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Are we having fun yet?
Well, I have some news. DreamHaven will be opening its doors to the public once again, starting this Monday, the 18th.
HOWEVER – Read the rest of this, as the details are important and we can only do this with your help.
Until further notice, we will be open noon-6 pm, Monday through Saturday.
This is the part we need your help with – we will only be allowing 10 people in the store at a time, and we ask that you put 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people. This means that you may need to exercise some patience, and bringing the whole family may not be as good an idea as it used to be.
Masks are optional, but encouraged. Staff may or may not be wearing them. We are going to attempt to have some masks available as well as hand sanitizer. Some high-contact surfaces will be cleaned regularly, and Greg says he has installed a clear barrier at the counter (which I am looking forward to seeing, as our counter can’t have made it easy).
And as before, we are taking orders by phone, e-mail or on our website for mail or pickup. If you don’t know if we have something in stock, just ask.
Stay safe! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Still Alive! That goes for the store and the people working in it. We’re still healthy and we’re still working to get things out to you.
Since you’re here, you’ve probably noticed the bright green disclaimer banner up above. Because of how our website is set up, it can be difficult for us to keep on top of what we have in stock vs. what we have on the website. And right now, with fewer people keeping fewer hours in the store, it’s more difficult than ever. Add to that shipping delays, more orders than normal coming in…it got a bit messy. And we really hate to get an order and then have to turn around and tell the person eagerly awaiting their book that we don’t have it and probably can’t get it for weeks. So we’re taking drastic measures. It won’t solve everything, but we hope it will help.
We have marked everything on the website posted prior to Jan 1, 2019 “Out of Stock”. Everything posted after that date is still easily available as usual. We hate to do this as it means people will be less likely to order something if they can’t just click a button and send off the order. I want you to know that we will still have much of this in stock, and you can still feel free to drop us a note here or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will still be happy to sell you the books once we have made sure they are in stock. And we have so many other titles in stock that have never made it anywhere near the website!
Thank you for all your support during these interesting times. We will keep doing what we can to get you the books you need/want!
Wow. I guess this is what they mean by “interesting times”? Just when I thought it couldn’t get interesting-er….
No gloom. We are happy, healthy and open! Greg, Ryan and I (Wendy) intend to keep the store open as long as we can get the books and ship them back out. Crowds certainly aren’t being an issue, and between the trickle of orders coming in and things that are finally getting done around here, we’re keeping occupied. (Did you hear about Ryan finding a case of toilet paper in the basement that Greg had ordered and forgotten two years ago? Seriously. The basement needs work.)
But we miss you, and we worry that you might be running out of books. That’s why I’m putting more books on the website, and why we’ve put together a $10 care package option. If you haven’t seen it already, it’s here. You can order it here online and we will send a package of lightly-used books anywhere in the US. If you’re local and would rather swing by and pick one up, you can get a slightly larger bag for the same price. We have a few different bags to choose from: science fiction, fantasy, Star Trek, adventure/thriller, western (I did do western, I think…nobody has picked one yet), and random. No kids’ books or young adult, I’m afraid, as we just don’t have enough of them. And “random” might get you a bag full of crazy, but Greg says I can’t go too extreme and have to mix some SF&F in as well.
Don’t forget that most of our stock is not online! If there is something you’d like to order, just give us a call (612-823-6161) or drop us an e-mail (email@example.com) and we’ll see if we have it or can get it for you. We ship everywhere!
DreamHaven will be closing early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, as well as being closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. So if you’re going to be doing some last-day Christmas shopping (or any other shopping here on December 24th), remember to do it before 3 pm!
Tuesday, Dec 24 Noon – 3 pm
Wednesday, Dec 25 CLOSED
Tuesday, Dec 31 Noon – 5pm
Wednesday, Jan 1 CLOSED
Happy holidays, everybody!
And now, the post you’ve all been waiting for! “What’s on sale for Black Friday?” I’ve heard you ask. Well, I’ll tell you. But first, our holiday hours!
We will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day (November 28, December 25, January 1). But as well as our usual schedule (Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6:30pm), we will also be open every Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas from noon – 5pm.
And now, to the sales….
BLACK FRIDAY we will be open our normal hours, but EVERYTHING will be 20% off all day.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY we will be open our normal hours, with
20% off new books
25% off used books
30% off bagged comics
And special items will be sale priced up to 75% off!
Was it worth the wait?
The 2019 Hugo Awards were announced Sunday, August 18th, at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland. And the winners are….
The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018)
Best Short Story
“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)
Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
Best Related Work
Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
Best Graphic Story
Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC)
Best Professional Editor, Long Form
Best Professional Editor, Short Form
Best Professional Artist
Best Art Book
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz)
Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien
Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan
Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders
Best Fan Writer
Best Fan Artist
Likhain (Mia Sereno)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Jeannette Ng (2nd year of eligibility)
Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)
Welcome to DreamHaven Books and Comics!
It has come to my attention that a lot of folks are finding us online these days rather than walking in through the front door, so I thought I should tell you something about the store.
DreamHaven is a good old-fashioned bricks-and-mortar bookstore that opened its doors for the first time on April 1st, 1977. Since then it has been in several different locations in Minneapolis under a couple different names, but always under the same ownership. That’s 42 years! We’ve been in our current location at 2301 E. 38th Street for about 11 years.
The store stock has changed a bit over the years, but the core of it has always been science fiction, fantasy and horror; books and comics; new and used. We’re one of the oldest science fiction specialty shops in the country. That said, we also have a great art section, film books and posters, and vintage paperbacks. Add to that all the odds and ends that have wound up in the store over the last 42 years and we have a very eclectic stock!
Sadly, only a very small percentage of it winds up on our website. We have a small staff, and the amount of time that would be required to get all of it on the website would probably require hiring six more people. Right now the items that get onto our website tend to be significant new titles or older items that get posted on a whim because I had some free time. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t order them online! If you have a wishlist, feel free to send it along to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on what you’re looking for it may take me a bit, but I’ll give a search through our stock and see if I can hook you up with what you want.
Some of the more collectible books we do get posted on abebooks.com, and we regularly have a selection of things on ebay.com – that’s good for all sorts of things. But our online stock is only the tip of the iceberg.
If you’ve missed the event we posted (full details through the link to the left), we are having another big, beautiful BAG SALE on June 8th. But we just got notified that a block or so of 38th between the store and Hiawatha will be closed that day. You shouldn’t have any trouble going around it, but we thought we should pass the word in advance, especially if you’re going to be joining us at Print Matters before the sale.
Maybe not as busy with the *sales* as we’d like — I’m guessing the snow is putting you off a bit. But we haven’t just been sitting around just waiting for you. Greg has picked up a couple of BIG collections over the last few months and we’ve been working our way through them so that we can get them out on sale. The first was primarily science fiction — hardcover, softcover, some CDs and DVDs, and a LOT of it is signed. We have signed books coming out of our ears. Some are just out on the floor, some have been going to ABE and e-Bay.
The second collection is all paperbacks. And not just science fiction, fantasy and horror, either. Everything. And I mean everything — the previous owner was a completist collector who wanted full runs from the publishers. This means we have home repair, puzzle and joke books, classic literature, smut, juvenile delinquency, TV novelizations, westerns, homicides…. And it’s not just Bantam, Pocket, Ballantine, Dell (oh, those Dell map-backs!) Ace and Fawcett, but other publishers like Bart House, Monarch, Beacon, Midwood, Handi-Books, Gold Star, Regency, Nightstand, Ember, Evening Reader, Sundown and so many more! And almost all of it from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Much of it is still in boxes, but Greg has gone through hundreds of books already. Lots of Robert Silverberg, Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake (including the ones that don’t always show up in their bibliographies), and some really fine Jim Thompsons!
Now would be a great time to come shopping to fill in holes in your collection. And if you can’t easily get in, you can send me your want lists at email@example.com. I make no promises about speed — we’re still discovering things on a daily basis and it’s not all neatly organized yet. But let me know what you’re looking for, and if and when I locate it I’ll drop you a note. But if you can, come by and take a look. I’m hoping to get a display of some of the paperbacks up — so many incredible covers!
Here’s the big news, straight from
the turkey Greg:
No getting up at 4AM on Friday for us. We’re open our regular hours on BLACK FRIDAY (Noon until 6:30) but we will offer some SPECIAL SALES.
DreamHaven Black Friday Sales
- All bagged and collectible paperbacks on sales floor 50% OFF *(no showcase or behind the counter books included).
We support SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY so most of our sales & specials will be available only on Saturday.
DreamHaven Small Business Saturday Sales
- All back issue (bagged) comics on sales floor 50% OFF *(no showcase or behind-the-counter comics included).
- We will continue the collectible paperback sale from Friday.
- Return of the 10 CENT Comic Book!
Not since the early 1960’s have comic book prices been this low. All of our quarter bin comics
will be only 10 CENTS all day Saturday. We have dozens of boxes of previously unseen material
that we’ll be putting out periodically as well.
- We’re having special sales on GRAPHIC NOVELS and CHILDREN’S BOOKS, both great Christmas gifts.
- We have thousands of SIGNED books at bargain prices. SIGNED books make great gifts!
- We will be putting out more SALE and BARGAIN books and comics all day on Saturday.
And, starting Sunday, November 25, DreamHaven will be open on Sundays from Noon until 5PM through
Nnedi Okorafor (author of the Binti books, Akata Witch and Akata Warrior, Who Fears Death and more) will be in town for Book Week at the University of Minnesota. On October 25th, they have a free event that is open to the public where she will be speaking on “Many Faces of Fiction”, with a discussion and Q&A afterwards.
Check out their website at cehd.umn.edu/events/bookweek/ for more information.
We have a lot of books in the store. We have a lot of books in the basement. We have a lot of books still coming in from the collection Greg purchased earlier this year.
Fact #1: We need to clear some space.
Did you know that we have a whole garage full of $1 paperbacks and hardcovers? When something is a little too beat up to sell for regular prices, or when we have too many of them, or when something comes in that doesn’t fall under our usual range of SF-Fantasy-Horror-etc., they often go out into the garage at $1. Yes, the garage isn’t the easiest place to shop, often being a little too cold in the winter and a little too hot in the summer, but right now it’s just perfect. SF/Fantasy/Westerns/Poetry/Home Maintenance/Classics/Popular Fiction…it’s out there.
Fact #2: We have a lot of good books, going cheap, that nobody looks at.
1 + 2 = Fact #3: DreamHaven is going to have a bag sale.
Saturday, September 8th, DreamHaven is going to give you a chance to pick up a lot of good reading for not a lot of cash.
Here’s the plan: $5 gets you a small bag (6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 13 1/2”) or $15 gets you a grocery bag. You take it into the garage, and fill it with all the hardcovers, paperbacks, 25-cent comics, or whatever else we manage to pack in there by Saturday. Fill it right up to the top, then take it away – not back into the store (we don’t want things to be confused – or to come back!).
There are lots of goodies out there, and I expect that by the 8th we will have even more. And if the weather is nice, we could expand out onto the driveway and have room for even more things. Come on by, say hello, and help get us a little breathing space before we wedge even more wonders in!
Hi there! I just added something to the site and I thought I’d point it out to you. You may have noticed that most of our stock that makes it onto this website consists of new books. Those are the quickest and easiest things to post on this website, and the easiest to maintain stock of as they are likely to remain in print for a while. But for those of you outside our local area, we’d like you to know that this isn’t all we carry, not by a long shot. In fact, it’s not all we carry online.
If you look at the upper left of the main page of our website, you’ll see a new section beneath our location and phone number. This has links to our sites on ABEbooks.com and eBay.com. ABEbooks has been a very useful website for us to sell older and more collectible books. Greg handles all the listings himself, as grading is very important. eBay.com is good for books, but even better for odd and interesting collectibles. Recently we acquired a collection of 8 mm films. There’s not much call for them here in the store, but eBay has been a good way for us to send them off to folks who will appreciate them.
I understand that some people don’t like to have financial dealings with just anyone on the internet, so I want you to know that any items you see us listing on either eBay or ABEbooks are available through the store as well. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will remove the item from the other website and process the sale ourselves. Also, we may be able to give you a slightly better deal on it as there will be no fees to pay to the other site.
I could try to drag this out, but I’m nice. It’s not what you’re hoping for. Alternatively, it might be exactly what you need, but had no idea about until this very moment. (I am dragging it out, aren’t I?) The latest from Patrick Rothfuss is…he’s writing a Rick & Morty comic.
“I love Rick and Morty™ with a powerful love, and I’ve played D&D since the 5th grade,” said Patrick Rothfuss. “So when they approached me about writing a story with both of them together? That’s some serious you-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut butter $#!& right there. I’m in. I’m all the way in. I’m gettin’ that chocolate all up in the peanut butter. Like, deep in. All the way in. It’s going to be sticky and delicious.” (From the IDW website.)
Someday he’ll get back to everyone’s favorite Kingkiller.