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Albany Book Fair Revived   (submitted by Garry Austin)

Dear Friends & Colleagues:

It is my great pleasure to announce that the Albany Book Fair is back after a two year hiatus!  The Albany Institute of History & Art is once again our sponsor and this year’s fair will be held November 26, 2017 at the Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Avenue Ext. Albany NY. The PCC is a well known destination and is home to a number of events, the DAR Antique Show; the Albany Stamp & Coin Show, the Train Show and a number of other well established and well attended fairs and shows. You'll find their exhibition space more akin to a hotel ballroom – carpeted, well-lit and without stairs or other impediments to hinder easy access. There is also a well regarded restaurant specializing in Polish cuisine but with a wide array of offerings.  They offer a private lot with ample parking and an electronic marquis along the street that will annouce the fair weeks in advance.

Please contact us for an information sheet that will explain set-up, show times, booth sizes and fees.  Move-in should be hassle-free with easy access to exhibition space from the private parking lot.  There will be porters available for your use and a show equipment provider will make available both counter and wall display cases and pegboard units on a rental basis. We will provide you with a price sheet directly from them. The Albany Community has always embraced the book fair in the past and we expect solid support this year. 

Once again we will be well represented as an underwriter of WAMC Radio, the NPR organ that blankets the entire Hudson Valley, the Capital District, the Southern Adirondacks, Western Massachusetts and Vermont. Print ads will appear in the Albany area newspapers.  We will maintain both an Albany Book Fair website and a Facebook Page.  We will try to honor any reasonable request to make this show a more pleasurable experience for you and are available for your questions at our shop at (802) 464-8438, or you may e-mail us at any time at Visit the show website at  We look forward to seeing you in Albany in November.  


Garry Austin (Fair Manager)

2018 San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair   (submitted by Nancy Johnson)

Nancy Johnson Events Management LLC is delighted to announce the venue and dates for our 2018 San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair.  The event will be a two-day Friday & Saturday Fair on February 2-3, 2018.   We have chosen a superb location, the  South San Francisco Conference Center, and are making plans  to have this location for many years to come. 

The largest independent Book & Paper Fair in the country, the San Francisco Fair has been a fixture on the bay scene for over three decades.  We acquired the fair from Walter Larsen & Associates in 2011, and our first event was 2012.   Antiquarian booksellers as well as events producers, we assisted Walter Larsen in his 2008 and 2010 Fairs.  No association or organization affiliation is required to participate in the event.   

Dealers from through the world will participate, bringing material that ranges from rare antiquarian books and manuscripts to contemporary signed editions, pop culture, prints, posters and ephemera.   Buyers from Asia and Australia/New Zealand, in addition to Canadian and European buyers, will make the Fair a “must attend” on opening day.   

The selection of the South San Francisco Conference Center will encourage collectors from the Silicon Valley region to attend, and it is convenient for customers from San Francisco itself and the East Bay.  The Conference Center  is a first-class facility, a venue we have had in our sights for some time.  There is excellent lighting, a carpeted interior, free parking, wi-fi, and electronic interior mini-billboards to assist visitors in locating items of interest.  Sponsorship on the billboards will be available to non-exhibitors as well.  Also, there will be complimentary shuttle service from BART, easy vehicle access just off US 101, San Francisco International Airport adjacent, and 38 hotels within fifteen minutes of the Center.

A renowned poster artist, Kit Hinrichs of Studio Hinrichs, San Francisco, will once again create the “Antiquarian A” as logo for the 2018 Fair.  His previous Book Fair posters have won design awards in Print Magazine and Graphis.  As we move toward 2018, the web-site will contain lists of exhibitors, material that will be offered  and information on seminars and special events.  For more information, please contact Nancy Johnson (650) 773-4824.

Hobart Book Village

Hay-on-Wye established itself as the first book town in the world and remains the most famous thanks to the pioneering efforts and promotional talents of Richard Booth.  Other rural villages have tried to emulate that model but few have had lasting success.  Book towns are essentially cooperative efforts and the fact that many have been launched to great fanfare and later faded to oblivion points out the obvious – initial passion needs to be sustained by dedication and hard work.  One success that was featured over in the Guardian, delves into the interesting back story about how the Hobart Book Village came to be and how, after more than 10 years, it continues to thrive. 




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