Hi everybody! We hope you’re enjoying your summer so far. This is just to let you know that yes, DreamHaven will be closed on Thursday, the Fourth of July. We will be open again Friday at noon for all your vacation reading needs.
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.
We’ve got a great deal for con-goers this week! Whether you’re just in town for the convention or come by and see us on a regular basis, stop by the store between now (July 5, day 1 of the convention) and July 7th with your con badge, and receive 15% off your purchase of books, comics, statues, posters, action figures, t-shirts, giant Halloween masks, Captain America shields…or whatever widgets and whatnots strike your fancy. Sorry, we aren’t open Sunday or Monday for post-con shopping.
As lovely as the Tartarus Press books are (Never seen them? They are beautiful!), sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. We have five titles that we have reduced prices on here on the website. Two by Robert Aickman, The Attempted Rescue and The River Runs Uphill; Eric Stener Carlson’s Muladona; Arthur Machen’s The Children of the Pool and Other Stories; and Magda McQueen’s Mirror Dead. All prices have been reduced by 25% or more. Here’s your chance to get a great deal on some great books.
One of the best signs of Spring (it is Spring, honest) is Independent Bookstore Day! Go buy new books, support your local independent booksellers, and maybe win great prizes! What could be better?
Just stop by a participating bookseller and pick up an IBD Passport. Then visit more bookstores. At each bookstore you visit, get the passport stamped (no purchase required). If you visit at least five bookstores, you can turn the passport in for a chance to win prizes.
In addition, expect some free books and great deals available at our store just for this event!
It’s that time again – they’ve announced the finalists for the Hugo Awards! You can find a full list here, but this is a list of the ones you are most likely find at DreamHaven. (You might find some of the others wandering through, but editors don’t appreciate being stacked on shelves.)
2018 Hugo Awards Finalists
The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
“And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)
Best Related Work
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoe Quinn (PublicAffairs)
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)
Best Graphic Story
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)
We have heat again! I guess this means that things are back to “normal”.
We’re a little chilly today. Yes, it’s February in Minnesota but it’s a gloriously warm and sunny day outside, as long as you can avoid the puddles forming from the large snowbanks. No, unfortunately I mean it’s cold inside.
It appears that at the end of last week our furnace died. Dead. It is no more. It is an ex-furnace. So things have gotten a little nippy around here. We have space heaters in place, but Greg is out of town for the next week or so which is complicating the replacement. We expect to be open our regular hours, but it would probably be a good idea to check our Facebook page for regular updates.