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Victoria Times-Colonist Book Sale Dates 2009

Oh, huzzah. The Times-Colonist book sale is upon us again. This year’s dates are February 21-22 here in Victoria, BC, at the NOW furniture store on the corner of Douglas and Queens.

To all my friends who last year went “Argh! Why didn’t you TELL ME it was on?!?” when I showed you all my great books – consider yourself informed!

If you live in Victoria and want to attend the the Times-Colonist book sale, dress warmly, bring coffee, and prepare to be patient. Preferably bring someone with you so if one of you has to use the bathroom, the other can hold the line (though if you’re desperate, the person ahead of or behind you might be kind enough to hold it for you – er, the line, that is.).

Last year’s wait was about an hour in line, as I remember – my friend and I arrived about 11 a.m. on the first day. It was entirely worth it. Collectors report some great finds each year, too – serious collectors arrive really, really early.

The prices are pretty great – last year I ended up with 15 books for under 40 dollars. The proceeds from the sale go to benefit the community and literacy. All in all, it’s a pretty great thing.

Last year’s haul for me included:

Elle by Douglas Glover
Sideways by Rex Pickett
Disobedience by Naomi Alderman
-a lovely leather-bound Works of Shakespeare
-a gorgeous little green copy of some of of Robert Browning’s poetry, which I bought because there was a signature in it which read “Clifford Floyd Olson” and I thought I might get to own a grisly collectible. However, upon returning home I learned the horrible serial killer’s name is Clifford ROBERT Olson. Fortunately, I still like Robert Browning. And if Clifford Floyd Olson is reading this – I’m not suggesting you do anything rash).
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

and of course many more which have now completely left my head.

Regardless, the only real stinker in the bunch was The Pilot’s Wife, and if it only cost me a dollar to learn to trust my instincts, it was worth it. All hail the Victoria Times-Colonist book sale!

Now to box up the books I’m finished with, to donate to this year’s sale…starting with you, Ms. Shreve.

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