antiquarian book trade

Our Bright Young Booksellers series continues today with Rachel Furnari, proprietor of Graph Books in Vermont:

How did you get started in rare books?

In the fall of 2013 I got a phone call from Arthur Fournier. He was working for F.A. Bernett Books in Boston and reminded me how often I’d told him he had the coolest job in the world.  When he asked if I’d be interested in applying for it, I said yes.

A couple of months ago I published a piece in the Guardian about my decision to start a rare book business focused on work by women, particularly women writers, and the unequal treatment of books by women in the trade. The piece received a good deal of attention, and I didn't know if anyone would notice or pay attention, particularly outside of the rare book trade.