Monday, October 19, 2009

Anthonys announced , Halloween is coming

Dear ones,
The Anthonys were announced @ Bouchercon 2009
Best Novel: The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
Best First Novel: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Best Paperback Original: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
Best Short Story: "A Sleep Not Unlike Death" by Sean Chercover
Special Service Award: Jon and Ruth Jordan (CrimeSpree Magazine)
Best Critical Non-Fiction: Anthony Boucher: A Biography by Jeffrey Marks
Best Young Adult Novel: The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
Best Cover Art: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Congrats to all the winners and nominees.

Halloween is coming and we are celebrating here in Oxford. We are one of the only towns in our area to have crowds of folks small and large trick and treat down our leafy streets. Our party starts at 5:30pm on October 31. Costumes are almost a requirement, so don your best and join us for some Halloween hot drinks and goodies sure to make you smile.

Happy Halloween,

Monday, October 5, 2009


Dear ones,
Coming up is a fun event at the store in Oxford.
Do you believe in Ghosts?? Do you have one in your house? Have you ever seen one? Well come to our store on Sunday, October 11 from 12-2pm, when author Michael Varhola will talk about and sign his new book Ghosthunting Maryland.
We'll have cider and donuts.
Other authors writing about ghosts have said they'd show up, so come along and talk ghosts with Michael and share your stories
That's Sunday October 10 at noon at 202 S. Morris St. in Oxford MD.
Call us at 800-538-0042 if you'd like more info or a signed copy and can't attend.
And don't forget our Halloween Trick or Treat evening October 31 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Ghostly yours,

Awards - Paul Auster and George Pelecanos

I am just back from a one day trip to my old stomping ground, Baltimore, to attend the NAIBA meeting. The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, to those of you who might not know.
Any way they gave two awards to two worthy authors.
Paul Auster received the NAIBA 2009 Legacy Award for Invisible . In a speech Paul praised independents and gave us pause when he noted all the bookstores that had closed.

"The point being: Thank you all for what you are doing. Writers depend on you, readers depend on you, and the intellectual life of our country depends on you. To browse. What a beautiful word. To wander among books, to make discoveries, to be changed forever by an unknown volume pulled by impulse off a shelf. You, the independent booksellers, are the ones who make this possible.
Thank you so much for giving me this award. Paul Auster

And long time friend and great crime author George Pelecanos was there. It was great to touch base with him. George is working with David Simon on a TV special on Music in New Orleans after Katrina. Can't wait. Later in the evening George's book The Turnaround was chosen for the Hammett Prize:
The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce that The Turnaround, by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown), has been named the winner of the organization's annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing.
Congrats to these two fine authors.
Thanks for your support of independent local bookstores.
Kathy Harig
Mystery Loves Company