The numbers of book fairs have been declining but they are great fun and worth supporting. The widespread closing of bookshops adds to their importance for they are now more than ever, the best and often the only way to meet dealers. For many book buyers the Internet is an acceptable way to find collectible books but every buyer has a threshold beyond which professional perspective about objects becomes important. Book fairs are a way to find this expertise, make connections and renew friendships, and of course find interesting material.
They are listed in date order:
Vegas Valley Book Fest Thursday – Saturday November 1st-3rd. Reno, Nevada. This is the 11th annual show.
Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair. November 2-3.
The Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Road [Opposite Sydney Street]
London, UK SW3 5EE
Buckeye Book Fair. Saturday November 3rd.
Wooster, Ohio. This is the 25th annual fair
Long Island Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. November 3rd and 4th
Sat. 11-6, Sun. 11-4
Hofstra University Student Center Multi Purpose Room 101, 200 Hofstra Drive, Hempstead, NY 11549
Fine Press Book Association, Oxford, UK. November 5th and 6th
The exhibitors will include private presses from the UK, the Americas, Russia, Asia, and continental Europe, as well as dealers in fine press books, suppliers of fine printing materials, and related societies.
Kentucky Book Fair. November 9th and 10th.
Fri.-Sat., November 9-10. Frankfort, Ky. The book fair is Kentucky's premier literary event. Each year some150 authors attend and autograph copies of their latest book. Between 4,000 and 5,000 patrons attend and gross sales annually top $120,000. This year's book fair is the 31th annual.
Connecticut Children’s Book Fair. Sat.-Sun., November 10-11. Storrs, Conn.. The Connecticut Children's Book Fair brings together prominent children's authors and illustrators and the general public in an annual event designed to foster the enjoyment of children's literature. This is the 21th annual Connecticut Children's Book Fair.
The Miami Book Fair International. Presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. November 11-18. Many exhibitors.
Sun.-Sun., November 11-18. Miami, Fla. The model for so many other book fairs and festivals, this one draws hundreds of thousands of people. The street fair runs Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, and the writer events run the whole week
36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
November 16th to 18th. Hynes Convention Center,
International Book Fair in Vienna November 22nd to November 25th
Buch Wien 12
Guadalajara International Book Fair. Sat.-Sun., November 24-December 2. This is the 26th annual gathering of the preeminent Spanish-language book fair. The Guest of Honor is Chile. The show is open to the public November 24-30 and December 1-2 and open to the trade only November 26-28.