Friday, November 17, 2017

On every Saturday, we at Rare Book Cafe follow Dr Johnson's view: "The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression." (Well, we try.)

It's an eclectic lineup for the November 18 Rare Book Cafe as the team reassembles from travels ranging from downright cold Boston to the existential hellcation of changing cable providers.

But gather we will as the days shorten and whoosh past, at 2.30 Saturday on the Cafe's Facebook page.

Edie Eisenstein has her miniature books out of hurricane storage and her research materials at the ready, so she will be sharing miniature book books: guides to making a go of the niche genre (no, we asked already: the books about collecting miniature books are not also miniature).

Thorne Donnelley is back from the Boston Shadow Book Fair and will give us a vicarious tour of life among the rare book elite and their customers; he'll also show us a 19th-century edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson. Mention of that perked up Lindsay Thompson's wandering attention span, and he'll pull out one or two tales from the space between his ears that so made his parents despair ("he remembers everything but anything important or useful"):

We'll note Sunday's 10th anniversary of the Kindle, widely predicted by the credulous to mark The End of the Book As We Know It:

And we’ll be making up all kinds of other stuff as we go. Join us, and the fun as we sip our espressos and talk rare books!


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.
The program’s regular guests include Miami book dealer, appraiser and’s Bucks on the Bookshelf radio show creator Steven Eisenstein, 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:A Bric-A-Brac in Miami;  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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