Jul 8, 2014
04:00 PMStyle & Design
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