How much did you love the book fair in elementary school? Luckily, there are many grown-up versions of this, admittedly involving more tweed and fewer feather pens.
Both the Québec International Book Fair and the 52nd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair are happening this weekend, and although I was unfortunately unable to attend either, it got me thinking that I’d like to attend more book fairs & festivals this year. My first thought–the Empire State Book Festival, normally held right here at the Empire State Plaza–is apparently on hiatus for lack of funding. So this list required some minor Googling efforts.
All of the following fairs & festivals are technically within a few hours travel distance of Albany, though you’ll need a passport for some, but come on, weren’t you looking for an excuse to spend a weekend in Montreal? I know I was.
BookExpo America, New York, NY
June 5-7, 2012
Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair
June 30, 2012
Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair
September 8, 2012
Albany Antiquarian Book Fair, Albany, NY
October 21, 2012
Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair
October 12-14, 2012
Montréal Book Fair, Canada
November 14–19, 2012
36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
November 16-18, 2012
Please let me know of any good fairs that I missed!