Saturday, February 6, 2016

RARE BOOK CAFE: What's your book worth? Get answers

WATCH LIVE: Today we're trying something a little different. We won't have a special guest on. Instead, our co-hosts, Steven Eisenstein and Thorne Donnelley, will take audience questions about the value of their books. This is a great format for doing that because it is visual. Listeners can show the books they are discussing and get answers in real time.

It's almost like being at the book fair, which, of course, is the best what to find out information about your book. Being able to talk to knowledgeable book dealers is a joy. The book fair is coming up, and we certainly suggest that you be there but you can visit Rare Book Cafe on Saturday and get some pretty good advice about your books.

You can view it right here on the book fair blog but you're going to have the best experience if you view it on That way you can type in comments or jump into the program live and ask your question. If you decide to watch it on Blab, log into your Twitter account first and leave it open. Then, in a new window on your Chrome or Firefox browser, go to

If you've never logged in before, you'll be invited to sign in using your Twitter account. Click to allow that and Blab takes care of the rest of the process. If it's your first time, Blab will ask you about your interests. Pick three and then move to the search bar and search for Rare Book Cafe. It'll come up in results below the panel at the top where people are yacking.

When you enter Rare Book Cafe, you'll be greeted by one of the hosts (maybe both). Watch the program, and when you are ready to ask your question, type a slash and the letter Q in the chat space then type your question. That helps the question be highlighted.

Join in the conversation either in the chat or on screen if there is a seat open.

That's it! Easy! Come join the conversation.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Order tickets to the book fair online at Eventbrite

This is the interface you'll see at Eventbrite when you order tickets.
You can order your tickets for the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair online now at Eventbrite. It's a convenient way to order tickets and it means you don't have to stand in the box office line to get into the book fair. You can go right to the entrance where your ticket will be scanned electronically. Many book fair fans have told us they really like the convenience of getting their tickets in advance. It's especially helpful if you're coming from out of town.

This is a screen shot of Eventbrite's nifty map.
Eventbrite has made quite a few improvements and it's a breeze to order tickets, even from your phone or other mobile device.  They've even made it easy to find the location of the book fair (if you didn't already know where The Coliseum is) with a nifty interactive map, also accessible from your phone.

Here's something you should know when you order your tickets. If you use the discount code "saveabuck" (without the quotation marks), you'll save a dollar on each ticket you purchase.

A note: If you are coming from out of town and you're planning to stay overnight, make your  hotel reservations in advance. There are other events in town that weekend. One of the largest is the Grand Prix. So the city will be busy. As always, parking is free at The Coliseum so you shouldn't have difficulty finding a place to park.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the book fair.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

RARE BOOK CAFE: Author Larry Baker returns to the show

WATCH LIVE: When we last left author Larry Baker, he was dashing off for another engagement and had to tear himself away from our company. That was last Thursday, and we had a bit of a late night, too, because of a schedule conflict.

 Unfortunately, our edition with Larry Baker was much too short. We barely had time to make introductions and give him The Third Degree. Almost immediately after that, he left. We don't think those two incidents were related. :-)

The good news is that we invited Larry back and he said yes and we won't have to do The Third Degree since we already did it, so we can pick up where we left off, which is fine with us.

So, Larry Baker will join us at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 4, right here on the Rare Book Cafe.

You can watch Rare Book Cafe right here on the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair blog or you can log into  using you Twitter account. Search for Rare Book Cafe and join the conversation.

Rare Book Cafe is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, celebrating 34 years in March 2016. Watch for interesting information about the book fair on upcoming episodes of Rare Book Cafe. Subscribe to the broadcast so you won't miss anything.