WE NEED TO SAVE THE UNCLES!
Uncle Hugo's is one of the shining landmarks of science fiction & fantasy
literature. It is part bookstore and part archival museum for written science
fiction and fantasy books. It is located with its fellow Uncle (Uncle Edgar
devoted to mystery) all under one roof in Minneapolis.
Its owner Don Blyly started it in 1974 and has become renown for its selection
of rare and hard to find books in pop culture.
New books help to keep the store running and their stock might be the most
comprehensive found anywhere, including a wide selection of used books. While
many of the used books are purchased by budget conscious readers, the store’s used books are also a Mecca for rare and out-of-print editions sought by
collectors. Curating and maintaining such a wide variety is no easy feat, but Blyly has a knowledgeable staff that he respects as professionals.
Last night during the latest unrest and protests that have gripped Minneapolis,
Uncle Hugo's was burned down.
Don Blyly has spent his life building Uncle Hugo's into a treasure for readers,
creators, and the community. It is our understanding that the building and most of the stock is a complete loss.
As members of the community I am asking for anyone that can to help in what
ever way they can, money for a new location, donations of books, and hard to
find items, you name it,
Let us rebuild our monument to our passion both for a man that has given so
much to the community over the years and our community.
- Lisa Bah
- David Lewis
- Vanessa Birdsey
- Bernard Piorek
- Elissa Schufman