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I actually haven't decided for sure on a day—weren't we talking about an LT meetup at one point?
My usual plan of attack is to go to the preview, and then return on Sunday, when everything left over (and there's usually a lot left over!) is half-price.
So I'd be happy to meetup with anyone sometime on Sunday, after we've exhausted ourselves and our wallets. ;-)
Sounds like a plan! There's a little sandwich/coffee place at the NW corner of Clark and whatever the street is just north of Walton. Would that work? Any other suggestions?
When do folks think they'll be ready for some nourishment?
(Anyone else trying to swing going to work late tomorrow to hit the noon opening??)
(Why on earth am I willing to look at more books when I am in the process of moving the ones I have down three flights of stairs and up two?)
I could swing any time in there. Anyone know the name of the coffee shop?
It's the BomBon Americano.
May I suggest 3:00 on Sunday? Does that work for people? My time's flexible if it doesn't.
The only reason that 3:00 wouldn't work would be that my family has hijacked me off to see a movie or something, but I can "put a request in" for the timeslot, and I might even get to drag them along.
According to the web site that Lilithcat has a link to in #13 above, "BomBon Americano" isn't open on Sundays!
There are, of course, Starbucks locations nearby ... one at State & Delaware (2.5 blocks), one on Rush north of Walton (3 blocks), and one at State & Pearson (4.5 blocks). There is Dave & Busters on Clark north of Oak (2 blocks), and, of course, a lot of other bars/restaurants within 3-4 blocks.
Which of those other options would you suggest, BTRIPP?
Oh, I should mention that I'm just back from Preview Night, and I did leave some books for you all, and my credit card did not melt.
(Oh, and having your LibraryThing catalogue does not prevent you buying duplicates when the #%*@#* publishers use different titles! Grrrrrrr!)
Well, it depends on what "atmosphere" folks want.
Dave & Busters would involve meeting in their bar, which also serves food. I suggested it because it is probably the next closest thing.
The Starbucks are, well, all Starbucks. The one closest (at State & Delaware) is probably the "easiest going" of them, and has a strange lay-out (with a long strip of window counter seating along the State St. side) that might provide us with an area to congregate.
I like the map.
We are meeting there after we've all individually gone to the book fair?
I was under the impression that we were assembling at a location and then descending on the Newberry Library like a cloud of literature-crazed locusts!
This (in the words of one of my darling daughters) "changes everything", and I will be able to bring The Girls, and set them loose on the Midway without fear of missing the book shopping!
See y'all at 3:00 then ...
I've been madly cataloguing everything I bought today. Between today and preview night, I bought 45 books (not counting at least a half-dozen that I bought for other people)!
I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you more, BTRIPP, but our relative positions at the tables were not conducive. I hope you and your girls enjoyed the machines.
Contrary to what someone thought, the sale was still going on, and I stopped by on my way home. It was my third visit, along with Preview Night and Thursday afternoon. The stocks were very small, but in mystery and science fiction there was still some really good stuff that had been inexplicably passed over. I picked up a number of good condition duplicates for 25 cents that I figured might be of interest to fellow Bookmoochers.
Lilithcat: I think I purchased over 300 books at the sale in my three visits. (!) In my defense (if I need one), most of them were mass market paperbacks for 50 cents or a dollar.
Perhaps pertinent to our discussion of the value of reading books, etc., I bought a paperweight in the Rare Editions room for two dollars. Emblazoned across it was this assertion:
READERS MAKE . . .
(Stop. Come to think of it, I'm going to save it, and its assertion, for a certain reader in Houston--a certain reader who may be reading this very post. And no, the third word is not "BETTER".)
Is anyone going to the Newberry's book sale this year? I'll be volunteering from 10-2 on Saturday, and plan to do all my shopping after that. I am not sure what room I'll be in, or if I'll be a floater. I'm really looking forward to it!
Hopefully this time I won't look like death warmed over (last year I was in the hospital 2 days later with "massive, multiple, bilateral" Pulmonary Embolisms)!
Yes, I would. I enjoyed meeting everyone last year, and would love to do it again.
If I am there Saturday I'll look for you aarti.
I have been resisting the lure of Powell's but I have a feeling I'll end up down there some lunch time this week.
i am not absent minded, i am ahead of my times!
Anyone up for getting together Sunday afternoon, after we've exhausted the sale?
By the way ... have a blog post up from my (inadvertent) visit to the Bughouse Square Debates ... HERE.
The Girls and I have been over to Newberry and back and I'm open for meeting up with anybody ... just let me know!
I went on Sunday (I was there when it opened) and I definitely thought there was less this year than in the past. I "only" bought 27 books (25 for myself, which are catalogued, and two that I'm planning to give away).
I was excited to find Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered, which is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Newberry a few years ago. I couldn't afford it then, but on half-price day, I could.
I also found a very funny collection, Parodies on Walt Whitman, which is exactly what the name says. And there was a nice William Morris Society edition of Morris' previously unpublished translation of The Story of Kormak (an Icelanding saga), including plates of his manuscript. It's a quarter-leather binding, and smells lovely.
The Drama section was a little weak--it pretty much only had Shakespeare. History was okay, although I could find very little on contemporary American history, which surprised me.
I think I was happiest with the Foreign Language section--got some lovely French language books!
Oh, and I did find my "white whale", The Roosevelt I Knew! Granted, it's in terrible condition and the dust jacket is almost completely disintegrated, but it's mine now!
Civilizations of the Indus Valley and Beyond by Mortimer Wheeler
The Riddle of the Pyramids by Kurt Mendelssohn
Beyond Ego: Transpersonal Dimensions in Psychology by Roger N. Walsh and Frances Vaughan
By Sunday afternoon, things were pretty picked over ... and I was not "splurging" (otherwise I would have paid $20 for a real nice etching, which was gone when I got back to the print room), so I only grabbed stuff that I was pretty sure that I was going to want to read sometime in this decade.
One cool thing about the Wheeler book ... it has an "ex libris" stamp in it from Abbas Alizadeh who is a researcher down at The Oriental Institute ... from their web site he seems to be still extant (my assumption on most of the books at the Newberry Book Fair is that they're from the recently deceased), which surprised me. Must have been cleaning off a book shelf or something (and speaking of "cleaning" I've never seen a book with more fingerprints and dripped stuff on its pages that you could still reasonably read!). I was tempted to send an e-mail asking how his book ended up in my collection, but I figured that would be "unwelcome".
By the way ... L.T.'s "will you like it" function tells me I'm going to love all three of these!
One of these years, I'll have to go before Sunday afternoon ... although the picked-over condition does help limit my purchases (but The Girls get frustrated as there's almost nothing good left in the Children's section by then).
Did anybody else notice how many popular VHS tapes there were this year? It's like a whole bunch of people decided they were going to dump their video tape collections ... my girls picked up two Batman movies and Silence of the Lambs today. I suppose it's easy enough to copy those to one's own DVDs these days ... I know that The Wife would love to dump the bazillion VHS tapes (primarily intended for little kids) that we have here!
Between us we got five books, three videos, and one computer game (Scrabble ... I'm hoping I can get the W95 disk to run on Wxp), for a whopping total of $12. Again, I was tempted by some of the art, but not as seriously tempted as I was last year (and somebody had solved that by grabbing them before I got back from the Archaeology section).
It would be fun to have another get-together of LT folks one of these years during the fair!
I had ZERO data on it ... it took my 11-year-old asking me if we were going tomorrow to let me know it was happening ... WTF?
I did, however, make it down to the Printers Ball last night ... anybody else there?
I also went to the Newberry yesterday. I wasn't going to. I swore I'd only go one day, Sunday. But I was on the north side, and, as I was headed home, somehow, my car just got off the Drive at North Avenue all by itself! I swear! And then there was a parking space right there on Clark Street across from the Newberry. So what choice did I have?
Anyway, between me and The Girls we had about 20 items ... they each got some videos, I just got books. I got one dupe (I got Idries Shah's "Learning How To Learn", which I already had, what I needed was "Knowing how to Know") which I passed on to Daughter #1.
So, I ended up with just four books:
Lewis Spence's "An Encyclopeadia of Occultism"
H. Byron Earhart's "Japanese Religion: Unity and Diversity"
Juan Mascaro's "The Dhammapada"
Phra Acariya Thoon Khippapanno's "Beyond the Stream of the World"
Among my finds was the catalog from the Sotheby's sale of the Magna Carta in 2007. It's a hardcover, gorgeously illustrated, with historical essays. The Magna Carta was sold for $21.3 million. I got the catalog for $2.50.
But, man, I really wish they would do something to rein in the dealers.