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And the Oscar goes to: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

"Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time." As usual the Academy Awards 2012 saw lots of George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, but the secret hero of the evening was: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
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A Museum For World Literature From Austria – Where Austrian Booksellers Meet on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015!

VIENNA: A museum for world literature from Austria - the perfect location for an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day! Arthur Schnitzler, Franz Kafka and Thomas Bernhard – these are only some Austrian authors of worldwide renown whose works and lives are documented in the Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library. Located at Johannesgasse 6 in the first district of Vienna, the historical building from the year 1848 is the ideal place for a literature museum for a purely literary reason: Franz Grillparzer served as Archive Director in these premises until 1856. Here, at this most suitable place for booklovers, the Austrian antiquarian booksellers will welcome you on 23 April 2015!
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London 1949 - The Social Aspect of the Third International Conference of Antiquarian Booksellers

At the height of the festivities, our host produced an unexpected guest, even more belatedly arrived than most of us. His country of origin seemed a little uncertain, and his choice of costume, doubtless a well-meant attempt to conform with English customs - an Ascot topper, blue blazer and flannel trousers - contrasted violently with a flaming beard of patriarchal dimensions and a monocle. But he passed amicably amongst us, leaning on a malacca cane, and was observed to greet with especial cordiality Mr. Ernest Maggs, whom he addressed as "Tovarisch." What finally gave the show away was less the accent than the timbre of a voice now as familiar on the League's platform as in the rostrum at Place du Port - for it was none other than our protean President, W.S.K.
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Why The New York Antiquarian Book Fair Matters – To You, Me, and Everyone We Know

I didn’t take any pictures at the New York Book Fair this year. I’m not much of a picture taker in the most relaxed of times, but at any given book event I can usually be counted on to snap a shot or two of my favorite booksellers in action.
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Rare Book News from Asia

Mitsuo Nitta is the doyen of the rare book trade. As one of the founding members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ), initiator of many antiquarian book fairs in Japan, Corea and Hong Kong and, with Yushodo, as owner of one of the most famous antiquarian book companies in Japan and the world, he was – and still is – a key figure of the antiquarian book business in Asia. Some 10 years ago Nitta, who is ILAB Member of Honour, analyzed the general characteristics of the trade in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
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The Rare Book Trade - Fresh Carpets

Recently, on the Internet discussion lists of the two biggest bookselling trade groups - IOBA and ABAA - I've been reading disheartening reports. Sales are down. Postage is up. And the big listing sites like AMAZON, ABE and Alibris are raising fees, reducing service and enforcing increasingly byzantine procedures aimed at making it easier and more profitable for them rather than the book dealers who patronize them. Sounds like the way gun nuts talk about their Second Amendment rights. Python coils, and all that. Louis Collins, however, is doing just fine.
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