RARA-AVIS: Re: "That Kind" of Book

From: crimeflix ( jmks100@aol.com)
Date: 09 Oct 2006

Hey, I'm back from the tour--thanks for all of the recent posts. It was great seeing some Rara-Avians on the road, including Bill Crider in Houston and Kevin, Aldo, and T.L. Lankford in Thousand Oaks. Charlie, Al got it right I picked Freezer Burn as my favorite of Lansdale's books (though it's hard to choose a favorite) Ron, thanks for the info re trying to get LIGHTS OUT at Border's. It's kind of out of the control of the author (and to some extent the publisher) as to how books are distributed within the chains. I will say that BN and Border's took healthy amounts of LIGHTS OUT and a number of Border's I've been in are carrying the book (it's possible Border's distribution is regional though) The book should be in most, if not all BN's though (if you're looking for it there and they don't have it please go ahead and order it). You can also find the book at independent bookstores, and many mystery bookstores now have signed copies....I have to admit it's strange though that my book wouldn't be carried at a U.S. Border's, when in Australia--where I was recently--ALL of the Border's had my books. OK, re the "that kind of book" comment, maybe the guy was just busting chops? I mean, he was smiling the whole time, and afterward he had a copy of the ARC AND the official book to sign and he said he'd just read it, so I don't think he was truly anti-hardboiled (the horror, the horror). That said, he did suggest that dark novels not be allowed in bookstores and I said "The I guess we should get all of the Thompson, Cain and Highsmith out of the store too." J www.jasonstarr.com

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:
> On Oct 6, 2006, at 12:24 AM, Ron wrote:
> > I went to Borders last night to pick up a copy, and they didn't
> > have any in
> > stock. I asked the counterperson if they had any on order, and
> > said no
> > ("...but we could order you a copy if you'd like.").
> > to say
> > the least, from both my and Jason's perspective. Hopefully my
> > store is more
> > the exception than the rule when it comes to this chain and
> > apparent
> > disinterest in LIGHTS OUT.
> Or maybe they sold out already. You're making a really big jump to
> possibly dubious conclusion.
> It's impossible for any store, big or small, despite the best of
> intentions, to stock EVERYTHING. Our local B&N has several copies
> Jason's book, for example, but that doesn't mean every store in
> chain will. Or will have it in stock when a customer wants it.
> Don't ever shrug off ordering a book. It doesn't cost any more,
> it usually only takes a few days (unless it's a rare book or a
> store), and ordering a book tells someone somewhere that people do
> want that book. Always a good thing.
> > Hitting B&N today...hope my luck's better.
> Well, I got mine at MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR in Thousand Oaks and had
> signed by the man himself, although the highlight had to be the
> who wandered in and wondered whether "that kind" of book should be
> sold in a mystery bookstore.
> I tell ya, the Rare-Birds in attendance had a good time with that
> Any comments about "that kind" of book, guys?
> Kevin

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