Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sponsor Letter, February 4th 2017

Hi Everyone,

First off, the great news -- we've met our goal of 300 sponsors already.  In fact, we're currently at 515.  Thank you all for the support and for keeping our doors open through 2017!

Of course, if you haven't renewed yet, it is never too late.  Additional sponsorship income goes into the bank and, if all goes well, will be the kernel of the down payment for a building to house the store when our lease expires in 2021.  And, of course, if you renew you'll continue to get all the lovely sponsor perks like getting to read my deathless prose every month.  You can sign up on-line <https://borderlands-books.com/buysponsorship17.html>, in person at the store, by phone with a credit card (toll free 888 893-4008), or with a check by physical mail.

But, if you've decided to let your sponsorship lapse, I understand completely and I appreciate beyond words your support over the last year.  Just so you know, if you do not renew your sponsorship by March 31st, you will stop getting these emails.  In case you'd like to come back later, we will hold your number for you until March 31st of 2019.  After that, if you return, you'll get a new, higher number (we're over sponsor number 1000 now, so you onesies, twosies, and threesies should be proud).  Even if you have not renewed your sponsorship yet, you are welcome to come to the party on February 11th (that might even be a good time to renew, if you like).

Regardless of whether you renew or not, you've allowed me and my friends to keep doing the thing we love.  I owe you and, if there is ever something I can do to repay that, please let me know.

Last thing -- I've a favor to ask.  At our quarterly sponsor parties I like to have a pair of local guests, one a retailer and the other a beverage maker. If you know anyone who runs a local business that you think would be neat to feature at our parties, please let me know because we're always looking for guests.  There isn't any strict standard that I use to choose them, it just needs to be local and something neat that I think our sponsors would enjoy.

Thanks a million,
Alan

Abbreviated
1) The first sponsor social of 2017 will be on Saturday, February 11th from 7 pm to 11 pm.  Our quarterly parties are usually well-attended and a lot of fun (not to mention a great place to meet new friends).  Our special guests this quarter will be the folks from Bernal Cutlery <http://bernalcutlery.com>.

2) UC Berkeley Diversity In Comics Event - Sunday, February 26th at 2pm - come check out comics and graphic novels from around the world. Exhibit is free and you are welcome to bring a guest.

3)  Our annual Sponsors' General Meeting will be on Friday, March 31st at 7 pm in the Cafe.  A chance to talk about how we're doing, where we're going, and to give us your advice.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sponsor Letter, January 9th 2017

Dear Sponsors,

First, thank you to all our 2017 sponsors.  If you've renewed your sponsorship, I appreciate your faith and continued support.  And, if you've just started sponsoring Borderlands; Welcome and thank you so much!  I send these notes out once a month or so with news about the sponsor program and information about upcoming events.  New sponsors will also be getting a welcome email shortly from Scott Cox, our sponsor liaison, that will include detailed information about your sponsorship and associated benefits (and, your all-important sponsor number).  Now, on to my babbling . . .

A year ago, I was worried that, after the first impassioned flood of sponsors when it looked like we might close, peoples' interest would fade.  But, that didn't happen.  In 2016 we had around 650 sponsors, which is not as much of a decrease from the first year's 850 as I expected.

And, thus far this year, your support has remained strong.  As I write this, we don't have an exact count for the year so far, but I feel confident we will pass the critical threshold of 300 sponsors.  But, that said, if you haven't renewed your sponsorship for 2017, it would be a very fine thing if you did (the link to do that on-line is https://borderlands-books.com/buysponsorship17.html or you can come by the shop / mail a check if you prefer).  There are three reasons to renew your sponsorship this year, regardless of my confidence that we'll make it to 300 by March 31st.

1)  As I mentioned, the number of sponsors dropped by about 25% between the first and second years.  As I've stressed, this is a long-term program.  If we don't have 300 sponsors on March 31st each year, we close.  So, if the numbers keep dropping, we're going to hit that limit at some point and we're done.  As a business, there are long-term plans that would be wise to make years in advance.  For example, we've bought memberships and dealer's tables for the 2018 World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose.  Based on current trends, I feel relatively confident that we'll be in business to go to that convention.  But, if our numbers drop this year to 500, I won't have that sort of confidence for a convention in 2020.  So, keeping the numbers up gives me the confidence to make the sort of plans that will benefit us in the future.

2)  One of my most ambitious long-range plans is to purchase a building to house Borderlands when our current lease expires in 2021.  Or, at the very least, before the lease on the cafe expires in 2025.  Since we don't need the entire cost of the sponsorships to cover increased wages, I've been banking most of the excess to have on hand to cover the cost of such a plan.  So, in essence, every sponsorship over that minimum of 300 is $100 towards buying a building, doing the work to house our store, and moving the store there.  I'm not counting on sponsorships to get us all the way there but they will help a great deal.

3)  Finally, it's pretty cool to be a sponsor of Borderlands.  First off, it makes you part of a truly remarkable group of people.  As a group, our sponsors are some of the smartest, most pleasant, and accomplished people I've ever known -- and that's not even considering their part in our history-making sponsorship program.  Of course, there are also some nice benefits to being a sponsor.  Over the past two years those benefits have mostly been useful to people who can actually visit the store, but I'm working on that.  (Certainly, our guests at the sponsors-only whisky tasting we hosted at the World Fantasy Convention last year thought it was pretty neat.)

So, if you haven't renewed your sponsorship, now's a good time to do so.  Of course, you can renew anytime this year, but why wait?

I'll close this note with a story about something nice that happened right at the end of last year.  About two days before New Years, I got a call from the owner of a specialty coffee bar on an island in Puget Sound.  She was facing the possibility of closing up shop, because of wage increases, and she'd heard about Borderlands because of a news article about our sponsors.  We talked for almost an hour about how the program worked, how she had created a real community around her shop, and how she could work with her staff and customers to find a solution.  At the end of the call, she said how hopeless she had been feeling, and how much more optimistic she now felt about her prospects.  I hope to hear more from her so I can let you all know how it works out for her.

Then, fifteen minutes later, I started an hour and a half meeting with the owner and the general manager of a local nightclub, The DNA Lounge.  They've been having some serious financial problems and a bunch of their customers had suggested that they might want to talk with me about what we had done.  It was a good meeting overall and I hope that things work out well for them, but there was something funny that kept coming up.  We'd talk about ideas for a bit and then they would suggest something that was very smart, from a business and sales standpoint.  And I'd point out to them that it was a bad idea.  Because, for something like our sponsorships to work, it has to be a partnership -- not a sales and marketing opportunity.

Truly, we could probably "sell" many more sponsorships if we "marketed" them to our "customers" and made sure that it was a "good deal".  And, in the end, I think we would fail.  As I explained to the nightclub folks -- this isn't something I'm trying to sell to you.  From the very beginning, this was an opportunity for people who cared about Borderlands to allow us to stay open -- if they wanted.  Every day that I get to come to work is a gift you've given me (and the rest of the staff).  I'm humbled and grateful that you are willing to give it.  And I'm so happy that there are some things, slight though they are in comparison to what you've given me, that I can provide to show my appreciation.

So, here's to 2017!  I think we did it again this time around -  so, let's read some books, have a drink or two, and keep doing what we've been doing!

Warmest Regards,
Alan

PS  Oh, and I forgot to mention -- on November 3rd, 2017, we'll have been in business for 20 years.  I'm very glad that we'll get to celebrate that anniversary.

Upcoming Events

The Short Version
1) Bringing in the new year, we'll take a tour of the Speakeasy Brewery on Saturday, January 14th at 2:30 pm.  There will be a small charge for the tour and guests are welcome.

2) I, and several other folks, thought it might be nice to have a little social gathering on Friday, January 20th to mark an event that is, at the very least, slightly science-fictional and surreal.  So, we'll be getting together at the store for cookies, tea and company from 7 pm to 10 pm.  Guests are very welcome and, if you've got cookies that you're especially proud of, please do bring some.

3) The first sponsor social of 2017 will be on Saturday, February 11th from 7 pm to 11 pm.  Our quarterly parties are usually well-attended and a lot of fun (not to mention a great place to meet new friends).

4)  Our annual Sponsors' General Meeting will be on Friday, March 31st at 7 pm in the cafe.  A chance to talk about how we're doing, where we're going, and to give us your advice.

The Long Version

1) Tour of the Speakeasy Brewery < http://www.goodbeer.com > on Saturday, January 14th at 2:30 pm (1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124).  Even before they were the beverage guest at one of our sponsor socials, we've been really big fans of the folks at Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, so it seemed obvious to us that a visit to their brewery and tap room would be in order in 2017.  They opened the same year as Borderlands and their operation right here in San Francisco is something to see -- they can turn out 90,000 barrels of beer a year at the current facility.  Despite their success, they're still a small, local company and just our kind of people.  Each tour group caps at 10 people but they run tours every hour so, if we fill up the first tour, we'll add another at 3:45.  As a consequence, guests are completely welcome.  There will be a nominal charge of $7 per person for the tour.  Please RSVP to sponsors@borderlands-books.com to let us know you'd like to come, since we need to book a bit in advance (if you've already RSVPed, no need to do so again).

2) Cookies, Tea and Company on Friday, January 20th from 7 pm to 10 pm.  I, and several other folks, thought it might be nice to have a little social gathering to mark an event that is, at the very least, slightly science-fictional and surreal.  So, we'll be getting together at the store for cookies, tea and company from 7 pm to 10 pm.  Guests, in any numbers, are very welcome.  We'll provide some cookies but, if you've got a recipe (or supplier) that you're especially proud of, please do bring some to share.  Likewise, if you've a favorite sort of tea, you can bring that too (though we'll have plenty of tea on hand).  Also, if you feel like the evening deserves something a bit stronger than tea -- we won't tell if you don't.

3) The first sponsor social of 2017 will be on Saturday, February 11th from 7 pm to 11 pm.  Our quarterly socials are a very free-form, come-as-you-are, pot-luck and BYOB party.  We usually have a beverage guest and some sort of special retailer, and sometimes other entertainment.  There's lots of conversation, board games at the back of the cafe, free reading copies of upcoming books that caught our attention, and a door prize drawing.  It's a great place to meet folks and just hang out with a bunch of avid, avid readers.  If you've never been, you really should come.  The first one of the year is usually quite a celebration since it's the first time that I publicly announce the total number of sponsors for the year so far.  You're welcome to bring one guest and RSVPs are very much appreciated.  The party takes place at the store / cafe and entrance is through the cafe door.  I hope to see you there.

4) On Sunday, February 26th at 2pm, we're going to visit the "Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics" exhibition at the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library at the UC Berkeley.  On the advice of a sponsor, we're going to check out this exhibit of comics and graphic novels from around the world.  From their website: "These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. . . . Comics and graphic novels portray differences by selectively intensifying various contradictions generated in society by censorship, race relations, political agendas and gender biases.  Some of the comics that are displayed may raise issues that are highly contradictory or painful to contemplate. . . the curatorial team encourages you to dissect, deconstruct, analyze and enjoy the pictorial narratives that these items portray!"  The exhibit is free and you are welcome to bring a guest.  We'll meet outside the Gallery at 2 pm, and it should take no longer than an hour to see the exhibit.  The UC campus is easily accessible from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.  If you live in San Francisco and would like a ride, or can provide a carpool, please RSVP and let us know so we can help arrange transportation.  The Doe Library is in the middle of campus, directly west of Sather Tower.  The Brown Gallery is on the first floor, off of the North entrance.  Directions are here: http://www.berkeley.edu/map?doe and you can find more information about the exhibit here: https://events.berkeley.edu/?event_ID=101462

5)  Sponsors' General Meeting on Friday, March 31st at 7:00 pm.  I'd really like to have a chance to talk with you about how things have gone through our second year as a sponsored store.  I want to know what we've done right, what we've done wrong, and what we can do better -- as well as answering any questions you have.  Also, this is where I talk about my ideas and plans for the future, especially the upcoming year.  It's sort of like a cross between a share-holders meeting and a big advisory board meeting.  I'll outline where we're at and then ask for comments.  I hope to see as many of you there as possible because some of the topics on my mind are pretty important, and I'd love to hear your thoughts.  If you can't attend in person, feel free to email me with your comments (we'll email a report on the meeting a week or two afterwards).

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pre-Order 2017 Sponsorships

Hello Dear Sponsors,

I hope that December is treating you all very, very well.  We've been busy around the shop (which is a great thing) and it's made us very happy to see so many of you out and about.

As promised, the web page is ready for you to pre-order your 2017 sponsorships.  The link is https://borderlands-books.com/buysponsorship17.htmll .  As you will see there, your credit card will not be charged until January 1st, 2017.

If you would prefer to stop by in person to renew, you're welcome to do so but . . . it's a little bit easier for us if you do so by credit card or by check.  We'll take cash (of course!) but it takes a little extra handling.

Likewise, if you want to mail a check, please do -- but, if you would post-date it January 1st, 2017, that will make things easier for us.  And yes, all this hoop-jumping is to keep the taxes simple and the tax-folks happy.

Thank you all for your support through 2016 and thank you for considering the same for 2017.  I think that we're doing something really wonderful with the sponsor program but, moreso, I think that we are doing something really wonderful with Borderlands.  We've made a place that feels like home to so many people (for example, we hosted our third wedding at the shop just a few weeks ago).  Given that the world may seem like a darker and scarier place right now, I and the rest of the staff consider it an honor to be able to give people a sense of comfort and belonging.

And I'm honored by the faith you've shown me with your trust and belief that we can keep going strong.

I hope that this month and the New Year bring you joy, peace, love and all that you could possibly wish.

Warmest Regards,
Alan

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sponsor Letter, December 8th 2016

Hey Everybody,

It's almost time to prove again that what we started last year actually works.  I'm a bit scared and excited at the same time.  Last year we started the sponsor program and saved Borderlands.  This year showed that it wasn't a one-time fluke.  But 2017 is going to be the final test.  In 2015 we had around 850 sponsors.  This year we had around 650.  That is, roughly, a 25% drop.  To be honest, that is better than I was expecting.

In 2015, Borderlands closing was big news.  People were paying attention and emotions were high.  Being a sponsor in 2015 was a statement.  It was, if you will, a shout out to the world, "Dammit, bookstores matter!"  It was a punch in the face to all the things that have, over the years, closed our beloved bookstores (and record shops and video rental joints).

But being a sponsor in 2016 was a different sort of statement.  It was, delivered in a flat, dispassionate growl, "I'm going to keep Borderlands open."  It was the start of a wrestling match on the barroom floor; a match that might go on 'til last call.  So, it's no surprise that fewer people want to sign up for that sort of fight.

Which is not to say that I don't appreciate the hell out of the people who stood up in 2015, took a swing, and then went on to another good fight.  Their sheer numbers sent me and plenty of other people a message that we needed.

This year is going to send me a message as well.  If we drop by another 25% this year, down to around 400 sponsors or so, I'm going to have some serious concerns about this working over the long term.  Because that progression means we barely make the 300 we need come 2018.  And, in 2019, we won't make it and we're closing.

On or around the 15th of this month, the web-page for sponsor renewals will go live (I'll be sending a short note to you to let you know when that happens).  I'm hoping that you'll all decide to go another round with us but, if you decide not to, thank you so much for your support -- we've had a good year and we've done some great things.  Without you, we wouldn't have had this year or the last one.  So, thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  Have a peaceful and calm holiday, and may the New Year bring you all you wish.

All Best,
Alan

PS  A big thank you to the folks who made the last sponsor social a big success: Meg, our fantastic tarot reader <http://www.megstarotreadings.com/> whose efforts were much appreciated by all.  Philip Cuadra, founder of San Francisco's Highlawn Wine Company <http://www.highlawnwine.com/>, who plied our guests with some very tasty beverages.  And our DJ, Steven R. Boyett <http://www.steveboy.com/index.html>.  Steve recorded his mix from that night and has it here for your delectation <listen - http://traffic.libsyn.com/djsteveboy/funk_by_the_book_-_live_at_borderlands.mp3   download / playlist (mix is called "Funk by the Book" - http://www.groovelectric.com/mixes.html )

The Twitter Version
1) We'll be hosting a brief private reception for a small group of sponsors with James S.A. Corey (aka Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), on Saturday December 10th at 4 pm, before their public event at the store.  If you would like to be in the drawing to attend the private event, please reply to this email and say so (and, do look at the details in the next section of this note).

2) We'll be touring the offices of the Long Now Foundation at Fort Mason Center (2 Marina Blvd. Fort Mason Center Bldg. A San Francisco, CA 94123) on Monday, December 12th at 7:00 pm.  You're welcome to bring a guest but please RSVP to sponsors@borderlands-books.com.

3) Thanks to the Balboa Theatre <http://www.balboamovies.com> and SF in SF <http://www.sfinsf.org>, Borderlands Sponsors have an opportunity to attend a special preview of the new Star Wars movie "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" at 7 pm on Thursday, December 15th.  For details, email sfinsfevents@gmail.com and mention that you're a Borderlands Sponsor.

4) Bringing in the new year, we'll take a tour of the Speakeasy Brewery on Saturday, January 14th at 2:15 pm.  There will be a small charge for the tour and guests are welcome.

5) I, and several other folks, thought it might be nice to have a little social gathering on Friday, January 20th to mark an event that is, at the very least, slightly science-fictional and surreal.  So, we'll be getting together at the store for cookies, tea and company from 7 pm to 10 pm.  Guests are very welcome and, if you've got cookies that you're especially proud of, please do bring some.

6) The first sponsor social of 2017 will be on Saturday, February 11th from 7 pm to 11 pm.

7) We're going to take a group visit to UC Berkeley's Doe Library exhibition, "Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics", on Sunday, February 26th at 2 pm.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Sponsor Letter, November 7th 2016

Hi All,

Well here we go, we're into November and into the chute leading up to the Holidays.  I quite like this time of year but it is busy, busy, busy.  This month is also notable in that it's the beginning of our 20th year in business.  I opened the shop on November 3rd, 1997.  As you can imagine, I've got a few plans for our 20th anniversary at the end of next year and, of course, some special stuff in mind for you all particularly.  But, it's nothing I want to talk about yet though I will give you a hint -- I think that there are going to be some book collectors who will be sad in the latter part of next year that they are not sponsors.

All those plans are contingent on getting 300 sponsors next year, but I'm feeling pretty good about that.  We've over 650 for this year so far and I don't expect that will drop by more than 50% next year.  Just like last year, we'll be opening up pre-payments for existing sponsors sometime in December and then well start charging credit cards and accepting new sponsors on January 1st.  I'll have all the details about that in the next sponsor note but you can expect that it will work much the same as it did this year.

If you can make it to the sponsor social next Saturday, November the 12th, please do.  This year we're not doing a public anniversary party but I think we'll be whooping it up a bit at the social. We're also going to have two guests from out of town.  Chris Roberson has written a huge range of stuff and right now is mostly working on comics.  After a stint writing for DC's Superman comic he went on to create iZOMBIE (the TV show based on that comic is now in its third season on The CW).  Nowadays he writes Hellboy with Mike Mignola, when he's not writing novels.  Also visiting will be Rani Graff.  Rani started and runs Graff Publishing, which is the second largest publisher of SF and fantasy in Israel and has introduced more great authors to that country than I can count.  Chris and Rani are two of my favorite people in our business and it's going to be great to have them hanging out at the party.

Regarding sponsor socials and the upcoming year, I have a question for you.  This year we scheduled the socials to alternate between Thursdays and Saturdays.  After talking with some folks, I'm not sure that is a good pattern, but I want to hear from you.  Should we keep up that alternation, or should we just have all the socials in 2017 on Saturday evenings?

I think that's it for now.  Have a great month and please enjoy your Thanksgiving, whether it be turkey with all the trimmings or Chinese take-out.  I've had both and, I've got to say, I sorta prefer the Chinese take-out.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

All Best,
Alan

The Yeager Version
1) BOOKED UP Mary Robinette Kowal's Whiskey Tasting will be on Friday, November 11th, at 8 pm.  As expected this event filled up very quickly and, at this point, there are no spaces left (along with a full wait-list).

2) Sponsor Social.  Our next Sponsor Social (and last one of 2016) will be Saturday, the 12th of November, from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.  As always, you're welcome to bring a guest, and RSVPs are appreciated but not required.  This quarter we'll have tarot readings, wine tasting, and a special guest DJ.

3) We'll be touring the offices of the Long Now Foundation at Fort Mason Center (2 Marina Blvd. Fort Mason Center Bldg. A San Francisco, CA 94123) on Monday, December 12th at 7:00 pm.  You're welcome to bring a guest but please RSVP to sponsors@borderlands-books.com.

4) Bringing in the new year, we'll take a tour of the Speakeasy Brewery on Saturday, January 14th at 2:15 pm.  There will be a small charge for the tour and guests are welcome.

5) The first sponsor social of 2017 will be on Saturday, February 11th from 7 pm to 11 pm.

Jude, Scott and I are in the process of setting the sponsor event schedule for 2017 and we've got some fun stuff ahead for you.  Likely events are a "Buffy: The Musical" sing-along, a tour of the SF Center for the Book, rollerskating at The Church of Eight Wheels, and much more.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sponsor Letter, October 14th 2016

Hi Folks,

This note is going to be kind of short this month.  As I mentioned a few months ago, I've had some personal projects to get taken care of, which are very close to completion but still taking up a fair bit of time.  Should be finished by next month, however -- just in time for the holiday season.  Another thing that I'm getting close to completion on is the process of getting Borderlands a building before our lease expires in 2021.  For good and sufficient reasons, I'm probably not going to be able to go into great detail about that, even when I've got the path worked out, but I hope to have more to tell you next month or the month after.  But, things are looking very positive over the long term.

I've also come to the conclusion that either setting up a non-profit or working with an existing non-profit to support the store and, on a larger scale, genre literature in the Bay Area is something that is very much in the cards.  The time scale on that is still to be determined but is probably in the one-to- three-year range.

Overall, despite my absence at sponsor events, I've made some pretty big steps on the large-scale questions that have been in front of us this year.  It's looking pretty rosy, all in all.  Assuming, of course, that we continue to earn the absolutely vital support that you've given us over the past two years.  Based on what I've heard from people, we're managing to do that but, if you think we're falling short, please do let me know.

It is still hard to get my mind around how much things have changed for the better at Borderlands because of our sponsors.  But everyday, when I walk past the list of all your names on the wall, I'm reminded of what a remarkable thing we've accomplished.

Warmst Regards,
Alan

Hydrogen Version

1) Open Mic Night.  Join us Friday, October 21st, for the next Sponsors' Open Mic Night.

2) Picnic in Golden Gate Park.  October's Sponsor event is enjoying the great outdoors and San Francisco's actual summer time.  We have reserved our own section of Golden Gate Park for food and fun on Saturday, October 22nd from noon to 4pm.  Look for Table 17 in Lindley Meadow on the South side of JFK Drive.  Guests, friends and children are welcome.  If you're planning on coming, please let us know at sponsors@borderlands-books.com

3) World Fantasy Convention.  Two events at this years convention in Ohio.  A public party Friday night starting at eight and going 'til Midnight and a sponsors-only get together Saturday afternoon from three to five.  I don't have the room number yet but I will by Friday afternoon (October 28th).  You can email me for that info or just ask me when you see me at the convention.

If you'd like to come to the Saturday event, please RSVP directly to me at abeatts@borderlands-books.com.

4) Sponsor Social.  Our next Sponsor Social (and last one of 2016) will be Saturday, the 12th of November, from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

5) Mary Robinette Kowal's Whiskey Tasting will be on Friday, November 11th, at 8 pm.  Space is limited and so please let us know if you'd like to attend by RSVPing to sponsors@borderlands-books.com.  There will be a small fee of $25, payable at the door, to cover costs.

6) We'll be touring the offices of the Long Now Foundation at the Presidio in mid-December.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sponsor Letter, September 15th 2016

Howdy Pardners,

Scott Cox, your Sponsor Liaison, here.  A few things you should know. . . First, it finally feels like summer here in San Francisco and Alan is not happy about it.  Second, just when you thought our assortment couldn't get any better, we've tweaked the layout of the store a bit to allow more room for hardcover and trade paperback books.  Third, we're also featuring our bestselling books for each month in their own bookcase.  The last and best news is all of the upcoming sponsor events we have planned both near and far!

Short

1) Game Night at the Cafe.  September's Sponsor event is inspired by the rollicking good time our gamers had at the last social.  So, we're going full tilt game night.  On Sunday, September 25th, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, we'll be hosting our very first Game Night at the Cafe!  Many games and game masters will be on hand, but if you have a favorite game you want to share, please feel free to bring it along (please limit the games to those that can be completed in 2-3 hours or less).  As always feel free to bring any drinks or snacks you would care to share.

2) Open Mic Night.  Join us Friday, October 21st, for the next Sponsors' Open Mic Night.

3) Picnic in Golden Gate Park.  October's Sponsor event is enjoying the great outdoors and San Francisco's actual summer time.  We have reserved our own section of Golden Gate Park for food and fun on Saturday, October 22nd from noon to 4pm.  Look for Table 17 in Lindley Meadow on the South side of JFK Drive.

4) World Fantasy Convention.  We will be hosting our first-ever out of town event to celebrate Borderlands' continued existence at the World Fantasy Convention.  We will be hosting an intimate get-together in our hospitality suite in the afternoon on Saturday, October 29th.  We'll have more details as we get closer to the event.  We'll also be hosting an open party on Friday night.  Look for details here and in the store newsletter.

5) Sponsor Social.  Our next Sponsor Social (and last one of 2016) will be Saturday, the 12th of November, from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

6) Mary Robinette Kowal's Whiskey Tasting will be a few days earlier or later than the Social.  No need to reserve yet as we are still firming up plans.

7) We'll be touring the offices of the Long Now Foundation at the Presidio in early December.  Look for more details to come.