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Independent Book Store Day is April 30th!! See you at University Book Store!

What was your first bookstore?

I have dim memories of going to a big department store in San Francisco with my mom.  In the elevator, there was a label beside the floor button for BOOKS.  We went there to buy two new Walter Farley books for me to take on the long airplane journey to Fairbanks, Alaska.  I still have one of them.

My next bookstore was Adler’s bookstore in Fairbanks.  It was owned and run by the Adlers.  It was not a large bookstore, but it was a source of important purchase for me.  The Cat and Mrs. Carey.  Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. Books of poetry by e.e. cummings.  And, as I earned the money for them, The Hobbit and then one by one, each volume of The Lord of the Rings.  In HARDBACK!  I remember well that they sold American flags there, but only the ones made in the USA.  And that every spring, there would be a vase of flowers —- Lilacs, if I recall correctly —- and buyers were invited to take a blossom with them as they left.

I’ve patronized a lot of bookstores since then, but those ones remain forever as mileposts in my life.

So I hope readers everywhere will be celebrating their local independent bookstores by dropping in and buying a book! We have some great ones in Tacoma.  Among my favorites: Culpeppers Books in the Proctor District, and Tacoma Book Center down near our beloved Tacoma Dome!  And let’s not forget King’s Books!  Go buy a book and let them know how much you still love brick and mortar bookstores.

One of my stops on Saturday will be University Book Store in Seattle.  At 6:30, I will be there with Greg Bear, Elliott Kay and Matt Ruff for a panel discussion on Speculative Fiction.  I expect to have a wonderful time there, and I do hope you will attend and enjoy also!  And please do stop and tell a staff member that we are so glad they are book sellers and not just store clerks!

Fun fact:  On January 10, 1900, University Book Store was started as a student owned co-op. And guess what?  Despite it’s growth, it is still student owned!  Check out its tale on the history page of their site.




Guest of Honor for Gencon!

I am so pleased to share this news with you all! And the best way to do that is with this LINK!   Now I know they show a Seattle address at the bottom of that page. But it will actually be in Indianapolis!  August 4-7, 2016 at the Indiana Convention Center.   I’ll hope… Continue Reading

Emerald City Comic Con

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Books One and Three have been found, Tacoma!

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Go out in the Rain and Claim a Book!

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Good Morning, Tacoma! Ready for a Riddle?

It’s 1 PM and the second set of clues for the second book are now added!  No finders have RSVP’d so I think the first book is still out there!  Good Luck!   It’s been a bit drizzly and gray outside. Perfect weather for curling up by the fire with a book, as all bookish… Continue Reading