Thursday, July 13, 2017

July 15 on Rare Book Cafe: Books as our families of choice

Books exert a hold on us. It ranges from mild interest to outright mania.

This week the Cafe' regulars will have stuff spread out all over the table: Steve & Edie's vacation (no slides), and Edie's preview of the next Miniature Book Society Conclave.

Thorne will talk about how, with some books, "they are my children": books we buy for ourselves; books we want to sell but can't let go of; and books that make up that most mythic state of existence, the Bookseller's Retirement Fund.

The team will take a look at an 18th-century Irish songbook to see what it can tell its new owner, too.

And, of course, books are part of the heady brew of youth and rebellion- Guest Host Kara Accettola will show some of her ephemera that made up "the seeds of Woodstock" 48 years ago this summer.

Sometimes, like the other sort of kids, books will cause you no end of headaches. Carrie Carnes, co-owner of Old Tampa Bay Books, will take a break from a truly frazzled time to tell us what it's like to lose the lease on a storage space with 60,000 books in it that have to go somewhere else- fast.

Join us for the fun and insight: this Saturday at 2:30 pm EDT on the Rare Book Cafe Facebook page, live!

Rare Book Cafe is streamed 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 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.
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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