So I didn't make it far. I walked into the book fair and the first thing I saw was a sign that read, "Hardcover books $2, All others $1," a great deal from the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library. In a well-organized tent, they had books lined up and classified as "Hardcover," "Classics," "Popular," and "Spanish." I expected to see a lot of names of authors I didn't know, names of authors I did know and might not like, or perhaps some obscure gardening books, but the Friends of the MDPC did a really great job getting their hands on some legitimately covetable used books.
They had literature like Faulkner, Gogol, and Marquez, popular novels that had been made into movies in the past few years, like Savages and the Other Bolelyn Girl, as well as popular books from series-novelists like James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell. They only had three shelving units, but an industrious volunteer re-stocked the shelves as soon as a customer stepped into the check-out line.
One, the woman reported, had poetry books and a larger selection of fiction. All of the books there were $1, even the hardcovers. Another had more hardcovers but were more expensive. Another had signed books. Apparently the Book Fair is the place to stock up. I watched a charming older man stand in the corner and read a book, leaning all of his weight on one foot and pointing the toes of his other foot toward the ground. He stood that way for a while and finally made the decision to purchase the book that had so engulfed him. After seeing him move toward the line, I gave into my fear that all the good ones would be gone and snagged five new books (one's a Christmas present!), even though I plan to be here for the majority of the day.