Friday, April 29, 2011

2011 Edgar Awards

The 2011 Edgar Awards were announced on 28 April, 2011.

Steve Hamilton, a prior winner for A Cold Day in Paradise, won his second Edgar for Best Novel for The Lock Artist.

Bruce DeSilva won the Edgar for Best First Novel for his debut, Rogue Island.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

"Your intentions are dishonorable!" - Sir Alistair Hornsby (the garden snail puppet via Nialle) to Ross, who threatened to use a cat as a towel

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pulitzer Prize Winner 2011

The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced earlier today, and Jennifer Egan's "A Visit From the Good Squad" has been named the Pulitzer winner for fiction for 2011. Congratulations!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Patrick Rothfuss

AUTHOR EVENT - APRIL 21 - 7:00pm.

Patrick Rothfuss, the author of The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear will be here to sign, read, and A some Q's. Arrive early to ensure seating; this event is likely to draw a substantial crowd.

Besides having made the New York Times bestseller list and having drawn praise from The London Times, The Onion AV Club, Ursula K. LeGuin, Orson Scott Card, Robin Hobb, Anne McCaffrey, and many (many) more, Rothfuss routinely receives such accolades as "The fantasy world has a new star" (Publishers' Weekly).

Facebook users, click here to confirm your attendance and to invite your friends. Spread the word! This event is on Thursday next, and we want to make sure everyone who wants to be here knows to be here.

(Click here to read the wonderfully kind things Pat and his fans have to say about independent bookstores - and also to read his transcript of our hilarious scheduling call.)

Author Event Signing: Patrick Rothfuss - 21 April 7PM

Mr Rothfuss recounts the story of how this came about far better than I can (and I'm kind of squeeing about the whole thing, mind you), but this thing, it's really happening here. Nialle and I will definitely be here for it. It's short notice, but spread the word, bring your friends and your books. This is going to rock.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

First Officer's Log No 34: Updates, Updates, Everywhere!

Due to some confusion, let it be known that the Haunted Bookshop is NOT - repeat NOT - going out of business, buying another bookstore, or having any kind of closing sale. We are simply expanding. It's exciting, exhausting, insanity-inducing, and other such things. We gained 1000 square feet, and we're making the most of it. Progress have reached the point where we now have a specific Children's Room, complete with a brand new puppet rank to hold our furry friends, a wrap around stage, and two quite cozy chairs. A couch is in the future!

Nialle, Anna, Jon, Ross and a host of others have been working like crazy to build new bookcases, shift sections into their new homes, and make everything move smoothly. As of today, History has been relocated, and US History and Military History have their own rooms. European, African, Middle Eastern, Oceania, and the Isles all have moved to L-shaped wrap around rooms. Graphic Novels, Cookbooks, and Crafting have also shifted to new locations. Nialle and Anna are hard at work building the new religion room as I type this out.

Some sections have temporary homes until we can relocate them permanently, including Business, Economics and Music. If you can't find what you're looking for, just let us know. It's every changing.

Literature, as Nialle says, is not going anywhere, but it will eventually be gaining 4 big cases, so that is exciting. Literature is expanding!

I'm not sure what the plan is for the back room containing Science, Genre Fiction (Sci Fi, Mystery, Horror), Psychology, Medicine, and Sports. Art will be moving from its current home in the step down area, but I don't know when that will be, nor am I sure where exactly it's going. It's an ever changing, ever shifting game of musical books and shelves.

If you haven't been by the shop yet, our hours are the same as always, 11 - 7 every day. Do pardon the bookcases up front, but aside from the general sense of time-and-spatial displacement, and the occasional hammering and circular sawing needed to make bookshelves fit, the shop is the same as it's always been.

It's just a bit like a rather epic game of Tetris these days. Fear not. It is temporary.

Until next week, fellow bibliophiles!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Press Citizen Interviews Prairie Lights' Paul Ingram

The Iowa City Press Citizen has a nifty feature where they interview a local person of interest. This week, that person is Paul Ingram, the long time book buyer for Prairie Lights, the local new independent bookstore. It's a brief interview, but if you ever get the chance, go and chat with Paul. He'll give you endless recommendations and probably sell you a few things too.

Personal note from Ali: Paul is the reason I started reading Denise Mina. If Paul tells you to read something, trust him. He knows what he's talking about.
"Time isn't allowed to pass until I'm done with it!" - Nialle

Monday, April 4, 2011

"Trees don't belong in cans." - Ali, referring to pine-scented spray cans

Sunday, April 3, 2011

First Officer's Log No 33: Construction, Construction Everywhere And Many Books To Read

Nialle and the crew have begun construction on the new expansion to the shop. We have a Children's Room now, and it is very exciting. The cats are quite impressed as well... as impressed as cats can be, because they seem to enjoy hopping around and exploring the empty hand built pine cases as much as helping with the shelving. That is, cats are helpful by getting in the way and sitting on the shelf where books need to go.

Ah, cats.

Room is being made, progress as well, and our fabulous volunteers and co-workers are making the new addition pretty spectacular. We should be moving on to History in the next few weeks, making more room for US History and Military History, with bigger, sturdier cases, and 1000 more square feet of space. The space was bigger than I thought, and seeing it for the first time was kind of mind-blowing - you just never realize how much space is in one storefront until you see empty floors and shelves.

Ultimately, the move is bittersweet. Real Records is gone, and I miss the jazz and alternative pop / rock music piping in through the dividers. Craig and his crew brought something quite special to this space, and it was nice to share a book shop and a music shop, drawing people in to check the best of both worlds. However, it gains us so much more space, an opportunity to truly make this a massive, unique used book shop, right in the historic Northside District of Iowa City.

Bitter? Yes, because we've lost a great neighbor and a friend. Sweet? Yes, because we get to grow and redesign the layout and show Iowa City the best of what we can offer. It's a great opportunity, like so many things, and it's going to be a step in the right direction. I have a good feeling. It's bittersweet, but still good.

Until next week, fellow bibliophiles.