The Pasadena Book Fair February 7-9

- by Bruce E. McKinney

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The crowd at Pasadena will be motivated.

The 53rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to Pasadena, California February 7-9.  It features booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.  As in recent years, the show is being held at the spacious Pasadena Convention Center where more than 160 dealers from xx countries and yy states will be offering collectible material for sale.  In 2020, on the west coast, this is the year’s most important event.

 

This show has two objectives; to provide encouragement to collectors, and opportunities for the larger community to celebrate the beauty and power of collectable paper.  Where once there were hundreds of old and rare book shops to attract nascent collectors in California, these days, with significant sales online and at auction, this and other fairs have embraced the need to provide in-person experiences for both the new and experienced collector.

 

As in past years while the show is ongoing there will be seminars.

 

Saturday, February 8

FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OF WOMEN'S WORK
1:00 PM: Women's work. The phrase usually conjures up domestic duties or occupations largely associated with women-such as teaching, nursing, or housekeeping. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection at Duke University's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture upends those associations. By bringing together materials from across the centuries, Baskin reveals what has been hidden—that Western women have long pursued a startling range of careers and vocations and that through their work they have supported themselves, their families, and the causes they believed in. Lisa Unger Baskin leads an illustrated talk about collecting this unique material, how crucial her relationship to the book trade was in the process, and the scholarship involved in the catalogue that introduced it to the public. Presented by the Bibliographical Society of America and ABAA.

3:00 PM: PROFILES IN SUFFRAGE: DEPICTIONS OF WOMEN AND THEIR STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this panel discussion will explore the people, the movements, and the literature that helped women win the vote and how women have been depicted in literature.

Panelists:
Discussion moderated by best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy-winning reporter Patt Morrison (Los Angeles Times, NPR)

Ellen Carol DuBois is a professor of history and gender studies who retired in 2017 from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. She is the author of numerous books on the subject of suffrage, including Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote (2020), which was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

Lisa See is the author of numerous best-selling books, including On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), which was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa's great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year- old godfather of Los Angeles's Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.

Bookseller Miranda Garno Nesler earned her PhD in literature and gender studies from Vanderbilt University and is the director of women's history and the institutional liaison for Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena.

Sunday, February 9

SOMETHING WONDERFUL THIS WAY CAME: 100 YEARS OF RAY BRADBURY
12:00 PM: Honoring the centennial of the celebrated science fiction writer Ray Bradbury's birth, our panel of experts explores his mastery of the subject and enduring legacy. This event is moderated by David Kipen, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kipen opened the Boyle Heights lending library Libros Schmibros in 2010, contributed to multiple volumes of California cultural history, and teaches in the UCLA writing program.

Panelists:
Steven Paul Leiva, author, film producer, and long-time friend of Ray Bradbury, is the author of Searching for Ray Bradbury (2013). Levia was the lead organizer of Ray Bradbury Week (2010) and involved in the naming of Ray Bradbury Square in Los Angeles, as well as the dedication of the Ray Bradbury Room at Palms-Rancho Park Library.

John F. Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library and Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees, hosted the naming of Ray Bradbury Square in Los Angeles.

Tim Powers, bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy (On Stranger Tides, Last Call, Anubis Gates), is the two-time winner of both the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick awards. His novel, On Stranger Tides, was adapted into the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean film of the same name (2011).

Obadiah Baird, owner of The Book Bin in Salem Oregon, is a specialist in rare and collectible science fiction, fantasy and horror. He also edits and publishes The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy.

DISCOVERY DAY
1:30 – 3:00 PM: Discovery Day is open to the public, free with paid admission. Exhibitors will offer interested individuals an opportunity to receive free appraisals on up to three books. Appraisals are available on a first-come, first-served basis within the scheduled times.

Note: personal appraisal items cannot be taken into the in exhibition hall and should be safely held at coat check.

 

 Fair hours

Friday, February 7, 2020 • 3 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020 • 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020 • 11 am to 5 pm

 

$25: Preview on Friday 7th (includes Saturday and Sunday)
$15: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th

  • Students: $5.00 off admission (with current valid ID)
  • ABAA and ILAB members: Free admission (with membership card)

Use your California Book Fair ticket stub for $5 discount into the Huntington Library during February 2020.

 

Here is a link to the show’s website:  https://www.cabookfair.com/

 

A list of exhibitors:

 

 

 

Company

Booth No.

     
 

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc.

108

     
 

Nick Adams & Co. Rare Books

110

     
 

aGatherin'

112

     
 

Charles Agvent

602

     
 

Antiquariat Aix-la-Chapelle

717

     
 

Amanda Hall Rare Books

709

     
 

Libreria de Antan?o LLC

417

     
 

Aquila Books

823

     
 

Argonaut Book Shop

413

     
 

James Arsenault & Company

821

     
 

Athena Rare Books

418

     
 

Auger Down Books

204

     
 

B & B Rare Books, Ltd.

815

     
 

Back of Beyond Books

517

     
 

Antiquariat Michael Banzhaf

705

     
 

Bauman Rare Books

206

     
 

Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd

814

     
 

Antiquariat Reinhold Berg eK

217

     
 

David Bergman

209

     
 

Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc.

618

     
 

Biblioctopus

617

     
 

Carl Blomgren Fine Books

118

     
 

Bolerium Books

419

     
 

The Book Bin Inc.

708

     
 

Bookbid Rare Books

803

     
 

Booklegger’s Fine Books

613

     
 

The Bookpress, Ltd.

103

     
 

Books of Wonder

111

     
 

BOOKTRST

202

     
 

Bookvica

405

     
 

Antiquariat Botanicum

218

     
 

Taylor Bowie

105

     
 

David Brass Rare Books, Inc.

813

     
 

Burnside Rare Books

805

     
 

Pablo Butcher

112

     
 

Caroliniana

609

     
 

Carpe Diem Fine Books

403

     
 

Jeffrey D. Carr

607

     
 

Rodolphe Chamonal

601

     
 

Chanticleer Books

402

     
 

Coconut Rose Rare Books

306

     
 

Daniel Crouch Rare Books, LLC

604

     
 

Cultural Images

211

     
 

James Cummins Bookseller Inc.

215

     
 

Robert Dagg Rare Books

415

     
 

Dark Parks Books & Collectibles

505

     
 

Davar Antiquarian Books

710

     
 

Dawson's Book Shop

410

     
 

De Wolfe & Wood

203

     
 

Nat Des Marais Rare Books

116

     
 

Eclectibles

718

     
 

Christopher Edwards

818

     
 

Scott Emerson Books

511

     
 

Evening Star Books

101

     
 

First Folio

101

     
 

Foldvari Books

406

     
 

Wilfrid M. de Freitas - Bookseller

506

     
 

Robert Frew Ltd.

615

     
 

Elena Gallego Rare Books LLC

310

     
 

Garcia-Garst, Booksellers

102

     
 

Gilann Books

602

     
 

Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books

611

     
 

James Graham, Bookseller

714

     
 

Hackenberg Booksellers

411

     
 

David A. Hamilton Americana Books

612

     
 

Peter Harrington

501

     
 

Donald A. Heald Rare Books, Prints & Maps

824

     
 

Heartwood Books And Art

810

     
 

Heritage Book Shop, LLC

512

     
 

Sandra L Hoekstra Bookseller

216

     
 

Hordern House Rare Books

702

     
 

House of Mirth Photos

107

     
 

John Howell for Books

212

     
 

HS Rare Books

616

     
 

Imperial Fine Books, Inc.

307

     
 

Antiquariat Inlibris Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH

605

     
 

James S. Jaffe Rare Books

611

     
 

Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers

119

     
 

Johanson Rare Books

304

     
 

Johnson Rare Books & Archives

608

     
 

Jonkers Rare Books

812

     
 

Kaaterskill Books

203

     
 

Kagerou Bunko

213

     
 

Kenneth Karmiole Bookseller, Inc.

809

     
 

The Kelmscott Bookshop

305

     
 

Ben Kinmont, Bookseller

716

     
 

Eric Chaim Kline Bookseller

407

     
 

John W. Knott, Jr. Bookseller

408

     
 

Kotte Autographs

606

     
 

Langdon Manor Books, LLC

117

     
 

Bill Leone, Bookseller

715

     
 

JF Letenneur Livres Rares

806

     
 

Liber Antiquus, Early Books & Manuscripts

801

     
 

Locus Solus Rare Books

817

     
 

Lucius Books

820

     
 

Lux Mentis, Booksellers

504

     
 

Herman H.J. Lynge & Son A/S

701

     
 

Maggs Bros. Ltd.

404

     
 

Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts

105

     
 

Jeffrey D. Mancevice, Inc.

719

     
 

Jeffrey H. Marks Rare Books

315

     
 

Marlborough Rare Books Ltd.

103

     
 

Martayan Lan Rare Books & Maps

502

     
 

MARTINEZ D.

113

     
 

McBride Rare Books

816

     
 

Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, Inc.

811

     
 

Meda Riquier Rare Books Ltd.

409

     
 

Midway Rare Books

603

     
 

Howard S. Mott, Inc.

106

     
 

J. B. Muns, Fine Arts Books & Musical Autographs

414

     
 

Musinsky Rare Books, Inc.

317

     
 

Nudelman Rare Books

109

     
 

Oak Knoll Books

713

     
 

Ohya-Shobo co.,Ltd

207

     
 

Pacific Coast Books

825

     
 

Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscrip

711

     
 

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books & Manus

401

     
 

Bud Plant & Hutchison Books

826

     
 

Nicholas Potter -- Bookseller

120

     
 

Powell's Books Chicago

412

     
 

John Price Antiquarian Books

807

     
 

PY Rare Books

814

     
 

Bernard Quaritch Ltd.

614

     
 

Max Rambod, Inc.

819

     
 

John Randall Books

416

     
 

Rare Books Le Feu Follet

802

     
 

Rare Photo Gallery

822

     
 

Janette Ray Bookseller

804

     
 

Read'Em Again Books

507

     
 

ReadInk

114

     
 

William Reese Company

703

     
 

Walter Reuben, Inc.

219

     
 

Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscript

302

     
 

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique M

301

     
 

Rulon-Miller Books

313

     
 

Sanctuary Books

210

     
 

Ken Sanders Rare Books

610

     
 

Sawtooth Books

715

     
 

Antiquariaat Schierenberg

706

     
 

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

508

     
 

Marc Selvaggio, Books & Ephemera

516

     
 

Shapero Rare Books Ltd

503

     
 

Sims Reed Ltd

509

     
 

Ralph Sipper Books

214

     
 

Sokol Books Ltd.

514

     
 

SOPHIA ∑ RARE BOOKS

704

     
 

Benjamin Spademan

510

     
 

David Spilman Fine Books

121

     
 

Antiquariat Michael Steinbach

308

     
 

Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc.

314

     
 

Douglas Stewart Fine Books

311

     
 

Swan's Fine Books

104

     
 

Tavistock Books

312

     
 

Ten Pound Island Book Co.

308

     
 

Michael R. Thompson, Bookseller

808

     
 

Thorn Books

202

     
 

Triolet Rare Books

309

     
 

Tschanz Rare Books

816

     
 

Vagabond Books

712

     
 

Walkabout Books

518

     
 

W.P. Watson Antiquarian Books

316

     
 

Michael R. Weintraub, Inc.

707

     
 

White Fox Rare Books and Antiques

303

     
 

Whitmore Rare Books, Inc.

513

     
 

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

201

     
 

Zephyr Used & Rare Books

115

     
 

ZH Books

515