Moncton’s Annual Used Book Fair

used book saleMoncton has an annual used book sale at a curling club in the Spring. Every couple of years I purge my books for those I don’t want, delivering them to the local fire station with the kids (because every kid loves fire stations).

Moncton‘s longest running used book sale is once again looking for donations of gently used books.
The 47th Annual Book Fair will be held at the Beaver Curling Club on May 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2009.
The money raised provides scholarships and bursaries for local women. Hardcover and paperback English and French books, in good condition are welcome, as well as puzzles, games, CDs, DVDs, videos and cassettes. No encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines or record albums, please.
Donations may be dropped off at Moncton, Dieppe or Riverview Fire Stations etween now and May 1st.

The books are cheap. They organize them by category, putting most on tables. I don’t remember finding any gems there, but the sale is still worth a browse.

Rags Of Time Book Store

I found a used-book store up the street from where I work, tempting me to buy books faster than I can read them. It’s called Rags Of Time. The owner was still unpacking boxes, stacking shelves as I browsed the rickety, pine shelves. It appeared he charged a minimum of $3.50 for paperbacks no matter what its retail price was, and 50% off those over $7.00. That seems to be the standard now-a-days.

Last weekend I learned that Amy’s Used Books is going out of business. They’re based in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and they have the most cluttered store I’ve ever been in. I won’t let my daughter go down their aisles for fear of a 5 foot pile of books tipping down on her. Amy’s Books charged collectors’ value, so he’d charge $7-8 for a $10 retail book. I didn’t buy from his store often, but he did have a wide, eclectic selection, although it was frustrating to navigate the aisles and stacks of books. The owner has discounted his prices by 50% since he’s going out of business.

At Rags Of Time today I bought:

  • What’s Not To Love?: the Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer, by Jonathan Ames. I liked the portions I read in the store, including this from the Prologue:

    If you are standing in a bookstore glancing at this, I’m sorry that the first thing you have to come across is an introduction — a writer’s equivalent of a throat-clearing, and not a very good selling point.

  • Five-minute Mysteries, by Ken Weber. I heard an interview with the author on CBC radio, where he explained how he came up with the idea for writing five-minute mysteries: he made them up to keep his students interested in class.
  • Mcsweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, edited by Michael Chabon. This is a collection of stories from authors like Harlan Ellison, Elmore Leonard, Nick Hornby, and more (or “and more!”, as the book’s cover states).