Byron Spooner, the literary director of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, will conduct the 47th annual book sale Sept. 21 through Sept. 25. More than 500,000 books will be on sale at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Volunteers are still being encouraged to apply. Call (415) 522-8606 or visit www.friendssfpl.org for more information.
What kinds of books will be on sale? These are books that have been donated to us by locals, with the proceeds benefiting S.F. Public Library’s literacy programs. There are no library discards. We are able to do the sale by drawing from a pool of about 800 volunteers. Everything is $4 or less, except for our selection of specialty books, which this year includes a signed book by Houdini as well as a signed edition of the first Harry Potter book.
Do you think there is a good literary spirit in the Bay Area? Absolutely. It’s an interesting time, because even though Borders is closing, this presents a whole new opportunity for bookselling. A lot of independents are rising because the big guys couldn’t fill the bill, which means that bookselling will return to being local and community-based. A lot of our local bookstores are doing great, Green Apple, City Lights, The Booksmith and Bookshop West Portal are all doing really great.