The Typewriter Rodeo at Upcoming Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
BOSTON, MA—The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is gearing up for its 39th annual event, November 13-15, 2015, which will feature the Boston debut of The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters. They will be on hand to type personalized original poems on any subject on Saturday, November 14, 2-5pm. Poems are free with admission to the Fair!
Founded in 2013, The Typewriter Rodeo, are a group of writers/performers based in Austin, Texas. At the Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to give the Typewriter Rodeo poets any topic, and they will create and type on a vintage typewriter a personalized, original poem in minutes. Besides a mutual love of verse, the group shares a fondness for the machines, including a 1970s typewriter used at Penthouse and a vintage Belgian model with a frowning face key, and maintains them like serious collectors. They have made appearances at over 50 events nationwide. This will be their first appearance in Boston.
Other special events at the Fair are a talk by Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large for Merriam-Webster, about the 19th century dictionary wars; a behind-the-scenes look with Marsha Bemko, executive producer at the making of WGBH-TV’s Antiques Roadshow; The 14th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion with collectors of Political Americana; and a Free Appraisals afternoon.
The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 13-15, 2015, is one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.
HOURS, TICKET PRICES & CONTACT INFORMATION
Friday, November 13; 5:00-9:00pm; Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night (tickets valid throughout the weekend)
Saturday, November 14; 12:00-7:00pm; Tickets: $10.00
Sunday, November 15; 12:00-5:00pm;Tickets: $10.00; free with a valid student I.D.
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold at the show’s box office during show hours and online at www.bostonbookfair.com.
For more information, call 617-266-6540 or visit www.bostonbookfair.com.
EVENTS AT THE FAIR
Antiques Roadshow: 20 Seasons of Book Appraisals!
Saturday, November 14, 12:30pm
Executive Producer Marsha Bemko gives a behind-the-scenes look at PBS’s most-watched ongoing series, and reveals stories of rare books discovered—those that made it on camera and those that didn’t.
Saturday, November 14, 2:00-5:00pm
The Typewriter Rodeo poets will be on hand to write an original poem for you on any topic you choose on their eclectic collection of vintage typewriters.
DISCOVERY: Starting Your Own Collection
Saturday, November 14, 2:30pm
Panel Discussion - A rare opportunity to ask the experts the best way to start your own collection. Afterwards, shop the Fair and visit our “Discovery” exhibitors for items $100 and under to help you begin your collection.
Political Americana: Ticknor Society Roundtable
Saturday, November 14, 4:00pm
This 14th annual collectors’ roundtable will focus on Political Americana: trends in collecting, how to shop for your collection, and you’ll also see two personal collections from top collectors!
The Invention of the Modern Dictionary
Sunday, November 15, 12:30pm
Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large, Merriam-Webster - Commonly referred to as the Unabridged, and edited during the turmoil of the American Civil War, the 1864 edition was the first comprehensive revision of Noah Webster’s famous dictionary. Learn more about the real history of this traditional American brand.
FREE Expert Appraisals!
Sunday, November 15, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Bring your books & ephemera to get expert free appraisals. You might find you have a valuable treasure!