'Big Book Sale' Debuts Wednesday; Literary Fiends May Already Be Lining Up

The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library will Today commence its annual gargantuan book sale/social experiment on how insane people can possibly get about buying discount tomes.

More than half a million books — that'd be five big-rig loads — are up for grabs at Fort Mason starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the aptly named Big Book Sale. Literary aficionados fly to San Francisco for this event; the behavior of shoppers has been compared to the game show Supermarket Sweep.

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