Known for its selection of rare and used books, the 61st Annual Case Western Reserve University Book Sale will have something new this year by offering Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life from award-winning and best-selling author and journalist Ted Gup on opening day of the sale. The free, public sale takes place in Adelbert Gym, 2128 Adelbert Road, starting at noon on Saturday, June 2, and continues through Tuesday, June 5. Gup will be available on Saturday, starting at noon, to sign copies of his book.
All hours are free and open to the public except for a $20 presale admission between 9 a.m. and noon on the opening day. Sale hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday; Sunday and Monday (reduced price day); and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, ($5 box day).
Gup is Case's Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism, and his publisher Doubleday has made special arrangements to offer books as part of the sale's 65,000 selections. This will be the first opportunity for the public to purchase and read Gup's investigation into America's growing obsession with secrets. Following the Case event, the book will appear in book stores around the country on June 5.
"Nation of Secrets is an eye-opening and very important book," says James Fallows, correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. "Ted Gup provides many new illustrations of the excesses of governmental and corporate secrecy—but he also does something even more significant. He connects hundreds of items from the news of recent years into a pattern that shows how unbalanced America's approach to secrecy has become. I thought I was familiar with the issues Ted Gup addresses, but I learned something from every chapter of this book."
In addition to Nation of Secrets, book sale browsers can pursue selections in the areas of art, biography, children's literature, popular fiction, gardening, humor, history, literature, music, philosophy and religion, Ohio and Cleveland, photography, politics, rare and unusual collectibles, travel and electronic media of tapes, CDs and videos.
Books for the sale come through donations to continuing education. Each year a number of "treasures" appear among the books given to the sale. A few of this year's highlights are: a signed edition of 20 Hours and 40 Minutes by Amelia Earhart; a first edition of Norman Mailer's Marilyn Monroe; an original numbered souvenir copy of Normandie World's Largest Liner (1935); first edition of John Updike's Rabbit Run (1960); and Helen Bannerman's animated Little Black Sambo (1933).
Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 216-368-2090 to learn more.
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