35th annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair coming to the Michigan Union
Read all about it: The Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, now in its 35th year, is once again scheduled to make the Michigan Union ballroom a collectors’ dream of a book shop for one day: Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.40 book dealers—from as far as Missouri and Virginia—will be gathered at the fair, offering first editions of Joseph Conrad, William Faulkner, and Mark Twain, in addition to: collectible children’s books; fine leather bindings; modern poetry; Michigan history; travel and exploration; illustrated books; photography; antique maps; cookbooks and more. University of Michigan yearbooks, football programs, etc. will also be on offer.
Plus, two of Michigan’s finest bookbinders will also be on hand to exhibit their handiwork and answer questions about book preservation and restoration.
“The fair attracts between 500 and 600 attendees every year,” said Jay Platt, the owner of the West Side Book Shop, who helms the fair. “Most come from within a 100-mile radius; however, a number come from as far as Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati.”
In recent years, with the emergence of e-books, the publishing and bookstore industries have struggled to adapt, but Platt noted that attendance at AAABF has steadily increased over the years, as “the quality of exhibiting dealers continues to improve.”
“Changes in the new book business will affect the used book business in the future. Fewer bookstores will mean fewer used books and fewer used book shops. In Ann Arbor, we have a long history of bookselling, new and used, and we won't run out of books for a long, long time.”
Here's hoping, anyway.