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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.
27.09.16. As usual there will be 1000s of quality secondhand & antiquarian books, postcards and ephemera on offer at Churchdown Book Fair is on Sunday 2 October. Of particular note are items relating to the designer Enid Marx and antiquarian and early books offered by Stephen Rench Add a comment
26.09.16. Menai Bridge Book Fair on Saturday 8th October will offer fifty tables of books in English and Welsh. Old, new and antiquarian - some prints, postcards, collectables - with the emphasis on books about Wales or in Welsh. Add a comment
26.09.16. The Summer has gone and Christmas is inexorably looming, so it's now time to think about, and buy, Christmas Presents. The Inaugural ABA Grasmere Book Fair on October 8th gives you that opportunity! Add a comment
24.09.16. The Family & Local History Fair in Hungerford on October 23rd is not a book fair as such, but most dealers and societies sell all sorts of historical books, many of them secondhand or out of print and not available in 'regular' book shops. 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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