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Articles - October - 2007 Issue

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair October 13th and 14th


The LaGuardia of bookfairs

By Bruce McKinney

The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, the annual opportunity for book manuscript and ephemera dealers to visit Seattle in October to display wares, visit old customers and meet new ones is scheduled for the weekend of October 13-14.

This year more than 90 dealers and organizations have signed-up with about 80% of last year's participants returning for the 2007 edition.

The book fair space is one of the nicest in the nation. It's in the Seattle Center Pavilion on the site of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Ample parking, cotton candy and carnival rides are provided nearby.

As is the show's tradition there is a get-together dinner on the Friday evening before the show. This year the speaker is Anne Bromer, co-owner of Bromer Booksellers who will speak on Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures. For those who want still more on these tiny things there is a two-day event in town the same weekend, the Miniature Book Society Grand Conclave XXV. On Saturday the Lewis Carroll Society of North America is meeting at the Seattle Public Library.


The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair http://www.seattlebookfair.com/

Miniature Book Society: http://www.mbs.org/conclave.htm

The Lewis Carroll Society:

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