My Treasures

Today was the first day of the Saskatoon Symphony Book Sale. If you’re on Facebook with me you’ll know I was lamenting spending an hour and a half shopping for clothes yesterday. I hate clothes shopping. Book and record shopping however… YAY! I spent 2 hours there today and it seemed like only minutes. So here are the treasures I snagged today (for a grand total of $30):



Dear James: Letters to a Young Illustrator by R.O. Blechman

In the tradition of Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Dear James is an indispensable tool for any up-0and-coming creative person looking for advice and inspiration, as well as a memorable read for those daring enough to chase their dreams






My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber

Mostly it’s about the wildly incredible things people do when they think they’re acting with common sense.









The Portable Dorothy Parker

The collected stories and poems of one of the most beguiling and witty of moderns










A Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and Around Saskatoon edited by Peter Jonker and Bernie Gollop

(I think I may have a newer version of this already, but I wasn’t sure, and for a buck how could I lose?)










Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

…exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.










Sabine’s Notebook and The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock

(The second and third books in the Griffin and Sabine trilogy – I already have the first one.)










Everybody’s Favorite Songs

(A music book with old songs in it – and it includes ukelele tabs! In case I ever get a ukelele…)









Folk Blues

(another music book)













The Microjazz Duets Collection 2

(On my electric piano I can record one part and then play a duet with myself. That’s not pathetic, it’s creative, right? đŸ™‚ )







Great Jazz Songs

(another music book)












Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

(We had this record set when I was a kid! Two 78’s that tell the story of Sleeping Beauty including snippets from Tchaikovsky’s score.)







Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Little Fishes: Animal Folk Songs Sung by Pete Seeger

(A Pete Seeger LP for kids for $2! That was a no-brainer.)







Aesop’s Fables

(Read by BORIS KARLOFF! This LP was my best find of the day.)








I hope to get back to the sale once more next week, but if I don’t, I’m totally happy with what I got today.





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  1. What a wonderful and unique list. Oddly enough, my daughter wants a ukulele:)

    Thanks for sharing AND…congratulations on your SK Book Award for Dear Flyary!!!!! You totally deserve that!!!!!!!!!!!

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