Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Just in time for the book fair, we're proud to introduce a new periodical devoted to collecting the printed matter you love

It's written by people who know their stuff and it's dedicated to you -- the individual who wants to keep on learning about the things of the past that hold such fascination.

Perhaps best of all, it's free. The first issue is presented right here so you can flip through it right now. You can return to it any time you want to, and you can even download it, though it really works best on the issuu.com platform.

What's more, you can subscribe for free and get it delivered into your email inbox every time it comes out. That'll be four times a year.

So, what's in it? This first issue has a cover article with advice about building your collection. It's by Richard Oates, a retired educator who now has a business selling antiquarian books. He has been at it quite a few years and has picked up quite a bit of experience along the way. You get to benefit from his experience because he's willing to share some of what he's learned.

That's actually the case of everyone who has contributed to this first issue of the magazine. These are people who, like you, have an abiding interest in some aspect of old and collectible books, antique maps, prints, and all kinds of other printed material. They revel in it. For most, it's a hobby that turned into a business; an avocation that they have no intention of stopping. They're also people who are willing to share what they know with people who also have an abiding interest in these subjects. In short, they're generous -- with their knowledge and with their time.

You’ll find articles about collecting some unique genres. For instance, Black urban literature that came up in the mid-1960s, early Americana items produced as a growing nation began to figure out its new life, a perhaps obscure teen sleuth who’s much more realistic than Nancy Drew, fine art prints (often derived from old books). There’s even an article about what to do if you’ve been collecting for a long time ,or suddenly acquired an extensive collection, and need to get rid of it.

There’s also a fun piece by the authors of a new murder mystery novel set at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair (It’s fiction, of course.) Authors Charlene Ball and Libby Ware are also booksellers at the Florida show, so they know whereof they speak.

We sincerely hope you'll get something out of this endeavor -- that it will enrich your life just a little.

You’ll find this information in the magazine, but we’ll put it here, too. Write us at the magazine for any reason — if you like it, if you don’t, if you have an idea you’d like to share: bookloversparadisemagazine@gmail.com.

We can’t wait to see what you have to say.

-- T. Allan Smith

Editor, Book Lovers' Paradise Magazine.

Sunday, February 4, 2024

🔴 Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK No. 46: DeLand bookseller Richard Oates is bringing Florida ephemera

Our guest is Richard Oates, retired educator and bookseller, who owns Blind Horse Books in DeLand, Florida. Richard shares for co-hosts Ed Markiewicz and Lee Linn some of the remarkable Florida ephemera he’s bringing to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair this year, including several beautifully preserved late-1890s and 1920s brochures and other travel-related items from Florida resorts.

Richard also reveals for Ed and Lee the funny backstory about his store name, Blind Horse Books, and the real secret behind Dottie's Plate Lick'en Good Jazz Café and All-Night Blues Bookstore reference on his Facebook page

A SPECIAL REQUEST: Please SHARE this program with your book loving friends. If this is the first time you've watched Rare Book Cafe, let us know what you think in the comments. If you're a regular watcher, tell us in the comments how often and what you enjoy about the show.

Our Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK series offers short programs, usually on a single topic. Watch for more in the series.

Co-hosts Ed Markiewicz and Lee Linn are veteran antiquarian booksellers. Ed owns Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts, and Lee owns The Ridge Books in Calhoun, Georgia.

Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK is made possible by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest and largest rare, used, and collectible book fair in the southeastern United States. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair will be presented March 1-3, 2024 at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. More information at floridaantiquarianbookfair.com

The program also is made possible by Biblio.com, a website featuring used, rare, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers. Biblio is celebrating 20 years of serving book lovers. It’s better than ever. Biblio spotlights “the core of our business model: the independent booksellers who bring their expertise, enthusiasm, and professionalism to soon the used and rare book trade.”

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Music by Kevin MacLeod Hyperfun Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Rare Book Cafe is a gathering of collectors and lovers of old, rare, and collectible books. It is a virtual cafe, accessible anywhere in the world, where the subjects are priceless and the conversation is free. It is truly the book lovers' rendezvous. Join us on our Facebook group Book Lovers’ Rendezvous.

Rare Book Cafe is based in Florida.

Rare Book Cafe

The Book Lovers' Rendezvous™

ouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Also as a podcast on YouTube Music

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

🔴 Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK No. 45: The authors of Murder at the Book Fair sell books there, too

Booksellers and authors Libby Ware and Charlene Ball of Toadlily Books in Atlanta, are exhibiting at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair for the first time since they published their latest mystery novel Murder at the Book Fair. 

Setting for this tale of biblio intrigue is, of course, a fictional version of the Florida show, a venue they’re quite familiar with after many years as booksellers showing their wares there. Charlene notes that many mysteries dealing with booksellers have the characters spending little time in the store. They’re too busy out trying to solve the mystery. This book is different, weaving many books the authors like into the plot. 

Libby and Charlene also talk about some of the book items they’ll be bringing to the show. Charlene specializes in children’s and illustrated classics. Libby is drawn to the occult as well as the women’s movement of 1970s and LGBTQ. 

Libby has a lot of related ephemera. 

Among the titles Charlene shows is a beautifully illustrated volume called Russian Wonder Tales. Another is Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1919). She also shows an oversized edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses (1900), illustrated by Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire. Libby shows a book called Witches Still Live (1926). She shows another about alchemy. In ephemera, Libby has three copies of the 19th century newspaper Banner of Light. 

She also has a volume titled The Price of Salt by Claire Morgan, which was the pseudonym of novelist Patricia Highsmith. 

A SPECIAL REQUEST: Please SHARE this program with your book loving friends. If this is the first time you've watched Rare Book Cafe, let us know what you think in the comments. 

If you're a regular watcher, tell us in the comments how often and what you enjoy about the show. Our Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK series offers short programs, usually on a single topic. Watch for more in the series. 

 Co-hosts Ed Markiewicz and Lee Linn are veteran antiquarian booksellers. Ed owns Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts (soon to be in Massachusetts), and Lee owns The Ridge Books in Calhoun, Georgia. 

 Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK is made possible by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest and largest rare, used, and collectible book fair in the southeastern United States. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair will be presented March 1-3, 2024 at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. More information at floridaantiquarianbookfair.com 

The program also is made possible by Biblio.com, a website featuring used, rare, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers. Biblio is celebrating 20 years of serving book lovers. It’s better than ever. Biblio spotlights “the core of our business model: the independent booksellers who bring their expertise, enthusiasm, and professionalism to soon the used and rare book trade.” 

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Music by Kevin MacLeod Hyperfun Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 

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Rare Book Cafe is a gathering of collectors and lovers of old, rare, and collectible books. It is a virtual cafe, accessible anywhere in the world, where the subjects are priceless and the conversation is free. It is truly the book lovers' rendezvous. Join us on our Facebook group Book Lovers’ Rendezvous. Rare Book Cafe is based in Florida. Rare Book Cafe The Book Lovers' Rendezvous™ YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Also as a podcast on YouTube Music #rarebooks #collectiblebooks #ephemera #ephemeraforsale #leatherboundbooks 

#leatherbound #antiquemapsandprints #bostonbooklovers #booksinboston #floridabookfair #floridaantiquarianbookfair #rarebookcafe #bookloversrendezvous

Friday, February 2, 2024

🔴 Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK No. 44: Bryan Young shares what he"s bringing to the Florida book fair

Bookseller and large animal veterinarian Bryan Young, owner of Grayshelf Books in Tomball, Texas, is looking forward to the upcoming Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. 

He shares with co-hosts Ed Markiewicz and Lee Linn some of the unusual items he’s bringing to the Florida show this year. Bryan and his wife Kelly specialize in first editions and rare books. 

Among the treasures Bryan and Kelly are bringing to the book fair is a signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in pristine condition, with the signature on a Bloomsbury book plate, as well as a good collection of other Harry Potter items. They’ll also have a complete set of the U.S. edition of the Harry Potter series. 

They also will bring a copy of Stephen King’s The Stand in very fine condition with its own beautiful clamshell case. Other Stephen King titles will also be in their offerings. And, finally, Bryan shows a first UK edition of To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) with a typed letter signed by Harper Lee. Bryan says the author’s letter mentions what a difference the publication of the book made in her life. 

A SPECIAL REQUEST: Please SHARE this program with your book loving friends. If this is the first time you've watched Rare Book Cafe, let us know what you think in the comments. If you're a regular watcher, tell us in the comments how often and what you enjoy about the show. 

Our Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK series offers short programs, usually on a single topic. Watch for more in the series. Co-hosts Ed Markiewicz and Lee Linn are veteran antiquarian booksellers. 

Ed owns Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts (soon to be located in Massachusetts), and Lee owns The Ridge Books in Calhoun, Georgia. 

Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK is made possible by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest and largest rare, used, and collectible book fair in the southeastern United States. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair will be presented March 1-3, 2024 at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. More information at floridaantiquarianbookfair.com 

The program also is made possible by Biblio.com, toa website featuring used, rare, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers. Biblio is celebrating 20 years of serving book lovers. It’s better than ever. Biblio spotlights “the core of our business model: the independent booksellers who bring their expertise, enthusiasm, and professionalism to soon the used and rare book trade.” 

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Music by Kevin MacLeod Hyperfun Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 

************** 

 Rare Book Cafe is a gathering of collectors and lovers of old, rare, and collectible books. It is a virtual cafe, accessible anywhere in the world, where the subjects are priceless and the conversation is free. It is truly the book lovers' rendezvous. Join us on our Facebook group Book Lovers’ Rendezvous. 

Rare Book Cafe is based in Florida. 

Rare Book Cafe The Book Lovers' Rendezvous™ 

YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Also as a podcast on YouTube Music 

#rarebooks #collectiblebooks #ephemera #ephemeraforsale #leatherboundbooks #leatherbound #antiquemapsandprints #bostonbooklovers #booksinboston #floridabookfair #floridaantiquarianbookfair #rarebookcafe #bookloversrendezvous