May 28, 2008

Special first editions and rare works highlight 62nd Annual Book Sale at Case Western Reserve

The 2008 edition of the sale will be held May 31-June 3 in Adelbert Gymnasium

Book Sale Poster

Thanks once again to a bevy of donations, literary treasure seekers will have over 60,000 books to choose from at the 62nd Annual Book Sale at Case Western Reserve University's Adelbert Gymnasium.

Highlighting this year's sale are signed first editions of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Da Vinci Code and Dr. Seuss' The King's Stilts from 1939. Other notables include A Vanished World, a photo study of pre-Holocaust Eastern Europe and an extensive collection of military history from around the world.

The sale, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University's Association for Continuing Education (ACE), is free and open to the public beginning at noon on Saturday, May 31.  Sale hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 3.

Prior to the start of the sale, there will be a special preview at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a $20 admission. Other special programs throughout the event include an auction Sunday at 4 p.m., reduced prices on Monday and Tuesday is "box day," when books are sold for $5 per box.

"There's a ton of good, high quality stuff; books you'll want to take home and curl up with," said Eric Jacobsen, a volunteer co-chair of the sale.

For fishing enthusiasts, the sale offers an extensive collection on angling and fly fishing, as well as a body of collectable items on boating. There's also plenty to enjoy for local historians and sightseers, with a wide array of Cleveland and Ohio related books.

Additionally, browsers can search for works in the areas of art, biography, children's literature, popular fiction, gardening, humor, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, photography, politics, rare and unusual collectibles and travel, as well as an extensive collection of electronic media in the forms of tapes, CDs and videos.

Organizers estimate the final number of available books will be between 65,000-72,000. Donations come from Case Western Reserve faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as community members and corporations. All proceeds from the sale go to support the University's continuing education programs.

"There are a lot of people who are tremendously fond of Case Western Reserve and these people have generously donated these great collections," said Jacobsen, noting that donations and volunteers are still welcome and appreciated.

For more information, call ACE at (216) 368-2090, or visit the 62nd Annual Book Sale Web site at

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 28, 2008 12:32 PM | News Topics: Campus Life, Events, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives

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