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    I've seen too many book stores shutter their doors, and it's always a shame. Still a few good ones around here though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    Damn. I always hate seeing bookstores close.

    I've only been to the University HPB once since I don't get that far north. My regular store in Tacoma so I spend most of money there. I've been to Tukwila a few times but it's always disappointing.

    Have you visited Tacoma Book Center yet? To me, it blows Powells out of the water in regards to finding treasures plus the lack of tourist destination is nice.
    Hate to see another book seller close their doors. I feel very fortunate to live in Powell's country. I am not familiar with Tacoma Book Center, I will have to check them out and maybe take a drive up there this summer.

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    It's worth the drive!

    They remind me of my hometown hardware store - aisles with barely enough room to walk through. Shelves piled to the ceiling. That old bookstore smell.

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    Hate to see another book seller close their doors. I feel very fortunate to live in Powell's country. I am not familiar with Tacoma Book Center, I will have to check them out and maybe take a drive up there this summer.

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    Nice! I always try to tell as many book lovers I can about it. Just wish that I discovered it earlier.

    Which reminds me, I'm due for another visit.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    I have been to Tacoma Book Center, yes...probably a dozen times or so. I don't get down south too often, but I'll periodically hit TBC on my way back from a family visit in Oregon (and Powells! )...so I'd guess a dozen times or so over the many years. It's a neat place, a big place stuffed full of books in lots of different rooms...almost a throwback to the great old boookstores of our area (Shorey's, et al), now most gone. I never seem to come away with much, but I have a heckuva fun time browsing there.

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    When I was in the Army, I would often spend Summers at Ft Lewis working with ROTC Cadets. I always ended up mailing home 2-3 boxes of books, many of them purchased from the Tacoma Book Center.

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    That really awesome - small world.

    Quote Originally Posted by mhatchett View Post
    When I was in the Army, I would often spend Summers at Ft Lewis working with ROTC Cadets. I always ended up mailing home 2-3 boxes of books, many of them purchased from the Tacoma Book Center.

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    I wound up buying the Heritage Press edition of Daisy Miller by Henry James. It's an in between sized book that comes with an inbetween size slipcase. I just couldn't resist when I saw the incredibly good price.


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    You can get some nice Heritage Press books for relatively cheap. I'm not familiar with that particular book though. Still need to read some Henry James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theli View Post
    You can get some nice Heritage Press books for relatively cheap. I'm not familiar with that particular book though. Still need to read some Henry James.
    Yes, I looked on eBay and there are some affordable Heritage Press books. The Daisy Miller book comes with a nicely done insert that includes some info. about the author. In the bookstore where I purchased Daisy Miller I saw other Heritage Press books with these inserts. I gather this was a feature of Heritage Press books.


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    I think that used to be more of a practice in general for older fine press books. I've seen (and have) little inserts of varied length (some just a pamphlet, others more like a chapbook) that came with Franklin and Easton press, even some of Reader's Digest's books, like my girlfriend's copy of Robin Hood. I'm not really certain on the purpose of this practice. Why not print it in the book? Cheaper I maybe, and maybe it would get reprinted in later editions. Still seems strange to me.

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    Last Sunday I attended the annual Vintage Paperback Collector’s Show and contracted The Plague, knocking me out of commission for three of my last few days in beautiful Southern California (I know it was you, mother-#&$#@%. I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you).

    But I’m feeling much better now and got some great books signed. Tim Powers signed my Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales. Obsessions and Silver Screams received more sigs, and Subterranean’s Tales of Dark Fantasy got a couple as did their Best of trade editions of Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. My Hartwell-signed 1st edition of The Dark Descent added Etchison’s sig to his story.

    Most important is this one. My copy doesn’t have the limitation page but is worth a heck of a lot more to me now than another copy that does have one. Etchison and R.C. Matheson signed their introductions to stories, and Mr. Matheson’s was quite touching, but it was William F. Nolan who brought it home.

    I’m standing in line, realizing that because I usually skip intros when reading stories for the first time I’d never actually read the pages I’m about to have signed. I shuffled along and read, getting to Bill Nolan’s intro where it was almost palpable how much he missed his friend; when I stepped up to the man the connection between the two authors was still lingering, solid in the mind. Mr. Nolan gingerly accepted the unjacketed, hefty book, didn’t immediately recognize it, adjusted it to look at the cover, didn’t immediately recognize it, turned it to look at the spine, and a light leapt both into and out of his eyes. He saddened but also livened up considerably. We spoke of the incredible collection and our admiration for the writer whose imagination opened the eyes of the world. He spoke of his friendship with Mr. Beaumont and told a couple of stories, neither of which I recall properly because something was still thick in the air--perhaps the ghost of the monster himself, hand resting lightly on the seated Nolan’s shoulder, saying hello to his old friend. For a moment I was there with them both.

    Still one of the greatest books in my collection, now something more:

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    Bugen, thanks for sharing that story. What an amazing experience! The signatures are a great addition to such an impressive volume, but with that experience, what a treasured edition it must be now. Congratulations!

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    Very nice, Andrew!

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    Bugen, very nice...thanks for sharing. I have VOICES as well, and it's an outstanding collection, made better only by what you've done to yours.

    As you've gathered from this thread (did you catch my recent signed Charles Beaumont piece?), I'm a huge Beaumont fan as well, and have a Beaumont/Nolan story I can share:

    Over the course of two or three years in the '90s, Bill and I used to be fairly consistent pens pals -- back in the days before email took over -- and Beaumont was a very regular topic of conversation -- not unexpected, given my affinity for his work and Bill's love for the man. At one point (and before I had my own two signed (by Beaumont) Beaumont books), he was kind enough to photocopy all the signature pages of the books he'd had personally inscribed to him by his friend, Beaumont, and mail them to me...there are probably close to a dozen, though it's been a while since I've looked at them. I thought that was just an incredible move of generosity on his part, and while time, his changing circumstances (estranged marriage, new residence, etc.), and technology eroded our penpal status, I've never forgotten Bill's act of kindness. They're valueless, of course, but for me that have immense worth...and they're pretty cool, too.

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    Thanks, fellas. And Ron, that's really cool. I believe I caught your Beaumont post (that was for The Hunger, right?). In which other book do you have The Man's signature?

    I had no idea the two writers were as close friends as they were until that convention, and though I'm not sure I'll ever see Mr. Nolan again I'll always remember the haunting magic around that moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bugen View Post
    Thanks, fellas. And Ron, that's really cool. I believe I caught your Beaumont post (that was for The Hunger, right?). In which other book do you have The Man's signature?

    I had no idea the two writers were as close friends as they were until that convention, and though I'm not sure I'll ever see Mr. Nolan again I'll always remember the haunting magic around that moment.
    I have Beaumont's signature in a 1st HC of THE HUNGER AND OTHER STORIES, and my more recent acquisition is an inscribed 1st HC of his REMEMBER, REMEMBER.

    Yes, he and Nolan were great friends, colleagues, and car racing buddies. By the way, Nolan has written a bio-bibliography of Beaumont, a tpb that's worth picking up. EDIT: Here is a picture of it...it's published by Borgo Press:

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    EDIT 2: Btw, if you haven't already watched it, this recent DVD is well worth the cost of admission:

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    Great story Andrew! It's always interesting, and in this case quite heartwarming, to hear of author friendships. Nice to know that not everyone has to be at each others throats in competition with each other.

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    Today I received Monster Midway by William L Gresham. Monster Midway is about the world of the carnival and the circus. After learning about this book, I really wanted a copy since it has much info. about carnivals. Lately I have been fascinated by carnivals and have discovered there are many carnivals that travel to this area of California that are completely separate from fairs/state fairs. The book itself seems to be in solid condition and the dustjacket is in much better shape than what I anticipated after viewing the dustjacket at Biblio. I still plan on going to a FedEx Office location to see what it would cost to have this version of the book's dustjacket recreated. This version of the book is from a London publisher and on the front of the dustjacket it reads 2nd Impression. I love it!!


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    I've noticed a bit of trend around here. Seems like Carnival stories have been in fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theli View Post
    I've noticed a bit of trend around here. Seems like Carnival stories have been in fashion.
    Someone besides me enjoys that theme? Cap
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