The nominees for Hugo Award for Best Novel are The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon ($26.95 hardcover or $15.95 trade paperback), Brasyl by Ian McDonald ($25.00), Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer ($6.99), The Last Colony by John Scalzi ($23.95, $7.99 paperback due early August), and Halting State by Charles Stross ($24.95).
The winner of the Nebula Award for Novel was The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon ($26.95 hardcover or $15.95 trade paperback). The other finalists were Ragamuffin by Tobias S. Buckell ($24.95, $7.99 paperback due early June), The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman ($23.95, $7.99 paperback due early August), The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson ($23.99), and Odyssey by Jack McDevitt ($7.99). Daughters of the North by Sarah Hall ($13.95) won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for best science fiction or fantasy that explores gender roles.
The 2007 Stoker Awards included Best Novel to The Missing by Sarah Langan ($6.99) and Best First Novel to Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill ($7.99).
The British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel went to Brasyl by Ian McDonald ($25.00).
The 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz ($24.95), the story of an overweight man obsessed with science fiction, comics, and games who sets out to write an epic space opera.
The Edgar Award winners included Best Novel to Down River by John Hart ($24.95, some signed copies available); Best First Novel by an American Author to In the Woods by Tana French ($24.95; $14.00 trade pb due early June); Best Paperback Original to Queenpin by Megan Abott ($13.00).
Sherlock Holmes Play
Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul presents:
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
by Steven Dietz
Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play!
Directed by Holmes fan Peter Moore
May 30-June 22, 2008
“The game is afoot, Watson – and it is a dangerous one!” Sherlock Holmes at the height of his powers is surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor, and surprise. With his trusted companion Doctor Watson at his side, Holmes matches wits with his arch-nemesis, the evil Professor Moriarty, and faces his greatest challenge: a chilling mystery involving a kidnapped diva, scandalous letters, and London’s seamy underworld. Starring Steve Hendrickson, Bob Davis, Jim Cada, and Virginia Burke.
Special prices for Uncle Edgar’s customers: ½ price preview tickets (only $10 each!) or $5 off regular performances. Call 651-291-7005 and use code “T”.
Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Place, Saint Paul, parksquaretheatre.org
More Signed Books
Since last issue of the Newsletter, we’ve accumulated a lot of signed books. Some are from announced author appearances, some from drop-by signings, and some arrived in the mail already signed.
At Uncle Hugo’s we currently have signed copies of all of Lois McMaster Bujold’s books that are in print, including Miles in Love ($14.00 trade paperback or $19.00 hardcover), Passage: The Sharing Knife #3 ($25.95, and we still have signed hardcovers of #1 and #2 at $25.95 each), and Legacy: The Sharing Knife #2 ($7.99 pb); all of Tate Hallaway’s and Lyda Morehouse’s books, with the most recent being Romancing the Dead ($14.00); all of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series, with the most recent being Dead Until Dark ($23.95 first hardcover edition of the first of the series), All Together Dead (#6 in $7.99 pb or $24.95 hardcover), and From Dead to Worse (#7, $24.95), plus Many Bloody Returns ($24.95 original anthology co-edited by Harris, which also contains Jim Butcher, Tate Hallaway, and many others); Kim Harrison’s The Outlaw Demon Wails ($24.95); R. A. Salvatore’s The Ancient ($25.95).
At Uncle Edgar’s we have signed copies of Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter ($22.95) plus lots of paperbacks; Nevada Barr’s Winter Study ($24.95) plus lots of paperbacks; Elizabeth Becka’s Unknown Means ($22.95); Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance ($24.00); C. R. Corwin’s The Unraveling of Violeta Bell ($24.95); Elizabeth George’s Careless in Red ($27.95); Charlaine Harris’ An Ice Cold Grave ($23.95) plus lots of paperbacks; Carl Hiaasen’s The Downhill Lie ($22.00, a humorous memoir of golf); Libby Fischer Hellmann’s Easy Innocence ($14.95 trade pb or $24.95 hardcover); Laura Lippman’s Another Thing to Fall ($24.95); John McEvoy’s Close Call ($24.95); Beverle Graves Myers’ The Iron Tongue of Midnight ($24.95); Anne Perry’s At Some Disputed Barricade ($15.00 trade pb), Buckingham Palace Gardens ($26.00), and We Shall Not Sleep ($15.00 trade pb); Anthony Neil Smith’s Yellow Medicine ($14.95 trade pb or $24.95 hardcover); Michael Stanley’s A Carrion Death ($23.95); and Charles Todd’s A Pale Horse ($23.95).
One Day Sale
The Global Marketplace in the former Sears store in having a big anniversary event Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1. The Global Marketplace will be doing something different each day of the event, with Saturday, May 31 featuring different ethnic cooking demonstrations every hour or so, and special deals on food. To try to tie-in with this event, the area merchant associations wanted to have a sidewalk sale for the Chicago to Bloomington area. Then they found how much red tape would be involved with the city to have a sidewalk “sale” where transactions were actually taking place on the sidewalk, so they decided to do a sidewalk “event”, where the money has to change hands inside the stores. (I guess the city never realized that they could have gone after all the drug dealers who used to hang out in this area for a couple of decades by charging them with conducting a sidewalk “sale” without a permit; or maybe the city just prefers to make life tough for legitimate businesses.) There was pressure was for the local businesses to do something for the “event”, so we’ll be having a one-day sale with an extra 10% off all used hardcovers. And if it doesn’t rain, we’ll even stick a table full of overstock used hardcovers outside, with somebody to direct people inside to make their purchases. If it is raining, the overstock used hardcovers will stay inside. The sale applies to in-store sales, not mail orders.