Visit PBFA Fairs in August
18 August 2017
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 Book Fairs

The Book Fair Calendar - UK's only guide to all the secondhand and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and postcard fairs, charity and library book sales.  Add your event here


16.08.17. The second of the two PBFA Bakewell Book fairs for 2017 will be on Saturday 19th August at the Agricultural Business Centre. It is well supported with 27 bookdealers exhibiting a wide range of books, maps and ephemera in all price ranges. Bakewell is an attractive market town and there is plenty of car parking available around the venue. Full details are on the PBFA website.  Add a comment

14.08.17. Settle Book Fair on Bank Holiday Monday August 28th with have around fifteen dealers selling a wide range of secondhand and antiquarian books, maps, etc. Victoria Hall is near the town centre, with plenty of parking nearby. Café serving excellent home-made food. Settle is a bustling, historic Yorkshire Dales market town at the gateway to Upper Ribblesdale and in sight of the wild and lovely Forest of Bowland.  Add a comment

14.08.17. Entry to the Stratford Upon Avon Book Fair on Saturday August 26 is free and there will be 22 dealers exhibiting. Local books will as always be well represented but a wide variety of subjects are covered by the dealers attending - full details including an exhibitor list and some of the highlights on offer are on the website.  Add a comment

13.08.17. The Quarterly Sherborne Book Fair returns on Saturday 19th August when a dozen Booksellers from the West Country and beyond will be offering books priced from 50p to several hundred pounds. Among the highlights this month will be a large collection of Jazz and Blues books ranging from West Coast Jazz to Hard Bop, "A Handbook on Hanging" first published in September 1928, and two of the earliest Rupert Annuals published in 1938 and 1939.  Add a comment

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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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