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“…féroces infirmes retour des pays chauds…”

We have returned from the 67th Annual Worldcon both exhausted and exhilarated.


A wonderful time was had by the whole team—which consisted entirely of supportive and hard-working family. I’d like to thank everyone who pitched in to make the event a great success for our store: Christine & Kevin, Dave & Colette; and particularly my long-suffering spouse Michelle, and my surprisingly patient and hardworking son Harry.


I’d also like to give an enthusiastic shout-out to Richard at the Bytown Bookshop, who spilt a table with us. Richard is a true pro and things couldn’t have gone better. His stock was the perfect complement to ours, and the overall presentation at our table was—according to the kind remarks of many Worldcon attendees—excellent.


The Montreal Worldcon itself was a very good event and I have to commend the organizing committee on a job well done. There were the usual schedule snafus and other inconveniences—mainly on the programming side—but from a dealer’s perspective, the load-in and pack-out were smooth as silk and the space was decent overall.


Over the next few days, I’ll put up several more posts with Worldcon stories. I got to shake hands and chat with some remarkable and remarkably pleasant people and I want to share some of those anecdotes here.


But, to get it out of the way now: no, I didn’t get to meet Neil Gaiman. My closest brush with his level of fame was a 10 second chat with one of his posse of handlers, who was very nice: “Neil is coming around to the dealers to sign stuff, get anything you have for him to sign ready!”…followed 10 minutes later by “Neil has run out of time, sorry, he won’t be by.”


I bear no grudge however. The lovely Michelle got Mr. Gaiman to autograph a copy of Don’t Panic for me and he also provided one of the coolest little doodles I’ve ever seen attached to an autograph, on my son’s copy of The Graveyard Book—who was thrilled to meet the great man in person. Mr. Gaiman, if you’re out there somewhere, congratulations on the Hugo and thanks for being so generous with your fans.


Over the next few weeks, we will be listing a wide variety of new books on the store front. Worldcon was a great event for us and really confirmed that we’re on the right track in terms of the selection of materials we have started to build up. Many of the rarer and more valuable items we’ve stocked were saved for Worldcon and will now start appearing online. Stay tuned for new listings and bigger and better things to come.


More Worldcon posts to follow…



  1. Thanks again for partnering up on what turned out to be an amazing show, both personally and for the store. Please pass thanks along to Michelle and Harry again for all their help, you have an awesome crew behind you. And be sure to post a pic of Harry’s signed Graveyard Book, very cool!

    Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 10:46 am | Permalink
  2. Harry wrote:

    Hi Dad,

    Thanks a bunch for the comment, I had a great time. If you want a picture of my signed book that’s fine.

    Love you!!

    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

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  1. Bytown Bookshop » Anticipation – Day 1 on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    [...] First and foremost I have to thank Andrew Cornell of Cornell Booksellers(with whom we shared boothspace) for handling all of the registration and logistics and to his family for helping out at the booth throughout the show and for trucking my books there and back.? Andrew’s account of the show can be read on the Cornell Bookseller Blog. [...]

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