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There is a fantastic book sale in our town. Over 20 dedicated volunteers work year-round to sort, organize, and price the 70,000 books for our annual sale. This gently-used-book sale is one of the largest in Ontario and draws people in from far and wide. There are no restrictions on the number of books you can purchase, and with over 40 different categories there’s sure to be something for you! All proceeds go to the Elora Festival. Complimentary Fair Trade coffee is provided by the Centre Wellington Fair Trade Working Group. Each year I plan on organizing books for this event, but it was only this year, my 16th year here, that I finally made arrangements to donate some oldies.
My friend Elizabeth and I spent a dusty afternoon in our barn a few weeks ago, going through amazing books retrieved from my parents’ former home years ago. Elizabeth was given the chance to take whatever spoke to her, and among her favorites were special books from Mom’s Japanese collection.
As we unearthed treasures, I discovered some things that I didn’t even know were there! A book on Japanese pottery went to a friend from my book club, and her husband now enjoys a book of Gothic miniatures.
Another book written by my father was also leather bound. I only had that one in paperback.
Of course I must keep these things…
Among my mother’s things was a small travel diary of one of her trips to Japan.
In her later years, my mother began learning Japanese so that she could read Japanese poetry, so I am keeping one of her Japanese poetry books as well. This one is called The Little Treasury of One Hundred People, One Poem Each, compiled by Fujiwara no Sadaie (1162 – 1241). (Translated by Tom Galt)
What a day we had dusting off books. I certainly hope the people who purchase some of this collection are happy with their finds!
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