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Put down that book - and go buy some more
Booklovers, start saving your money because the big event of the year is just around the corner! Yes, it's time for the 48th annual Save the Children Book Sale at the University of Western Australia.
More than 50 categories of books
Over the past 47 years the book sale has raised millions of dollars with the proceeds going to support underprivileged children in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Solomon Islands and many other areas.
This year there are more than 100,000 books on offer plus sheet music, CDs and DVDs. There really is something for everyone with dozens of tables featuring fiction, cooking, history, gardening, craft and at least 40 other categories.
Something for everyone
Connoisseurs and collectors search for rare books on Friday's opening night while bargain hunters visit on Tuesday – half-price day – or Wednesday, when books are $15 a box. In between hundreds of people stop by looking for a good read. Children are welcome with an entire section devoted to them.
The sale is open in Winthrop Hall under the clock tower for 6 days. Although stock is replenished throughout, rare books and recent bestsellers do go quickly.
Fri 17 August 5:00 pm-9:30 pm Sat 18 August 8:00 am- 6:00 pm Sun 19 August 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Mon 20 August 9:30 am- 6:30 pm Tue 21 August 9:30 am-6:30 pm (1/2 price) Wed 22 August 9:30 am-4:00 pm ($15/box)