October 10, 2019

October News

* Overheard in the Store:

"At one point in history you could certainly read every science fiction & fantasy title that came out that year. Now you can't even read all the Seanan McGuire titles that come out in a year!"

"What house are you in?  Gryffindor?  Like everybody.  I'm in Slytherin, obviously."

"It's low-level and hilarious vegan propaganda, TBH."

"I just need to find an ancient Babylonian oatmeal recipe RIGHT NOW!"

"I think it's really creative what this guy did with dried noodles."

"Please don't kill people.  It would be rude."

"Tentacles are coming.  Paint is drying."

"As a friend of mine once sniffed, 'Suburban bondage'."

"That's the name of my new punk band --'Stalin's Unicorns'."

"This is the sort of book you put on your coffee table to find out who your real friends are."

* Huge congratulations to Alex and JoAnne!  Alex proposed to JoAnne at Borderlands on Tuesday, October 1st with a custom-made book that celebrates their story.  We wish them a lifetime of happiness!  You can see pictures of the happy couple (and that adorable book) on our Twitter feed, @borderlands_sf.

* Bay News Rising talked to Alan about Borderlands' new building and discussed the difficulties of small businesses purchasing them: https://baynewsrising.org/2019/08/19/small-business-survival-tactic-own-your-own-building/

* Author Tananarive Due discusses Octavia Butler: https://www.essence.com/entertainment/only-essence/octavia-butler-interview/ (And if you haven't read Due's story "Attachment Disorder" from A PEOPLE'S FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES, you should do so as soon as possible. It's wonderful.)

* Margaret Atwood reads: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/754859270/first-read-hear-margaret-atwood-tell-the-tale-of-the-testaments

* Protect your books as folks did in the past: with horrifying curses!  https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-to-protect-your-library-with-medieval-book-curses

* Daniel Henney will play al'Lan Mandragoran in the upcoming "Wheel of Time" tv show: https://www.tor.com/2019/09/04/the-wheel-of-time-tv-show-daniel-henney-will-play-allan-mandragoran/

* Cory Doctorow on "The Cold Equations" and Moral Hazard: https://locusmag.com/2014/03/cory-doctorow-cold-equations-and-moral-hazard/

* Shamelessly using the Loch Ness Monster to interest people in biodiversity research: https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/06/loch-ness-monster-is-still-mystery-scientists-have-some-new-evidence-theory/

* How did we miss this?!  Jonesy, the cat from "Alien", has his own book!  Call or email if you'd like us to reserve or send you a copy. https://www.nme.com/news/cat-alien-getting-spin-off-jonesy-2392038

* Check out this trailer for the new dystopian drama "See", with Jason Momoa.  I'm not too sure about this one: https://www.tvguide.com/news/see-apple-tv-trailer-jason-momoa/

* Richard Dormer will play Sam Vimes in "The Watch", based on Terry Practhett's books! https://www.tor.com/2019/09/11/vimes-bbc-america-casts-richard-dormer-in-terry-pratchett-series-the-watch/

* A thoughtful & entertaining article from The Smithsonian about how how the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show taught kids sophisticated political satire: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-bullwinkle-taught-kids-sophisticated-political-satire-180964803/

* Employee Maddy told me about this amazing WPA program I'd never heard of; kick-ass female librarians on horseback! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horse-riding-librarians-were-great-depression-bookmobiles-180963786/

* Green Apple has bought Browser Books: https://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=3576#m45794

* A fascinating introduction to Elizabeth Friedman, cryptography pioneer: https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/09/06/the-woman-who-smashed-codes-elizebeth-friedman/

* Once we stopping gasping & choking over the fact that the "Scooby-Doo" cartoon is FIFTY YEARS OLD, this was a really interesting article: https://crimereads.com/50-years-ago-scooby-doo-was-the-perfect-weird-hopeful-mystery-series-1969-needed/

* Manuscript critique from Mary Robinette Kowal: https://www.patreon.com/posts/manuscript-arent-11552026

* Our friends Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, who also happen to be the publishers of Small Beer Press, are opening a bookstore! Huge congratulations to them! https://www.bookweb.org/news/author-kelly-link-gavin-j-grant-open-book-moon-easthampton-massachusetts-574432

* Check out the chapter icons from the new Robert Jordan book: https://www.tor.com/2019/09/25/get-a-detailed-look-at-the-chapter-icons-in-robert-jordans-new-book-warrior-of-the-altaii/

* A warm welcome to the Mission's newest comic shop, Hella Novella!  https://missionlocal.org/2019/09/comically-tiny-comic-book-shop-opening-up-in-the-mission/

* An old (2013) but still fascinating article written by undertaker, about changing trends in funeral customs  and how the actual dead bodies are disappearing from funerals: https://aeon.co/essays/a-funeral-without-a-body-is-no-way-to-mourn

* The BBC presents former cult books that have fallen out of favor: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190920-the-cult-books-that-lost-their-cool

* Scientists are finally starting to understand "ballooning" -- the way in which spiders can kinda-sorta fly: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/the-electric-flight-of-spiders/564437/

* In this article from last year, Fast Company speculates on the future of food.  I don't know about you, but most of this sounds pretty dystopian to me: https://www.fastcompany.com/90222618/what-the-future-of-food-will-look-like-in-2038?cid=search

* Artist Banksy has "opened" a dystopian housewares store (actually a temporary installation) called "Gross Domestic Product": https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/10/gross-domestic-product/

* Leigh Bardugo shares the cast list and first cast photo from the upcoming "Shadow and Bone" adaptation: https://www.tor.com/2019/10/02/leigh-bardugo-shares-cast-list-and-first-cast-photo-of-netflixs-upcoming-shadow-and-bone-adaptation/

* Find your necromancy family among the houses of GIDEON THE NINTH!  https://www.tor.com/2019/09/20/find-your-necromancy-family-among-the-houses-of-gideon-the-ninth/

* The secret meanings behind the beasts in a medieval menagerie from Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/medieval-bestiary-allegories

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