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24.12.12. Seasons greetings and thanks to all our readers and advertisers for helping make TheBookGuide such a success in 2012. After a well-deserved rest we will be back on January 2nd.  Add a comment

21.12.12. Find last minute gifts at this weekend's secondhand and antiquarian book fairs.  Add a comment

17.12.12. You can find our Provisional 2013 Book Fairs Calendar here, along with the news for next year's events. There are still a significant number of fair organisers yet to confirm their dates, so if you stand at or visit a fair you think should be listed, please let us know.  Add a comment

12.12.12. At what is traditionally a slow time of year for the site, we are currently seeing 2,200+ unique visitors a day!  Add a comment

7.12.12. This weekend's book fairs will offer a raft of desirable Christmas gifts in a sea of tedious tat  Add a comment

4.12.12. Saturday December 8th is the last Shaftesbury Book Fair before Christmas and will feature books on Gothic Architecture - notably Matthew H Bloxam (1849) and John H Parker (1874), both bound in three-quarter leather/marbled boards and with exquisite b&w woodcut illustrations.  Add a comment

4.12.12. A very late entry for the Hale Barns Book Sale on December 8th, back by popular demand.  Add a comment

29.11.12. Who knows what treasure you might unearth at this weekend's book fairs, markets and sales?  Add a comment

28.11.12. Sunday 2nd December is the last Churchdown Book Fair for 2012 and to see the year out 23 dealers will offer books on a wide range of subjects. As usual, there will also be wonderful refreshments provided by Lou Thorne and her team.  Add a comment

28.11.12. Farnham Book Fair on 2nd December in the historic Malthouse is fully booked with 42 exhibitors offering a very wide range of books for collectors, dealers and the general reader - plus maps and ephemera. Two large free car parks, good range of refreshments - a great day out for book lovers.  Add a comment

25.11.12. You can find our Provisional 2013 Book Fairs Calendar here. Every year I hope that we will be able to do better than last but we still have a significant number of fair organisers yet to confirm their dates. However, as in previous years, I will note all the late arrivals in the 2013 news section, and will continue to encorage organisers to update their listings as soon as possible.  Add a comment

23.11.12. From London to Glasgow, from Bolton to Cirencester -- there are SIXTEEN old book and ephemera events this weekend.  Add a comment

21.11.12. The Cirencester PBFA Book Fair returns to the Bingham Hall on Sunday 25th November. There will be 23 dealers from wide geographical and subject areas. Refeshments will be provided by Lou Thorne and the Churchdown team, and there will be additional free car parking spaces at Watermoor School, at the end of the road.  Add a comment

21.11.12. Etc Fair's monthly Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair on Sunday 25th November will be in the Galleon Suite at the Royal National Hotel -- same fair, now in a better exhibition room! Check their website for the latest exhibitor list and what's on offer.  Add a comment

21.11.12. The New Forest Book Fair on Saturday November 24th is the last before Christmas, and, with at least two new dealers attending, a great deal of new stock will be on display. Specialist areas - railways, architecture, local topography, children's. Many unique gift opportunities.  Add a comment

19.11.12. Thanks to all the fair organisers who have already sent in details of their 2013 events, but as seems to be the case every year, we're still light on responces. I aim to put up a provisional calendar on Monday November 26th, and it would be great not to have to resort yet again to nagging. So, even if you haven't finalised next years dates, please let us know.  Add a comment

16.11.12. The feel of leather ... the smell of old books ... the sound of pages turning -- all can be experienced at this weekends antiquarian and secondhand  book fairs.  Add a comment

15.11.12. It's Midhurst Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair on Sunday the 18th of November and Val Biro, author of the Gumdrops books, will be in attendance.  Add a comment

11.11.12. I've been trying to persuade fair organisers to send me a couple of paragraphs briefly previewing their upcoming events. The recent response has been quite encouraging but there are still too many who are not making the most of this opportunity for extra FREE publicity. If you stand at a fair that you think should be better advertised, do please encourage the organiser to contact me.  Add a comment

9.11.12. There's an extraordinary diversity of printed material at this weekend's fairs and sales -- full details here  Add a comment

9.11.12.  Leading specialist dealers from across the UK will converge on the beautiful Yorkshire town of Harrogate on Saturday to offer a wonderful selection of all that's popular and collectable in Children's & Illustrated and Crime & Detective Fiction.  Add a comment

8.11.12. All the fun of the fair, and indeed it was fun last week at the Chelsea Book Fair. Over eighty exhibitors, fabulous books, huge attendance figures, smiling faces all round and very healthy sales ... more  Add a comment

7.11.12. Etc Fairs has two events this weekend. At the Gerrards Cross Book Fair you will find dealers in books, maps, prints and ephemera, as well as some postcards, and old ordnance survey maps. Sunday sees the Bloomsbury Book Fair with over 120 dealers in everything from antiquarian books, rare and out of print titles, printed material, maps, prints, posters, ephemera, bookbinders and auctioneers.  Add a comment

6.11.12. Sorry about the script errors yesterday which made much of the site unusable. We had to increase our bandwidth in the morning because the site has become so popular, and were assured by our hosting company that this would make no difference to the running of the site ...  Add a comment

5.11.12. Shaftesbury Book Fair on Saturday November 10th is the penultimate fair before Christmas and an ideal opportunity to get yourself that 'must have' book for your collection (or hint to your companion!) The High Street is closed for road works but Bell Street -- and the Book Fair -- will be open for business as usual. All being well it will be a full house, with plenty of new stock to browse.  Add a comment

4.11.12. Thanks to all the fair organisers who have been quick off the mark and already sent in their 2013 dates in. However, It would be really great if we didn't have to spend so much of our time chasing dates this year. So if you stand at, or visit a fair, a gentle reminder to the organiser to get their dates in would be greatly appreciated.  Add a comment

2.11.12. Can't make it to Chelsea this weekend? Here are all the other secondhand and antiquarian book fairs and sales you could visit.  Add a comment

31.10.12. Steve Newman writes regarding the second London Book Market in Spitalfields: "Great expectations, a book market in London! Well, a total of three stalls, two 'higher end' and one 'cheap and cheerful'. Found three books at the latter, very reasonably priced too. A few more stalls had a few books amongst other tat, one can only hope this market catches on, London could do with a few more book fairs, but this hardly qualifies as a 'book market' at present. Early days though, so I wish them well."  Add a comment

30.10.12. Keith Simmonds reports that Sunday's Bristol Book Market is cancelled but most of the booksellers will be at the Harbourside Market at Bordeaux Quay instead.  Add a comment

29.10.12. Look at these fabulous books that will be on sale at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair, which opens at 2pm on Friday  Add a comment

26.10.12. The November 25th Bookfair in Tewkesbury organised by Albion Books has been cancelled, but Gary says he will try again next year.  Add a comment

26.10.12. Lots of nice warm secondhand and antiquarian book fairs and sales to visit all over the country this weekend.  Add a comment

25.10.12. Around 15 booksellers based in South Yorkshire & beyond will be offering a wide range of mostly secondhand books at the Sheffield Book Fair on Sunday October 28th, in conjunction with Sheffield's annual Off The Shelf Festival of Words.  Add a comment

22.10.12. The New Forest is stunning in autumn -- so what better time to combine a visit with browsing some stunning book offers at the New Forest Book Fair on Saturday October 27th. A lovely copy of J R Wise's standard work on the New Forest in green and gilt boards will be on offer (3rd ed), as well as Colin Tubbs's (late New Forest resident) classic work on the Buzzard. More than twenty dealers will be offering books, maps, ephemera, prints and original paintings, of local and national interest, and in all subject areas.  Add a comment

22.10.12. On Sunday 28th October Thames Book Fairs are holding a book fair at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex. Established for over 20 years, this fair always offers a good mix of collectable books at competitive prices plus books of general interest, a good hunting ground for trade, collectors and the casual reader. This event is running alongside a Rock and Gem fair at the same venue, providing a chance to get some early gifts for Christmas.  Add a comment

19.10.12. Find the books you never knew you wanted at the 15 book fairs and sales being held this weekend.  Add a comment

18.10.12. Lewisham Pensioners Forum are holding a fundraising Big Book Sale on Sunday October 21st -- lots of cheap paperbacks and hardbacks.  Add a comment

18.10.12.  Fifteen dealers will be offering a huge range of books at Sherborne Book Fair on October 20th. Some of the highlights this month are a 2 volume set 'Specimens of Gothic Architecture 1825 by Augustus Pugin ('God's Own Architect'), a lovely copy of Charles Causley's first published verse 'Farewell Aggie Weston' 1951, Shell Guides 'to die for' and a scarce first edition of T S Eliot's 'East Coker'.  Add a comment

15.10.12. The 22nd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair on November 2nd & 3rd will be the biggest yet with 81 exhibitors, including international ABA members from Italy, Germany, France, the USA and Canada. Hightlights at the fair can be found on the website, along with complimenrtay tickets and details of guided tours of the fair -- a feature which proved popular at the Olympia in May. Tour topics will include ' Back  to  Childhood' and 'James  Bond  Books', to coinside with the Bond celebrations in November – the 50th Anniversary of the Dr. No movie and the release of new film Skyfall.  Add a comment

12.10.12. You can find this weekend's secondhand and rare book fairs, as well as charity book sales here  Add a comment

9.10.12. This Sunday, October 14th, it's the regular monthly Bloomsbury Book Fair at the Royal National Hotel in London. Over 120 exhibitors will display a wealth of material from the rare and sought-after to books for the casual collector and reader. There will be dealers who specialise in almost every subject -- from travel, military and first editions -- to ephemera, posters, prints and maps. Full details on the website.  Add a comment

8.10.12. Those interested in printed material in all its forms won't want to miss the Folkestone Book, Paper and Print Collectors' Fair on Saturday 20th October. Ephemera dealers will exhibit alongside booksellers and the stock on offer will range from original artwork to posters, maps, photographs and rare books.  Add a comment

5.10.12. This weekend there are 18 secondhand and rare book fairs, sales and markets to visit right across the UK -- full details here  Add a comment

4.10.12. Some 20 booksellers from across the UK, Ireland and America will be exhibiting books, posters, prints, manuscripts and ephemera at the Dublin Book Fair on October 6th & 7th. This year the fair welcomes London-Irish bookseller Steven Foster and legendary New York dealer, James Jaffe. Highights of what's on offer can be found here.  Add a comment

1.10.12. Readers planing to visit the Nottinghamshire Book Fair on Sunday October 7th can enter a competition to win £50.00 worth of vouchers redeemable at any stall or stalls on the day. You should only enter if you are definitely going to attend the fair, and full details can be found on the fair organiser's website.  Add a comment

1.10.12. The Appledore Book Fair is also on Sunday the 7th and will see booksellers from all over the West Country, offering a wide verity of books at the only book fair held in North Devon. It's part of Appledore Book Festival which is staging all sorts of readings, walks, and workshops during the whole of this week.  Add a comment

24.09.12. This year's Bath Book Fair on the 29th & 30th of September will see over 70 PBFA booksellers from across the country, offering a wide and diverse range of antiquarian, rare, collectable and secondhand books from all periods & subjects, and for all budgets. Local titles will include Christopher Anstey's The Comforts of Bath, in which Rowlandson satirised a 'fashionable' person's stay in Bath, and Mowbray Green's The Eighteenth Century Architecture of Bath. Topically perhaps since this year is the centenary of Captain Scott's death; polar titles listed so far include Sir Ernest Shackleton's South, 1919, Phipps' Voyage Towards the North Pole, 1774, Admiral Peary's Northward over the'Great Ice', 1898, and Through the First Antarctic Night, 1900. Children's & Illustrated books will also to have a strong presence, and I'm particularly drawn to an excellent copy of pop- up maestro Kubasta's Alice in Wonderland. For a further sample of some of the highlights lined up for this year's fair visit the dedicated fair website, currently listing circa 50 items.  Add a comment

21.09.12. This weekend there are 18 secondhand and rare book fairs and book sales to visit right across the UK ... more  Add a comment

21.09.12. Organisers say that last weekend's York National Book Fair set a new record -- over £550,000 in sales and a record number of visitors through the door.  Add a comment

20.09.12. John Cox of Eclecta Books is organising the first Stockport Book and Record Fair on December 2nd. He says there will up to 50 dealers and a free bus service from Stockport train and bus stations.  Add a comment

20.09.12. Last minute inclusion for the Aldridge Methodist Church Charity Book Sale on Saturday September 22nd. Used books on sale will include history, military, general interest, fiction and children's. Teas and cakes on sale too.  Add a comment

17.09.12. This year's Morrab Library Book & Postcard Fair will be held on Saturday September 22nd. It's the largest Book Fair in Cornwall, with dealers from all over the West Country coming to support one of the few remaining private subscription libraries in UK.  Add a comment

17.09.12. Mark Richardson, organiser of the West Kent Book Fair says he's sorry but due to various reasons, like clashing fairs and the recession, he has had to cancel this year's fair on October 14th.  Add a comment

15.09.12. It's not too late to visit six secondhand and antiquarian book fairs being held across the UK this weekend.   Add a comment

14.09.12. The Friends of Valence House Museum are holding a fundraising Book Sale on September 22nd & 23rd. Expect to find books donated by libraries and individuals, with most items priced under £1.  Add a comment

12.09.12. The New Forest Book Fair on Saturday September 29th will return after a two-month summer break. Dealers are keen to get back to business and, consequently, stall bookings have been very brisk including more than one new to the game. A 3rd edition of the standard work on the Forest - J R Wise's New Forest: its history and scenery (1880, ills. by Walter Crane) will be on offer as well as other local material, maps, ephemera and paintings.  Add a comment

10.09.12. David Mann writes: "I just wanted to thank you all for your understanding about the sudden cancellation of the Wye Book Fair in September. My Mother sadly passed away and I needed to get to Cornwall in a hurry. I hope that I managed to contact people and I hope that no one had a wasted journey. Thank you again for your support." The next fair is on Saturday 3rd November and the 2013 dates will be available soon.  Add a comment

5.09.12. Georgina Babey writes: "This month's Shaftesbury Book Fair on Saturday September 8th could prove very exciting! It coincides with a major Arts & Crafts exhibition in the town, which will include music, entertainment and good food, and is linked to the Arts Centre opposite the book fair venue. Bell Street itself will be closed for vehicular access only, and there will still be easy pedestrian access to the book fair, with many and various art-related books and material on offer."  Add a comment

5.09.12. Etc Fairs have two events this coming weekend, starting with the Gerrards Cross Book Fair on Saturday 8th and the Bloomsbury Book Fair on Sunday 9th. Both fairs are busy with full a compliment of dealers. The Gerrards Cross fair opens 10.00 at The Memorial Centre, which has excellent parking facilities, very good refreshments and dealers offering items for the serious collector right through to the casual reader - there truly is something for everyone! Full details on the website.
    Sunday’s Bloomsbury Book Fair at the Royal National Hotel in London sees over 100 dealers, with some new faces, and regulars alike. Doors open at 10.00, entrance is £2 until 12.30 and thereafter is free. Visit the website for a regularly updated exhibitor list, a downloadble room plan, plus full location details and much more.  Add a comment

3.09.12. On September 22nd Vince Peddle is organising a Book and Music Fair in St Saviour, Jersey. There will be  books, vinyl, CDs, stamps, postcards and ephemea at what he describes as an exciting new fair on the beautiful island of Jersey.  Add a comment

3.09.12. Next weekend, September the 8th & 9th, Baldersby St James church in Thirsk are holding their 4th Annual Secondhand Book Sale. Large numbers fiction and non-fiction books which are not priced but donations to church funds. And on Sunday the 9th there's the first Secret Book Shop to raise money on behalf of the Bedhampton Manor Trust to repair and conserve The Elms and The Waterloo Room in Bedhampton, Hampshire. Expect to find general secondhand, out of print and hard to find books with some antiquarian stock.  Add a comment

31.08.12. IMPORTANT - I am sorry but I am going to have to cancel the Wye Book Fair on Saturday. I have to go to Cornwall as my mother has passed away. Thanks for your understanding. - David Mann.  Add a comment

28.08.12. Enthusiastic book collectors are well served with two prestigious book fairs in September, which unlike the summer concentration in London, are being held in provinces. First up is the York National Book Fair on September 14th & 15th, which will feature the stock of 215 leading bookdealers at the largest rare & antiquarian book fair in Europe. Highlights from the huge diversity of material on offer are now on the website, along with everything else you will need to know about the fair.
    If York is too far away, the Bath Book Fair on September 29th & 30th will see some 70 booksellers whose stock will match the splendidly elegant venue of the Assembly Rooms.
    If you can't make it to either of these events or your tastes are more modest, don't worry because you can find details of more than 60 book fairs and sales being held nationwide, in our September Calendar.  Add a comment

28.08.12. As usual, Farnham Book Fair on September 2nd will have specialists in juvenile fiction, modern first editions, antiquarian, military, topography and much more -- for both collectors, trade and the general reader.   Add a comment

24.08.12. Cork City Book Fair, one of the biggest book fairs in the Republic of Ireland, organised by West Cork company Schull Books gets underway this weekend ... more  Add a comment

20.08.12. The monthly Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair returns on August 26th after a July absence caused by the Olympics. Because of this there should be a larger than usual queue of customers at the door eager to get their hands on some of the huge range of books, maps, prints and ephemera offered by the usual exhibitors -- plus some new faces.  Add a comment

13.08.12. Richard Frost reports that his Bank Holiday Book Sale at Aldbury on the 27th will have six dealers, all selling books at £2 each, with lots of bargains for trade buyers.  Add a comment

13.08.12. This year's Menai Bridge Book Fair is being held on September 22nd. There will be up to 50 tables and as usual the emphasis on many stands will be on books about Wales or in Welsh.  Add a comment

13.08.12. Just a reminder to exhibitors and visitors alike, that the Bloomsbury Book Fair is on this Sunday 19th August at the Royal National Hotel. This fair is a week later than usual due to the Olympics. By Sunday all parking restrictions and Olympic lanes will have been removed so visiting or exhibiting should be as normal.  Add a comment

10.08.12. The 3rd Annual Penarth Book Fair will be held on October 20th, when a wide range of secondhand and collectables books will be offered by reputable dealers from South Wales and the West of England  Add a comment

9.08.12. The PBFA returns to the popular venue of Bakewell on 11th August. Conveniently situated between the two main town car parks, this is always a busy fair and its location within 2-3 minutes walk of the centre of this attractive market town makes it an ideal spot for a pleasant day's book browsing.  Plenty to choose from at the fair with specialists in military, natural history, industrial, local history and lots more besides.   Add a comment

3.08.12. Judith Goodman has added another date for her Church Stretton Book Fair - September 8th. She is also organising two week-long Book Sales at the Wulfrun Centre in Wolverhampton on September 17th - 22nd and October 15th - 20th. She says that there will be three booksellers offering a large selection of secondhand and antiquarian books.  Add a comment

3.08.12. Dates have been announced for the 22nd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair, which will take place over two days on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of November ... more  Add a comment

30.07.12. On Friday 14th September the prestigious York National Book Fair will open for two days. This year around 210 exhibitors, including key London and International dealers as well as more locally based booksellers, will offer a huge range of books, maps and prints, at all prices, and set out on literally miles of shelves. Highlights amongst some 130,000 titles on offer will include first editions, books on architecture, design, science, natural history, literature, children's books, and rare maps -- to name just a few subjects. The fair catalogue, along with full details of the event and how to get there, can be found on the website.  Add a comment

30.07.12. Ivor Simpson, long time proprietor of Clent books and fair manager at Kinver has passed away ... more  Add a comment

23.07.12. Our fairs news section provides a unique opportunity for organisers to publicise your events - all you have to do is use it! A few paragraphs simply describing the sort of books and other printed material on offer is all that's needed to make your event stand out. A couple of weeks prior to the event is ideal, and you don't have to worry too much about it's length or producing deathless prose, as I'm happy to edit contributions. We also welcome fair reviews from organisers, exhibitors, and customers; as they help our readers get a taste of what they may have missed, and might encourage them to visit in future.  Add a comment

19.07.12. The long established Book Sale at the Methodist Church in Tamworth has been extended to three days this year, and will be held on August 9th-11th. There should be around 4,000 books of all sorts, and there is a public car park at the back of the venue.  Add a comment

13.07.12. Phil Goodyear just realised that he hadn't given us a date for his July Midhurst Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair -- it's on the 22nd.  Add a comment

9.07.12. 40 years ago today was the first Provincial Booksellers Monthly Fair in London!  Happy Anniversary! - Gerry Mosdell.  Add a comment

9.07.12. Due to my holiday, a rather belated review of the London Map Fair ... more  Add a comment

9.07.12. The following two very large books were stolen from the former premises of Edinburgh World Heritage in Edinburgh between 18th November 2011 and 25th May, 2012 ... more  Add a comment

5.07.12. Etc Fairs have two fairs running this coming weekend with the Gerrards Cross Book Fair on Saturday 7th July and the Bloomsbury Book Fair on July 8th. The focus at Bloomsbury is on rare, secondhand and antiquarian books, but there is always a strong representation of ephemera, manuscripts, maps, prints and photographs on offer too. Gerrards Cross has great variety of exhibitors and stock, as well as fantastic parking and refreshments. There is limited availability for any last minute bookings at both fairs, contact Kim on 01707 872140.  Add a comment

4.07.12. Richard Frost has just realised that he hadn't set us his dates for Berkhamsted Book Fair from August, which I have added now. He is also also running a Book Sale on August Bank Holiday Monday in Aldbury, Hertfordshire, where a number of local bookdealers will be selling 1,000's of books for £2.00 each.  Add a comment

23.06.12. I'm out of the office until Wednesday July 4th, so only urgent news and updates until my return.  Add a comment

22.06.12. At the PBFA's 'Heart of England' fair on July 1st over 50 dealers from all over the UK will be there offering thousands of books, maps, and ephemera for sale. Highlights will include a rare Anthony Powell 1st edition, a complete collection of the New Naturalist series up to #110, a collection of speedway and motor-racing books, and an interesting mid-19C cabinet-maker's account book by Joseph Barrow of Lancaster.  Add a comment

22.06.12. There's a cancer charity book sale in Marazion, Cornwall on June 30th - July 1st.  Add a comment

21.06.12. While secondhand bookshops are struggling, book fairs are thriving. Why should this be? ... more  Add a comment

18.06.12. The 2012 annual fundraising Book Sale for the Holburne Museum will be held in Bath on June 23rd.  Add a comment

18.06.12. Evidently lost in cyberspace, a rather belated report on the PBFA’s London Summer Fairs ... more  Add a comment

14.06.12. Readers of TheBookGuide can now download a complimentary ticket for use at any PBFA fair where there is an admission charge.  Add a comment

13.06.12. A late entry for the Harrogate Observer, Warne & related Collectors Book Fair  on June 23rd -- which does exactly what it says on the tin.  Add a comment

11.06.12. Thousands of antique maps will be on show at this year’s London Map Fair, held at the Royal Geographic Society in London on 16 and 17 June. Here are a selection of the cartographic delights on offer, which reveal a tantalising glimpse of how our ancestors wished to see the world ... more  Add a comment

8.06.12. Apologies for any site weirdness you may have experienced over the past couple of days. We took the opportunity to move to a new server over the long weekend, and everything should be working properly now.  Add a comment

5.06.12. Collectors and dealers are preparing for Europe's biggest antiquarian map fair in London on June 16th & 17th. But what does the future hold for printed maps in the digital age? ... more  Add a comment

5.06.12. Jennifer Manning has had to cancel her Deal Book Fair on 23rd June, but the remaining dates for the year are not affected.  Add a comment

4.06.12. The June 17th Kinver Book Fair has had to be moved as a one off, due to a country fair taking place in the village, which means roads would be closed for most of the day. It will be held at Wombourne Community Centre, just off the A449, another five miles further up the road towards Wolverhampton. Postcode WV5 9EZ.  Add a comment

31.05.12. Sales were very satisfactory at the The Hand & Flower Book Fair but new venue sought for next year.  Add a comment

30.05.12. No numbers but attendance up -- read Kim Jeffery's report of their Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair here.  Add a comment

29.05.12. ABA Olympia fair numbers: overall take £3,846,478 (up 21.7% with 23 more exhibitors) average take £22,625 (up 5.2%) visitor numbers down 21.6%. Full report here.  Add a comment

28.05.12. As usual, the Kempton Park Book Fair on Sunday 10th June will offer a good varied selection of books for collectors, trade and the general reader. An extra bonus in June is that this fair is running alongside a major Rock and Gem Fair at the same venue -- so something of interest for all members of the family.  Add a comment

28.05.12. Keth Thompson writes: "At bookfairs, sellers often seem more interested in each other than their customers.  They leave their stalls unattended and hang around the end of book rows like menacing bands of hoodies on street corners.  They gossip loudly among themselves about lack of sales and yet obstruct access to each others' wares. They seem to have lost the plot."  Add a comment

28.05.12. London's book fair bonanza is over for another year, but we have FORTY-TWO book fairs and sales listed for the month of June.  Add a comment

26.05.12. The Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair, Bloomsbury Postcard Fair, and the Ephemera Society Fair -- Sunday sees London's Book Fairs Week out in style.  Add a comment

25.05.12. The PBFA's two day Summer Book Fair at Novotel, West London opens today @ 2.00pm -- so if you have the stamina you could visit three book fairs in central London today! To help, there's a free shuttle bus from the Novotel to Olympia on 25th & 26th. Full details of all the weekend London fairs can be found here.  Add a comment

25.05.12. The ABA  & PBFA have produced a joint "newsletter for librarians, collectors and booksellers visiting the Summer Fairs is to publicise the activities of both associations - and to demonstrate that both are determined to work together, now and in the future, for the benefit of the book trade and its customers."  Add a comment

21.05.12. All the fun of the fairs continues in London this week with the Book Fair at the Hand and Flower starting on Wednesday, and the ABA International Antiquarian Book Fair, which opens on Thursday. Full details of these and the weeks other events can be found here.  Add a comment

19.05.12. After being kind enough to point out a particularly glaring typo, Chris Moore went on to  suggest that our 'book fair listings would be greatly improved if you put the day, not just the date, on all listings.' It turned out to be a relatively easy change to make, and I hope other readers will find that it improves usability.  Add a comment

16.05.12. The Church Stretton Book Fair on June 16th will be in the new venue of The Parish Centre, and will see dealers from across the county and further afield - plus a cafe and bookstall in aid of Severn Hospice.  Add a comment

14.05.12. David Mann has added the extra date of June 2nd to his popular Wye Book & Collectors Fair.  Add a comment

14.05.12. The PBFA has decided to support the Listening Books Charity which provides a fantastic selection of high-quality audiobooks too ver 17000 people across the UK who find it difficult or impossible to read due to illness or disability. The Listening Books owl symbol will be appearing on the PBFA posters and there will be literature, leaflets and collecting boxes at their premier fairs.  Add a comment

10.05.12. The 39th Christian Aid Book Sale opened on Saturday, and bibliophiles are set to flock from across the country to St Andrew's and St George's West Church in George Street, Edinburgh, each with the hope of picking up a rare bargain amongst the 100,000 donated books ... more  Add a comment

8.05.12. The Welsh interest book fair is being held in Wrexham this year, on May 19th. There's a Pay & Display car park outside the venue, and access by bus or train.  Add a comment

7.05.12. This year's Grand Book Sale in support of Christian Aid will be held at St John's Wood Church on May 19th. As usual there will be 1000s of good-as-new, secondhand and old books on every subject. Fact and fiction, reference, children's books, paperbacks for holiday reading, CD's, records, and DVD's. All-day refreshments, free parking in front of church.  Add a comment

2.05.12. The popular Market Harborough Book Fair returns this Saturday May 5th with around 30 dealers specialising in local interest, childrens and illustrated books, detective fiction, military, cookery, history, natural history, maps and prints, antiquarian books, industrial history, topography, theology, sporting ...and thats not all! Fine bindings, art, modern first editions, ornithology, countryside books, field sports and a good general selection of other mixed subjects ... and a charity bookroom. Oh, and a band - that's right, a band!  Add a comment

30.04.12. Amongst the wealth of fasinating printed material previewed on the ABA's Olympia website, the following item caught my eye: "A signed Expense Account for The Sex Pistols, for their last-ever gig at the Winterland, San Fransisco, Jan. 14th 1978 - considered as one of the legendary events in rock ‘n’ roll history - when Rotten closed the gig with a quip to the audience "Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?" Each sheet is signed by the respective musician; Johnny Rotten signing his real name John Lydon, Sid Vicious signing a fictitious (indecipherable) name ‘Earl Baloney?’ Jones and Cook autographed in full, Steve signing ‘Stephen Jones’. This set of riders therefore represents the last official signatures of the Sex Pistols (£5,500 Adrian Harrington Rare Books).  Add a comment

27.04.12. I've just added the London Photograph Fair dates, the first of which happily coinsides with the PBFA's Performing Arts Book Fair and it's Summer Book Fair at the Hotel Russell, on May 20th.  Add a comment

27.04.12. The Bloomsbury Postcard and Collectors Fair's monthly event on May 27th, might provide an extra attraction to those thinking of visiting the Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair, and the Ephemera Society Fair at the Holiday Inn.  Add a comment

25.04.12. Martin Evans writes: "First off, thank you for your excellent website, it is truly a marvel and a labour of love. And secondly: just thought you'd like to know, the links to months at the bottom of the monthly book fair pages send you back to the 2011 entries."
    I'm most grateful to Martin for pointing this out. I introduced these text links last year, both to improve search engine accessibility, and because a reader thought it would make using the calendar easier. I failed to include this in the year-change notes, so it got overlooked. It took a couple of minutes to fix , but if I don't know it's broke - I can't fix it. So once again thanks to all of you who take the trouble to report bugs and broken links. Please keep sending them in.  Add a comment

21.04.12. On Sunday 29th April the annual Travel and Exploration Fair at the Royal Geographical Society, London SW7,will again provide a showcase for PBFA dealers specialising in all aspects of travel, exploration, maps, and voyages. Amongst this year's highlights are: A set of the South Polar Times which has a presentation copy to Kathleen Scott, Priestley's Antarctic Adventure, Scott's Northern Party along with 2 letters from Priestley, a hand written Menu from the Terra Nova Expedition, and the first edition of Bruce's Travels up the Nile along with a letter from Bruce about the expedition.  Add a comment

18.04.12. The library of Philip Larkin's muse Brenda Moon is to be sold for charity by the Christian Aid Book Sale at St Andrew's and St George's West Church, running over a week 12-16th of May ... more  Add a comment

15.04.12. On April 22 at Farnham Book Fair more than 40 booksellers will offer a wide selection of books and printed ephemera - from antiquarian to the modern. Collectors and general readers can find many titles in their areas of interest, all at affordable prices. Two large free car parks on site with comfortable rest and refreshment areas inside.  Add a comment

10.04.12. Literature lovers will be able to browse an eclectic selection of new and second-hand book stalls at the Book Fair at The Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith on Saturday April 14th. The line-up of authors at this year's event is typically impressive but culture vultures will also be thrilled with the addition of an evening event, a special James Joyce Performance, to complement the day's literary theme ... more  Add a comment

6.04.12. The Easter Dublin City Book Fair will take place on Monday, April 9th, when there will be a full house of over 30 exhibitors, with an array of books to suit all tastes and pockets, plus postal ephemera, prints and maps. Among the items are Bradshaw's Shareholder's Guide Railway Manual and Directory 1857, complete with maps; a selection of works by Samuel Smiles, all handsomely bound, and a copy of The Post Chaise Companion or Travellers Directory through Ireland [1803], with maps and plates new to this edition. There will also be material commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916, and a collection of rare Ulster Unionist posters from the 1920s to the 1950s.  Add a comment

2.04.12. The PBFA's Haydock Park Fair on Saturday 14th April will be attended by up to 40 dealers, showing a wide variety of stock in the spacious surroundings of Haydock Park Racecourse. Further attractions are free parking and a full range of refreshments.  Add a comment

29.03.12. After cancelling the January Deal Book Fair because of her husband's knee replacement operation, Jenny Manning has confirmed her 2012 dates until September. She reminds us that it is a small friendly fair with dealers from all over Kent selling an eclectic mix of books, postcards and prints. Visitors should also note that this fair is now being held on  Saturdays.  Add a comment

23.03.12. This year's Wexford Festival Book Fair will take place at its usual venue, The Talbot Hotel, on Sunday November 4th.  Add a comment

23.03.12. Kim Jeffery has had to change the dates of two fairs due to the Olympics. The Bloomsbury Book Fair that was on August 12th is now August 19th, and the Etc Books, Maps, Prints and Ephemera Fair of 22nd July has had to be CANCELLED. This is due to Russell Square being used as a Media Hub for the Olympics, and being operational 24 hours a day seven days a week, there is restricted access to the area and no parking.  Add a comment

19.03.12. The ABA have announced that this year's London International Antiquarian Book Fair in May will have a record 161 exhibitors, and for the first time in it's 55 year history, it will be held in the larger National Hall at Olympia. Among the exhibitors from 15 countries will be 41 dealers attending for the first time, and 10 showing visual materials, such as maps and prints, compared to 2 in previous years. Fair Chairman, Brian Lake of Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers comments: "Stepping up to the National Hall is a big leap for the ABA in these uncertain economic times and I am really delighted with the trade's reaction - making this the third biggest book fair in the world." Full details can be found on the ABA Olympia website.  Add a comment

12.03.12. The Richmond Book Fair, which is now an established part of the town's week-long Walking and Book Festival, will be held on Sunday September 23rd.  Add a comment

5.03.12. A reminder that the Gerrards Cross Book Fair  takes place this Saturday, March 10th, under the new management of Etc Fair. Organiser Kim Jeffery says that hopefully the coming year will see many new exhibitors and visitors and all the usual favourites! She also points out that the venue has really excellent refreshments - another reason to visit. Doors open 10am,  and entry is 50p.  Add a comment

5.03.12. This year's Scottish Ornithologists' Club  Book Fair will be held on May 12th. As usual there will be there will be SOC stock, secondhand books, plus guest traders Jay Books and Shearwater Books.  Add a comment

1.03.12. The PBFA have announced a number of changes to their 2012 fairs calendar, most of which are due to factors beyond their control. The venues have changed for the fairs to be held in Lincoln, Sidmouth, Uppingham, and Cirencester. The Surrey Military Fair has moved to 3rd November from 10th November, and there will now be a Cheltenham Book Fair on Sunday 24th June, at Pittville Pump Rooms. And finally, the week-long Edinburgh Festival Fair, scheduled for 12th-18th August, has been cancelled.  Add a comment

28.02.12. Phil Goodyer says Val Biro will be attending the Midhurst Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair on March 11th, along with his veteran car gumdrop, to sign books and talk to customers.  Add a comment

28.02.12. Bookworms are in for a treat on March 3rd, when the annual Clitheroe Book Fair comes to the St Mary’s Centre, in Church Street. ... more  Add a comment

23.02.12. There will be a new Book, Postcard and Ephemera Fair held in purpose built luxury marquees in the Parish Gardens, Stockton Parish Church, on June 9th. For stand bookings and all other information please contact the organisers.  Add a comment

20.02.12. Many thanks to Brian Basden for pointing out that Colin Baker's Sherborne Book Fairs were missing from this year's calendar. Seems that Colin just forgot to send them in but they've been added now.  Add a comment

17.02.12. This year's Christian Aid Sale of books, pictures and collectables in Edinburgh will run from Saturday 12th May until Friday 18th May, with late night opening on Thursday 17th May.  Add a comment

13.02.12. There will be a Massive Charity Book Sale at the Village hall in Morston, Norfolk over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Organiser, Sally Metcalfe says that there will be thousands of secondhand books on all subjects and at all prices - something for everyone from the avid collector to the casual reader.  Add a comment

13.02.12. I've just added this year's Faversham Book Fair dates, the first of which is March 24th.  Add a comment

9.02.12. Charles Dickens came into the world on February 7th 1812 and on February 11th the PBFA's Durham Book Fair is showing one of the rarest examples of his novels. Bookseller Christian White of Modernfirsteditions is exhibiting an 1885 edition of Oliver Twist still with its original dustjacket. Mr White says 'it's very unusual to find any novel of this period in its printed jacket, but to locate one of the greatest novels in the language, Oliver Twist, is incredibly exciting.'  Add a comment

6.02.12. This year’s Epsom Charity Book Fair takes place from 16th to 18th February, with a dealers’ preview on the evening of Wednesday 15th February from 6pm to 9pm. Preview entrance £10. This popular and established sale of donated books is now in its 11th year and as ever, a vast range of carefully sorted, quality books will be on offer (last year in excess of 50,000) with plenty to interest dealers.   Add a comment

2.02.12. Kim Jeffery of Etc Fairs has announced that they have now taken over the Gerrards Cross Book Fair, formerly run by David Ford. This is a popular event, which runs 6 times a year at the Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross. The fair runs on Saturdays with the next fair taking place on March 10th 2012, the  doors open at 10am and close at 4pm,  and entrance is 50p. All enquiries should now be made to Etc Fair either by e-mail or telephone on 01707 872140.  Add a comment

31.01.12. Guildford Oxfam Fundraising Group are holding a sale of donated books on Saturday 18th February.  Add a comment

25.01.12. I've Just added the 2012 dates for the Bedale Book & Postcard Fair.  Add a comment

23.01.12. This year sees two dates for the Settle Charity Book Fair, April 4th and August 27th.  And I've just added the five dates for Pauline Walker's Leeds Book Fair.  Add a comment

19.01.12. Andy Weeks writes: 'Sadly with have not been able to secure the services of a caterer for our fairs (Mid Sussex Book Fair) scheduled for 2012, namely 28th April and 22nd September. With numbers attending also not being as high as hoped of late we have taken the decision to cancel them.'  Add a comment

16.01.12. This year's Brixworth Book Fair in Northamptonshire will be held on May 13th. As usual, there will be a wide range of interests, authors, antiquarian books, local history, including countryside pursuits, birds, flora and fauna, maps, art books, and especially books by the local author "BB" Denys Watkins-Pitchford (1905 - 1990).  Add a comment

13.01.12. Just added: David Mann's Wye Book Fair dates in Kent, and the two day Bradfield Charity Book Sale in Manningtree, Essex.  Add a comment

11.01.12. The dates for The 55th London International Antiquarian Book Fair have been announced and for the first time, the fair will take place in May ... more  Add a comment

11.01.12. I've just added Mark Richardson's only date so far for the West Kent Book Fair, which is Sunday October 14th.  Add a comment

4.01.12. The Macclesfield Heritage Centre Book Fair is a new quarterly event, the first of which will be held on Saturday February 18th. Organiser, Roger Treglown, describes it as 'small book fair held on behalf of the Silk Heritage Trust, located in the centre of town in a fine listed building, with a wonderful cafe! Lots of parking near the venue. Exhibitors include ABA and PBFA members - so quality is guaranteed.'  Add a comment

3.01.12. I've Just added the Tile Page Book Fair dates, the first of which is Dorking on January 29th.  Add a comment

3.01.12. Unfortunately the first fairs news of 2012 is the cancellation of Deal Book Fair on January 7th. Organiser, Jenny Manning's husband had a knee replacement operation on December 19th and won't be fit enough to do the necessary organisation. They hope to re-book the fair some time in February.  Add a comment