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One last word on World Book Day and the ILAB pop-up book fairs


AbeBooks’ Jessica Doyle (far right) with the booksellers at the Portland, Oregon, pop-up rare book fair

Thanks to everyone in Munich, Tokyo and Portland, Oregon, who made AbeBooks’ staff feel very welcome at yesterday’s pop-up rare book fairs.  The ILAB pop-up book fair blog is filled with great pictures from the events. It was wonderful to see rare books put in front of so many people around the world. My personal favorite is the VW campervan (called Celeste) that was touring around southern England yesterday although the boat in Amsterdam comes a close second.

And here’s Jessica Doyle’s summary of her visit to Portland….

Some of the books on display in the Portland brew pub

The final edition of the worldwide 2015 ILAB Pop-up Book Fair in support of Unesco World Book and Copyright Day took place in Portland, Oregon at a neighborhood brew pub.  Few things make a better pair than books and beer, and it should be noted that not a pint was spilled as browsers, booksellers, and avid collectors perused the tables.

Organized by Elisabeth Burdon of Old Imprints, the event showcased an impressive and eclectic selection of ephemera. Elisabeth exhibited antique maps and prints, while at the next table Glenn Mason of the Ephemera Society of America displayed one-of-a-kind treasures including a Press Ticket from the 1886 Illinois State Fair and an assortment of cheerful vintage advertisements.  Across the room, a Seattle-based collector displayed quite a different kind of ephemera – his extensive personal collection of Civil War era posters, newspapers, and the like.

Also exhibiting at the fair was Charles Seluzicki of Charles Seluzicki Fine & Rare Books, Nathaniel Des Marais of Nat Des Marais Rare Books, and Rachelle Markley of Crooked House Books & Paper – each with a beautiful sample of inventory ranging from vintage children’s books to limited edition poetry.

The pinnacle of the event was the moment I realized that there are far less than six degrees of separation between myself and Ernest Hemingway.  In a conversation about modern literature, AbeBooks seller Charles Seluzicki informed me that he had been a close friend of Malcom Cowley, author of Exile’s Return: A Literary Odessey of the 1920s.  Cowley, Charles informed me, was real pals with Hemingway and the Lost Generation crew.  So there you have it – I am acquainted with a friend of a friend of Ernest Hemingway’s.

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