Book sale a treasure of titles

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

I found an unexpected treasure a few years ago at a Durham County Library book sale. I bought a hardcover copy of Joseph Heller’s novel “Good as Gold.” When I opened it at home, the name “Joseph Heller” was written in red on the inside. I have not had the book appraised by an expert, but the signature seems to match an online example of Heller’s handwriting.
However, I don’t go to book sales looking for loot or antiques, but for well-priced titles that pique my interest. The Friends of the Durham Library’s Fall Book Sale will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase. Book prices start at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hard covers.
Friday is a members-only sale from 4 to 7 p.m., but visitors can purchase a membership and get first grab at the stacks. The sale is open to everyone Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
I have not repeated my Heller find, but I always leave this sale with a few books. For more details, visit 

Here are some other book releases and events coming up:
-- Elizabeth George’s latest novel in her Barbara Havers-Thomas Lynley series of mysteries is scheduled for an Oct. 15 release. In “Just One Evil Act” (Dutton, $29.95), Havers and Inspector Lynley make their way from London to Tuscany to solve the kidnapping of a friend of Havers.
George will read and sign copies of her new novel at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro.

-- Sandra A. Gutierrez is a Cary-based food writer, instructor and recipe developer who grew up in the United States and Guatemala. In the introduction of her cookbook “Latin American Street Food” (University of North Carolina Press, $35 cloth cover), Gutierrez recalls her first memory of street food – eating sweet churros from a market in Guatemala City. Gutierrez recalls “how the crispy exterior of the pastry gave way to a spongy softness whenever my teeth sank into it.”
If sweetness is not your preference, Gutierrez offers recipes for tacos, tamales, empanadas and other foods from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and other countries to the south. To purchase this book, visit

-- Dana Golan, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and past executive director of the Israeli organization Breaking the Silence, will discuss her book “Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied  Territories, 2000-2010” Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at  Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Chapel Hill. Golan’s book collects the experiences of fellow soldiers who have been deployed in the Palestinian territories, offering a different view than that of their government.

-- Hillsborough author Jill McCorkle will be the next guest in the Chapel Hill Public Library’s Meet the Author series. McCorkle will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday at the library, 100 Library Drive, in Room B. (Refreshments will be offered at 3:30.)
McCorkle’s most recent novel “is “Life After Life.” McCorkle is the author of numerous collections of short fiction, as well as the novels “Ferris Beach,” “The Cheer Leader,” and “July 7th.” She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA program at N.C. State University and is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars.

-- Dan Collins will sign copies of his book “The ACC Basketball Book of Fame” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in New Hope Commons in Durham. Collins spent two years trying to devise a system to fairly select an ACC Basketball Hall of Fame, but his book became a collection of stories about famous ACC players.
Barnes & Noble also will present a “Star Wars” Read Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. This event is part of a nationwide celebration of all things “Star Wars.” The store will have activities for the family, including story times, crafts, costume contests and character visits.

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