These days most of the news about independent bookstores seems to be bad. Stores close, forced out of business by the difficulties of competing with giant national chains, discounters, and online merchants. Troubles in the economy hit independent businesses harder than the better capitalized giants.
But not all the news is bad. Mysterious Galaxy turns 15 years old this month--15 years of providing books of mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror and more to a local audience in San Diego and a wider audience around the world. When we started the store, it was at the tail end of the first Bush recession, before the boom times of the later Clinton years, and it was a gamble. Through the years of good economy and bad, through times of terrible national tragedy and righteous rejoicing, the store has churned along, thanks to a staff that knows their genres inside and out and an unwillingness to ever settle with doing things the way they've always been done when their might be a new approach out there that can put more books into the hands of more happy readers.
Saturday, May 10, we're celebrating that milestone with a full day of author appearances and other festivities. You can read the details of the day at the Mysterious Galaxy website. I'm kicking off the day's signing slate at 10:30 am, signing Supernatural: Witch's Canyon, and of course Missing White Girl and whatever else comes up. I haven't decided yet if I'll read a little of River Runs Red, or just talk about it and Cold Black Hearts and the rest of the books on the way.
I'll be followed by Savannah Russe, Susan Hubbard, Charlaine Harris, Robert Tanenbaum, Jeri Smith-Ready, Samantha Somersby, and Timothy Zahn. A little something for everyone. There will also be cake, prizes, and other fun.
If you can make it to the bash, do so--you won't regret it. If not, you can still order signed books via the store's website or toll-free number. With the help of our dedicated readers and fans, these first 15 years will just be the beginning of a much longer story.