August 17, by Nathaly Pesantez
A massive antiquarian book fair is coming to Greenpoint for a weekend in September.
The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair (BABF) will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center at 79 Franklin Street from September 8 through 10, and will feature 100 dealers specializing in antiquarian books, prints, photos, and ephemera.
The book fair, in its fourth year and one of the largest regional antiquarian book fairs in the country, is also introducing a new “Works on Paper” gallery for a host of dealers to display prints, drawings, and photographs, including Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, and Battledore Ltd.
The BABF will also have special exhibits and talks throughout the three days, with a spotlight on the works of Maurice Sendak, who authored the acclaimed children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are”.
For serious collectors, a signed first-edition of the book will be offered for $22,500 at the event.
The Sendak gallery style exhibition will also feature original drawings, watercolors, vintage posters and more collected during a nearly 50-year period.
Matthew Reinhart, who designed the New York Times bestselling pop-up book “Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy”, will hold a demonstration on creating pop-ups in a solo segment for the event.
Rebecca Romney, a rare book specialist and book expert on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars”, will also be at the event hosting a session on collecting rare books for beginners.
The event is organized by Impact Events group, a Massachusetts-based group that organizes book and paper fairs across the northeast.
Weekend passes are on sale for $10.00 online ($15.00 at the door), and Sunday only tickets are priced at $5.00 online. Opening preview tickets are being sold for Friday, September 8, for $25.00, and may be used the entire weekend. Proceeds for preview tickets will go to the Rare Book School scholarship program.
The fair will start on Friday at 5pm and go until 9pm that night. On the weekend it will start at 11:00 a.m. on both days, and end at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information on dealers, tickets, and the schedule of events, visit the Brooklyn Book Fair website.