Book Fairs | January 5, 2012

Getman Buys Boston Book Show from Bernice Bornstein

Boston, MA - Marvin Getman of Impact Events Group, Lexington, MA. announced the acquisition of the popular Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Show from Bernice Bornstein of Bornstein shows, Peabody MA. Getman also produces the Book, Paper, and Photo Expo held in May in suburban Boston which is sponsored by Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers (MARIAB).
Bernice started the Boston Book, Print and Ephemera show 15 years ago as a satellite show to the fall Boston ABAA International Book Fair. Originally produced in a garage next door to the Hynes Auditorium, Bornstein grew the show and moved it to the Radisson Hotel and then to the Park Plaza Castle. This show has become a staple in the Boston Book Market and is very popular among the participants of the annual ABAA Book show, many of whom travel to Boston from all over the country.
"Bernice provided a very valuable service to the Antiquarian book community and I was delighted and honored when she approached me about purchasing this well established show." stated Getman. "I look forward to building upon the solid base that Bernice has built."

Getman, having produced many shows in the Boston area over the past 30 years, found a fabulous new venue for the show after learning that the Castle was not available for 2012.  The Back Bay Events Center, also known as The Dorothy Quincy Suite at John Hancock Hall, will be the new home for the show. Getman asserted, "The new home is a gem of a find. In addition to being a quarter mile closer to the Hynes, it was recently renovated and has space for 70 dealers, great lighting, carpeting, and discounted parking."   

Getman, known for his marketing skills, says that he will concentrate his efforts in building the attendance for the show. "This show already has a built-in audience especially in the morning before the ABAA show opens. I am developing a marketing plan to keep the attendance strong all day long, and I've been in touch with several large companies in the vicinity who have agreed to distribute tickets to their employees. Exhibitors consistently tell me that they like my shows for their organization and for the large crowds I attract. I intend to do the same for this show."
Contracts for the new Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Show will be available this spring. Last year's dealers will automatically be sent a contract. Other dealers wishing to receive a contract for the 2012 show should contact Getman at [email protected] or call him at 781-862-4039. In 2012 the show will be held November 17 from 8am - 4pm.

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