112th: Edward Said Library Sale
Beginning with a reception on Friday, April 3rd, at 6pm, we are having a weekend-long sale of a selection of titles from Edward Said's reading library.
After the family of Edward Said donated his personal library to Columbia's Butler Library, we were given many remaining texts inscribed by and to Said, as well as titles influential in the development of cultural studies, literary criticism, middle eastern politics, among others.
Edward Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and the author of more than twenty books. A leading literary critic, public intellectual, and passionate advocate for the Palestinian cause, he was born in Jerusalem in 1935 and died in New York in 2003. Said was not only a long time supporter of Book Culture, but he also played a key role in the establishment of the store. When Columbia's Provost, Jonathan Cole, was seeking candidates to open an academic bookstore in Morningside Heights, Said highly recommended Chris and his former partner--owners of Great Jones Books--as booksellers for the community.
We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase and share a selection from Said's library with you and hope you will join us for this very special event!
Prices will range from $1-$30, including a silent auction for select books starting at a $5 bid.