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Newsletter #110 June August, 2015

Used Book Sale

        Every year our supply (oversupply) of used books gets larger. We’re having a used book sale to try to reduce our supply.
        All used books will be 20% off, whether you have a discount card or not. The sale includes used paperbacks, used hardcovers, used magazines, used gaming books, and bagged books.
        Because we have so many used audiobooks, we will be selling all used audiobooks at $5.00 each, whether cassette or CD. The sale runs from Friday, May 29 through Sunday, June 7. That gives you two weekends to take advantage of the sale.
        This sale will be for customers shopping in the store–it does not apply to mail orders. If you’re thinking about bringing in lots of used books to sell to us during the sale, expect a longer than normal wait.

Award News

        The finalists for the Nebula Award for Best Novel are The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison ($8.99), Trial by Fire by Charles E. Gannon ($15.00), Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie ($16.00), The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu ($25.99), Coming Home by Jack McDevitt ($25.95), and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer ($13.00).

        The nominees for the Hugo Award for Best Novel are The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison ($8.99), The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson ($8.99), Skin Game by Jim Butcher ($9.99), Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie ($16.00), and The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu ($25.99).

        Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne ($15.00) and My Real Children by Jo Walton ($25.99 hc, $15.99 tr pb due mid-May) tied for the 2014 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given for works that explore and expand gender roles.

        Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie ($16.00) won the British Science Fiction Association Award for best novel.

        The Edgar Allan Poe Award winners included Best Novel to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King ($16.00), Best First Novel by an American Author to Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman ($14.95), Best Paperback Original to The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani ($16.00), and Best Critical/Biographical to Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J. W. Ocher ($18.95).

        The Agatha Award Winners included Best Contemporary Novel to Truth Be Told by Hank Phillipi Ryan ($24.99), Best Historical Novel to Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen ($25.95, $7.99 paperback due early August), and Best First Novel to Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley ($7.99).

        The nominees for the 2015 Thriller Awards for Best Novel are The Fever by Megan Abbott ($15.00), Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes ($26.00, $16.00 trade pb due mid-June), Suspicion by Joseph Finder ($9.99), Natchez Burning by Greg Iles ($27.99 signed hc or $9.99 pb), and That Night by Chevy Stevens ($15.99). The nominees for Best First Novel are The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin (no U.S. edition yet), Invisible City by Julia Dahl ($15.99), The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens ($15.95), The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh ($16.00), and The Martian by Andy Weir ($15.00).

How’s Business
by Don Blyly

        Business continues to be up compared to last year, but still down compared to a few years ago.
        National Independent Bookstore Day on May 2 was reasonably successful at Uncle Hugo’s (sales up about 50% from the first Saturday in May of last year), and I’ve heard that most other bookstores also experienced a large increase for the day. But most of our business on the day was regular customers coming in to make large purchases to get a free bookbag, rather than new customers discovering us for the first time. The local mass media seems to have pretty much ignored it. I know that MPR did a nice little article about it on their website, but I’m not aware of them discussing it on the radio. I didn’t encounter any other local media coverage of the day, so most of the population had no idea it was happening.
        I mentioned in the last newsletter that Borderlands Books of San Francisco had announced that they were going out of business because of the $15 per hour minimum wage approved by San Francisco voters. They came up with a plan to stay in business. They offered sponsorships for $100 each, and announced that if they sold 300 sponsorships by the end of March, they would stay open for the rest of 2015. Next year, they will also offer sponsorships, and if they sell enough by the end of March, 2016, they will stay open for the rest of 2016, and they will continue to sell annual sponsorships until either they don’t sell enough sponsorships to cover the extra expenses or they have to close for some other reason. They sold enough sponsorships within 48 hours to be able to stay open for 2015.
        Last newsletter I discussed some medical problems I had been experiencing. Since then, I had two more medical “adventures”, totally unrelated to the ones I mentioned last time, but I now seem to be in good shape.

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