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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.
18.01.17. The first Stratford upon Avon Book Fair of 2017 will see 23 dealers will be there together with a book binder, 2 local history societies and also Sibford School Young Enterprise Group who will be selling their newly published book Blossom and Benny, a story and colouring book for children. There will be books covering a wide variety of subjects including military, sport, first editions, antiquarian, religion, Shakespeare, Stratford and Warwickshire local history, also a selection of maps, ephemera and prints. Full details here. 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.
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