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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.
29.05.16. On the 4th June at Long Melford you will not only find the usual well supported book fair with regular exhibitors offering a vast selection of books, including antiquarian, natural history, folio society, children's, local history, crime fiction and much more, but you will also find a large number of Observers, Warne's and Wayside books. These later categories will be offered for sale by members of the Observer Books Society. They will be taking over the stage area for a fair within a fair. Full details on the website. Add a comment
26.05.16. Martin Aldred reports that the Christian Aid Book Sale in St John's Wood last weekend raised £1,305.00. Add a comment
23.05.16. Many thanks to Tim Kitchen for reporting the resurrection of the Paperback & Pulp Book Fair at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, on Sunday October 30th. Last held in 2012, let's hope that new fans of all things vintage embrace its reincarnation with open arms. 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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