Maps, Layout and Categories


Book Sale Category Layout
Paper copies of the 2018 VNSA Book Sale map are available at the Information table at the Book Sale. 

If you have specific questions feel free to email us.


fairgrounds map

Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W McDowell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

The entrance to the Fairgrounds is located at 17th Avenue and McDowell Road. Google Map directions.



Audio Visual: CDs, DVDs, videotapes, records, audio books & large print editions of books (Specific AV materials are found in the appropriate category.)

Biography: Autobiographies, bio dictionaries, presidential/first ladies, some bio novels.

Business and Career Planning: Management/leadership skills, marketing, advertising, writing, graphic arts, publishing, investments, personal finance, career development, public speaking, communications, business self-help, work-related self-improvement.

Children's: Fiction & nonfiction, including sets, for children pre-reader – young adult; crafts, games, toys, etc; religion, scouts, Teaching Tools, classic & collectible.

Classics: Mythology, folklore, required reading, classic authors, Shakespeare, literary criticism & literary essays.

Computers: Texts, program design and languages, database, web topics, operating systems, graphics.

Cookbooks: Hardcover/paperback cookbooks, pamphlets, holiday, Weight Watchers, guild, healthy, vegetarian, wine, cigars and magazines.

Dictionaries: All types of dictionaries, almanacs, thesauruses, books of quotations, word usage, crossword puzzle dictionaries, 1-volume encyclopedias, trivia.

Fiction 1965-2007: Older fiction at bargain prices.

Fiction 2008-2017: Fiction published from 2008 to 2017 (hardbacks & trade paperbacks), best sellers, Oprah, ethnic, inspirational romance.

Fine Arts: Art, architecture, interior design, photography, poetry, music, sheet music, theater, plays, performers, entertainment, celebrities, movies, radio, TV.

Foreign Language: All books completely or partially written in any foreign language, including texts, dictionaries, travel books, children's books; sign language; braille.

Health and Fitness: Nutrition and diet, fitness, exercise, alternative health care, drugs, first aid, substance abuse & 12-step, mental health for nonprofessionals, massage, aromatherapy, yoga, herbal, Eastern, chiropractic, homeopathic, home health, pain & stress management, women’s health issues.

History, War & Politics: World history, ancient & lost worlds, Western Civilization, American history, histories of cities, genealogy, political theory, spies, historic disasters, wars (WW I, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Civil War), political bios, magazines.

House & Garden, Crafts & Hobbies: Interior decorating, landscaping, remodeling & repairs, entertaining, holidays, weddings, antiques, needlework, sewing, quilting, coins/stamp collecting, model trains, wood working, electronics.

Humor: Magazines and trade paperbacks, comic strip books, adult graphic novels.

Large Print and Books on Tape: Can be found in the Audio Visual category.

Paperbacks: Mass market (standard size) paperback suspense, mystery, science fiction, fiction, romance, romantic suspense, West, plus sets of books by popular authors.

Rare & UnusualThis separate, limited access area is found at the South end of the Exhibit Hall. Books from all categories which are unusual, hard to find, autographed, unique, fragile, limited edition, leather-bound, very old or expensive.

Relationships, Self-Help, Ethnic Studies: Women’s/men’s studies, popular psychology, LGBTQ, self help, sex, erotica, family life, aging, grief, ethnic nonfiction & fiction, grooming & beauty.

Unique in 2018:  “My Fight for Birth Control” by Margaret Sanger, published by Farrar and Rinehart in 1931.  Mrs. Sanger, the pioneer for women’s health who battled to make birth control widely available even in the face of her going to jail, was motivated by seeing the misery of women bearing large families against their will.

Religion & Philosophy: All religions, philosophies, Bibles, Judaica, Masonic, meditation, astrology, New Age, parapsychology, occult, channeling, WICCA, secret societies.

Sciences & Nature: Space, astronomy, meteorology, anthropology, plants, birds, animals, natural history, ecology, geology, weather, oceans, archaeology, agriculture, non-text technical, pets.

Sets: This separate, limited access area is found in the south end of the Exhibit Hall. Complete and partial sets & odd volumes from literature, religion, & all other categories except children’s; Time Life; encyclopedias; and decorator sets.

Sports, Transportation & Games: Ball sports, winter & water sports, boxing/wrestling, golf, martial arts, marathon, body building, camping, hiking, hunting, weapons, fishing, autos, bicycles, motorcycles, auto racing, planes, trains, boats, board games, puzzles, magic, gambling, gaming, computer games.

Suspense & Science Fiction: Detective stories, science fiction, mysteries, fantasy, true crime, supernatural, UFO's, vampires, ghosts, magazines, nostalgia crime authors.

Text: This separate, limited access area is located in the south end of the Exhibit Hall. High school & college text books including engineering, medicine, history, law, math, business, science, education, psychology, test preparation.

Travel: Maps, travel guides, travel books, atlases, tour books, adventure travel, exploration, Time-Life & National Geographic travel series.

Treasures: Vintage books/magazines, school yearbooks, blank journals, gift books, ephemera.

West: Fiction, non-fiction, scenic, nature, Indians of the Americas, AZ government  & business, AZ Highways, Western magazines.