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Browse Rare Books at the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair


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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