“This special event is in keeping with the Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair’s mission to make regional and national rare book fairs accessible and welcoming to communities of color, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and others excluded by marginalization. institutional,” says Jennifer Phillips, head of the book fair.
The Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair is a hybrid book fair. Its in-person iteration will feature exhibitors hailing from the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and several other locations across the United States. Familiar faces from the Minnesota book community, such as Rob Rulon-Miller, the Dinkytown Bookhouse, Ken Sanders Rare Books, Midway Rare Books and others, will be at the University of St. Thomas to meet their customers in nobody. . The fair is delighted to welcome booksellers less familiar to the Minnesota community, such as Type Punch Matrix, Uncharted Books, Lorne Bair Rare Books, among others. The book fair’s virtual counterpart will feature booksellers from across the country, as the virtual format is more accessible to booksellers in remote areas.
The virtual portion of the fair is produced on Getman’s Virtual Book Fair platform, developed at the start of the pandemic when book fairs across the country came to an abrupt halt. Marvin Getman, a veteran book fair producer based in the Northeastern United States, said, “I am thrilled to be working with Jennifer Phillips and CABS-Minnesota and the exciting Diverse Voices Fellowship. I will encourage this year’s CABS scholars and graduates to exhibit at the virtual fair by providing a free space to help them get a feel for the rare book and ephemera sales activity online. I will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to CABS-Minnesota Scholarships. We must do all we can to bring new voices into the business. I believe these hybrid fairs will become more and more the norm over time. Live shows are very important for bringing dealers together and virtual shows work wonders for opening up the show to dealers and customers who cannot attend the live event. The wide reach of the virtual show’s marketing and mailing list will help shine the spotlight on the live show.”
The fair invites both experienced and novice collectors as participants. “Our fair is a celebration of the rare book community, both locally and nationally,” says Phillips. “We welcome vendors who have decades of experience selling books and offer items of major historical and literary significance. Many of our dealers are also proud to offer books and manuscripts related to groups underrepresented in historical archives.
CABS-Minnesota’s new Diverse Voices Fellowship is a critical step in ensuring that bibliophiles in all communities are reflected in the rare book trade. For decades, CABS-Minnesota has led the rare book community in recruiting young and fresh prospects. The fellowship benefits the book trade and the cultural heritage community as a whole by broadening perspectives and encouraging new collaborations. “We are delighted to have five Fellows who are well versed in their area of expertise and who are excited to engage in the antiquarian book trade,” said Michele Wan, Diverse Voices Fellowship Coordinator. “We welcome them to the community of old and rare booksellers and look forward to continuing our collaboration.”
Rob Rulon-Miller, book fair exhibitor and CABS-Minnesota seminary faculty member, says, “We are very excited about this year’s Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair. This will be the first time a Minnesota book fair has supported CABS-Minnesota. It is the common goal of the Minnesota Book Fair and CABS-Minnesota to help bring diversity to the book trade. Together we recognize that many talented professionals in cultural heritage professions do not see themselves reflected in the profession and have found themselves isolated or estranged due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and/or or their income.
The Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Tickets will cost $7.00 for both days or $5.00 for Saturday. admission only. Children under 12 enter free and free parking is available for attendees.
The Minnesota Virtual Antiquarian Book Fair will take place on an online platform beginning at 11:00 a.m. central time on July 7 and will be open continuously until 7:00 p.m. on July 9.
For more information on tickets and parking, please visit minnesotaantiquarianbookfair.wordpress.com/about/. Tickets can be purchased here: www.eventbrite.com/e/minnesota-antiquarian-book-fair-tickets-231109102547. More information about the Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair and CABS-Minnesota Seminar Celebrating Event can be found here: https://minnesotaantiquarianbookfair.wordpress.com/the-minnesota-book-fair-2022-event-panel-featuring-three-graduates-of-cabs-minnesota/