We got to the show about 9:3o, and after paying the entry fee of $5, we got inside and took our first look at… books. LOTS of books. Several people said there were more dealers and more books than there had been in years, and I agree.
I was looking for paperbacks in three series: Parry Mason, Mike Shayne and Shell Scott. I also had a half dozen SF authors I hoped to find. Plus anything else that I just had to have.
Upon arrival at the show, we saw my friend Art Scott, and after chatting for a few minutes he pointed out a dealer with a lot of choice things, mostly with Robert McGinnis covers. Naturally I went there first and I ended up buying about half of the day’s total from that dealer.
Good news: I had a list. Bad news, I’d forgotten to re-sort it into alpha by title, instead of by year published. This made it difficult, when looking at books to see if it was on my want list. Darn. It was a minor inconvenience, but still.
Then on around the room. I saw Laurie Powers there, of the Laurie’s Wild West blog, and we had a chance to talk and I got her to sign my copy of Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, which I’d taken to the show just in case.
Then to the other two rooms. The show is held in a little conference center, a complex of three rooms, in which I found the remainder of the mystery paperbacks I bought. The hunt is a lot of fun, and everyone at this show is helpful and nice. There were a lot more pulps and magazines that I’d remembered from the last time I was there a few years ago.
I had no luck with the science fiction I was seeking. The dealers who were there had little or no organization, one had box after box of books, not by author, or publisher or title, just boxes full, requiring one to get on the floor and paw through them. After about 20 minutes, we gave that up.
About the time I ran up to and just over my book budget for the day I noticed it was lunch time, so we went to a local place with Art and enjoyed a nice meal. Then, books safely in a box in the trunk of the car, we made our way home. A great show! I even got all the books cataloged and all relevant files updated before dinner.
Expect to see some of these turning up on Friday Forgotten Books posts in the near future.