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Boston Book Fair Recap by James

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

You know you’re off to a good start when the van refuses to. So after waiting over an hour to get a new, non-corroded battery (in which time a dog’s life was saved; his owner was very thankful), we were off. I could give a play by play of the van ride up, but it amounts to a lot of searching for a good radio station and sitting. Anyway, it was a good thing we left and arrived the day before the unloading was scheduled. Otherwise, we probably wouldn’t have made it in time. Oh well, at least the view from the Sheraton was nice.

The glamorous life of a book dealer.

In the evening after the unloading there was a reception for exhibitors at the Boston Athenaeum, which by all accounts is a lovely building. Unfortunately, due to the worst traffic I’ve ever seen (exaggeration) we didn’t get to look around much, but instead floated amongst people and mingled. That was still a nice time.

Friday, it was work time. The books were all in the exhibition hall, but they had to be unpacked and put up on display. It took a little longer than it probably should have, but we received compliments throughout the show about how nice our setup was.

The pictures don’t really do our display justice since we were shifting books throughout the weekend. Sadly, there wasn’t much time to take pictures while the fair was open, so there are no pictures of how crowded our booth got at times.

All in all this fair was a good experience talking to our customers face to face, sometimes bringing in new customers, and meeting some other dealers. It’s definitely something I would do again given the chance.

-James

Back from the Boston Book Fair

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

The Fleck men at the Boston Book Fair

It’s always nice coming back from a book fair. It’s even better coming back when you consider it a success. Why was it a success you ask; well not only did we sell enough to meet quota, we also bought some very interesting items. One item was a rare Italian type specimen book printed in the mid 1800s in Savona, Italy. The second item was a very beautiful periodical printed in Norway with paper specimens spread out over multiple issues. All of this comes in the original publisher’s box holding all of the issues.

My father also got to hear Michael Suarez give a talk titled “The Ecosystems of Book History,” which was about the survival of the book and the role of booksellers in the future. Of course, he offered up his optimistic opinion during the Q&A session that the younger generations are still interested in the book arts, which gives a reason to believe that they have a future. In my personal opinion, I did feel that there were more younger people (college and grad school students) than usual showing up in our booth to take a look at antiquarian material. I guess the real question is: why is that? I feel that the resurgence of book arts classes at colleges around the world is creating this lust for antiquarian books among younger generations, but who am I to guess?

-Rob, Antiquarian & Library Sales