To the Editor:
Recently there has been a lot of discussion regarding the future of the “Shadow Show” as it relates to the New York ABAA Show next April. I'd like to refer everyone to Greg Gibson’s (Ten Pound Island Books) October 20th blog, “Book Show Wars”. Greg has recounted much of the history of the rise of the shadow show concept and the current state of the forthcoming show in New York, April next.
I'm happy to announce that John & Tina Bruno of Flamingo Eventz have decided to relocate the Shadow Show almost to the very doorstep of the Park Avenue Armory. The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair (a.k.a. The Shadow Show) will take place on Saturday April 11, 8am-4pm at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, at 869 Lexington Avenue and 66th St. The entrance to the show on Lexington Avenue is across the street from the Armory.
This move will be helpful to the trade in several ways. The concentration of these events within two contiguous Manhattan city blocks will allow exhibitors at the ABAA event to visit the Shadow Show conveniently and stay longer, with no need to hire a taxi or deal with traffic.
Shadow Show exhibitors will be able to facilitate easy delivery of purchases to the Armory, allowing ABAA exhibitors to shop & run. For the Shadow Show exhibitor, the proximity of a NYPD Precinct that will be issuing parking permits will enhance the unloading and loading process. The exhibition space is well lit and easily accessible without stairs or elevators.
Exhibitors at the ABAA Show will receive an enhanced admission discount by wearing their ABAA show badge, and the visiting public will also benefit from the proximity of the two shows.
Flamingo Eventz has retained me to serve as liaison with any ABAA member who may have logistical questions. I will be exhibiting at the Shadow Show and will supporting this effort in any way I can.
Some of the practical considerations that justify the shadow show concept:
Only members of the ABAA, may exhibit at the Armory Show. Booth rents vary but are in the $5000 (1/2 booth) to $7500 (full booth) range, with tables and cases extra. However, many ABAA dealers do not have the quality of books or the financial resources to sustain that level of expense.
Non-ABAA dealers, regardless of the quality of their material or their financial resources may not exhibit at the ABAA Show, so the obvious question that begs to be asked is “what opportunities exist for these booksellers”? The equally obvious answer – a conveniently located Shadow Show.
The Shadow Show is another book fair open to all members of the trade and much shorter and far less expensive to participate in. Booth rents vary but generally range from $750-1500, with tables included, glass cases extra. In the past, booksellers from the ABAA event as well as the book-buying public, have attended these shows in large numbers.
What makes for a great shadow show event? Essentially a shadow show is based on location, hours, cost, the booksellers who participate, and the ease with which any ABAA exhibitor or member of the public may attend the event without undue sacrifice in time, distance or expense.
In 2015 another event, in addition to the ABAA Show & The Shadow Show has been scheduled. The Shadow Show will be across the street from the ABAA Show, approximately 200 feet from the Park Avenue Armory, with no stairs to negotiate, and while self-loading is allowed, porters will be available. The other event is being held in a basement at 83rd St & Park Avenue, 16 blocks north of the Armory. According to reports there is no elevator at the 83rd St. location and loading in must be handled by a crew in order to negotiate the steep staircase. The date and times of both shows are the about the same – Saturday, April 11, from 8am to 4pm. The Shadow Show booth rents have been maintained at 2014 levels, approximately $1000.
At this time early lists of dealers contain several double participants (ABAA exhibitors that exhibit at both events) with a fair mix of both ABAA and non-ABAA members. The Shadow Show also has the Fine Press section that proved so successful last year. That portion of the show has been sold out, but the lists will continue to change in the near future. The Shadow Show and the Park Avenue Armory (ABAA) Fair are not only conveniently close to each other, but there will be a delivery service to get larger quantities of purchases to the ABAA event.
See you in New York this April!
Garry R. Austin
Austin’s Antiquarian Books
Biblio.co.uk Offers Assistance to Booksellers Affected by Closure of UKBookworld
Biblio.co.uk is extending a special offer to the booksellers left without websites after the closure of UKBookworld on August 31, 2014. Booksellers who were listing on UKBookworld can register to list their inventory on Biblio.co.uk and pay only 7.5% commission and zero monthly fees for the first 3 months to help them get started. [More about membership tiers and bookseller sign-up: http://www.biblio.co.uk/selling_books/]
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Customers who visit the UKBookworld site today are redirected to Biblio.co.uk in order to help them find desired books from independent bookshops. Booksellers who listed their inventory on Biblio.co.uk can have their own UKBookworld site address redirected to their inventory on Biblio.co.uk by contacting Biblio bookseller support.
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California International Antiquarian Book Fair
The world’s preeminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California next year at a new venue in downtown Oakland. The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.
Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from ...more