Uncle Hugo’s, the oldest independent science fiction and fantasy bookstore in the US founded in 1974, burned down during the recent riots protesting police brutality and racism in the wake of the shocking death of George Floyd during a police arrest in Minneapolis. As of May 30, at least 250 businesses across the Twin Cities had been damaged or destroyed. Some, including Uncle Hugo’s, were destroyed completely by fire or suffered extensive water damage. Uncle Edgar’s bookstore, a specialty mystery, suspense, and thrillers shop, which was housed within Uncle Hugo’s, is also gone.
Dreamhaven Books down the road “was trashed” according to owner Greg Ketter, but did not burn down. Ketter confirmed they are all safe, and many volunteers have shown up to help with cleaning up the damage.
[Thanks to Magenta Griffith for the alert.]
June 4 Update:
[Thanks to Jude Feldman for the alert.]
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To donate to Uncle Hugo’s by sending a check or money order, contact Mike Glyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for an address.
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