Do you live on the East Coast? Are you planning to be in or near Boston, Massachusetts this coming weekend? If so, you are in for a real treat. The 34th Boston Book Fair will be held at the Hynes Convention Center on November 12-14. I wish I lived closer to Boston, but my being present at this year’s fair just isn’t in the cards. I’m looking forward to reading the reports of those who live close enough to attend.
If you are able to go, you’ll have a great opportunity to see over 100 dealers gathered in one place. This means you can examine rare books, manuscripts, and maps. You can attend seminars about book collecting. You can even have a book appraisal, or, as I used to do in my shy, intimidated, pre-bookseller days, you can just walk around silently and take it all in.
This year’s Boston Book Fair will include an extra bonus. Michael Suarez, S.J., Director of the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School will be the keynote speaker at the fair. Held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 14, the talk is titled, “The Ecosystems of Book History: Local Actions, Global Analysis”.
From the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA):
“Suarez has been J. A. Kavanaugh Professor of English at Fordham University and Fellow and Tutor in English at Campion Hall, Oxford University. A Jesuit priest, he is both co-editor of “The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 5, 1695-1830,” and co-general editor of “The Oxford Companion to the Book.” He has written many articles on various aspects of 18th-century English literature, bibliography, and book history, and has held research fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Reviewing a recent Suarez lecture on the history of the book trade, Stephen Gertz called him, “the most passionate and enthusiastic speaker I have ever had the pleasure to listen to, Professor Suarez (or Father Suarez, or Michael – he’s very casual about the titles he possesses) demonstrated a complete mastery of his subject during his talk, which, miraculously (as a Jesuit priest he gets an extra helping hand unavailable to most), was delivered without text or notes of any kind. It was a breathtaking performance.”
Since I can’t be there myself, I’d love to hear from you if you attend. Let me know your thoughts about the fair and the keynote address.
And now, since I didn’t spend much time on the book business last week on account of our San Francisco Giants, I need to start getting to work on the giant pile of books and paperwork that accumulated in my office/our family’s dining room during that time:
See you in the stacks!