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27 Sep

Book lovers of Vancouver unite! The Vancouver Book Fair is back

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It’s time to put down your Kindles and your Kobos folks.

Do you remember the last time you navigated a vintage tome? How you followed the narrative not with the touch of a button or swipe of a screen, but with a thoughtful thumbing of dusty pages and a hard clap of leather or cloth bound covers? I do.

Unlike most people of the generation before or after me (ahem, Boomers and Generation Y), I have not converted to reading books on a neat tablet that fits in my clutch. As my partner can attest, I still lug around my vintage Winston Dictionary and my ratty old copy of Black Beauty to each new abode.

I believe I’ll be amongst kindred spirits at this weekend’s Vancouver Book Fair Now in its third year, the Vancouver Book Fair features over 25 exhibitors selling everything from B.C. History books to antiquarian children’s books to counter culture reads.

Western Canada’s premier antiquarian, collectible and rare book event includes some of British Columbia’s top, niche book sellers. There will be maps, prints, manuscripts, fine press and limited editions. Whether you’re into 15th century incunabula or 21st century modern first editions, there will be goodies on offer for the pickiest of bookworms.

Vancouver Book Fair

Vancouver Book Fair

Embrace your inner librarian and get ready to spend a day reading spines, comparing notes with other collectors – novice and pro alike – and perusing bookish ephemera.

You’ll find local booksellers like Ainsworth Books from Delta, Flashback Books from West Vancouver and Bob Gaba Rare Books and Antiquaria from Victoria all in the exhibition hall.

The fair takes place on September 28 from noon until 7:00 p.m. and on September 29 from noon until 5:00 p.m. at 800 Robson Street, UBC Robson Square. Fair tickets can be purchased for $8 or you can register on the Book Fair’s website for a two dollar discount.

What’s you favourite vintage read? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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