Bookstore Finds

Not a lot of action at the Borders Books today (other than $1 Calendars), so I swung by the Ed McKay's Used bookstore (which was swamped). This being the last week for Add/drop at most of the colleges/Universities in town, a lot of students were trying to sell back their text books in hopes of getting some beer (or rent) money.

There wasn't a lot in the way of collectibles - at least not the ones on my shopping list. I found a second printing of Kristen Cashore's Graceling. First printings have managed to allude me over the past two years. In fact, this is the first time I've even come across a hardback copy of the book. It's probably only worth the $8 I paid, but I've been wanting to read it, so I added it to my basket.

There was a library binding of The Clockwork Three (another one on my reading list); a first U.S. printing of George Mann's Affinity Bridge (the U.K. edition is the true first); a first printing of Stefanie Pintoff's In the Shadow of Gotham (winner of the Mystery Writers of America Award for first Crime Novel for 2009) - although the dust jacket is a later printing, since it has the award listed; and a first printing of Alan Bradley's Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (CWA Dagger Award Winner)But by far, the best find was a signed first printing of Lawrence Block's Small Town, for which I paid $2 (worth about $75).

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