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Signed Volumes Inscribed to Glenn Close Part of Huge Newtown Book Sale

Signed Volumes Inscribed to Glenn Close Part of Huge Newtown Book Sale

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Actress Glenn Close attends the Sundance Institute Vanguard Leadership Award honoring Glenn Close at Stage 37 on June 4, 2014 in New York City.

What has been called the "biggest and best organized book sale in New England" returns this weekend for its 39th year. The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale offers more than 120,000 books, CDs, DVDs and LPs to those who stop by Reed Intermediate School in Newtown from July 12 to 16.

Donations for the sale are dropped off throughout the year for this signature summer sale, and this year promises a number of incredible finds.

According to a press release, one box of books that was dropped off anonymously, as most are, contained a number of books signed by the authors. A closer inspection of the inscriptions revealed they were written to “Glenn,” as in the renowned Academy Award winning actress Glenn Close.

A highlight of this particular collection is a signed first edition copy of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. The six line inscription inside reads, “To Glenn / A magnificent artist. A bold and fierce heart. My friend. I love you, Eve.” (pictured below)

All of the books in this collection can be found in a separate Rare and Collectibles Room at the sale. Also available there is a copy of The Book of Lies by renowned mystic Aleister Crowley, published in 1913 and in very good condition.

But there will be much more to peruse at this sale.

"One of the things that you get [at this sale] is an amazing diversity of offerings," says book sale organizer Denise Kaiser. "Almost every town in Connecticut has a good library and they do the best the can...When you get to a certain level of inventory, you can get everything."

Thousands and thousands of books will be available, separated into 90 categories. Of particular interest are hundreds of titles on such subjects as woodworking, crafts and gardening, donated by a quality local publisher, and well over a thousand Sci Fi books with all major authors in the genre represented. There are thousands of paperback mysteries and romance novels.

All of the DVDs and CDs have been electronically inspected for quality.

The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

Admission for Saturday and Sunday will cost $5. Those 18 and under are admitted for free. Monday is half-priced day, Tuesday is $5 bag day and Wednesday is free.

"Our first day, Saturday, July 12, is preponderantly dealers, teachers who are looking for specific books to complete collections they have in their classrooms and readers with very specific needs," says Kaiser. "The people who come Saturday tend to be very focused on what they're doing. We still charge full price on Sunday but it's more leisurely." 

By Wednesday, most books are picked out and what remains is free. Kaiser says many people who donate books to different state and community organizations come on the final day. 

For the last 39 years, the goal has always been, "to sell everything." 

For more information on the book sale visit their website at boothbooksale.org.

PEQUOT LIBRARY’S 54TH ANNUAL SUMMER BOOK SALE FEATUREs HUNDREDS OF VINTAGE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Southport, CT – Over 300 vintage children’s books from the early-19th – mid-20th centuries will be included in Pequot Library’s 54th Annual Summer Book Sale, including more than 100 different editions on Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Variations on this classic children’s book offered at this sale include multiple versions produced by different publishers of Robinson Crusoe rewritten in one syllable words, as well as unusual adaptations of the story, including Dog Crusoe, Little Robinson Crusoe of Paris, and Arctic Crusoe. Typical of what is being offered is a beautifully illustrated 1882 edition.
Robinson Crusoe was first published on April 25, 1719. The first edition credited the work's fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. Despite its simple narrative style, Robinson Crusoe was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre.
All of these vintage children's books will be conveniently located in one location inside the library, alongside the book sale’s higher value books known as "Specials." This year’s Pequot Library Book Sale will feature 200 catalogued Specials which will be posted in early July on Pequot Library’s website, pequotlibrary.org. All of the books have been donated to Pequot Library.
Pequot Library’s 54th Annual Summer Book Sale runs from Friday, July 25 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014. It is known as “The Best Book Sale in New England.” Admission is free and all Sale proceeds help fund Pequot Library's over 400 yearly inter-generational programs and events. High quality books at reasonable prices, with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.
Over 40 categories, including the favorites: Children’s Books; Art and Photography; Business; Biography; Several sections of History (USA, European, World, and Military); Computer Software and Books; Cooking; Crafts and Style; Foreign Language; Gardening; Mystery and Thriller; Romance; Science; Sports; Science Fiction; Current Fiction; Classic Fiction; Poetry and Drama; Trade Paperbacks; CDs, DVDs, records, tapes, and Audiobooks; Sheet music, music books, comic books, prints. Pequot Library thanks its generous sponsors: The DeMattia Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Brody Wilkinson; People's United Bank; Whole Foods Market.
Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook and Twitter.

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Signed Volumes Inscribed to Glenn Close Part of Huge Newtown Book Sale

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