Haul from the 2017 Regent Booksale

One of Dunedin’s local traditions is the annual 24 hour sale of secondhand books to raise funds for the Regent Theatre. The sale generally features books at $1 each (or slightly more), and runs from noon Friday to noon Saturday. My favoured time to go is after midnight, because you can actually walk around without dealing with huge crowds. That, and the fact that I’m pretty nocturnal.

This year, the sale fell on last Friday to Saturday, and you can see my personal haul in the photos (yes, they wrap purchases in newspaper). It won’t help with my aim to read more 500+ page books this year, but never mind: pulpy goodness is always good.

Oh, and a repost of an old poem of mine about the booksale:

The Regent Booksale Is Actually Much Nicer Than This

Like the slipper-shod hawkers of dust-drenched Khartoum, 
The stalls are weighed down with the burden of ages;
The goods and the bads and the uglies make room,
But they'll grimace and glare should you peek at the pages.

The stalls are weighed down with the burden of ages:
Tattered and dog-eared, then packaged in news.
But they'll grimace and glare should you peek at the pages:
It's hazardous business in front of the queues.
Tattered and dog-eared, then packaged in news:
And that's just the people on once-a-year sprees!
It's hazardous business in front of the queues,
Unless you like nudges from elbows and knees.

"And that's just the people on once-a-year sprees,"
Chirps the lady who carries a tome about flowers,
"Unless you like nudges from elbows and knees,
Leave, and return in the post-midnight hours."

Chirps the lady who carries a tome about flowers,
Beside the bald gents with the rare Geographic,
"Leave, and return in the post-midnight hours;
You don't have to waddle your way through the traffic."

Beside the bald gents with the rare Geographic,
Like the slipper-shod hawkers of dust-drenched Khartoum,
You don't have to waddle your way through the traffic:
The goods and the bads and the uglies make room.

 

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