Have you checked out the Trinity College Book Sale?
If you enjoy books at all, you don’t know what you’re missing. It is probably the best used book sale in Canada. And the setting is gorgeous – seeing beautiful Seeley Hall filled with books of every kind always gives me a little rush.
I attended the opening night with my daughter, happy to pass on a tradition I started when I was only a little older than she is. She is a true book lover like I am, probably even more so. She was the kind of kid who’s mattress was lumpy because of all the books she hid underneath. She still sleeps with a bed full of books – in fact, both of my girls do. And it occurred to me only as I was typing this that it is probably not very typical.
I still have books I bought there when I was a student at the University of Toronto, books that I carted around with me through the many moves since then. I had SO much fun tonight adding to my collection. We bought 49 books in all – enough to give us lots to do during the cold Canadian winter.
I went for a quirky mix, from Malcolm Gladwell and Toni Morrison to the 1936 paperback With Mystics and Magicians in Tibet, the story of an adventurous woman’s travels through Tibet. Olivia stuck mostly to literature, stocking up on Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Virgina Woolf, and Jane Austen. I bought my girls a copy of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, the classic British children’s story that captivated me so much when I was young. We replaced some books that had gone missing over the years, like the third Lord of the Rings and the first of the Chronicles of Narnia. And we had to throw a knitting book in there, too. Most of these books were between $2 – $4. Where could you find more pleasure for a couple of toonies?
I also gave Olivia a beautiful 1948 copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy that I found in their treasure-filled rare book room, illustrated with intricate engravings of scenes from the epic poem. I actually bought this book as a thank-you gift for one of her teachers, but of course she fell in love with it and after a few minutes I remembered that she was far more important than the teacher, so I gave it to her. The teacher will get some of my mother’s home-made biscotti instead.
Have a look at some of my pictures. And try to get down there if you can – the sale runs until Monday.
Here are some shots from their exquisite rare book room. And check out our review from last year here if you’d like some more info.
37th Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale, October 18- 22, 2012
Seeley Hall, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto (close to Museum and St. George subway stations)