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The Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association is an organization of booksellers from the state of Vermont.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm
Sponsored by the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association
870 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont
On March 24th, booksellers from Vermont and the greater New England area will bring their wares to Burlington for the Twentieth Annual Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association Spring Book Fair. Filling the Exhibition Hall at the Sheraton Hotel on Williston Road, the fair gives book, postcard, and print lovers a chance to see an entire region's offerings at once.
The show hours are 10 to 3, and there is a modest admission charge of $4 for adults (under 16 free). Prices vary widely, from an old postcard of Burlington that may cost as little as $1, to a rare Hemingway first edition that can cost $2,000 or more. Most titles at the book fair sell for under $50, and many for less than $20.
"Antiquarian" has always been part of the association name, and means the books and documents at the show have special reasons for being appreciated. But it doesn't mean a room of antiques! Some leather-bound tomes from the 1600s and 1700s are often available, of course. However, most book dealers at this show also offer Vermont history, "modern first editions," mysteries, poetry, books on the American Civil War, even art and music books. Children's books are always popular, whether Dr. Seuss or original editions of the Nancy Drew series, or valued treasures from the Victorian era.
Count on thousands of postcards, prints, maps, and other ephemera (paper with historic value), too. And take time to "visit" with dealers, who are glad to explain the highlights of their collections and fill in the fine points of how books become valued. Ardent readers and beginning collectors are welcome, along with scholars, historians, and librarians.
For more information, visit the VABA fair web site at www.VermontIsBookCountry.com, or phone organizer Donna Howard at 802-527-7243. The Sheraton Hotel is fully accessible and there is plenty of parking.
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We present the first of a series of lively articles about the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association, an interview with longtime Vermont bookseller and musician, Benjamin Koenig. The interview was conducted by Josette Anne Lyders, and was originally published in VABA News in 2000.
The Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association (VABA) began in 1977 with sixteen members. This small group of booksellers wanted to attract more potential buyers to come to Vermont. They saw the value in developing an association that could present a brochure listing all Vermont book dealers - a cooperative "marketing" plan for getting booksellers' names and locations before the public.
Today, the association has more than 65 members, whose ranks continue to grow. In the fall of 1999, VABA welcomed four new booksellers during its November business meeting at The Country Bookshop in Plainfield. At this enthusiastic and very well attended meeting, VABA's host was Benjamin Koenig, owner of The Country Bookshop, and one of the founders of the association....