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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.
26.04.16. It's the new PBFA Norwich Book Fair on May 14th and Carolyn Trant who will be exhibiting there has an interesting blog entry about her artist's books on Sir Thomas Browne, a Norwich c17th author and divine. Hugh Aldersey-Williams, an author and journalist who wrote ‘The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century’ will be making an appearance. Add a comment
24.04.16. As part of the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, 8 PBFA booksellers are holding a Book Fair in Langmoor Room, Marine Parade on April 30th. As well as books and prints on fossils, geology, local history and topography, there will be books on many other subjects, including art, architecture, industrial archaeology, railways, travel and photography, as well as maps and ephemera. 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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