Coming soon is the event that book lovers have been waiting for: the annual BookFest in its new site in the spacious BICS gym. The sale opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 and closes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.
Mysteries and thrillers . . . family stories, romance, science fiction and all kinds of children's books. Calvin and Hobbes and other cartoon books will be there too along with a tempting array of books on the arts - painting, photography, music and more.
The Food and Wine section has a lovely selection of newer and older titles and the gardening books will offer every kind of current and historic guidance. The history section has an amazing variety of titles but so has the house and home area. Those who are paying attention to their health will find a splendid assortment of books on physical and mental health. The smaller section called humour is full of quirky titles.
Readers will find reference books, books on every aspect of nature and science, books on how to write and much more. Island readers have been so generous in donations that the sale is certain to have something for everyone. BookFest prices are set low to allow lots of happy purchases. Mass-market paperbacks are just 50 cents - a marvelous bargain in this age when new ones sell for $12 and up. Hard cover books and trade paperbacks are just $2. (A trade paperback is an oversized paperback: it could be a full-colour gardening book, or even a luscious collection of Tuscan recipes.)
Thrifty readers will want to take advantage of the 'Box of Books for Five Bucks' sale, scheduled for all day on Sunday. After the 2 p.m. closing, the Friends team will inventory the remaining books and pack leftovers for delivery to off island service organizations.