Friday, April 28, 2017

This Saturday on Rare Book Cafe: The dust settles- we are mortals again.


Brigadoon has vanished for another year: the 36th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair ended its three-day run last weekend, and the Rare Book Cafe team reassembles this week to trade notes on how it went from their varied viewpoints: Steve Eisenstein and Thorne Donnelley were exhibitors; Edie Eisenstein was scouting for miniature books; producer Allan Smith was everywhere, setting up and broadcasting the interviews and features studio co-hosts Lin Thompson and Kara Accettola covered during almost eight hours of live coverage!


This week, too, Steve’s going to tell how dust jackets became, and then became the arbiters of collectible book values. Thorne is taking a break from the detailed research required to authenticate rare books, and will tell us about great book forgeries of history. Edie will have some new acquisitions, and Allan has a raft of photos from the Fair. Join us!


Rare Book Cafe is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. It’s broadcast every Saturday from 2.30 to 3.30 pm EDT and features 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 and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair’s Facebook page; the Book Fair Blog, and the Book Fairs YouTube channel. Shows are archived on YouTube and can also be viewed on the Facebook pages, and the blog after their first run.

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; and program creator/producer T. Allan Smith.

Rare Book Cafe program encourages viewer participation via its interactive features and video: if you've got an interesting book, join the panel and show it to us! If you’d like to ask the team a question or join us in the virtually live studio audience for the program, write us at

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