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The Book Fair Calendar - UK's only guide to all the secondhand and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and collectors fairs, charity and library book sales. Add your event here
2.09.15. It's new, it's long overdue - and (I hope) it's improved. Bug reports appreciated. Add a comment
1.09.15. I look at our visitor stats at the end of most months and was rather surprised to see that the average number of visitors per day during August was just over 3,500. This exceeds what are usually the busiest months of February and May and is 1,000 a day more than in July. As August is usually the quietest month of the year and there are no obvious 'spikes' attributable to bots or spiders, I'm at something of a loss to explain it. However, whatever the explanation - I think more visitors is good news! Add a comment
27.08.15. The September 6th Farnham Book Fair will see around 26 exhibitors - with specialists in children's collectable fiction, modern firsts, military, natural history - plus a good selection from other subject areas, also books for the casual reader, prices from £1 to a few hundred pounds ... more Add a comment
26.08.15. A reader has just phoned to say that the Dartmoor Book Fair in Tavistock on September 6th has disappeared from the PBFA's database - so I can only concluded that it has been CANCELLED. Add a comment
UK book fairs range from the splendour of the ABA's London summer fair and the size of the PBFA's York fair in September, to the more sober (but often rewarding) regular regional fairs. Some of these are very small indeed, made up of perhaps a dozen or so dealers in a church hall - and they can be found all around the country.
Visiting even the smallest of these fairs can offer access to an extraordinary range of printed material - not just books but ephemera, prints, posters, maps - and increasingly you might also find postcards, photographs, vinyl, and sometimes associated collectables
So whilst it's true that the number of book fairs has declined from their heyday in the 1990's (when Drif blamed them for denuding many provincial shops of their better books) they continue to play a vital role in the touchy- feely world of physical book buying.
And you can play a part in ensuring that they continue to thrive by sharing your thoughts and experiences in a review - there is a comment link on every listing.
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