Friday, December 22, 2017

For Christmas Eve's Eve, the Cafe's revisiting an old friend-

The Cafe's taking Christmas Eve Eve off, and in place of our live program, producer Allan Smith has picked one of 2017's most popular archived shows. 

Ohio children's book expert Larry Rakow dropped by the Cafe for a fascinating hour, and boy, howdy, does he know his stuff! 

It's a fascinating discussion, even though we couldn't pry loose where he goes to find really old children's books that aren't crayoned all over the endpapers and have the edges gnawed down to nubs.

We visited again, briefly, with Rakow at the 2017 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, where it was evident he's got the secret to cultivating tomorrow's collectors, too. One look at this photo and we stopped changing the Book Fair's Facebook page cover pic every week. Sometimes, you just can't beat perfect:

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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