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Best of Chicago 2009: Best Used Book Sale 

Best Used Book Sale

The Reader's Choice: Evanston Public Library's Big Book Sale

When it comes down to it, I've really got just one reason for claiming the Evanston Public Library's book sale is best, but it's a fine one: an edition of Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard," printed by the Heritage Press of the George Macy Companies and copyrighted 1951. There's an appendix, and an introduction by Hugh Walpole, and the deep blue cloth cover is embossed with a churchyard scene accented in silver, as if by moonlight. Inside, opposite each page of text, are 32 serenely beautiful Rockwell Kent-like wood engravings by Scottish artist Agnes Miller Parker. And I got it at the last EPL sale for $4. I can't say that a lovely little find like this is the rule at these events, but the fact that it's even possible is suggestive. The sale offers a lot of books, and lots of them are good. The staffers are sweet, too.  The next sale is this weekend, 3/27-3/29. Preview Fri 3/27, 10 AM-noon, $5. Then Fri noon-5:30 PM, Sat 10 AM-5:30 PM, Sun noon-5:30 PM. On Sunday, all books are half-price. Evanston Public Library, main branch, third floor, 1703 Orrington, Evanston, 847-448-8600, epl.org. —Tony Adler

& Our readers' choice: Printers Row Book Fair

 Sat-Sun 6/6-7, 10-6, Dearborn from Congress to Polk, 312-222-3986, printersrowlitfest.org.

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