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An almost-July update

Hi all! It’s now the end of June and I thought I’d put together a post with lots of little things you probably already know about.

We have re-opened since the break-in and are keeping the hours Monday – Saturday, Noon – 6pm. Except, of course, this coming Saturday will be the Fourth of July, and we will not be open. Here’s hoping we all have an excellent holiday weekend.

We are requiring masks in the store. City of Minneapolis says so, and it’s a good idea anyway. We need a healthy customer base!

A new bit of news – we’ve been getting a lot more single-item orders via the website than we used to, so Greg has decided to lower the flat rate for shipping from $7.50 to $5.00.

We’re now putting lists of upcoming releases onto the website as well. Just look at the menu on top of the home page, and select “Upcoming Releases”. Release dates have been changing a lot over the last few months, but we’ll try to keep on top of them. If you see anything you want to make sure we order, just let us know. We don’t have room for everything, but we’re always glad to order something for you.

Update: Fundraising

Hi everybody!

2020 has been rough on everybody, and retail has been a series of ups and downs. Covid-19 cancelled conventions we go to, closed our stores, and interfered with our supply chains. And then DreamHaven got broken into and smashed up.

After a lot of thought, Greg has decided to start a Go Fund Me campaign.

Check it out. His words are better than mine. Thank you.

June 2020 Update

Hi, everybody. Hope you’re all doing well. Thank you so, so much for all your good wishes and offers of help. We wanted to update you on what was going on with the store.

To recap: around 1 am Saturday Morning (May 30) four people (Young? Male?) stopped at DreamHaven in a car and smashed the glass in the front door. They destroyed our cash drawer, smashed a lot of glass and a computer, cut into boxes ready to ship, threw books around, and set a book on fire. At some point, they were interrupted by neighbors and ran for it with electronics and some merchandise. The neighbors boarded up our door and contacted us online.

Saturday Greg came in and discovered the mess, and called for help online. People were wonderful, and came and helped us clean up and board up the store. Again, THANK YOU!

A lot of folks have been asking if we are going to set up a GoFundMe. We haven’t ruled it out yet, but Greg is still going over things with the insurance company and if we do something, it will probably be after he knows how much the repairs are going to cost.

We’ve also been asked when we are going to re-open. Right now, we’re not sure. Greg says we’ll do it as soon as it feels safe. We’ll update you here when we do. For now, we’re back to online sales. Website, ABEbooks, eBay, or drop us a note at dream@dreamhavenbooks.com. We’re happy to do special orders for you, as long as we can get the books! – Wendy

May 2020 Update

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.

April Update

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 dream@dreamhavenbooks.com 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!

March Update

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 (dream@dreamhavenbooks.com) and we’ll see if we have it or can get it for you. We ship everywhere!

More Holiday hours updates!

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!

Revised times:

Tuesday, Dec 24  Noon – 3 pm
Wednesday, Dec 25 CLOSED
Tuesday, Dec 31  Noon – 5pm
Wednesday, Jan 1 CLOSED

Happy holidays, everybody!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Holiday Hours

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?

2019 Hugo Award Winners

The 2019 Hugo Awards were announced Sunday, August 18th, at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland. And the winners are….

Best Novel

The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Best Novella

Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novelette

“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)

Best Series

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

Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

Gardner Dozois

Best Professional Artist

Charles Vess

Best Art Book

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz)

Best Semiprozine

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

Best Fanzine

Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan

Best Fancast

Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders

Best Fan Writer

Foz Meadows

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!

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 wendy@dreamhavenbooks.com. 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.

Bag Sale additional information

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.

You can’t tell from the posts on here, but we’ve been busy

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 wendy@dreamhavenbooks.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!

— Wendy

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Holiday Hours

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
Christmas.

Nnedi Okorafor speaking in Minneapolis

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.

Big Sale! Bag Sale!

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!