December 01, 2011

December News Roundup

* We are so sorry to report the death of beloved author Anne McCaffrey at age 85.  The Guardian UK's obituary is here: <> .
"That's what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that it does, or could, exist and you want to go there."  - Anne McCaffrey

* Big thanks to author Peter David, who, of obvious necessity, has penned "The Fan / Pro Bill of Rights," detailing the rights and responsibilities of fans and professionals at conventions and in other public settings.  Yes, a lot of this stuff should be common sense. . .but "common sense" so often isn't.  <>

* Unfortunately, owner Greg Ketter will close the brick and mortar store of venerable DreamHaven Books of Minneapolis in January, 2012.  We are very, very sorry to lose the physical locus of this institution, but Greg says their mail-order business will continue.  <>

* A fundraising auction is underway to assist author and editor Terri Windling, who is in financial need.  There are signed books, original art prints and many, many other items available. Details here: <>

* Thanks to employee Naamen, Dave, and the many other customers who pointed us towards "The Call of Cthulhu" if presented by Dr. Seuss: <>

* Amazon takes aim at local shops.  " announced it will pay customers up to $5 to go into a local store, scan an item, walk out, and buy the same item on Amazon."  Further comment is really unnecessary.  <>

* Our neighbors, Lost Weekend Video are engaging in a fundraising effort to allow them to put in a screening room at their shop.  Like bookstores, video rental establishment have had a hard time staying open in the face of changes driven by the internet.  And, like bookstores, they provide social contact and expert reccomendations that are lacking on the internet.  But Lost Weekend isn't giving up and, again like bookstores, they're getting imaginative and coming up with clever ideas to keep going.  We at Borderlands salute and support their efforts.  For more information, check out <>.

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