Spring 2004 (Vol V, No. 1) Table of Contents
- What’s your best price?
- Editor’s Swan Song & Announcement of New Editor(s)
- eBay Bookselling
- Campaign to Amend USA Patriot Act Grows
- Advance Look at 2004’s Big Bookselling Story: Amend Section 215 of the Patriot Act
- Buying And Selling Autographed Books – Past, Present & Future
- Safe shopping on eBay?
- Ain’t No Gold In Them There Hills – Book Buying in Appalachia
- New Age Book Sellers
- Things You Don’t Know Can Cramp Your Style
- Searching for Ulysses in Greek Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation
- Current Stats for Used Book Market
- Libraries I Have Known and Loved
- Forgotten Americana – The Women’s Suffrage Movement
- Ephemeral Assays: George the First
- Setting Up Your Own Internet Book Store
- Touring the Library of Congress
- Samuel T. Freeman’s Catalog: Pros/Cons of CD vs. Print Version
- The Alibris Pricing Tool
- IOBA Q & A Column and an unanswered question
- New Price Guide for Paperbacks Available
- Trade Names
- BookWriter Professional: Flagship Software for Booksellers
- 15th NYC Collectable Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo
- 31st Annual Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair
- A Michigan undertaker/poet deals with the humor and pathos of death
- New York Is Book Country Fair
- Seattle Fair Continues Success in a Tough Economy and Looks to Future Additions
- 19th Annual Denver Book Fair
- Fall 2003 MARIAB Book Fair: Making a Regional Fair Work
- Sacramento Book Fair
- Pasadena Book Fair
- The Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide To Choosing Your Tattoo
- 25th Annual Colorado Book Market Seminar
- Postcards of Nursing: A Worldwide Tribute
- Burke’s Dave Robicheaux Chases Demons Down Purple Cane Road
- Walter Mosley, Sharan Newman And Monterey, Too! That’s What Left Coast Crime 2004 Promises
- Book Deodorizer
- Changes at TitlesDirect.com, Inc.
- Rozan’s Winter and Night WinsTop 2003 Macavity Mystery Award
- Hijacking Elvis Cole & Joe Pike Is a Crime, Claims Popular Mystery Author Robert Crais
- New Features at TomFolio.com
- Books & Collectibles Updated Services
- ChooseBooks.com Celebrates First Anniversary and continues to expand services
- Global Book Mart: New Fee Schedule in 2004
|The booth of the Rochester Historical Society, the fair’s sponsoring organization, was a popular stop.|
The sighs of relief from organizers were palpable. The 2003 Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair was under new management, in a new location, and had a new sponsoring agency. But the fair exceeded expectations, drawing a significantly higher number of patrons than it did in 2002. You could almost hear the fingers uncrossing.
The recently formed Rochester Area Booksellers Association had had its hands full. Following the 2002 fair, the Friends of the University of Rochester Library announced that they would no longer be able to sponsor the book fair. Add that to dealers’ disaffection with problems at the former site at St. John Fisher College, and there began to be some question as to whether the fair would continue. But RABA members ponied up front money and divvied up the tasks of finding a new location (the Genesee Valley Ice Rink), securing dealers, sending out contracts, advertising, and obtaining a new not-for-profit sponsor (the Rochester Historical Society). The Rochester Bibliophile Society provided staffers for the admissions table, and the ABAA graciously funded the hiring of two musicians, who soothed savage bibliomaniacs all afternoon.
|Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson (right) and local author and historian Donovan Shilling look over an offering at the Gutenberg Books booth.|
The result was a well-attended, well-lit book fair, in a congenial atmosphere that brought little but praise from 600 paying customers and fifty dealers alike. There was a brisk dealer-to-dealer trade on set-up night, and the commerce on the day of the fair, judging from the amount of change-making I observed at various booths, was very good as well. In addition to the many fine offerings of regional dealers, attendees were treated to some breathtaking literary firsts brought by Royal Books of Baltimore, Between the Covers of New Jersey, Peter Stern of Boston and Rob Rulon-Miller of St. Paul (who won the longest-haul no-prize). Thomas Benton’s boothful of rare Americana (featured in a recent issue of Book Source Monthly) also generated a good deal of interest. I spotted some nice out-of-the-way items, including a 1915 first printing of the Boy Scout scoutmaster’s handbook, a set of page proofs from William Strunk’s original 1918 Elements of Style, and a gorgeous pre-Civil War territorial atlas, all at extremely reasonable prices (giving the lie to the misconception that, because of Internet comparison-pricing, there are no longer bargains to be had at book fairs).
Refreshments ran out early as the manager of the food-vendor service confessed he’d had no idea how big the turn-out was going to be, and had only stocked a rudimentary supple of snack food. “But next year,” he said, “we’re gonna have calamari.”
Guitarist Stephen Smith provides some background sounds, courtesy of a music grant for the fair from the ABAA.
Jim Malley of Mercury Posters talks to fair patron Ed Locke of Marion, NY.
The large antique state map in Dennis and Janet Seekins’ Quiet Friends booth was one of the fair’s most eye-catching items.
“The calm before…” The morning before the show opened.
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