I can't remember now how I first came to visit Mystery and Imagination Bookshop in Glendale. It's one of those places that becomes such an essential part of your world that you can't recall when it wasn't.
When we began publishing books, that's where we debuted them, thanks to Malcolm and Christine's generosity. Our first three releases — Chris D.'s A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die, Josh Alan Friedman's Black Cracker and my and Stanley Zappa's Stop Requested — together in one event.
Our appearance coincided with the birthday of the great Twilight Zone writer George Clayton Johnson, and we — me, Josh Alan and Chris — dedicated our efforts to him. He seemed to approve.
Josh Alan performs in Mystery and Imagination's intimate upper alcove.
That's the kind of place Mystery and Imagination is, and that's what we're in danger of losing. The shop has been long served as a unique hub for both writers and book lovers, offering frequent signings, readings and fiction workshops that connect brilliant talents with readers and fans, old and new.
Other artists Mystery and Imagination has hosted include Ray Bradbury, William F. Nolan, Earl Hamner, Jr., Ray Harryhausen, Michael Feinstein and Dennis Etchison.
Promotion for our 2010 event at Mystery and Imagination
Today, the shop is in crisis, with less than a week to raise the money to keep the lights on. Your purchases can help save the store, and the shop is asking for your help.
We've lost far too many great independent bookstores in recent years. Whether in person or online, please support Mystery and Imagination.
Mystery and Imagination Bookshop
238 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
text and photos copyright © 2010, 2013 Wyatt Doyle