Book fairs don’t just have to be a distant memory from grade school. Come enjoy the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair in the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring the rare collections and treasures of 200 booksellers from over 20 different countries. This giant book party will connect book lovers, scholars, and dealers from around the world to browse and purchase some of the most highly sought-after books, graphics, manuscripts, photographs, and much more.
California International Antiquarian Book Fair
Hosted by: ABAA & Bibliographical Society of America
Friday, February 10, 2017 thru Sunday, February 12, 2017
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Featured Exhibits and Activities at the Book Fair
The world’s largest and most prestigious exhibition is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special showcase from the University of California, Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. The library boasts an extensive collection of literary fiction, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and western books. Displays from Bancroft Library and other local libraries will include exclusive, one-of-a-kind works from their collections. Moreover, local book artists and organizations will create engaging and informative activities to entertain visitors all weekend. Unique souvenirs created by calligraphers, bookbinders, and small press operators will be available for attendees of all ages to take home. The fair will also feature a number of seminars providing important book collecting strategies, valuable selling tips, free appraisals, and presentations that will bring to public recognition the craftsmanship and rich history of antiquarian books. (And this is just a small preview of the treasures that lie ahead!)
Downtown Oakland is a great cultural hub for locals and visitors. The Antiquarian Book Fair is in close range to diverse cuisines, trendy shops, historic buildings, Oakland Museum, the beautiful Lake Merritt, and the city’s gorgeous waterfront at Jack London Square. Public transportation is easily available with plenty of bus stops and the 12th Street BART Station near the Oakland City Center. Visit the Downtown Oakland guide to plan your trip.
Alternative Accommodations near the Oakland Marriott City Center
If you’re seeking an affordable place to stay while attending the Antiquarian Book Fair, be sure to book a room at Piedmont Place. This top-ranked Oakland motel is located just 2 miles from the Oakland Marriott City Center at 55 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94610 with easy access to public transportation. Piedmont Place Oakland features clean, comfortable rooms; free parking; free Wi-Fi; and complimentary coffee all day. To reserve your room, visit www.thepiedmontplace.com or call (510) 658-0550 today.