Fairs | July 2021 | Jennifer Phillips

Postcard from the Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair

Credit: Jennifer Phillips

(The following ‘postcard’ was sent to us by Jennifer Phillips, ABAA/ILAB bookseller at Evening Star Books and manager of the Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair, held *in-person* this past weekend. --Editor)

We at the Midwestern Antiquarian Booksellers Association are pleased to report a successful Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair for 2021. We had over thirty dealers exhibit with us for a splendid two days of book buying and selling, book-related events, and a chance for rare book lovers to gather together in-person.

Book fairs are always challenging to plan and pull off, but this year was exceptionally so in that we only had three months to plan and stage the event. Thanks to the availability of vaccines, our book fair was safe and enjoyable for our patrons. The fair was well-attended and attendees and exhibitors were delighted with the venue and the event. The enthusiasm of book collectors was very apparent this year, as the fair was one of the first opportunities for rare book and print lovers to get together and build their collections, to make contacts in the trade, and to learn more about rare books in the Twin Cities.

Please visit our website later this fall, as we hope to announce the 2022 dates for the fair then. Our new home is the Schoenecker Arena at the University of St. Thomas. To learn more about our book fair, please visit us here: https://twincitiesantiquarianbookfair.wordpress.com. We wish every other book fair happening this year great success. As we know from experience, it is entirely possible to pull this off, even after a historic pandemic.