Paid admission to the Book Fair includes seminars appealing to both the dedicated collector and those new to the world of rare books. **Note: schedules are subject to change.

Saturday, February 8

1:00 pm: Women's work. The phrase usually conjures up domestic duties or occupations largely associated with women—such as teaching, nursing, or housekeeping. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection at Duke's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture upends those associations. By bringing together materials from across the centuries, Baskin reveals what has been hidden—that Western women have long pursued a startling range of careers and vocations and that through their work they have supported themselves, their families, and the causes they believed in. Lisa Unger Baskin leads an illustrated talk about collecting this unique material, how crucial her relationship to the book trade was in the process, and the scholarship involved in the catalogue that introduced it to the public.

Presented by the Bibliographical Society of America and ABAA.

3:00 pm: Profiles in Suffrage: Depictions of Women and their Struggle for Equality. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment, this panel discussion will explore the people, the movements, and the literature that helped women win the vote. Historian Ellen DuBois, who is known for her pioneering work in women's history, is among the confirmed panelists for this dynamic discussion.

Sunday, February 9

12:00 pm: Honoring the centennial of the celebrated science fiction writer Ray Bradbury's birth, our panel of experts explores his mastery of the subject and enduring legacy. This event is moderated by David Kipen, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kipen opened the Boyle Heights bookstore and lending library Libros Schmibros in 2010, contributed to multiple volumes of California cultural history and teaches in the UCLA writing program.

Steven Paul Leiva, author and film producer, and long-time friend of Ray Bradbury, is the author of Searching For Ray Bradbury (2013). Levia was the lead organizer of Ray Bradbury Week (2010), and involved in the naming of Ray Bradbury Square in Los Angeles, as well as the dedication of the Ray Bradbury Room at Palms-Rancho Park Library.

John F. Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library and Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees, hosted the naming of Ray Bradbury Square in Los Angeles.

Tim Powers, bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy (On Stranger Tides, Last Call, Anubis Gates), is the two-time winner of both the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick awards. His novel, On Stranger Tides, was adapted into the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean film of the same name (2011).

Joe Mantegna (invited), actor currently starring in the television series Criminal Minds, is longtime friend of Ray Bradbury. He often gives praise to Bradbury for starting his career after he starred in the successful play “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (Bradbury's Magic Suit) in 1974.

Obadiah Baird, owner of The Book Bin in Salem Oregon, is a specialist in rare and collectible science fiction, fantasy and horror. He also edits and publishes The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy.

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Discovery Day is open to the public, free with paid admission. Exhibitors will offer interested individuals an opportunity to receive free appraisals on up to three books. Appraisals are available on a first come, first served basis within the scheduled times.

Note: personal appraisal items cannot be taken into the main exhibition hall and should be safely held at coat check.

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