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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.
17.10.16. According to John Bacon who is exhibiting there, the West Surrey Family History Society Book Fair on November 5th will have lots of secondhand topography and local history books on offer. Add a comment
14.10.16. Farnham Maltings Book Fair Sunday 23 October 10am to 3pm.held in the Great Hall with around 30 exhibitors, with specialists in juvenile collectable fiction, modern first editions, Military, Natural history plus a good selection from many other subject areas, also books for the casual reader and some ephemera, prices from £1 to a few hundred pounds ... more Add a comment
8.10.16. The Silk Mill Museum in Derby are organising a Book Fair on June 10th 2017. It is timed to coinside with the Derby Book Festival, which this year attracted 10,000 visitors. Table prices will start at £40 + vat for a 5 footer and if you are interested in exhibiting contact Mohammed Suleman 01332 641901 email. 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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