June 21, 2020 update:
As many of you are already aware, Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore and Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore were burnt to the ground by rioters in the early hours of Saturday, May 30. I'm going to give you a GoFundMe update, an update on what items I am currently selling, a long-winded explanation of possibilities for the future of Uncle Hugo's / Uncle Edgar's, and then the story of how we reached this point.
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GOFUNDME: If you will feel ripped off if I decide not to open a new brick-and-mortar store, or to reopen a science fiction store but not a mystery store, please do not contribute to the GoFundMe at this time. Details here: Our Crowdfunding Page
ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR (order via the website; all orders will be shipped):
Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's T-shirts and Sweatshirts: Our standard T-shirt and sweatshirt sizes can be ordered via the store website: [T-shirts and Sweatshirts]
If you are interested in special ordering larger size shirts (T-shirts 3XL-6XL or sweatshirts 2XL-4XL), please email email@example.com no later than Tuesday, June 23, 2020 with your special order request. I will get back to you with pricing and availability information before placing the final order. The shirt shipment I received a week ago is selling fast, and I plan to order more shirts in late June.
Signed Lois McMaster Bujold Books can be ordered via the store website: [Bujold books]
NOT ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR: Anything else. The website will be updated as other items become available. Some additional signed books will be available by the end of June. (Newsletter 130 is available for reading purposes only, orders from it are not currently being accepted.)
CURRENT EVENTS AND FUTURE SCENARIOS: The current state of business and possibilities for the future: [details here]
THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE ARSON: A recap of the events leading up to the destruction of the Uncles: [details here]
June 7, 2020 update:
I just talked with Don, he is doing well and things are proceeding apace. He has a new computer system on order from the inventory software company. Once that is up and running, he will have store T-shirts for sale via the website, and will be adding a limited selection of signed books as they become available.
He met with his lawyer and the insurance adjuster last Friday. He will be receiving a check for a sizable percentage of the inventory value within 30 days. This is good, because the store owes money to a variety of publishers, and he will then be able to pay off those invoices.
There are a couple of options for the payout on the building, and he is still gathering more information before making a decision regarding that.
He is looking into options for relaunching his book business in various shapes and sizes. That process is also in the data-gathering stage, and it will be a while before he reaches a decision.
Your support and friendly messages are greatly appreciated!
May 31, 2020 update from Don below:
I got ahold of my attorney and explained things to him. He says that the "civil insurrection" clause is in almost all insurance policies, but the courts almost never allow the insurance companies to get away with using it, and my insurance company is one of the easier ones to work with.
I went over to the store twice yesterday. At 7 am I talked a National Guard trooper into escorting me back to the building so I could talk to the fire captain who was supervising turning the basement into a swimming pool. I knew that the front of the store, with a wooden floor and wooden roof, was hopeless. I thought that the back, with concrete slab floors and a steel roof, might be salvagable. The captain showed me where the high pressure from the heated air had bowed out the concrete block walls and formed cracks in the walls, and the steel roofs had collapsed.
I went back around 3:30 to see if anything in the back room was worth recovering. The aluminum folding ladder that was about 6 foot tall when folded in half was stored a couple of inches from the back door -- it is now about 2.5 foot tall, and everything else was in worse shape. On that trip I noticed that the roof of the US Bank seemed to have collapsed into the building although there were no exterior signs of fire.
(Note from Elizabeth: the bank was torched early Sunday morning.)