SEMINARS & LECTURES

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

FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OF WOMEN'S WORK
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 and how women have been depicted in literature.

Our panel:

Discussion moderated by best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy-winning reporter Patt Morrison (Los Angeles Times, NPR)

Ellen Carol DuBois is a professor of history and gender studies, who retired in 2017 from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. She is the author numerous books on the subject of suffrage, including "Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote" (2020), which was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

Lisa See is the author of numerous best-selling books, including On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), which was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.

Bookseller Miranda Garbo Nesler earned her PhD in literature and gender studies from Vanderbilt University and is the director of women's history and the liaison for Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena.

Sunday, February 9

SOMETHING WONDERFUL THIS WAY CAME: 100 YEARS OF RAY BRADBURY
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 lending library Libros Schmibros in 2010, contributed to multiple volumes of California cultural history and teaches in the UCLA writing program.

Panelists:
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.

DISCOVERY DAY
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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