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2018 San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair  (submitted by Nancy Johnson)

Nancy Johnson Events Management LLC is delighted to announce the venue and dates for our 2018 San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair.  The event will be a two-day Friday & Saturday Fair on February 2-3, 2018.   We have chosen a superb location, the  South San Francisco Conference Center, and are making plans  to have this location for many years to come. 

The largest independent Book & Paper Fair in the country, the San Francisco Fair has been a fixture on the bay scene for over three decades.  We acquired the fair from Walter Larsen & Associates in 2011, and our first event was 2012.   Antiquarian booksellers as well as events producers, we assisted Walter Larsen in his 2008 and 2010 Fairs.  No association or organization affiliation is required to participate in the event.   

Dealers from through the world will participate, bringing material that ranges from rare antiquarian books and manuscripts to contemporary signed editions, pop culture, prints, posters and ephemera.   Buyers from Asia and Australia/New Zealand, in addition to Canadian and European buyers, will make the Fair a “must attend” on opening day.   

The selection of the South San Francisco Conference Center will encourage collectors from the Silicon Valley region to attend, and it is convenient for customers from San Francisco itself and the East Bay.  The Conference Center  is a first-class facility, a venue we have had in our sights for some time.  There is excellent lighting, a carpeted interior, free parking, wi-fi, and electronic interior mini-billboards to assist visitors in locating items of interest.  Sponsorship on the billboards will be available to non-exhibitors as well.  Also, there will be complimentary shuttle service from BART, easy vehicle access just off US 101, San Francisco International Airport adjacent, and 38 hotels within fifteen minutes of the Center.

A renowned poster artist, Kit Hinrichs of Studio Hinrichs, San Francisco, will once again create the “Antiquarian A” as logo for the 2018 Fair.  His previous Book Fair posters have won design awards in Print Magazine and Graphis.  As we move toward 2018, the web-site will contain lists of exhibitors, material that will be offered  and information on seminars and special events.  For more information, please contact Nancy Johnson (650) 773-4824.

Hobart Book Village

Hay-on-Wye established itself as the first book town in the world and remains the most famous thanks to the pioneering efforts and promotional talents of Richard Booth.  Other rural villages have tried to emulate that model but few have had lasting success.  Book towns are essentially cooperative efforts and the fact that many have been launched to great fanfare and later faded to oblivion points out the obvious – initial passion needs to be sustained by dedication and hard work.  One success that was featured over in the Guardian, delves into the interesting back story about how the Hobart Book Village came to be and how, after more than 10 years, it continues to thrive. 




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