Fairs | November 2021 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Events to Check Out at the Virtual Boston Antiquarian Book Fair

Courtesy of the ABAA

A Boston book fair highlight: Rudy Pozzati’s Physiologus Theobaldi Episcopi de Naturis Duodecim Animalium, detail, no. 66 of 325 copies (Indiana University Press, 1964).

The ABAA Virtual Book Fair: Boston Edition opens later this week, and while the primary focus will be on buying and selling antiquarian books—about 150 booksellers will be exhibiting—there are also a number of notable (and free) events you can attend from the comfort of your couch. You do need to register in advance, though, so check out the options and links below for more information.

-Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and its related cuisine is on everyone’s mind. To that end, Heidi Herr, librarian for English, philosophy, and special collections student engagement at Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries, will share a history of Thanksgiving and cookery on Friday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m. EST.  Register here.
-Edward Gorey, always a favorite, is the subject of the Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable on Friday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The panel discussion will feature Gregory Hischak, director and curator of the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, MA; Patrice Miller, proprietrix of Aredian Press, a bookbinder, and a Gorey collector; and Christine von der Linn, director of illustration art and a 25-year veteran of the book department at Swann Auction Galleries. Register here.
-Pandemics: Personal Accounts & Printed Materials, a timely and important discussion between Russell Johnson, curator of history & special collections for the sciences at UCLA and Kiley Samz, rare book specialist at Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts, is scheduled for Friday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Register here.