Book Fairs | August 13, 2020

A Virtual Affair: Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will be Held September 11-13

Courtesy of Getman's Virtual Book & Paper Fair

Brooklyn, NY — Marvin Getman of Getman’s Virtual Book & Paper Fairs has taken his popular rare book fairs all online since the pandemic hit the United States; and he has done so with tremendous success. More than 200 vendors are expected to participate in the popular Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair which will take place online September 11–13 from noon on the 11th to 6pm on the 13th.

Getman’s proprietary software has enabled him to organize three online book fairs since May and others have begun licensing his platform which is now the gold standard in the industry. This unique platform will benefit the thousands expected to participate in the Brooklyn show in September and enable dealers and individuals to participate in the show and buy, sell and learn from each other.

As always, collectors will be able to peruse the booths of every exhibitor in the fair one by one, or quickly visit their favorite dealers, hosted in an easy-to-navigate virtual version of the traditional book fair booth. A built-in search feature also allows visitors to quickly browse by category, price range, or any search term to find specific items of interest. And to keep the online shows fresh and intriguing the exhibitors feature only items not available on any other book selling site.  Many items will be available at under $50—perfect for first-time collectors—and range into the thousands of dollars so there is something for everyone.

Similar to last year’s in-person show, the event will include several unique webinars and art exhibitions. One highlight is a virtual exhibition titled “Appeal to the Great Spirit: Designing the Beach Boys,” curated by Brian Chidester and Domenic Priore, which focuses on the fashion and visual artifacts of America's most famous rock 'n' roll band. There will also be a live guest interview with Michael Horse, aka Deputy Hawk, from the cult television series “Twin Peaks.” Horse will discuss not only his performance in “Twin Peaks,” but also his visual contribution to the show's hieroglyphic maps, as well as his own ledger art paintings, which feature an alternate history of America and include many references to Star People and other enigmatic figures in American Indian lore. New York’s own WQXR radio host Elliott Forrest will interview Horse at 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 12th.
There will also be an exciting line-up of virtual webinars: 
·       A Family's Secret Spells by fourth generation magic practitioner Veronica Varlow – 9/12, 3PM EST
·       Portraying Mystic Visions in Art by painter/visionary Matt Marello – 9/13, 12 PM EST
·       Freak Show Banners: A Visual History by artist Howard Lerner – 9/13, 3PM EST
·       Alchemy and Dreams: The Lunar Realm by author/mystic Brian Cotnoir –9/12, 1:30 PM EST
·       Gay Visions: Mysticism and the LGBT Community by bookseller Bryn Hoffman – 9/13,  1:30 PM EST
·       A History of Channeled Art and Literature by art historian Alessandro Keegan-9/12, 12PM EST
An exciting addition to the webinar lineup this year is a live panel titled “Emerging Trends in Library Collections” moderated by Diane Dias De Fazio, member at large, of the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. This discussion will take place online at on September 11th at 11:00am.

For more information on the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, visit

To receive notices of upcoming fair dates and additional information on exhibitors, visit For information on becoming an exhibitor, send an email to or call  781-862-4039.