Borderlands Hits Goal

Borderlands Books in San Francisco managed to make its goal of 300 sponsors at 2:30 pm on February 21, just two days after announcing the sponsorship plan which they hoped would allow them to remain open past March 31. With their goal met, Borderlands will remain open at least through March 31, 2016, with current plans to hold another sponsorship period in early 2015.
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Borderlands Looks for New Lease on Life

After announcing at the beginning of February that Borderlands Books in San Francisco would be closing by the end of March due to a minimum wage increase, the bookstore has announced that they are hoping to stay open by selling sponsorships. If they can sell 300 annual sponsorships of $100 by March 31, they will remain open for another year, repeating the sponsorship sale each year. The sponsorships will help cover the wage increases as well as provide the store with case reserves.

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Borderlands Books Closing

San Francisco’s Borderlands Books, which has been in business for 18 years, has announced it will close its doors no later than March 31 due to an increase in the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15/hour. The financial realities of this increase and what it would mean to keep the store open are spelled out in a blog post on the website. On a personal note, enjoyed shopping at Borderlands the last time I was in San Francisco, and also enjoyed working with them the past two years at the Nebula Awards Weekends in San Jose.
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Davis Birthday Reading

Grania Davis will be reading and signing her book Tree of Life, Book of Death: The Treasures of Grania Davis at Borderlands Books and Cafe in San Francisco on July 21 from 4-6pm to celebrate her 70th birthday. The volume is a collection of short stories and memoirs. Borderlands is located at 866 Valencia St.

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Philip K. Dick Festival

The Philip K. Dick Festival will be held at San Francisco State University the weekend of Sept 22-23, 2012. Jonathan Lethem, who edited the Library of America’s three volume edition of Philip K. Dick will be the festival’s guest of honor. The festival will cost $35 for a single day or $50 for the weekend.

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Coraline in San Francisco

The SF Playhouse in San Francisco will be hosting the West Coast debut of the new musical Coraline, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel. The musical features a book by Gaiman and music by Stephin Merritt. It will be directed by Bill English and is scheduled to run from November 16-January 15.

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Norton Award Winners

The winners of the Norton Award were presented in San Francisco on August 30 as part of the Tachyon Publications Annual birthday Bash. The Norton Award, named for Emperor Joshua Norton I, are given for “extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason,” should not be confused with the Andre Norton Award.

  • Author: Doug Dorst for Alive in Necropolis
  • Other: Charlie Jane Anders for Writers with Drinks and io9.com