The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair Top Ten List

The countdown is on - literally - for the September, 2016 Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair.  This can’t miss event will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, located at 79 Franklin St., in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th, 2016.  Here are the top ten reasons you simply must attend this fantastic celebration of remarkable books and works on paper.

 10.  Experience The World At Your Fingertips.


The BABF features 100 national and international top-tier dealers - including those from Canada and Europe - who look forward to sharing a full spectrum of collectible and antique books and quality ephemera with you.  No passports required to see some of the finest paper based materials on the planet - right in your own backyard!

9.  Support Your Community While Having A Great Time.

The BABF opens on Friday, September 9th with a preview celebration to benefit 826NYC, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.  From 6:00pm-9:00pm, guests will have first dibs on the event’s 25,000 items on offer and enjoy locally sourced refreshments. And, as a special thank you, each preview guest will receive a free limited edition fair poster. 

 8.  Savor What Makes Brooklyn Great.

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The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will be offering marvelous indulgences for the taste buds in addition to the eyes throughout the event.  These include treats from Jessy's Pastries, known for their home-made, fresh empanadas and alfajores.  These are Peruvian cookies which the Huffington Post calls “the best cookie you've never heard of.” Brooklyn’s own Haute Chocolate will be sampling their “clean, sexy chocolate for goddesses, bad girls, and femme fatales.”  However, men and boys are welcome to partake (without risk) in these sensuous sweets as well.  And for those visitors thirsty for something local at the preview event, the Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company will keep things fluid with their hand crafted, small batch libations. Wine by the glass will also be available.








 7. Receive A Haiku, Just For You.

The Haiku Guys & Gals and Pop Productions will present “The Haiku Lounge,” an immersive, poetic hideaway featuring interactive performances, artful food and drink selections, curiosities, crafts, and other analog and antiquarian delights.  These remarkable Haikuists will be authoring free, one-of-a-kind poems and spreading the syllable love through their unique blend of performance, audience interaction, and humor. 

 6 and 5. Take A Shot At Learning More About Vernacular Photography Though An Exhibit And Panel Discussion.  Stacy Waldman, from House of Mirth, will present a well curated, exclusive exhibit of vintage snapshots featuring books, readers, libraries, and other literary themes.  In addition, Stacy will be moderating an expert panel discussion, entitled Lost Souls, Found Photos: Obsessive New Yorkers Talk About The Insanity Of Collecting Snapshots.   This conversation will take place on Sunday, September 11th at noon and will focus on vernacular photographs, those “everyday” shots we all take of routine people, places, and things.  But there is much to learn, and explore, behind each of these visual snippets.  Participants in this lively discussion include WM Hunt, Brian Wallis, Daile Kaplan, Jane Hammond, Peter Cohen, and Barbara Levine; all well-known experts in the field of vintage photography. 

 4.  Experience A Parallel Universe.

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Come meet lead Parallel Historian Paul Henri and see an exhibit on “speculative fiction” produced by the Parallel History Museum, an ongoing writing project.  Speculative fiction includes elements from science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.  This display will really, truly be located in the Haiku Lounge throughout the three-day event. 

 3. Meet A Rising Star.

Rebecca Rego Barry, the editor of the editor of Fine Books & Collections, will be greeting visitors and signing her newest book, Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places, on Saturday, September 10th from noon to 3:00 pm.  This book recounts extraordinary discoveries from the world of book collecting, like a stash of vintage comic books worth $3.5 million long forgotten in a basement closet or a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird purchased at a Philadelphia flea market for a few dollars.  The Washington Post called Rego Barry’s book "…a welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector.”

 2.  Make It A Family Affair.

Book author and artist Esther K. Smith will present her latest book, Making Books with Kids: 25 Paper Projects to Fold, Sew, Paste, Pop, and Draw, and will give a hands-on demonstration of simple pop-ups and movable books on Saturday, September 10th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Smith’s publications have been on display at the Metropolitan and the Victoria & Albert museums, and are in international collections including the MoMA, Whitney, Tate, Cooper Hewitt, and The National Gallery of Art, among many others.

 1. Watch A Paper-Caper Unfold.

Visitors will be treated to a remarkable display of artist books highlighting a variety of form and content from the permanent collection of this esteemed Manhattan based contemporary arts organization.  The Center for Book Arts, the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, was founded in 1974 and the only location in New York City where visitors can view book arts exhibitions in the context of an active, working studio.  The exhibit, which will on display throughout the three-day event, will highlight works by Tadasha Mitsui, Shana Agid, and others. 

 Come share all of this excitement at the upcoming and easily accessible Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair! This event will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center on Friday, September 9th from 6-9pm; Saturday, September 10th from 11am-7pm; and Sunday, September 11th from 11am-5pm.  A variety of ticketing options are available ranging from $7 for an online Sunday only ticket to $25 for the preview opening to benefit 826NYC.  For more information and to purchase tickets please click here. 

 The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored ABEBooks and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs. Book and Paper Fairs produces the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a calendar of our shows, please visit