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51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair opens today!

Recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, this eagerly anticipated bi-annual fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs and more.
Publié le 09 Fév. 2018
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Brief Overview - Fact Sheet:


More than 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. 

All exhibitors are listed here. 

Exhibiting Countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United
Kingdom, United States

Special Exhibit in 2018 - Frankenstein: Frankenstein Poster Cali 2018

The Book Fair celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus with a special exhibit spotlighting holdings from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Occidental College Library’s Ned Guymon Mystery and Detective Fiction Collection, University of California Riverside Library’s Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Sara Karloff, the daughter of Boris Karloff.

Free Events: 

February 10, 1 p.m. – Bibliographic Society Talk: Frankenstein in the Popular Imagination.
Perhaps no character in the history of literature has entered popular culture and social consciousness more than has Frankenstein’s monster. While the novel deals with a host of literary, social, and philosophical issues, for the general public, the book’s main impact has been the monster and things monstrous—so much so that the name “Frankenstein” has migrated from the scientist who created the monster to the monster himself. And that general
impact has been far more visual and visceral than it has been literary or philosophical. Professor of Communications at Simmons College, and professor of Library and Information Science at Simmons and at the University of Illinois, Sidney Berger will discuss the character in visual culture.

February 10, 3 p.m. – It’s Alive: How Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Changed the World.
Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan moderates a lively discussion that explores Frankenstein’s indelible impact on literature, movies, and pop culture. Panelists include Miranda Butler, scholar of 19th Century literature, science, and technology who teaches courses in Science Fiction Film and Television at California State University, Los Angeles; David J. Skal, historian and writer on horror literature and film and author of The Monster
Show: A Cultural History of Horror; and Sara Karloff, the daughter of film’s most
famous portrayer of Frankenstein’s monster and co-author of Boris Karloff: A Gentleman’s Life.

February 9, 1 p.m. – California Rare Book School’s Road Show
Discover what knowledge and skills you need as a collector, librarian, or bookseller for success with rare materials. Have all your questions answered from experts including Snowden Becker, UCLA; Daniel Lewis and Laura Stalker, Huntington Library; Michaela Ullman, USC; and Susan M. Allen, CalRBS and Scripps College.

February 11, noon. -- Book Collecting 101, noted booksellers Carol Sandberg, Brad Johnson and Michael Geer, owner of Heritage Bindery, provide a crash course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting.
Topics include: What to collect and collecting strategies, What is a first edition? How to judge
a book's condition, Bookish terms and jargon, Where to buy books and Where
to find additional information. Q&A follows

Book Fair Finds
To encourage young and beginning collectors, dealers will spotlight collectibles priced at $100 or less in a special section of their booths. Look for the Book Fair Finds logo in booths to uncover these treasures!

Discovery Day

February 11, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. -- Book Fair attendees can present up to three items to experts for FREE appraisal with Fair admission.

Dates & Time:
Friday, February 9 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA
Admission: Friday tickets are $25 and provide three-day admission; proceeds benefit the
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Tickets Saturday or Sunday tickets are $15 and include return entry throughout the remainder of the Book Fair. All tickets also include admission to the Huntington. Purchase tickets for the Book Fair at Eventbrite.

For more information, visit or call 800-454- 6401.

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