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Special Exhibits

Special exhibits are open to the public during book fair hours. The book fair special exhibit will highlight the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's publication of Frankenstein.

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Book Signing
Saturday, February 8th, 11:00 am
Nicholas Basbanes will be signing his latest book, 'On Paper-The Everything of its Two-Thousand-Year History'. The book has received abundant praise and Bloomberg has named it one of the best books of 2013. Proceeds will benefit the Benevolent Fund.

What Shakespeare Ate
Dining in the Elizabethan Age Panel Discussion
Saturday, February 8th, 1:00 pm
A lively discussion on the food and drink of the Elizabethan age; moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Patt Morrison (Los Angeles Times, NPR). Panelists include Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold (Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Gourmet), food historian Charles Perry (Culinary Historians of Southern California, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times), teacher and author Anne Willan (Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne), and 15th and 16th century antiquarian gastronomy book specialist and ABAA member Ben Kinmont. VIEW MORE

Talk: Printing the Declaration of Independence–and Selling It
Saturday, February 8th, 3:00 pm
A talk by Selby Kiffer, International Senior Specialist, Books and Manuscripts Department, Sotheby's. This is the fifth annual jointly sponsored talk by The Bibliographical Society of America and the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America.

Seminar: Rare Books 101
Sunday, February 9th, 12:00 pm
Presented by Katy Carter, Brad Johnson and Carol Sandberg. Noted rare booksellers will provide a speed course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting. This seminar will provide the following overview on getting started in rare book collecting:
  •  What makes a book rare?
  •  The different areas of collecting
  •  Internet as a research tool for shopping
  •  How to care for your books

Discovery Day (appraisals)
Sunday, February 9th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Presented by The 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Discovery Day is open to the public, is free with paid admission and will offer interested individuals an opportunity to receive free "appraisals" on up to three books. "Appraisals" are limited to a first come, first served basis -within the scheduled times. Arrive early for this popular event!

Book Arts
You won't want to miss as local "book art" artists and organizations come together to create an interactive, informative, and entertaining special event area. Local libraries and universities will be exhibiting one-of-a-kind works from their collections. Calligraphers, bookbinders and a small press operator will once again be creating unique souvenirs for you to take home. Fun for all ages!

Confirmed participants:
American History Printing Association
Archetype Press Art Center College of Design
The Book Club of California
UCLA California Rare Book School
The Colophon Club
The International Printing Museum
Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (a division of ACRL/ALA)
The Society for Calligraphy, Southern California
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA

Join us in celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday!
Fine art books, posters, lobby cards, playbills and other collectibles will document Shakespeare's enduring influence on literature and the arts. Participating organizations include the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Claremont College Library, the Denison Library at Scripps College, the Philbrick Collection of Dramatic and Theatre Literature at the Claremont Colleges Library, the Huntington Library and Gardens, and the University of California San Diego.

The Book Fair's tribute to the Bard will include a special exhibit featuring some of the finest expressions of Shakespeare through the centuries. The Huntington Library, which holds a world-class collection of early editions of Shakespeare's works, will offer an enlightening display on Shakespeare scholarship throughout the 90-plus years of its history. On view will be highlights of scholarly work researched, written, and published at the Huntington, as well as facsimiles based on Huntington holdings and items that illustrate the institution's focus on all facets of the history and culture of Renaissance England. Fine press and artists' books from the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College will show how Shakespeare has inspired the art of the book. Poster images from the collections of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences will spotlight memorable film adaptations of Shakespeare from around the world, while rare books on food and cookery in Elizabethan times from the University of California San Diego shed light on the Renaissance kitchen and all its recipes, gadgets, and more. The Honnold/Mudd Library at the Claremont Colleges Library will offer insights into stage productions featuring prompt books with actors' handwritten notes, original 20th century costume studies and more. The celebration kicks off with Elizabethan music performed by the USC Thornton School of Music during the Book Fair's grand opening.