Thursday, August 24, 2017

"What's My Title?" the Cafe does a game show this Saturday

Games run through all of literature. From Bilbo’s guessing game with Gollum to Alice navigating a countryside laid out like a chess board in Through the Looking-Glass; from Sherlock Holmes cracking The Musgrave Ritual to card parties in Jane Austen to James Bond’s gambling for Queen and Country in Casino Royale- there’s always a gaming table beckoning, a pickup match on a summer lawn; and a parlor game to be played by candlelight.

This week Rare Book Cafe winds down the summer with a look at books and games and fun in books. There’ll be high-stakes bets on homes and tin mines and mortgages and spouses, comic misunderstandings, and social snubs that cut deeper than a newly cut deck in a sharp poker dealer’s hands.

We’ll also be looking back at Rare Book Cafe’s two years as a live internet show, starting with our debut on August 31, 2015. Bests and worsts will be celebrated or winced at from scores of programs and over one hundred guests from around the world.

Join us for the fun Saturday!

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.

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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