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Friday, September 22, 2017

Today could be your last 24 hours. Waste 2:30 to 3:30 with us. It's the Cafe Doom Show.

Today the Cafe regulars consider the prediction that the world might end before, during, or after the program, with recourse to famous apocalypses and dystopias that just killed off most, but not all.

Rare Book Cafe is streamed by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair every Saturday from 2.30 to 3.30 pm EDT. We feature interviews, panel discussion and stuff you can learn about book collecting whether you are a regular at Sotheby’s or just someone who likes books.

The program airs live on Rare Book Cafe’s Facebook page, and remain there after the show.

Hosted by Miami book dealer, appraiser and’s Bucks on the Bookshelf radio show creator Steven Eisenstein, the program features a revolving set of cohosts and regular guests including Thorne Donnelley of Liberty Book Store in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Lindsay Thompson of Charlotte’s Henry Bemis Books; miniature books expert Edie Eisenstein; ephemera expert Kara Accettola; and program creator/producer T. Allan Smith.

We enjoy the support and encouragement of these booksellers: Little Sages Books in Hollywood, Florida; Liberty Books in Palm Beach Gardens; As Time Goes By, in Marion, Alabama; Quill & Brush in Dickerson, Maryland; Lighthouse Books in St. Petersburg; The Ridge Books in Calhoun, Georgia; and Henry Bemis Books in Charlotte.

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The end: not with a bang, but with a loudspeaker announcement and three pints of bitter

Regular viewers of Rare Book Cafe may wish to watch Saturday's show from your local. And take a large paper bag.

See, the world is supposed to end September 23. A report on Fox News says so.

We had plans for a show already, for Saturday, the Rare Book Cafe Facebook page, 2.30 pm EDT.

We're betting we can still work it in. 

But on the off chance we're wrong, here's a clip from an end-of-the-world instructional video. It was passed off as a movie called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy so as not to cause worldwide panic.

Alas, everyone thought it was a comedy, so the point got entirely lost.

So, as the publican says, "Last call, then?"

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Saturday: It may, or may not, happen. Plan accordingly.

A Christian numerologist, promoted by Fox News, says the end of the world is Saturday, sometime.

The Doomsday Clock of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says it's 2 minutes and 15 seconds to their version of the end: midnight.

Either way, in the time you have left, you could do worse than reading some good books, or talking about books about the end of the world with fellows in the "we who are about to die salute you" club of book savants.

So join us- if circumstances permit- live, Saturday, at 2.30 pm EDT for Rare Book Cafe's Doom Show: a look at authors' dress rehearsals for the End of The World As We Know It. We'll be on the Cafe Facebook page, unless....