Yes, it's time again for the fabulous annual Park Slope United Methodist Church Book Sale! This Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30 and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30, you can pick up used books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes and records for ridiculously wonderful low prices -- $2 for hardcover, $1.50 for trade paper, $1 for kids' paper, $.50 for mass-market. I helped sort and carry books tonight and came away with some prizes already:
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (which I've wanted to read ever since I saw this blog post)
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (my first-ever Pratchett)
  • Feeling Sorry for Celia by the lovely Jaclyn Moriarty (read it ages ago, but now I have a copy of my own)
  • A book of knitting cartoons as a gift for a friend's mother
  • Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
  • The Learners by Chip Kidd (The trade paperback isn't quite as blinged-up as his hardcover of The Cheese Monkeys, which has the most awesomely designed book package for a novel I have ever seen in my life; but I liked the content of Cheese Monkeys as well, so I'm looking forward to this sequel.) (Just saw this video . . . dang. Maybe I should hold out for the hardcover of The Learners as well.)
And this being Park Slope, we have a ton of kids and young-adult books, alongside lots of nonfiction and esoterica. I almost bought a Victorian-era hardback of Anna Leonowens's memoirs, complete with gilt detailing on the hardcover and engraved plates throughout; but passed because bookshelf space here is at such a premium already. . . . I don't know that I can afford to keep books I won't read just because they're beautiful. That may have been a stupid decision -- but if it was, you can profit from my stupidity by purchasing it yourself!

PSUMC is located at the corner of 6th Ave. and 8th St. in Park Slope; take the F to 7th Ave. or the R to 4th Ave./9th St. Donations are also welcome from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, at which point we become an all-retail enterprise, one well worth your time. Hope to see you there!