VABA 2014-15 brochure available online!

For more than thirty years, almost since its inception, the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association has issued a printed guide to member shops. Available throughout the state at member bookshops, chamber of commerce displays and welcome centers, the VABA Brochure, as it is called, has been very popular with native Vermonters and tourists looking for collectible and hard-to-find books

The VABA Brochure is still being published on an annual basis. You can pick up a copy at any member bookshop, or have one mailed to you, free of charge, by contacting Joseph Trenn, the Book Shed, Lake Road, Benson VT 05731. Joe’s phone number is (802) 537-2190, and his email address is bookshed@shoreham.net.

We are pleased to include a PDF of the VABA Brochure here, on the official VABA website. Click on the link below to open and/or download the latest edition. The file will open in most browsers. If you have the Adobe PDF Reader on your computer, you can also right click on the above link and save the file to your computer for offline reading and printing.

http://www.vermontisbookcountry.com/pdfs/brochure.pdf

 

Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association ~ Spring Book & Ephemera Fair ~ March 23, 2014

Vermont Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair

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Attention all Book Lovers!

The VABA Spring Book Fair will be held on March 23rd from 10-4 at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Rare and unusual books, postcards, maps and ephemera will be available from 30+ New England dealers. From Nancy Drew to books from the 1600s, stock certificates from the 1800s to postcards from the 1900s, there is something for every interest and price range. Some local historical groups and bookbinders will have displays as well.

Admission is only $5.

For more information check out the VABA website:
http://www.VermontIsBookCountry.com

Details:

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm
Sheraton Hotel
870 Williston Road
South Burlington, Vermont

Directions: The Sheraton Hotel is just off Interstate 89, Exit 14W. Please call if you need more information: books [at] TheEloquentPage [dot] com or 802-527-7243.

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Craftsbury Vermont Public Library ~ Book Sale July 13-14, 2013

HUGE Book Sale this Weekend! July 13-14, 2013

The Craftsbury Public Library’s annual huge Book Sale is even bigger than ever this year.  The library has received more donations than ever before, with over 9,000 books sorted and ready for the sale.  Books cover a wide range of topics including new popular fiction, mysteries, classics, antiquarian, cook books, travel, Vermont, how-to, gardening, history, children’s books and much more.  Most books range in price from $1-$3, and there is a special antiquarian section with beautiful rare and collectible books.

Because of the huge number of books for sale this year, the library has decided to try something new.  Our regular book sale will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 10AM-4PM, in conjunction with Antiques and Uniques.  This year there will be a second day of sales on Sunday, July 14, with books on sale for half price (excepting the antiquarian books).  All proceeds from the sale go directly to the library. We are seeking volunteers for helping with setup, sales, and cleanup.  If you are available to help out for a time slot, please let us know by signing up at the library, or giving us a call.  Thank you!

July 17, 2013: Book Artists of Craftsbury

On any given day, the Craftsbury Public Library houses over 15,000 books on its shelves, but on Wednesday, July 17 the books on display will be from a whole different league.  Craftsbury is home to an unusual number of artisans who create and restore fine books.  Tom Twetten of Craftsbury Antiquarian Books, Carol Ceraldi of Graham Hill Bindery, Chris McDonnell, and Kristin Urie will tell us about the work they do and show us examples of their work, including works in progress so that we can see the stages in creating an artisan binding.  Please join us at 7PM to view their work and learn about how it is created.

July 28, 2013: Author Visit- Christina Shea

Author Christina Shea visits the Craftsbury Public Library on Sunday, July 28th at 3PM.  A faculty member in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, Christina is the author of two novels, Moira’s Crossing and Smuggled.  An intimate look at the effects of history on an individual life, Smuggled spans four decades in a woman’s quest to regain her identity from the conflicts that defined her youth.  In the final winter of the Second World War, five-year-old Éva Farkas is hidden by her mother in a flour sack and smuggled across the Hungarian border to Romania. Her aunt and uncle rename her Anca and forbid her to speak Hungarian ever again.  As years pass, an unquenchable spirit emerges, full of passion and imagination even as a uniquely twisted brand of Communist oppression threatens to derail Anca at every turn.  Smuggled is a fearless and intimate account of one woman’s transformation in the wake of violent history, and a viscerally reflective tale about the basic need for love without claims.      Christina will read from Smuggled and speak about her experiences researching and writing her two novels.

Please visit the Library website for more information: http://www.craftsburypubliclibrary.org/index.shtml

c2013 VABA

The Book Shed Outpost ~ Books are a-Happening in Benson Vermont! – and Tacos too!

By Joe Trenn, The Book Shed

From New York to Los Angeles through London, Moscow and Tokyo, pop-up stores have become the new big thing in retail. This summer the phenomenon comes to Rutland County when Benson gets it first pop-up store, The Book Shed Outpost.

Joe Trenn at The Book Shed

 

Open most weekends (weather permitting) in July and August and possibly through the fall foliage season the Outpost will be located next to West Coast Tacos on the corner of Route 22A and Mill Pond Rd. A wide assortment of books reflective of the stock available at the original Book Shed will be carried as well as a variety of discount books. The Book Shed, Rutland County’s oldest used book store, has been operating for 17 years in the village of Benson. According to the owner, Joseph Trenn, his biggest difficulty is in getting travelers to make the turn from 22A and drive the 3/4 of a mile to his location in the village. He is hoping that the conveniently located Outpost will help remedy that.

West Coast Tacos, an LA inspired taco stand, was opened this spring by Jan and Tim Bird of Benson just a few miles from New England’s west coast, the shores of Lake Champlain. The yellow corn tortillas for their various tacos and burritos are cooked on site. They offer a signature nine inch corn tortilla which is custom made for them. Rounding out the menu are hand cut nachos, burritos and a delicious steak and cheese sandwich. As an authentic accompaniment to their food the Birds make every effort to carry a cane sugar variety of Coca-Cola made in Mexico (“Hecho en Mexico para refresco”) – the fabled “Mexican Coke” is what we all drank years ago before the advent of high fructose corn syrup. West Coast Tacos is open everyday from 11-8 pm. Phone is (802) 236-1018.

It is shaping up to be a busy summer on this corner of Benson seven miles north of U.S. Route 4 in Fair Haven.  Books and Tacos on a summer day? – who can resist!

The Book Shed
733 Lake Road
Benson VT 05731
802-537-2190
mail@thebookshed.com
http://www.thebookshed.com/

 West Coast Tacos
58 Mill Pond Rd., Benson, Vermont 05731
(802) 236-1018
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Coast-Tacos/555777621119229

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Join Us for the VABA Summer Book Fair ~ August 12 ~ Brattleboro, Vermont

The Vermont Summer Book Fair Returns To Brattleboro
and highlights new features!
The Vermont Summer Book Fair, inaugurated over 30 years ago  by the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association (VABA) gathers 40 plus dealers in fine old books, maps, ephemera, manuscripts, postcards and paper to the Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro, Sunday, August 12, 2012. Fair hours are 10am to 4pm.
This year’s fair features the “Ten Minute Symposia”, a series of impromptu dealer talks. Hourly, designated dealers will discuss an aspect of the old book business, collecting, or their particular specialty in the trade. Each talk will be held in the respective dealer’s booth and will be followed by a Q & A session. We encourage all interested visitors to join in and ask the questions that may have intrigued or puzzled you about old & rare books and related subjects.
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Ben Koenig of The Country Bookshop, a frequent contributor to WCVT FM 101.7 Classic Vermont will be one of our speakers as will Garry Austin of Austin’s Antiquarian Books in Wilmington VT, a specialist in all aspects of Theodore Roosevelt material. There will be a schedule in the Fair program.
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VABA is also proud to have with us this year the Philadelphia Printshop and Don Cresswell.  You will remember this affable individual from his many appearances on “The Antiques Roadshow”. Don will be sharing some behind the scenes “Roadshow” stories and will be taking your questions as part of the “Symposia”.
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Directions:
Just off Exit 2 of I-91, on Rte 9, The Park complex is identifiable by the local landmark of the Creamery Covered Bridge. Plenty of parking surrounds this well-lit spacious exhibition arena that is home to the Brattleboro Winter Sports Program and events like the “Home Show”. At the Vermont Summer Fair you will see names that you recognize from the the New York, Los Angeles, or Boston ABAA shows, however you will also find some dealers that exhibit only regionally. Some come from as far away as Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and others travel from New York and all our neighboring New England states and Canada. They will all be bringing their fresh material garnered from auctions and attics, barns and book sales, housecalls and pickers. The variety of the dealer offerings will be amazing. Of course you will find books in almost any subject, but the ephemera, maps, autographs, documents, photographs, post cards, prints, and exotica are head turning.
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Whether you are an experienced or novice book collector, a librarian or an archivist, a scholar or an academic, or are simply interested in books and the book arts in general, you will find something to your taste. We invite you to visit the fair, explore the booths, and purchase the treasures on display. Listen to a discussion, ask a question or two and enjoy the show. Show hours are Sunday, August 12, 10 am to 4 pm. The show admission is $5.
Posted by:
Garry R Austin
Austin’s Antiquarian Books
PO Box 730
Wilmington, VT 05363
802 464-8438
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