Postcard from the Miami Book Fair
I also had the chance to see a couple of other terrific presentations. FB&C readers will recognize the name Marvin Sackner, co-founder the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the largest collection of typewriter art and concrete poetry in the world, who is featured in our current issue. Marvin, seen here at left, spoke about how he and his wife, Ruth, began collecting "typed artpoe" in the 1960s and how it turned into the beautiful new book, The Art of Typewriting.
A riveting session on Civil War Stories included a talk by James L. Swanson, collector of Lincolniana and author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. He described how useful artifacts are to him while he is writing--he owns, by the by, a lock of Lincoln's hair and a shred of the blood-stained shawl worn by actress Laura Keene on the night of the president's assassination.
My trip to Miami wasn't complete without a visit to indie bookseller Books & Books (the flagship site in neighboring Coral Gables), a vibrant shop with an incredible selection of art books. Books & Books was opened 33 years ago by Mitchell Kaplan, not coincidentally the mastermind behind the Miami Book Fair, which celebrated its 32nd anniversary this year.