And I know you guys know I'm NOT a fan of blogfests, and usually do my best to avoid them. But this one was way too awesome to pass up. Independent booksellers are an incredibly important part of the publishing industry. They hand sell books. Support authors with amazing events and signings. Not to mention it's pretty much impossible to find people more passionate about reading.
So when Lisa and Laura emailed me about a blogging event celebrating Independent Bookstores, of COURSE I was in. And while there are quite a few local Indies I love and support, there's one that goes just a *little* above and beyond, and that's why I chose to feature it. Mysterious Galaxy Books, in San Diego, CA.
Here's how they describe themselves on their website:
Mysterious Galaxy celebrated sixteen years in business as an independent specialty genre bookstore in May 2009. Our tagline, “Books of Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem,” encompasses the genres for which we are widely known: science fiction, mystery, fantasy and horror. In recent years, we have expanded our galaxy’s borders by participating in community events, creating events of interest to our customers, and partnering with local non-profit organizations. We also particpate in a wide variety of outside events including the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Men of Mystery, Southern California Writers Conferences, Comic-Con International ... and many more.
We have an active young adult program, providing authors to visit, read, and teach at schools that partner with us. Our MG Junior section reflects this program and our passion for young adult literature ... which we all enjoy.
Our staff is composed of passionate and knowledgeable booksellers, and we share our enthusiasm for our genres through hand-selling, great customer service, and regular reviews in our print and electronic newsletters, as well as here on our website.
You see that LONG list of authors I've met? Yeah, most of those were from signings at Mysterious Galaxy. They organize more author events than any store around--and they do an awesome job with all of them. And it doesn't matter how crazy or chaotic an event is, they keep it organized--even panels at Comic Con.
Every week I look forward to my Mysterious Galaxy email newsletter telling me what they have going on, and I do my best to hit every event I can. And I am dreaming of the day when I get to do a signing there myself. I know they'll do an awesome job with it. *wistful sigh*
So to show my support for them--and you guys--I'm going to give away a book of your choice (so long as it's something MG carries--remember, they're a genre-store, so they don't carry everything) to one lucky commenter on today's post.
To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, June 4th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, June 5th. Once the winner contacts me, I'll arrange for them to choose their prize and ship it as soon as I buy it. International entries welcome.
To learn about more awesome Indies, check out these other links: