January 24, 2014

Morris Library to hold book sale Feb. 21-22

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill.  -- The annual Friends of Morris Library Book Sale at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will feature a wide variety of publications including items published by Trovillion Private Press of Herrin. 

The sale will take place on the second floor of Morris Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.  Admission is free and open to the public.   There will be a special preview sale the preceding evening from 6 to 9 p.m.  There is a $10 admission charge for the preview sale only. 

Assorted hardcover and paperback books appealing to readers with diverse interests as well as books, pamphlets and articles from the Trovillion collection will be available for purchase.  The iconic collection encompasses works published by the late Violet DeMars Trovillion and Hal W. Trovillion between 1908 and about 1960. Hal Trovillion wrote some while other well-known or lesser-known authors wrote others. 

Included are the booklet Trovillion authored after the Herrin Massacre and other notorious happenings, “Persuading God Back to Herrin,” as well as “Amphora” by Robert Stephenson, “The Selfish Giant a Tale” by Oscar Wilde and “Where Speech is Not Free -- in the USA” by Theodore Albert Schroeder.  About 35 boxes of Trovillion publications were donated to the library years ago with the provision they could be sold to benefit the library.  Some materials have been retained for the library’s collection and now, the rest, including many signed and numbered editions, are available for purchase. 

Proceed of the sale benefit Morris Library’s programs and activities.  For more information about the library or the sale, contact Kristine B. McGuire at kmcguire@lib.siu.edu or by calling 618/453-1633. 

Donations of books for the sale are also being accepted through Feb. 17 at 710 Bookstore, Murdale True Value, Vogler Ford and the Furniture King.