Fairs | December 2017 | Barbara Basbanes Richter

Postcard from the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair

The weather outside wasn't too frightful, and there were plenty of other festivities taking place nearby, but this weekend's Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair enjoyed brisk business and lively discussion.

The Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair is produced by Book Arts Promotions in association with  Smith College Libraries, Mark Brumberg, of Boomerang Booksellers, and Duane A. Stevens, of Wiggins Fine Books.

Over forty exhibitors from around New England and beyond set up shop in the Smith College Campus Center, representing a diverse array of book designers, papermakers, engravers, and fine letterpress publishers. Sellers reported success during the two-day event, with over 300 people in attendance.

On Saturday afternoon, Nick Basbanes signed copies of his books, then gave the fair's keynote lecture in the Graham Hall Auditorium, where he reflected on thirty years of writing about the history of the book and book culture.

As evening descended, the crowds dispersed into the chilly New England night.