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Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair 2017 

The annual Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair is a one day event that will take place on Saturday, June 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and has always been held the last Saturday in June.  The fair attracts an eclectic mix of antiquarian book dealers offering a wide variety of rare and used books on many subjects, including maps, prints, ephemera and post cards.  Admission is $4.00.  The fair has been held in the gymnasium of the Clark Sports Center on Susquehanna Avenue in Cooperstown since the fair’s beginning over twenty years ago.  The Sports Center has just completed a multi-year renovation and the gym is now air conditioned with plenty of immediately adjacent free parking – a plus in the village of Cooperstown which draws so many vacationers to its museums and the Glimmerglass Festival that parking is sometimes a problem.

Among the dealers this year are several local booksellers including Leatherstalking Books, Wm. Adams Books (Hobart), and Willis Monie, who has been one of the organizers of the fair since its inception.  Booksellers from New York state, New England, the Mid-Atlantic region and Ohio will be participating –  to explore the list of exhibitors and their specialties you may visit their website.

The fair is sponsored by the Cooperstown Foundation for Excellence in Education (CFEE), an organization that raises funds to support various activities benefiting pupils in the Cooperstown public schools.  For more information call (800) 322-2995 or (607) 437-5054.

Albany Book Fair Revived   (submitted by Garry Austin)

Dear Friends & Colleagues:

It is my great pleasure to announce that the Albany Book Fair is back after a two year hiatus!  The Albany Institute of History & Art is once again our sponsor and this year’s fair will be held November 26, 2017 at the Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Avenue Ext. Albany NY. The PCC is a well known destination and is home to a number of events, the DAR Antique Show; the Albany Stamp & Coin Show, the Train Show and a number of other well established and well attended fairs and shows. You'll find their exhibition space more akin to a hotel ballroom – carpeted, well-lit and without stairs or other impediments to hinder easy access. There is also a well regarded restaurant specializing in Polish cuisine but with a wide array of offerings.  They offer a private lot with ample parking and an electronic marquis along the street that will annouce the fair weeks in advance.

Please contact us for an information sheet that will explain set-up, show times, booth sizes and fees.  Move-in should be hassle-free with easy access to exhibition space from the private parking lot.  There will be porters available for your use and a show equipment provider will make available both counter and wall display cases and pegboard units on a rental basis. We will provide you with a price sheet directly from them. The Albany Community has always embraced the book fair in the past and we expect solid support this year. 

Once again we will be well represented as an underwriter of WAMC Radio, the NPR organ that blankets the entire Hudson Valley, the Capital District, the Southern Adirondacks, Western Massachusetts and Vermont. Print ads will appear in the Albany area newspapers.  We will maintain both an Albany Book Fair website and a Facebook Page.  We will try to honor any reasonable request to make this show a more pleasurable experience for you and are available for your questions at our shop at (802) 464-8438, or you may e-mail us at any time at mail@austinsbooks.com. Visit the show website at www.albanybookandpaperfair.com.  We look forward to seeing you in Albany in November.  

Sincerely, 

Garry Austin (Fair Manager)
 

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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