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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Like Odysseus he will return at last to slay this blog's suitors and regale us with tales of his adventures in the interim.

My Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court1,

Now, now, don't flip your wigs just yet; this is not yet the return of the illustrious Mr. G -- this is merely prelude, possibly prophecy (if he doesn't make a liar of me) by I, your humble web goblin.

For far too long we have gone without word here from Mr. G. He tweets, he whosays, he releases triple albums with his lovely wife and puts more girdles 'round the earth than has an elderly burlesque troupe, yet no blog has he posted in two months. But he has not abandoned us! I tell you that he will return! And I tell you this because he told me this, and told me to tell you this. In his words, he will be "doing a proper blog post" in the near future.


At the point when Google presided over the shotgun wedding of Blogger and Google+, apparently all blog posts by Mr. G became attributed to "Unknown". Why did no one tell me this? I have now fixed things.


Since the first of November, and continuing on through the end of the year, a contest has been running among independent U.S. book stores. The prize is a visit from Mr. G, and to win a store has simply to sell the most copies of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE during the contest period.

Below you may find a list of all participating stores, along with where to find them online. Christmas is a week away, so if you act quickly there may yet be time to get in some holiday shopping and help push your local store into the lead!

Kings English
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
http://www.kingsenglish.com/
https://twitter.com/kingsenglish
https://facebook.com/kingsenglishbookshop

Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd #5
Greenville, SC 29607
http://www.fiction-addiction.com/
http://twitter.com/FictnAddictn
http://facebook.com/FictionAddictionBookstore

Wellesley Books
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
http://www.wellesley.indiebound.com/
https://twitter.com/WellesleyBooks
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wellesley-Books/208745159156382

Mostly Books
6208 E Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85712
http://www.mostlybooksaz.com/
https://twitter.com/mostlybooksaz
https://www.facebook.com/MostlyBooksAZ

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
http://www.bookpassage.com/
https://twitter.com/bookpassage
https://www.facebook.com/bookpassage

Books Inc Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94031
http://www.booksinc.net/PaloAlto
https://twitter.com/BooksIncPA
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-Inc-Palo-Alto/5475664447

Rakestraw Books
522 Hartz Ave
Danville, CA 94526
http://www.rakestrawbooks.com/
https://twitter.com/rakestrawbooks
https://www.facebook.com/rakestrawbooks

Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/
https://twitter.com/BookshopSC
https://www.facebook.com/BookshopSantaCruz

Prairie Lights
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
http://www.prairielights.com/
https://twitter.com/Prairie_Lights
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-Lights-Bookstore/27924083261

Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
http://www.boulderbookstore.net/
https://twitter.com/boulderbooks
https://www.facebook.com/boulderbookstore

Books Inc Burlingame
1375 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94085
http://www.booksinc.net/burlingame
https://www.facebook.com/BookIncBurlingame

Carmichael's Bookstore
1295 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
http://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/
https://twitter.com/carmichaelsbook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmichaels-Bookstore/124136360956856

Eagle Eye Bookshop
2076 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
http://www.eagleeyebooks.com/
https://twitter.com/eagleeyebooks
https://www.facebook.com/eagleeyebooks

Between the Covers
152 E Main St
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
http://www.betweenthecovers.com/
https://www.facebook.com/btcbookstore

Learned Owl
204 N Main St
Hudson, OH 44236
http://www.learnedowl.com/
https://twitter.com/learnedowl
https://www.facebook.com/learnedowl

Lyon Books
121 W 5th St
Chico, CA 95928
http://www.lyonbooks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lyonbooks

Micawbers Books
2238 Carter Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
http://www.micawbers.com/
https://twitter.com/micawbers
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Micawbers-Books/58197328761

Towne Center Books
555 Main St
Pleasanton, CA 94566
http://www.townecenterbooks.com/
https://twitter.com/TowneCenterBks
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Towne-Center-Books/142569542253

U C Davis Bookstore
2828 Cowell Blvd
Davis, CA 95618
http://ucdavisstores.com/
https://twitter.com/UCDavisStores
https://www.facebook.com/ucdavisstores

Snowbound Books
118 N 3rd St
Marquette, MI 49855
http://www.snowboundbooks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/165471948623/

Magers & Quinn
3038 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
http://www.magersandquinn.com/
https://twitter.com/magersandquinn
https://www.facebook.com/magersandquinnbooksellers

Books Inc Alameda
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
http://www.booksinc.net/Alameda
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-Inc-in-Alameda/90600029491

RJ Julia
768 Boston Post Rd
Madison. CT 06443
http://www.rjjulia.com/
https://twitter.com/rjjulia
https://www.facebook.com/rjjuliabooksellers

Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery
5798 Three Notch'd Rd.
Crozet, VA 22932
http://www.overthemoonbookstore.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OvertheMoonBookstore


Happy Holidays!
  1. I don't know what possessed me to start this blog post as Lord Buckley -- do the kids even know who he is these days? -- but there you have it2.
  2. It could have been worse. I could have rapped about Christmas jammies.
  3. There is no third footnote.

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