"While we live according to race, colour or creedTHE 1ST ANNUAL HEARTLAND FALL FORUM RED CARPET
While we rule by blind madness and pure greed
Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion
Through the eons, on and on . . ."
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to welcome you to gorgeous downtown Minneapolis for the 1st Annual Heartland Fall Forum with your celebrity host B. Traven Jr. He needs no introduction, but you may recall Mr. Traven as the star of Ancient Aliens and of course, as the host of the new In Search of . . . He's already on the red carpet, so let's send you over there.
B. Traven, Jr (holding his Bob Barker microphone): Thanks Jack. B. Traven, Jr. here. I am holding court outside the Renaissance Depot Hotel. I am literally being blinded by the flashing bulbs of the papparazzi and the attendent galaxy of stars that have congregated here for THE gala event of the book industry. (He cranes his neck and semi-whispers into the mic). Let's see who is within earshot. Ah, there's Owen Laukkenan, author of The Professionals (9780425250495) 9.99 . . . Hey Owen! Man, you look like you're really going for that professor look. You have the tweed jacket there with the patches on the elbows, blue jeans, and comfortable shoes. The only thing you're missing is the Sherlock Holme's pipe. Ha, ha! How ya doing?
Owen Laukkenan: Hey B., good to see you. My head's still spinning. I just flew in from a mystery convention in Cleveland. I'm doing the awards today and then I fly back to Cleveland for the last day of their convention.
B. Traven Jr: And boy, will your arms be tired. Ha, ha! Well, I'm glad you could make it. Hey, have you seen Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding (9780316126670) 14.99 or Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild (9780307592736) 25.95? They're the big winners of this year's MIBA Awards. No? Well heck, I'd even settle for Garrison Keillor. I could use some of his folksy witticisms right about now. Ha, ha! Oh, there's Mick from Partners. Mick, over here!
Mick: Hello, Mr. Traven. It's great to be here. I don't know if you know this . . . and I'm giving you an exclusive. The Partners East web site is up and running. The address is http://www.partners-east.com . After you get your user name and password, you can look up books by author, subject, and title. You can create lists in these categories and best of all, you can order your books on-line. In fact, if you order 25 or more confimed books, you'll get a 42% discount. It's the best of all worlds.
Odds & Sods
Our good friend Cory Doctorow popped in here Monday to sign copies of his new YA title, Pirate Cinema (9780765329080) 19.99. As per usual, it's first come, first served . . .
Budd Lynch, voice of the Detroit Red Wings passed away yesterday. We still have copies of his autobiography My Life: From Normandy to Hockeytown (9780966412086) 19.95 in stock. We have also received a new book he would have treasured. Rob Simpson's The Winged Wheel (9781118144282) 34.95 is chock full of full-color glossies from cover to cover. Budd you will be sorely missed . . .