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Stacey's Bookstore in SF closing
The lead story in this morning's  Bay Area section of the Chronicle trumpeted the bad news:    www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/06/BAFN154UV2.DTL&tsp=1   "Landmark Stacey's Closing Its Books."    The loss of another independent bookstore is so painful.  This one hits home for a personal reason, too.  My first book, Accordion Dreams, comes out this month.  I am excited and anxious as I get set for a series of bookstore readings for the first month following publication.  My little  tour starts in just over 2 weeks, at Booksmith in San Francisco.   The final date I'd scheduled was going to be at Stacey's. February 24, Mardi Gras.  Music and a little food, along with the reading.   I was really looking forward to that one. Now, who knows?   I'd only recently discovered Stacey's, too.  Mostly, I hang out in the East Bay bookstores.  But I attended a wonderful (and packed!) reading by Sarah Vowell there recently.  I've been back a few times since.   The Chronicle article quoted one customer who hoped perhaps the community would save Stacey's, as they did with Kepler's in Menlo Park.  I hope so. 
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Still on

I've learned that  we're still on for the February 24 book event at Stacey's.  So that's a small piece of good news.