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Below are the 12 most recent journal entries recorded in Valencia Street Books' LiveJournal:

Friday, September 30th, 2005
10:05 pm
Book Event!
Oct. 26th

LaSara Firefox
Sexy Witch
Book Reading, Costume Contest, and PARTY!
free gift bag if you come in costume!
Thursday, September 29th, 2005
8:07 pm
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story... With Wings

The author describes his arrival in San Francisco as a teenager, his
growing fascination with a flock of wild parrots that make their home
on the Telegraph Hill, his determination to earn the birds' trust,
his evolution into the local wild parrot expert, and the documentary
film that transformed his life when he fell in love with the

Reading and Q&A with Mark Bittner. Sadly, we don't think the parrots can come.

Valencia Street Books
569 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA


between 16th & 17th
one block from 16th & Mission BART
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
2:12 pm
9 days
250 authors

October 7-15, 2005
A San Francisco Literary Festival

At our store:

Valencia Street Books
569 Valencia Street between 16th and 17th streets
Finding Neverland: Writers of Young Adult Fiction
Michael Cadnum, Gennifer Choldenko, Joyce Maynard, Kathryn Reiss, and Katherine Sturtevant

http://www.litquake.org/index.php?cat=2 has spiffy links and a full calendar. I don't see any maps like they gave out last year, hopefully we'll get those soon.
1:48 pm
Free lobster
Today only.
Thursday, September 15th, 2005
10:14 am
NOLA damage info
While there is much useless tagging, some is actual information.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
1:32 pm
Here is me vamping by the box of Harry Potter books
after we'd just opened them at midnight. BTW The necklace is one designed by the bookstore owner, and we sell similar items there.
Saturday, July 16th, 2005
2:25 am
Harry Potter madness
Where to start? No publicity, last minute. Amanda ordered 10 copies. Anyway, I kept the store open till midnight and enf brought a bottle of rum and orange fizzy drink. Out of the file cabinet came the tequila. (Those of you who know either Am or myself will realize how hilarious this is---she never drinks and I rarely drink. And yet we have hard liquor in the file cabinet!) Anyway, I offered free drinks to the random people that wandered in. As it got a little later I told them that we were waiting to open the new Harry Potter book box. And... some of them actually stuck around!

Midnight rolled around. I open the box, and find myself surrounded by cameras. So I can't help but vamp a little. Maybe I'll even see the photos someday. Me in the middle of the floor with a box of books. Well, eventually I started selling them. I sold two copies right off. Figured that would be it, but then I sold a third. And people kept wandering in off the street. wtf? Then I sell the last two Wu-Tang books, and another HP. Dude. Anyway, I'm trying to figure out how to go home, but the astrologer is still doing some astrologizing, so I stick around and sell a few more. Then I get a call asking if we're open and have the book. Well, yeah, if you get here soon enough. I start closing up. As I'm waiting for this last person, I sell another copy. She shows up, I sell her a copy. By now I've set up a checksum system. At close, I've sold 8 of the 10 copies. Well.

Oh, but there's more! And here's where it gets weird.
So, I've got the last stragglers out, the astrologer goes one way, and the guy (that decided to pimp the HP book, even though he hasn't read any of it) and I go the other way. (I have to admit, I think he did a good job...) I'm stupid enough to not realize he's completely drunk. As I was locking up, Astrologer (Charles?) and I were joking about religion. "I'm a black leather Lutheran." Well, I find myself with a proclaimed atheist babbling a history of Christanity at me. Oh dear. I start wondering if he's actually going to make it home ok or not, so I ended up walking him most of the way. We go half a block, and I realize I have a tail. This guy ducks into an alley, reappears a few minutes later, stays 5 meters behind... Kinda cute. I thought he was posting posters and was just being amused by us. But I started to wonder about that when he actually followed us when we turned onto 20th. I finally have gotten the guy to stop babbling at me and to actually cross the street sans me. Pause. "You think he'll make it?" I say, and then, "So, who are you and why have you been following me?" It turns out he's got a notebook, and was drawing me while we were walking from 17th to 20th! He's written "sorry to follow you, but you were too fun to not draw". Amused, I pimp the bookstore and tell him he can find me there. He continues on in a different direction. I walk past Borderlands on my way back --- they've unpacked the HPs, but their front window display is a beach theme complete with sand books and water books. No HP in sight unless you know what to look for. Rumors that they'd rented a club were false --- FYI.

Current Mood: just another day in the life
Saturday, June 11th, 2005
4:13 pm
VSB sale!
10% off everything today when you wear a fluorescent sticker! (Available inside)
Plus see me wearing wretched fluorescent clothing including the very short flippy pink skirt which I've already had one guy try to look up and if you try I'll kick you.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
1:31 pm
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
7:15 pm
Friday, March 18th, 2005
4:10 pm

you have only listed four interests for this community and one of them is squid?
2:20 pm
569 Valencia noon-9pm
We are a bookstore. We are all crazy. Buy books from us or we will be sad.

Yes, we do mailorder. We are about as independant as they come.
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