Jeez, I love those words, not that I have a problem with books, only that people should hang on to such treasures. The Regina Symphony book sale is on at the mall, which is only one block away from my house–the mall incidently that contains the wonderful Winners store, to which I can accredit the 23 skirts in my wardrobe (somehow that sounds worse than it is). So here’s what I found today (the exciting part is each day (much like Winners) there is new stuff, and they keep refilling the shelves from the boxes of donated books–funny (not ha, ha), but people keep threatening to come to my panic room and remove items for said sale, (not)):
One hardback copy (mint condition–no writing within) of The Complete Pelican Shakespeare for my older daughter (15): $9.00
Selected Poems–Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi–$.50
Discourse on Thinking–Martin Heidegger–$1.00
The Story of the Iliad–$.50
Gulliver’s Travels –Jonathan Swift–(an older copy)–$.50
The Kingfisher–Amy Clampitt–$1.00
T.S.Eliot–Critique–T.S. Pearce(for the British boys course in fall) $1.50
Fifty Contemporary Thinkers: From Structualism to Postmodernity–John Lechte–$2.50
The Picador Book of Comtemporary Irish Fiction–Dermot Bolger–(huge)–$3.00
Water is the First World–Susan Andrews Grace–(do I hear gasps?)-$1.00
the breath you take from the lord–Patrick Friesen–$1.00
and one CD of Cole Porter’s hits by various artists–$2.00
Hours of enjoyment–priceless!!!!
Not bad. I can hardly wait to go back tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after. (I hope it’s over by Sunday, but then again, maybe not).
I’m taking the kidlings to the Rainbow tomorrow and planned to take some time at the book sale, too. I love that sale!
I could not believe how many people were there today. I think because it was in the paper. The masses were swarming.
Good luck there tomorrow. Should be some good stuff!
We have a similar booksale (for the Childrens’ Hospital) starting this weekend in Winnipeg – In addition to the poetry and the Canadiana booths I always lurk around dictionary/reference for a good hour.
Unfortunately, so do odiferous men with strange body shapes, so I always come away flushed with victory / peevish from the crowding. Makes me want to unsheathe my patented elbows of death ™.
i like to load up on garlic before i go down to the sale.
while my book sale here is on a much smaller scale, i always find the most marvelous treasures as well. a friend was here for a book launch last year, and my husband came home to show us the religious tracts left on his truck’s windshield while he was at work. my friend and i went to the book sale where she came across a marvelous little text called “God is For Real, Man!” a buch of inner city american kids re-interpreting the bible. of course, we put it on his windshield. you can’t BUY entertainment like that!
Ariel: a trademark on elbows–cool. (I’m going to check out the reference section tomorrow).
Ken: nice (?).
kimmy: entertainment like that: priceless (can one grammatically (correct that is) put two colons in one sentence: or three?)
Ariel, where is this booksale in support of the Children’s Hospital?
Heidegger — jeez, good luck. If you understand any of it (or think you do) then… I was going to say “let me know”, but I’ll settle for “you’re probably wrong”.
Pete: you’re probably right when you say “if I understand any of it”, although it won’t be my first time reading Heidegger, and it probably won’t be my last.
I love book sales.. or any sale (including yard/garage sales) that will sell me a book.
My favorite was when I turned around and pulled into a yard sale and found the book I’d been looking for (for years!): The Robe by Richard Burton.
Okay, I didn’t find a book sale this weekend, but while I was waiting for my daughter to finish her piano lesson yesterday, I wandered into a thrift shop and found Sons and Lovers, The Edible Woman, and The Stone Angel. Woo-hoo!
nikkirae: Good to see you here. I’m into garage sales as well–you just never know what you’ll find.
(Anita – the Children’s Hospital Book Sale is at St. Vital Centre…and I think it’s on for the rest of the week)