I would buy no books.
As the Bay Area Rapid Transit escalator carried me upward, toward the first annual Bay Area Book Festival (6th and 7th, June), I repeated my new mantra. I would buy no books.
I would wander the streets lined with booksellers and listen to author panels.I would eavesdrop in ladies’ rooms and eat mediocre street truck fare. I would see An Evening With Judy Blume.
But I would buy no books. Our small home is awash in books, any semblance of order long forgotten. The bookshelves need bookshelves.
Steeling myself, I began walking.
Five city streets were given over to booksellers and publishers, who were grouped by topic: Literary Lane, Radical Row, Writer’s Row, Eco Alley, and Mind and Body Blvd. At Civic Center Park, the Lacuna, a circular installation of 50,000 free books, gradually came down as people made their selections.