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)
The site of the 2003 Gold Rush Book Fair: Main Street Center Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, California
A gorgeous California Gold Country day provided the backdrop for the Third Annual GOLD RUSH BOOK FAIR, held on May 17, 2003, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley California. The single day fair hours were 10am to 5pm.
Holding the GRBF at the Nevada County Fairgrounds represented a change of venue, as the 2001 and 2002 Fairs were held at the Miners Foundry cultural Center in Nevada City. The venue change allowed for unlimited free parking, better lighting, better booth size and customer access, and better ingress and egress than the prior venue, and was greeted with enthusiasm by both dealers and the public.
The Arthur H. Clark Company’s Bob and Sheila Clark (2002 Honored Guest Bookseller) at the 2003 GRBF
Some 54 dealers in old, rare and out-of-print book and paper dealers filled the hall. There was a broad spectrum of material displayed, and in all price ranges, although it was apparent that the largest single category was Western Americana. There were approximately 700 attendees, approximately one-third of whom were enticed by the GRBF’s liberal free ticket policy. Each dealer is allotted up to 50 free tickets, in the size and weight of postcards, to be given to the dealers’ favorite customers. In addition, free tickets were given to members of The Book Club of California and The Sacramento Book Collectors Club. Several participating dealers requested and received large numbers of free tickets to be mailed with the dealers’ catalogues, distributed shortly before the GRBF.
Sales were mixed as usual. Three dealers told us confidentially that they had more dollar sales at the GRBF than they had ever had at any fair anywhere. Particularly encouraging was the number of high-end sales, with customers looking for legitimate and enduring values. Indeed, the quality of material displayed was impressive, and several dealers remarked that they regarded their buying at least as successful as their selling.
Each year, the Gold Rush Book Fair designates a dealer as its “Honored Guest Bookseller,” for “Ethical leadership and scholarship in American bookselling.” Past designees were William Reese Company of New Haven, and The Arthur H. Clark Company of Spokane. The 2003 designee was Emmett Harrington Fine Books of San Francisco. As Honored Guest Bookseller, Harrington occupied Booth #1 at the Fair and stayed at a local B&B, all compliments of the GRBF.
Honored Guest Booksellers Emmett and Bonnie Harrington attend customers at GRBF Booth #1
Participating dealers were treated to a Booksellers’ Banquet on the Friday night before the fair. The banquet is a sit-down affair, held at the historic Masonic Lodge in Nevada City. At the banquet, Emmett Harrington regaled the crowd with tales of his transition from full-time lawyer to full-time bookseller, including the compilation of his legendary catalogues. Prior to Harrington, the dealers listened attentively to remarks from Harold Berliner, Nevada City’s fine press printer and maker of lead type. Berliner, also a lawyer and the former District Attorney of Nevada County, stressed the importance of book dealers as “keepers of the flame” of preservation of books through the ages.
|Vic Zoschak of Tavistock Books with fellow bookseller Ed Glaser at the 2003 GRBF|
Next year, the Gold Rush Book Fair will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2004 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley California. Further information may be obtained by going to http://www.goldrushbookfair.com on the web. The Gold Rush Book Fair is produced by Hardy Books (http://www.hardybooks.com) of Nevada City, California.
|IOBA stalwart Gentleman Jim Arner traveled from The Book Ranch in Wyoming to display his goods at the GRBF|
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