Fall book sale offers reading variety in Hagerstown

October 19, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - David Harsh says he always roots for the good guy. Maybe that's why he regularly reads Western novels.

"The good guy always wins," the Williamsport resident said. "I'm a romantic that way. I like the good guy to win and the bad guy to get it in the end."

On Thursday, Harsh was at the American Association of University Women's fall book sale, where he bought about eight Western novels.

It was the group's sixth annual fall sale, and co-chair Judy Chaney said at least 10,000 books were available. Paperbacks cost 50 cents, and hardbacks ranged from $2 to $10.


Proceeds, which average about $10,000, go to the Washington County Free Library, scholarships for local students and community projects, Chaney said.

Harsh said it was his first time at the group's fall sale, but he has been to the larger book sale in the spring.

"We have a spring sale that's three times as big as this," Chaney said.

Irene Owens of Funkstown said she attends the book sale every year.

"I just love to read," she said.

On Thursday she was looking mostly for romance novels, mysteries and autobiographies.

"I like almost everything," she said.

In a stack of about seven books was a book by Fern Michaels, an author Owens said she was hoping to find at the sale.

She said the American Association of University Women's book sales have reasonable prices, and she is always able to find something she'll like.

"You can find a lot of different books," she said.

Carol Embrey of Hagerstown said she was at the sale to buy books for family and friends.

Her friends enjoy romance novels, books on gardening and children's books.

"I really enjoy getting a variety for everyone," Embrey said as she loaded a large cardboard box with used books.

June Stouffer of Clear Spring said the book sale always has a good selection.

"There's lots of the authors I like to read," she said.

After only visiting a few of the many tables filled with books Thursday, Stouffer's bag was nearly full.

"Quite full," she said. "And more than I was planning."

If you go

What: The American Association of University Women fall book sale

When: Today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: E.J. Fennel Building, 324 E. Antietam St. in Hagerstown

Cost: Paperbacks cost 50 cents; hardbacks range from $2 to $10

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