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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.
10.11.19. The Sherborne Book Fair on November 16 has been a feature of life in this delightful Dorset town for over 40 years. Held regularly 4 times a year on the third Saturday of the month in February, May, August, and November, the fair attracts booksellers from all over the Westcountry offering a great selection of books and Ephemera to suit all pockets, and admission is Free! Add a comment
10.11.19. There will be approximately fourteen dealers at the Grimsargh Book Fair on November 17, selling secondhand and antiquarian books, maps and ephemera. Café serving excellent home-made food. Free parking. Add a comment
10.11.19. Faversham Book Fair on November 23 is one of the South-East's biggest events, which usually attracts around 20 dealers. More than 40 tables of books. Always very well attended. Also market day in town. Two second-hand bookshops nearby. Add a comment
10.11.19. The PBFA Christmas Fair on December 7 is being held at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London for the third year running and has been very successful, with many exhibitors giving very positive feedback. This year we aim to offer a good selection of books, ephemera, posters and other miscellaneous items of interest ... more 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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