AbeBooks' Reading Copy » fairs & festivals http://www.abebooks.com/blog AbeBooks book blog Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:48:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Coming soon, the 2014 Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/05/29/coming-soon-the-2014-twin-cities-antiquarian-rare-book-fair/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/05/29/coming-soon-the-2014-twin-cities-antiquarian-rare-book-fair/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 19:33:16 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=21193 Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair is coming up soon. It takes place on June 27 and 28 in the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and AbeBooks.com is proud to support the event. More than 50 booksellers will be offering antiquarian, fine, and rare books covering many subjects and genres. Visitors will be treated to first editions, fine bindings, vintage books, ephemera, and maps.

Legendary bookseller Ken Sanders from Salt Lake City will be speaking at the fair on Friday evening at 6pm. Sanders is much more than a seller of rare books, he is also the enemy of book thieves. His efforts to capture John Charles Gilkey were documented in the book, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett. His talk will be worth the admission alone.

On Saturday, visitors can have up to four books from their own collection evaluated by an expert. There will also be other speakers and the chance to win a $25 gift certificate by showing your book trivia knowledge.

“Aside from the rare books, there are also a good number of very affordable reading books,” said Rob Rulon-Miller, one of the Fair’s past organisers. Rulon-Miller Books is based in St Paul, Minnesota. “You will see many local history books and books about Minnesota. We partner with the Minnesota Historical Society with dealers submitting book lists to the society. I’ve seen book dealers come from as far away as Los Angeles to look for stock.”

Booksellers who are exhibiting include Midway Used & Rare Books from St. Paul, MN, David Christenson from Minneapolis, MN, and Steve Thorson from Austin, MN, as well as Sanders and Rulon-Miller.

  • Friday, June 27, 3pm to 8pm, $7 (which also includes admission on Saturday)
  • Saturday, June 28, 10am to 4pm, $5
  • Children 12 and under have free admission
  • High school and college students have free admission on Saturday with school ID

Visit the event’s website for more details. Dealers can still sign up for a booth at the event and anyone interested should contact Valerie Urban at valerie@urbanantiquaria.com

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The 5th Annual Galiano Literary Festival: Feb 21-23 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/02/06/the-5th-annual-galiano-literary-festival-feb-21-23/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2014/02/06/the-5th-annual-galiano-literary-festival-feb-21-23/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:57:50 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=20606 Galiano Literary FestivalNestled among the Southern Gulf Islands on the coast of British Columbia, Galiano Island is home to birds, wildlife, and bibliophiles. Presented by Galiano Island Books, the fifth annual Galiano Island Literary Festival takes place February 21st-23rd, 2014 at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa.

A gathering of some of British Columbia’s best writers, the festival is a celebration of local culture and talent. The list of participating authors is a long and impressive one, and includes Canada’s first Poet Laureate George Bowering. Designed with readers in mind, attendees will have ample opportunity to mingle with writers throughout the weekend, including over an intimate Author’s Dinner.

Books from Galiano Literary Festival Authors:

Fly in Autumn by David Zieroth

The Fly in Autumn
David Zieroth

Death was in the Blood by Linda L. Richards

Death Was in the Blood
Linda L. Richards


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Browse Rare Books at the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/10/21/browse-rare-books-at-the-2013-toronto-international-antiquarian-book-fair/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/10/21/browse-rare-books-at-the-2013-toronto-international-antiquarian-book-fair/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:48:04 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=20008 TIABF

AbeBooks is again proud to sponsor the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, which begins on Friday, November 8th. Some examples of the kinds of treasures you might see are pictured below.

A special treat on opening night, for both bibiophiles and film buffs, will be Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg’s introduction as the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada’s (ABAC) Patron of Honour.

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) began last year to encourage member national associations to nominate distinguished individuals as Patrons of Honour – individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the world of books and manuscripts. Patrons of Honour from around the world include Sir David Attenborough, Umberto Eco, Reiner Speck, and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.David_Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s nomination by the ABAC is based on a life’s work deeply informed by book culture, including highly acclaimed film adaptations of two of the most radical novels of the 20th century, Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs and J.B. Ballard’s Crash. Cronenberg is also known to be an avid book-collector – the Burroughs collection he assembled during the filming of Naked Lunch is legendary in Canadian bookselling circles.

Also in attendance this year will be booksellers from Canada, the United States and Europe, including Abelard Books of Toronto, Patrick McGahern Books of Ottawa, Schooner Books of Halifax, The Kelmscott Bookshop of Baltimore, Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books of San Francisco, Lucius Books from York, UK, and many more. And keep an eye out for AbeBooks’ own Lindsay Thompson, who will be walking the floor. Be sure to say hello.

This year’s fair takes place at Baillie Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario, from Friday, November 8th, to Sunday, November 10th. Entrance is free with Gallery admission.

Learn more about the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair.






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Coming up… the 2013 Sidney Literary Festival http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/09/13/coming-up-the-2013-sidney-literary-festival/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/09/13/coming-up-the-2013-sidney-literary-festival/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:53:21 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19654

Sidney on Vancouver Island in British Columbia is a book town by the sea thanks to its multitude of bookshops. That bookishness continues next month with its literary festival on October 4, 5 and 6. Lots of local authors will be appearing including Susan Musgrave, Brian Brett and poet Wendy Morton, who is sponsored by AbeBooks.

Friday Evening Gala hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie and MP Elizabeth May

7:30 pm at North Saanich Middle School, $20

Performance by Students. Readings by M.A.C. Farrant, Anny Scoones, Grant McKenzie, Sylvia Olsen, Pamela Porter


Saturday Evening Gala hosted by Wendy Morton

7:30 pm at the Charlie White Theatre, $25 (tickets available from Tanner Books)

Featuring Arthur Black, Brian Brett, William Deverell, Elizabeth May, Frances Backhouse, Susan Musgrave and Mark Zuehlke


Sunday morning brunch hosted by Elizabeth May

9 am to 11 am at Pier Hotel

Featuring William Deverell, Arthur Black, Grant McKenzie, Adrian Chamberlain, Sylvia Olsen and Susan Musgrave


Saturday Workshops

Age 9 to 12 writer’s workshop with Nickki Tate – 1 pm to 2:30 pm, Sidney Library, Nell Horth Room

Age 12 to 15 writer’s workshop with Sylvia Olsen – 10:30 am to 12 noon, North Saanich School, Home Ec Room

Age 12 to 15 writer’s workshop with Wendy Morton – 1 pm to 2:30 pm, North Saanich School, Home Ec Room

Age 16 to 18 writer’s workshop with Brian Brett – 10:30 am to 12 noon, North Saanich School, Multi-purpose Room

*all workshops for ages 9-18 are Youth Sponsored workshops

Adult Writer’s Workshop with Frances Backhouse – 9am to 10:30, Sidney Library, Nell Horth Room, $30


Saturday Author Readings

9:45 am to 10:45 am – Joan Neudecker and Nicola Furlong at Beacon Books $10

11 am to 12 noon – Pamela Porter and Grant McKenzie at Red Brick Café, $10

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Patrick Lane and Anny Scoones at North Saanich School, Multi-Purpose Room, $10

2 pm to 3 pm – Susan Musgrave and Brian Brett at Pier Hotel Sallas Room, $10

3:15 pm to 4:15 pm – Mark Zuehlke, Military Bookstore $10

4 pm to 5 pm – Arthur Black and M.A.C. Farrant at North Saanich School, Multi-Purpose Room, $10

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Hunt treasure at the 2013 Vancouver Book Fair: Sept 28-29 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/09/10/hunt-treasure-at-the-2013-vancouver-book-fair-sept-28-29/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/09/10/hunt-treasure-at-the-2013-vancouver-book-fair-sept-28-29/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:25:35 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19584

The 2013 Vancouver Book Fair is just around the corner.  This year’s event happens Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th at UBC Robson Square.  AbeBooks is once again a proud sponsor.

Visitors will see rare and beautiful literary treasures including collectible books, ephemera, maps, prints, and manuscripts.  Items on display will be as old as the 15th century and as new as the 21st, and range in subject matter from art and Canadiana to science and natural history.

When: Saturday, September 28th, 12pm to 7pm & Sunday, September 29th, 12pm to 5pm

Where: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street (convenient parking available both nearby and underground)

How much: $8.00 Admission for both days.  Register here for a $2.00 discount.

Many of BC and Canada’s top booksellers will be exhibiting, including:

Take a look at some of the literary gems showcased at last year’s fair here.

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Penguin Book Truck coming to an event near you http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/28/penguin-book-truck-coming-to-an-event-near-you/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/28/penguin-book-truck-coming-to-an-event-near-you/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 17:22:57 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19201 If you find yourself at a book event this summer and happen to see something which looks a lot like a bright orange food truck/cart, take a second look – you may have found the Penguin Book Truck.


Designed to look like a classic New York City hot dog cart and lunch truck, these mobile bookstores will be dishing out a selection of offerings from all the Penguin imprints.

It’s super gimmicky and silly but I love it.  You can get your first look at the truck this week at Book Expo America (May 29-June 1) in New York City at the Jacob Javits Convention Center; followed by various other events throughout the summer.

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2013 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Contest http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/22/2013-colorado-antiquarian-book-seminar-contest/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/22/2013-colorado-antiquarian-book-seminar-contest/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 18:43:47 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19181 Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectible books? The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is a week-long educational event held in Colorado Springs in August, 2013 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books.

The Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience in a comprehensive survey of the rare book market, both antiquarian and modern. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practical hands-on workshops with emphasis on the Internet, computers and Internet bookselling, as well as traditional methods.

AbeBooks wants to help two lucky winners get there. This is your opportunity to enter for a chance to win admission to attend the event, including instructional materials, breakfasts and lunches, and accommodations. Each of the two prize packages is worth U.S. $1,610.00. Transportation to and from the event is not included.

For more information, including instructions to enter, read all about the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Contest.


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Visiting New York Book Fairs http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/01/visiting-new-york-book-fairs/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/01/visiting-new-york-book-fairs/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 16:00:57 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19074 Earlier this month I visited the ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair and the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Show. Each year AbeBooks attends a variety of book fairs in North America and Europe. Visiting the book fairs is a great opportunity to meet our booksellers face to face and see some of the beautiful books they have.

Mixed in with the many books at the fair you can also find rare maps, prints, photos and sometimes items so unique they are hard to categorize.

There were several standout items for me at this fair, and just choosing a few to share was challenging. Here are just a few of the items I loved:

By far, my favorite at this fair was a small illustrated songbook manuscript presented by White Fox Rare Books, which can also be found on AbeBooks, Cahier de Chansons Commence en Captivite Le 1/10/1941.

The manuscript was made by Leo Osteng, a French prisoner held in a German POW camp during World War Two. Vibrant and lively illustrations accompany the hand written song lyrics.


White Fox Rare Books also brought along another of my favorites, a Monogram Album with Monograms Incorporated into Watercolors and Ink drawings. Monogram albums were common place in the Victorian era. People would cut out and save the crests and monograms found on letters and envelopes they received and then past them into albums. Some books were very simple and others more detailed and decorative, such as the one I found at the New York Book Fair. There are many great examples of Monogram albums on the AbeBooks site.


Lux Mentis Books always has unique books and ephemera and this time they brought some beautiful miniature books, each one no larger than a few inches.


The art historian in me loved this small, untitled but signed oil painting by poet E.E. Cummings that Massachussetts bookseller Ken Lopez brought to the fair.

If you’re interested in paintings by E.E. Cummings, there are many more on the AbeBooks site.

This is just a small sample of the incredible books and ephemera that you can find at an antiquarian book fair. Everything you see at the book fair is accessible and available to handle, and there’s nothing quite like picking up a book that is being sold for $10,000.

What I love most about these fairs is the friendliness and accessibility: although there are many high-priced books, there are also always items for new collectors, and the booksellers are more than happy to answer your questions and help you enter the world of collecting.

Guest post compliments of Maria Hutchison, AbeBooks Account Manager for our rare and collectible segment.

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Bookstores of New York http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/04/26/bookstores-of-new-york/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/04/26/bookstores-of-new-york/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:55:24 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=19065 Last week I was in New York. The purpose of the visit was to attend two antiquarian book fairs, but I always try to make time to visit booksellers in their stores. Nothing can replace the touch and feel of a beautiful book and talking to someone that is passionate about what they do.

Walking into an antiquarian bookshop is a bit like opening a treasure chest; you never know what you are going to find and there are always hidden gems. I love knowing that I can walk into these stores and find something that I know has had a long and interesting life and belonged to people that cared enough to preserve and share them.


One of the shops I visited was Argosy Books in midtown Manhattan. Argosy Books was founded in 1925 and is now in its third generation of family ownership. There are books on the shelves, books in stacks and piled on tables. All combined with great lighting and small pops of colour from flowers placed throughout the store to make you feel instantly comfortable and welcome.

Argosy specializes in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, art, maps & prints and books about the history of science and medicine. If those aren’t up your alley, you will also find many other books in a wide variety of topics and with a wide variety of prices. If you have the time and you’re in New York, Argosy is definitely a store you should visit.

Another shop I visited was the Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore on Madison Avenue. This store evolved from The Complete Traveller Bookstore which was the first travel bookstore in the US. As the name states, this shop specializes in collectible travel literature and has one of the best collections of authentic Baedeker travel guides. Baedekers are considered to be the first modern travel guides and can be easily identified by their distinct red cover. The books were treasured for their detailed historic accounts and the many fold out maps they contain.


This is a unique and specialized shop and definitely worth a visit if you love travel, history and culture.

No visit to New York is complete for me until I visit The Strand. Strand never disappoints and I always walk away with at least one, well really several books. This time I came home with something for my children, but I love it too: This is New York by Miroslav Sasek. We love these books in my house and have many others in the This Is…. series.

Most people know that Strand is a great place to go for affordable books, but it also has a fantastic Rare Book Room. Hop in the elevator and go up to the 3rd floor, and you’ll walk into a room filled with lovely old books, many of which can be found on AbeBooks.

Strand also has many affordable and collectible signed first editions. The day of my visit, they were getting ready for a book signing and talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz, discussing his newest book This is How You Lose Her.


Bookstores in New York offer a slice of history and small pieces of beauty that will draw you in and make you love books even more.

Guest post compliments of Maria Hutchison, AbeBooks Account Manager for our rare and collectible segment.

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Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards Turn 75 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2012/10/18/canadas-governor-generals-literary-awards-turn-75/ http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2012/10/18/canadas-governor-generals-literary-awards-turn-75/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:55:12 +0000 http://www.abebooks.com/blog/?p=17607 Happy 75th birthday to the Governor General’s Awards, which began in 1937 as literary awards only. Contemporarily, the title is an umbrella for a collection of annual awards recognizing and rewarding excellence in a variety of artistic and academic categories.

Back in 1937, the first Governor General’s Literary Award came into being under Lord Tweedsmuir (also known as prolific author John Buchan). Originally, they were awarded to English-language authors only, and just two per year.

To celebrate 75 years of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the world’s most extensive collection of Governor General Award for Fiction winners in the world is currently on display at the University of Toronto. The collection belongs to John H. Meier of the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation. It consists of over 500 volumes and includes numerous highly rare and collectible editions such as galleys, uncorrected proofs, trial dust jackets, advance review copies, association copies, author copies, and more.

The collection is on display now at U of T’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, and will be until December 21st. The Fisher Library houses the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and has been in its present location – a brief walk from where the first GGLA was presented by Lord Tweedsmuir in 1937 – for just shy of 40 years.

For any lover of rare and collectible books, avid reader or Canadian history buff, this exhibit will be a rare feast.

University of Toronto
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
120 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario
October 8th to December 21st, 2012
Library open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm Thursday 9am-8pm Closed weekends.

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