for these events. I need to be there all three days, and I need to make use of the FedEx/Kinko’s on site at the Javits Center.

One shout-out must go out to Nadine Pirogow at Hachette Book Group; she’s got great eyes, and recognized me from previous book events such as the NEIBA trade show. I owe her a debt of gratitude for helping me turn my customers on to the Jaz Parks series. We had too short a time to catch up at NYCC, since by that point in the day I was in extremely rough shape physically. But it’s always nice to be remembered.

All in all, though, it was wonderful to see speculative fiction so well represented… and not just by Tor and Hachette. So many “major houses” and small presses, cheek by jowl. NYCC was as much a bibliophile’s delight as it was a pop culture fan’s haven.

I’m already making plans for next year – October 8-10, 2010.