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California Book Fairs

February 20, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

Ahh, sunny California! From the moment I walked off the five hour flight into San Francisco International to when I left LAX this past Sunday, it was nothing but fair weather, but enough about that…

This year, the California International Antiquarian Bookfair, hosted by the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America (ABAA), was held in Pasadena, California. This year marks the sixth year at the new venue, the Pasadena Convention Center. However my trip started the week before. After a small stint in Napa, the San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair was held the weekend before the large fair. What is often considered the ‘shadow show’, this fair is usually a time for ABAA and non-affiliated members to get together, be among friends, and ease their way into the bookselling mindset.

After the show in South San Francisco, I made my way down to Pasadena on Super Bowl Sunday (E.A.G.L.E.S. EAGLES!) to the Westin Pasadena hotel. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers was hosting the bi-annual Congress in Pasadena this year, which was a nice way to lead up to the large ABAA show the following weekend. Having partake in the Congress, we got to visit notable places such as the Huntington Library, two notable private collectors of antiquarian books relating to science discoveries, UCLA’s Clark Library, the Gamble House, the Motion Picture Academy, and the Peterson Automotive Museum.

When the ILAB Congress and Pasadena show concluded (we even ran into one our authors, Margit Smith, of The Medieval Girdle Book), I hung up the bookseller’s hat and made my way back to the East Coast to start thinking about the New York book fair.

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[Photo: Margit J. Smith & Rob Fleck]

 

 

 

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