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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Announces New Atlanta Location

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the nation's leading auction houses, will open its newest location in Atlanta, Georgia this spring. In September of 2017, the auction firm announced its expansion into Atlanta after hiring Director of Business Development Mary Calhoun.  Prior to this announcement Michael Shapiro (former Director of the High Museum of Art) had joined the firm in April 2017 as Senior Advisor, Museums and Private Collections.

In May 2018, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will open at 668 Miami Circle in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. The facility will accommodate local auctions as well as full-service resources for appraising property and participating in global auctions through the firm's Chicago headquarters. The first auction to be conducted in Atlanta is scheduled for August 2018. Consignments are currently being accepted across all categories, which include fine art, fine jewelry, modern design, books and manuscripts, furniture, decorative arts and more.

"We plan on making Atlanta a major auction center," said Leslie Hindman, founder and CEO of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. "Our focus has always been offering exceptional service and access to the global art market at a local level. The new location will not only be a resource for Atlanta but become a hub for the entire Southeast."

Lelia Williamson has also joined Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' Atlanta team as Consignment Manager. Before starting with the firm, Williamson worked at both Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Galleries in Atlanta and Rago Arts and Auction Center in New Jersey. She was Manager of the Department of American Paintings at Hirschl & Adler and spent time as a Curatorial Assistant at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  She received her MA from Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York, specializing in American Fine and Decorative Arts.

The new Buckhead location will be open Monday through Friday during business hours and on occasional weekends for auction previews.  Appraisal appointments are available for all categories and can be scheduled at any time.  For more information, please contact Mary Calhoun at (404) 800-0192.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

The 37th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair returns to St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum April 20 - 22, 2018.   The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialist booksellers from all over the United States.

This year the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair celebrates the historical and cultural significance of the written word with its theme of The Art of the Idea. Ever since humans started drawing on cave walls, they’ve been trying to share their experiences and their ideas. We’ve come a long way from the days when ancient Egyptians and Greeks were pressing symbols into soft clay tablets or scratching out their ideas on papyrus. “This year we pay homage to the language artists in our midst who have for centuries been formulating, nurturing, and communicating ideas for the advancement of mankind,” said Sarah Smith, manager of the book fair. The notion embraces the written word particularly in book form, the enduring method of communication we all celebrate at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.

The Book Fair is presented in The Coliseum, a restored 1920s music and dance hall that has been billed as the South’s finest ballroom. Featuring a 34-foot arched ceiling over a polished oak floor, it has hosted such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Rudy Vallee, Harry James, and Paul Whiteman, not to mention Cab Calloway, Guy Lombardo, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Armstrong. It is located at 535 Fourth Avenue North, in downtown St. Petersburg.

A complete list of participating exhibitors is available on their website .  Hours are Friday, April 20th,  5 p.m. to 9 p.m; Saturday, April 21st, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; and Sunday, April 22nd: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friday evening’s admission, which includes a live music performance, is $10 and the ticket is good for the entire weekend. Saturday’s admission is $10 for the weekend or $6 for the day.  Sunday’s admission is $6 for the day and includes a free appraisal by members of the Florida Bibliophile Society. Children 12 and under, and students with valid identification, are free. Parking is free. Ticket sales benefit the St Petersburg Public Library. Discount coupons are available online or on Facebook (search: “Florida Antiquarian Book Fair”).  Discounted tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite. Food and beverages, including cash bar, are available onsite.  St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, is known as “the finest ballroom in the South.”

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 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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