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Published on 15 April 2016



23 APRIL 2016

What do a film star, literacy problems in South Sudan, and 1,800 booksellers on 5 continents have in common? They are some of the essential components of a worldwide chain of events to create a more literate world. On 23 April the affiliates of the International League of Antiquarian Bookseller's (ILAB) will again celebrate UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day with a series of spectacular and extraordinary bookish events - one after another around the world.

Last year, on just one day on 23 April 2015 ILAB booksellers worked together in one big celebration. Across the world they decided to think global and act local by holding ILAB Pop Up Fairs - book presentations, lectures, exhibitions, performances, appraisals - within their local communities and coordinating their efforts under ILAB's roof. The worldwide celebrations held at most busy and sometimes really unexpected places like woolsheds, boats, campervans, clubs and skyscrapers made a global impact. The ILAB booksellers raised well over 10,000 Euros, which bought 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper for the South Sudanese children - delivered by UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI).

In 2016 the ILAB booksellers will do this again... and they will do even more!

From Australia to Japan and (for the very first time!) to the Republic of Korea, further on to Cape Town in South Africa, Moscow and all over Europe to New York, Chicago and the Pacific North West Coast the ILAB booksellers will once again bring rare books to the people, celebrating literacy, raising funds for UNESCO's and American actor Forest Whitaker's literacy projects in South Sudan, and commemorating noteworthy literary anniversaries: on 23 April 400 years ago, SHAKESPEARE and CERVANTES died - a historical coincidence which will be remembered with special Pop Up Exhibitions and Fairs in Paris, Madrid and Sydney as part of the worldwide ILAB/UNESCO celebrations.


... and anywhere else in the world where you decide to be a part of it!


SYDNEY: This year, being the 400th anniversary of both Shakespeare's and Cervantes' death, there is no better place for East Coast Australian booksellers to pop up than the State Library of New South Wales. The Library, proud of their collections of both Shakespeare and Cervantes including 1,100 different editions of Don Quixote in various languages, will be celebrating all things SHAKESPEAREan on Saturday 23 April. The Australian booksellers will join the library with the first in a series of 30 ILAB Pop Ups on that day, officially launched by State Librarian Dr Alex Byrne.  > Sydney goes Shakespearean

DUNKELD: There are two women booksellers far away in the Australian bush who decided not only to join their colleagues at the ILAB Pop Up Fair in Sydney, but also to raise funds for the UNESCO literacy projects in their bookshops at home in the weeks leading up to UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2016. So, if you come across an empty bookcase poster in Dunkeld, Country Victoria, help Roz Greenwood and Marg Phillips of Roz Greenwood Old And Rare Books raise funds to support literacy in South Sudan! > Dunkeld bookshop features empty bookcase posters

PERTH, in Western Australia, is the most remote capital city in the world - and one of the loveliest. In 1962 Perth became world famous as the "City of Light" when the inhabitants lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth in his spaceship. This year Perth booksellers will shine a light on literacy and hold a Pop Up Fair in the courtyard of the beautiful two story heritage listed stables where Muir Books is located. > Perth booksellers pop up in the City of Light

CANBERRA: Popping up in VERY unexpected places - on 5 continents, in all languages, bringing the books to the people and fighting for a more literate world. This is ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016. One of the most unusual places where ILAB booksellers pop up can be found in Canberra, where the owners at Curves Belconnen help their customer and Australian bookseller Sally Burdon to raise funds for UNESCO's and Forest Whitaker literacy projects in South Sudan. > Popping up in VERY unexpected places



TOKYO: At their general meeting in April, shortly before UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2016, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan and their President will officially launch the ILAB Pop Up Celebrations in Japan.

ALL ACROSS JAPAN: From Tokyo to Kyoto, Sapporo, Osaka and Kumamoto the Japanese rare book dealers will join the great chain of worldwide bookish events on 23 April by decorating special Pop Up Book Fair Windows with a fine selection of rare books and Empty Bookcase Posters in their shops to raise money for the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan.

TOKYO: The World Antiquarian Book Plaza is located in Tokyo's city centre, five minutes away from the famous Ginza, and will once again be the elegant venue for an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair on World Book and Copyright Day 2016, organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ). > Pop up in Japan!


SEOUL, PUSAN, DAEGU: Find rare and fine books, get in contact with antiquarian booksellers in Seoul, Pusan and Daegu! For the first time ever, the ILAB dealers in the Republic of Korea will join their colleagues worldwide on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 23 April 2016. Korean booksellers will organize Pop Up Fairs in prominent places in their capital Seoul as well as in the second biggest Korean city Pusan and in the city of Daegu. > Explore the Asian world of bibliophily


MOSCOW: Enjoy lectures, talks, special exhibitions, book binding, a game for children and an auction of books about books, organized by the Russian antiquarian booksellers. > Books for all generations. The Russian booksellers pop up at Biblio-Globus


CAPE TOWN: After the successful launch in 2015, Paul Mills and will participate once again in the international 24 hour chain of ILAB Pop Up Events. In association with Penguin Random House, they will host a talk with Susan Buchanan, author of the recently published "Burchell's Travels: The Life, Art and Journeys of William John Burchell"; visitors and the general public will be invited and asked to make a donation to support the UNESCO literacy projects. > Book presentation and charity in Cape Town



BARCELONA: It is a long and good tradition in Barcelona to offer a rose for every book bought on St Jorge's Day. Coinciding with UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day, ILAB bookseller Albert Casals and his colleagues will pop up at the famous La Ramblas, to show wonderful books, to raise money for UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) in South Sudan and to present roses to booklovers.

MADRID: Published in two volumes in 1605 and 1615, Cervantes' Don Quixote is considered one of the most influential works of literature and as a founding work of modern Western literature. Don Quixote was first printed in Madrid by Juan de la Cuesta. In honour of the 400th anniversary of CERVANTES' death on 23 April, the Spanish booksellers will pop up at la Cuesta's former house to present rare and fine editions of Don Quixote along with the crème-de-la-crème of Spanish book history. 


MUNICH: "Book Tales & Cocktails" was such a big success on 23 April 2015, that the book dealers in Munich and their customers immediately decided to celebrate UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day again in 2016. So, right in the city centre of the Bavarian capital in the rooms of the Kaufmanns Casino, where business men and women have been meeting for conferences and cocktails since 1832, antiquarian booksellers will show some of their most extraordinary books - with music, drinks, finger food, and a lecture on "Early 20th Century Rare Book Trade" held by the renowned, no: legendary German publisher Klaus G. Saur. > Pop up in Munich!


BUDAPEST: On 23 April Hungarian bookseller Adam Bosze will sit in his open bookshop in Budapest's city centre and read out from his favourite books on music, for 8 hours, non-stop, in public: a living symbol of the importance of literacy and an impressive performance to show that the power of reading is vital for everyone, worldwide.



VIENNA: The Austrian booksellers will launch the ILAB Pop Up Week on 16 April 2016, from 5 to 7 pm, with a Bibliophile Evening dedicated to books on travel from Austria into the World. Dr. Paul Kainbacher invites collectors to his bookshop, where Walter Sauer and Martin Pfitscher, specialists in Ethnology, talk about 19th century travels of Austrian adventurers to Africa. The evening closes with a book presentation and a fundraising to support UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) in South Sudan. > The "Heart of Darkness" lies next to Vienna

HIGH ABOVE VIENNA: A high-flying book presentation in the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel of the world-famous Prater will be one of the ultimate highlights on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2016. On 23 April, from 10 am to noon, the Austrian Booksellers will take you on a trip high above Vienna while offering rare and fine books in one of the wheel cabins and raising money to buy school books for the children in South Sudan. Who knows? Maybe Orson Welles' Third Man will be there, listening to the famous zither tunes? > A high-flying book presentation in Vienna 


PARIS: On 23 April 2016 there will be one really big event - in Paris in the elegant surroundings of the Grand Palais! The French antiquarian booksellers will join in ILAB's worldwide celebrations on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day by granting free entry to the Salon International du Livre rare & de l'Autographe. In exchange, fair visitors will be invited to donate some money in support of UNESCO's South Sudan literacy project. Inside the Grand Palais, the French booksellers will celebrate Miguel de CERVANTES with an impressive exhibition.> Cervantes, UNESCO and the International Rare Book & Autograph Fair in Paris

PARIS, GRAND PALAIS: Throughout the Parisian Book Fair, ILAB President Norbert Donhofer, Michael Steinbach, and many other ILAB booksellers will set up the Empty Bookcase Posters in their own stands to raise funds for the UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Initiative in support of literacy in South Sudan and to say: Wherever we are, we are a part of it. A fitting contribution to the world celebration of books and literacy from booksellers in UNESCO's home town. > Pop up, celebrate Cervantes


ZURICH: For bookish people 2016 is a year to commemorate in many respects. 400 years ago Shakespeare and Cervantes died, and a hundred years ago DADA was brought to light. At the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, where Hugo Ball and others founded the Dada movement in 1916, Swiss antiquarian booksellers will gather a hundred years later to celebrate the anniversary of the Dada founding (maybe) with a Dada performance, (certainly) with a presentation of rare first editions and (definitely) with a fundraising to support literacy worldwide.



AMSTERDAM: In one of the most beautiful and lively cities in Europe, Frank Rutten and Sascha Kok will fill the Empty Bookcase Posters in their shops and raise funds to fill the real bookcases in the schools in South Sudan.

HAARLEM: Since the Middle Ages, Haarlem is one of the busiest and richest places in the Netherlands. On UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day from 2 to 5 pm, Dutch booksellers will hold a Pop Up Book Market on Kruisstraat 3 in the historical city centre. Enjoy a wonderful array of rare and fine books and give a strong sign of support by donating money for the UNESCO literacy projects. > ILAB Pop Up Book Market

GRONINGEN: Books at the butcher's, buy books with chocolate or take a book for a necklace! Lyseth Belt and Theo Butterhof of Antiquariaat Isis will once again organize a unique ILAB Pop Up Book Fair Street on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. Browse the shopping windows of Folkingestraat, admire an exhibition of Jewish books at the Synagogue, support the beautiful independent shops and make a donation for UNESCO's and Forest Whitaker's literacy projects in South Sudan. > Folkingestraat: ILAB Pop Up Street 2016


COPENHAGEN: Antiquarian booksellers will pop up in the foyers of the Copenhagen libraries.


STOCKHOLM: In the Swedish capital UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day will turn into a great World Book and Copyright Night, as the Stockholm Culture Night rolls out the purple carpet to celebrate art, music, dance and literature with breathtaking performances and amazing exhibitions held at public places and museums. Six Swedish booksellers will be a part of it with an ILAB Pop Up Fair at the Royal Swedish Academy of Art. > Books round midnight!

LUND is famous for its historical buildings, numerous bicycles - and its bookshops. Akarps Antikvariat at Kalkstensvägen 21 is home to a very special treasure all book people will immediately fall in love with: a stunning collection of over 200 Swedish chapbooks and catch-penny-prints. For this year's UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day the owner Pierre Dethorey will organize a special exhibition of this beautiful, funny, colourful and extremely rare bibliophile collection. > Catch-penny prints in Lund, schoolbooks for South Sudan



OXFORD: Booksellers of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) and their colleagues in the Provincial Booksellers' Association (PBFA) will join together to bring World Book and Copyright Day to the attention of all who come to one of Britain's largest rare book fairs, the Oxford Premier Fair on Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 April 2016. > Nearly 100 British booksellers in Oxford harness the power of 1,800 colleagues worldwide 


NEW YORK: The city that never sleeps will host an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair at a most spectacular venue. Where? Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

CHICAGO, IL: 12 ILAB Booksellers will show rare and fine books at Glessner House built by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson at Chicago's historical "Millionaires' Row". All dealers have agreed to donate 10 per cent of the proceeds of any sale made during the Pop Up to UNESCO. Their generous support for literacy will be echoed by sponsors like Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the Caxton Club, and many other Chicago based cultural organizations. > Twelve ILAB booksellers at Chicago's historical "Millionaires' Row

SEATTLE, WA: In the late 19th century Seattle was the gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. And who was born in Seattle? Jimi Hendrix. On 23 April 2016, the Seattle booksellers will host the final ILAB Pop Book Fair 2016 in the Madison Room at the Sorrento Hotel, including a 6-hour appraisal event, lots of information about the antiquarian booksellers in the United States and a big fundraising for UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) to help the children in South Sudan.

WEST LINN, PORTLAND / OREGON: At the same time, booksellers Elisabeth Burdon, Nat des Marais and Charles Seluzicki will join in celebrating "the end of the day" with an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair, as the sun goes down over World Book and Copyright Day 23 April 2016. The Portland booksellers who celebrated in a Portland pub in 2015 are heading a few miles south this year and will be showing rare books, maps and ephemera at the West Linn Public Library on April 23 2016, noon to 5 pm - a great spot to chat with fellow booklovers, bring a book for an appraisal and donate to UNESCO literacy programs for South Sudan.


"LITERACY is a fundamental human right and the very heart of our work", says ILAB President Norbert Donhofer. In South Sudan 70 % of all adults are illiterate and 84 % of women. That's just one of the reasons why ILAB booksellers stand up on 23 April 2016, World Book and Copyright Day: to show the power of books, the essence of reading, the fascination of bibliophily and to give a strong sign of support to UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative in South Sudan.

Help buy books for the children in South Sudan! Make a donation and fill their empty bookshelves. Reading is a fundamental human right, and literacy is vital for a stable world!

This overview gives a glimpse of what will happen at the ILAB Pop Up Celebrations from Australia to Asia, Africa, all over Europe and the United States on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 23 April 2016. For 24 hours these and many more worldwide events will pop up one after the other to show that there is nothing more powerful than Books, Books, Books!

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For more details on UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day visit

For more details on UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) visit

Contact: Sally Burdon - - phone 61(0) 62515191 and Barbara van Benthem - - phone +49 170 2111406

For immediate release, April 2016 (Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, Wikipedia, the organizers)



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