Last night I attended the second in the Clarion West 2008 Reading Series, featuring instructor Mary Rosenblum (Water Rites, Horizons, et al) at the University Bookstore in Seattle. The U Bookstore is one of the largest independent booksellers in Washington State, and their science fiction and fantasy offerings are so comprehensive, the department deserves recognition. The reading was well-attended, the supply of books was impressive, and Mary read a terrific story coming out soon in an anthology from Pyr (Sideways in Crime)
I'm sure I'm not the only writer in the Pacific Northwest to dub Duane Wilkens the best damn bookseller in America. He goes to conventions, he supplies books for readings outside his own bookstore, and he's a sweetheart besides. It's so gratifying to go to his section in this fine store and find that your backlist is there, your pseudonym is properly represented, that related books are shelved proportionately, and that he knows each and every sf/f writer working today . . . or yesterday. Duane is simply amazing, and not only because he's seven feet tall:
If you can't get to Seattle, you can sample Duane's substantial wares online at http://www.bookstore.washington.edu/default.taf? Duane is also an expert on children's literature.