May 15, 2006

Case’s 60th annual book sale the biggest yet with 80,000 books

Special finds include first editions of Ben Hur and Gone with the Wind

CLEVELAND—People from the Cleveland area have cleaned off their book shelves and emptied their attics to make the 60th Annual Book Sale, sponsored by the Association for Continuing Education at Case Western Reserve University, one of the biggest ever with more than 80,000 books. Among the reading treasures set aside for the sale’s silent auction are a first edition of Ben Hur and a first edition, second printing of the all-time favorite, Gone with the Wind.

The sale opens to early bird shoppers with a preview ($20 fee) from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 3 in Case’s Adelbert Gym, 2128 Adlebert Road.  At noon, the free hours begin and continue until 6 p.m. on Saturday, giving browsers ample opportunities to wander the aisles of art, fiction, non fiction, history, politics, classics, children’s literature, computer, religion, foreign language, poetry, literature, music and many more departments.  The free and public sale continues Sunday, June 4, noon to 6 p.m.; Monday, June 5 (half-price day), noon to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 6 ($5 a box sale), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“It’s a banner year,” said Eric Jacobsen, a volunteer co-chair of 60th Book Sale along with Joanne Blazek.  The event is an annual tradition that attracts thousands of booklovers from across the state.

Jacobsen attributes the high volume and large and increased selections to estate donations that provided “quality sets” that have been priced to move.

Also lovers of fiction will find many signed first editions in that department.

Other departments with distinguished offerings this year are the arts department with books on performing and practical arts and photography.  Also collectors and hobbyists will find a wider selection in coin and stamp, cooking, gardening as well as the latest craze for knitting books.

More than 150 volunteers have worked to coordinate and organize the book over the past year. Proceeds from the sale benefit the non degree, college-level continuing education programs, offered through Case’s Association for Continuing Education and are open to the public for enrollment.

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Posted by: Kevin Adams, May 15, 2006 11:31 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Events

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