CaliforniaAuthors.com brought the sad news to my attention: the venerable Midnight Special bookstore in Santa Monica is apparently closing, this time for good. According to an email sent out by the store, “We will close our doors in about 4 or 5 weeks (weÔøΩll post the exact date as it comes closer) and our GREAT BIG SALE starts Saturday, May 8. Please come buy us out!! And pick up a copy of our list of independent booksellers in Los Angeles… we would never leave you with nowhere to go! All events for May will proceed as planned, unless the author wishes to cancel. All events after June 2nd are cancelled.” I can’t begin to count the books I bought from them. Read more about the history of Midnight Special.