As many of you know I have been traveling the country a lot lately. I have spent a lot of my time in the Pacific Northwest and have even started writing my very own suspense novel. Life certainly keeps me on my toes.
I have traveled to numerous book stores and find it interesting how many independent bookstores the west coast supports.
I was just in a pizza parlor earlier this week and saw a poster for the 2016 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. I might be a bookstore owner, but it’s not because I have a passion to sell books—I have a passion to have them. I added the Book Fair to my itinerary right then and a few days later tried to ignore the beeping reminder of the event. It’s not that I didn’t want to go, but that I really didn’t have any extra money to buy more books.
Well, obviously, because there is a post about the event, I succumbed to the reminder and went. This was my first Antiquarian Book event ever and I have never seen so many amazing finds in one place.
I know these vendors only brought a small portion of their wares and I wonder how they even went about choosing. I believe everyone brought a first edition signed copy of The Old Man and the Sea, but what I wanted to see were books by our famous Harper Lee and Truman Capote.
Capote was more common and I only found one seller with any copies of To Kill a Mockingbird. He had two first edition copies of our favorite novel and they weren’t cheap. The price tags were steep because of the nature of the books themselves, but very reasonable for the finds, and– in my opinion—there were some very good deals. One day I am hoping we at Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe will be able to have a rare book room of our own.