June 3, 2014
Vol. 16/Issue 1  
Mysterious Galaxy in Transition
Important News for Both Locations  


In more than two decades of independent bookselling since we opened our first store in 1993, Mysterious Galaxy has weathered many changes, including changes in our industry, the economy, and in our physical locations. We have worked to serve our community in varied ways beyond our storefront business: a new store in Redondo Beach, an increase in our outside events business, pop-up stores, and the creation of unique events that bring readers and authors together.The story continues with some new opportunities for Mysterious Galaxy in both locations.


Our San Diego business continues to grow and prosper. We have not only increased our bricks and mortar business, but we also  find ourselves increasingly involved in community events outside the store. In fact, we have outgrown our physical location and we are in conversation with a new landlord for a new, larger space in a location ... not so very far away. This new space will enable us to have larger events in the store, and accommodate our need for a warehouse to support our many outside events, including Comic-Con International, Men of Mystery, Bouchercon, and author events in support of numerous Southern California libraries and organizations, to name only a few.


In Redondo Beach, we will be expanding our events business to include more community-focused events in partnership with local businesses, conferences, authors, and publishers. We have decided to do this without a physical store that is open to the public. We will close our Artesia location on June 15, 2014. There will be a store-wide sale from June 5 to June 15 in order to honor to our loyal local customers and offer them some great deals before we close.


For the foreseeable future, we will retain our Redondo Beach warehouse at our current address to support our events business. We will continue creating and supporting events such as Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy, Literary Women of Long Beach, Mystery on the Menu at the Cerritos Library, Books Are Better Shared, Literary Orange, and many other conferences through which we have created wonderful partnerships in our community.


We know that many of our loyal customers and friends in the South Bay will be saddened by the news that we are closing our bookstore, but we will be actively looking for opportunities to serve them in other ways. We plan to create and host events at local venues, enabling readers and authors to come together to share their love of books and conversation. We will continue to reach out to our community to tell them what we are doing and hope that this new format will engage the enthusiasm of readers in Southern California.


As always, details about this week's events can be found just below (including the store-wide sale in Redondo Beach). Today's new arrivals include Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, the exciting Faceoff thriller anthology from the International Thriller Writers, and Kate Carlisle's new Biblio mystery!

Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you in our stores and communities... and we thank you very much for your continued support.

The Mysterious Galaxy Staff
In Store in Redondo Beach
Tonight's Summer Reading Kickstarted event, and  later this week three thrilling events with mystery and suspense authors! We also invite you to a customer-only preview event on Wednesday evening.


Tonight: Kickstart Your Summer!
Check out some of the summer's hottest reads for teens with authors who are known for connecting with their young adult audiences. Summer reading starts with Joanna Philbin (Since Last Summer), Leila Howland (Nantucket Red), and Morgan Matson (Since You've Been Gone) tonight at 7:30 PM.

A Special Customer Appreciation Evening
We hope many of you will be able to join us for a special customer-only evening on Wednesday, June 4 from 6pm to 8pm. The entire staff will be on hand to talk about the future of our Redondo Beach business and the closing of our store. We will also offer our customers a preview of the inventory which will be going on sale on Thursday, June 5. All current customers will receive 30% off their purchase for the evening plus a gift from us. We wish to thank as many of you as possible for supporting us in the South Bay for almost three years.

Beginning Thursday
A store-wide inventory sale will take place from June 5 to June 15. Books will be discounted beginning with 30% off retail price on June 5. During the sale, we will continue to host author events in our store. We hope you will join us.

Thursday Mystery and Mayhem
Spend a mysterious evening with Kate Carlisle (The Book Stops Here) and Hannah Dennison (Murder at Honeychurch Hall) on Thursday, June 5, at 7:30 PM.
Who Is Pilgrim? Find Out on Friday
Join guest host Christopher Rice (The Heavens Rise) and learn more about debut author Terry Hayes, and why so many thriller readers are thrilled about I Am Pilgrim on  Friday, June 6, at 7:30 PM. 
Fall for Jenny Milchman on Saturday
Mary Higgins Clark award-winner Jenny Milchman had so much fun on last year's super-long book tour for Cover of Snow that she's back on the road for Ruin Falls. Catch Jenny at her RB stop on Saturday, June 7, at 2:30 PM. 
Next Week
We continue to host authors during our store closing sale. Come visit with Girls Gone Sci-Fi, Catherine Linka, Greg Van Eekhout, and James Ziskin.

In Store in San Diego   

Join us for events with Sarah Lotz, Jane Lindskold, and Paul D. Marks!  


Sarah Lotz and the Secret of The Three ...Tonight!
Find out the answers to one of summer's most intriguing thriller tonight at 7:00 PM, when novelist and screenwriter Sarah Lotz discusses The Three. Check out the voicemail that will change the world here

Fantastic Friday with Jane Lindskold
Embark on an exciting new SF series with Jane Lindskold and her new world, lost pleasure planet Artemis, as she discusses Artemis Awakening on Friday at 7:00 PM.

Suspenseful Saturday with
Paul D. Marks

Shamus award-winner Paul D. Marks brings a bit of the mean streets of LA to San Diego on Saturday at 2:00 PM with L.A. Late @ Night.


Next Week brings Greg Van Eekhout, Jenny Milchaman, Daniel Wilson, Jillian Cantor, and Rachel Howzell Hall to San Diego!
Phoenix Comicon
This weekend join Patrick and Maryelizabeth at the Hottest Pop Culture Celebration in the Southwest!

Mysterious Galaxy will be readers' source for books for the dozens of fabulous authors appearing at Phoenix Comicon ! The convention will be held at the Phoenix, AZ, convention center, from Thursday, June 5, through Sunday, June 8.


MG Booth #2536 is conveniently located near the author autographing area. A partial list of guest authors include Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Christopher Golden, Laini Taylor, Carrie Vaughn, Vicki Pettersson, Greg Van Eekhout, Patrick Rothfuss, and John and Carole Barrowman.


Will MG's Patrick melt in the heat? Will John Scalzi break the interwobs again? Will the MG inventory fit in the booth without the help of a TARDIS? Join us to find out.


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Mysterious Galaxy is your source for books of Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem (with occasional Masks, Matchmaking, and Munchkins).

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