Note: To those of you who noticed an anomalous 4-year-old post in your blog feed yesterday, sorry for the confusion. I was adding tags to all the whole book sale posts so I could have a handy link to them all below, and voila! Somehow the 2013 date on one of them got changed so that it appeared as a brand new post. No idea what happened, and I couldn't do it again if I tried. Oops!
There's been a long, terrible drought in the realm of book sale posts on this blog, but at long last the clouds are a-gatherin'!
Sadly, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library announced at last year's autumn Big Book Sale that they were discontinuing the spring book sales they had held for several years. (Perhaps they were just too depressed after the election last year to get themselves together for a spring sale?) It's been a hard, dreary road to this year's sale, but we are finally nearly there. The member preview is coming up in less than two weeks, on September 19th, and the public days are September 20-24. Although the preview is exciting and fun, I can also note that volunteers continue putting out boxes and boxes of additional books even on the later days of the sale, so it's definitely still worth visiting even if you can't make the preview (or don't feel you can afford a membership).
If you happen to be in the Bay Area, you should really make it a priority. I've posted about my experiences at the sales for several years now—see here to take a stroll down memory lane—and it's always a thrilling, albeit slightly crazy, adventure. I've heard that people actually travel from miles—and even states—around to visit this sale, and with good reason!
Full details about the sale are available here. And there's a fascinating video I'd never seen before, showing the massive setup for the sale, here.
Of course, if you live in the U.K. or Australia or South Africa and have foolishly determined to be practical and not spend thousands of dollars in order to find some wonderful book bargains (there's no accounting for people's priorities…), then fear not, I'll be happy to share my own experiences here soon. In fact, I might just get a bit of a first-hand glimpse of this year's setup. Stay tuned!