Fall 2003 (Vol. IV, No. 3) Table of Contents
- Call for Replacement Cancelled!! New editor on the way
- New Orleans Mysteries Are Music to My Ears!
- Trussell’s Books and Book Collecting Site, and EcletiCity
- Penny selling
- The New Three Rs: Readin’, Ritin’ & Rote
- Book Cover Designs From A Century Ago Inspire A New Line of Personalized Bookplates
- Using online-offerings by antiquarian booksellers in the library
- Addiction or?
- Sort, Throw, Save, Publish?
- Family Ephemera
- Bookselling – Past And Present, On and Off Line
- Nevermore – How it Started
- The Return of AB Bookman
- The Supreme Court Upholds the Children’s Internet Protection Act
- Neither a Collector Nor a Saver Be
- Global Book Town, and Ken’s Book Rack
- Ephemeral Assays-Paper Rooseveltiana
- Reading and collecting Science Fiction Books in the GDR – A personal view
- Book Review: Prelude To Tragedy – Vietnam: 1960-65
- Palm Leaf Books
- BookExpo America Draws Excellent Crowds in L.A., Wows Your IOBA Reporter
- Bar codes in the Used-Book Business
- Printer’s Row- Always An Adventure!
- Cooperstown NY Antiquarian Book Fair, June 28th
- Gold Rush Book Fair, held May 17, 2003
- San Diego 15th Annual Open Air Book Fair
- The Classiest Book Fair in the Midwest
- So you want to be a bookseller?
- Midwest Bookhunter’s Spring Book Fair
- IOBA Q & A Column
- Book Seminars and Book Towns
- 2003 DIY Book Festival Open To Independent Publishers, Authors
- Enjoy Cable-Free Net Access With Wi-Fi Mobile Technology
- Proposed Reference Book Workshop, Fall 2003
- Bibliology, and other smaller book databases
- 2003 Macavity Award Nominees Named
- Deanna Ramsey : Hosting & Site Design for Booksellers
- Early Registrants Get Perks at Left Coast Crime 2004
- Book review: Judgement by Wade Hunter
- Book review: Department Thirty by David Kent
- ChooseBooks.com has been busy adding new services this summer
- BiblioDirect has a new look!
- A Last Minute Rant From The Editor (no editor’s notes this issue)
Overview of the beautiful ballroom
Well, at least I think so. The Ann Arbor Antiquarian Booksellers Association was proud to sponsor the 25th Annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, in conjunction with the Clements Library, on Sunday May 18th, 2003. Held in the beautiful wood-paneled Ballroom of the University of Michigan Student Union, the book fair was attended by about 40 dealers from around the Midwest.
It’s a long day and a short book fair; the fair opened to the public at 11 am and closed at 4pm. There were just under 500 customers.
|Book Fair buddies|
Dealers lined up early outside the Union to wait their turn at the loading dock, which is located right next to the giant trash bins for the Union. A lovely aroma to inhale as you unload your van. Hmm… doesn’t sound very classy to me, you might be thinking to yourself, ah… but that is on the way to the ballroom. The efficient unloading crew made quick work of it and the stop near the dumpster was brief, albeit fragrant.
Dealers were treated to catered breakfast buffet of fruit and danishes, and bagels and muffins. Then, after a brief repast, the book fair was opened by the booming voice of John Harriman, a Clements Librarian, who heralded the dealers and customers alike with his great voice (a favorite part of the bookfair for me) saying “Ladies and Gentleman, The 25th Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair is now open!” It’s the coolest moment of the fair, if you ask me.
|Julie Ellen Sheldon & Ray Walsh in a quiet moment|
The exciting thing about this book fair is that right when it starts, the Clements Library is having a sale also right inside the door of the book fair- the book fair partially raises money for the Clements Library and so even though the fair has opened, many dealers can be found in front of the Clement’s tables making stacks of books and rare paper items to purchase.
While this fair is much more of a ‘mellow’ book fair than many in the Midwest, it still has a much to offer. One couple who came from Pennsylvania to attend the book fair were very pleased with their purchases and happy to have made the 250-mile trip. Book fair manager Jay Platt had met the couple at the Akron book fair and encouraged them to attend the Ann Arbor fair. They planned to make a day of it and walk to some of the bookstores in the downtown area, as well.
After a wonderful luncheon of cold cuts and pasta salad in the dealer room, it was time to go back to our booths and wait for the end of the show and for John Harriman to proclaim, “Ladies and Gentleman, The Book Fair is now closed. Thank you and have a good day.” Now, that’s class.
|Liz Sullivan shows off a Maurice Sendak calendar|
|Another view of the ballroom|
Browser checking out the wares on the stage
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