Florida Antiquarian Book Fair manager Sarah Smith is the featured guest on Rare Book Cafe, the weekly streamed program on Facebook and YouTube dedicated to rare and collectible books, maps, prints, and ephemera.
Sarah is discussing the upcoming book fair, which is planned for April 1-3, 2022. Because of the pandemic, this is the first time since 2019 that the book fair will be presented in person. As has been the case for many years, the book fair will be at The Coliseum, originally a 1920s music and dance venue that now serves as a space for many kinds of events.
The 39th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair's theme is The Children's Hour, celebrating books for young readers and the people who love them. The theme is based on the beloved poem by William Wadsworth Longfellow, which first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1860. The poem is about the relationship of Longfellow and his three daughters, who, as youngsters, would invade their father's study at the end of the day for some time and attention.
Sarah's visit on Rare Book Cafe includes mentions of her own children, Quintin, Grace, and her new baby, Guinevere, who is only months old. Longtime patrons and booksellers at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair have watched the youngsters grow up in the book business.
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