Saturday, February 11, 2012

The 31st Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in March

The 31st Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest and largest fair of its kind in the Southeast, returns to St. Petersburg's Historic Coliseum March 9-11,2012.

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair features more than one hundred specialized dealers from all over the United States. Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic, including modern fiction, Americana, Florida history and literature, travel and exploration, fine bindings, poetry, cooking, military history, world history, the classics, art books, religion, children's literature, illustrated books. Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles. A complete listing of the exhibitors is available at the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers' web page: Explore our new blog, updated regularly with bits of history, previews of items dealers will be bringing to the fair, and other items of interest:

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is open to the public beginning Friday, March9th, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 10th, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 11th, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 Friday, and is good for the entire weekend; Saturday's tickets are $6 per day or $10 for the weekend; Sunday's tickets are $6 for the day.Admission is free for children twelve and under, as well as for all students with valid identification. Parking is free for the show's duration.

Friday's opening will include live classical music. Several lectures will be offeredwith Saturday’s ticket price. Free appraisals are available to the public Sunday, March 14th, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Coliseum, a restored 1920s big band venue, is the perfect location for the event: 535 Fourth Avenue North, in downtown St. Petersburg.

Ticket sales benefit the St. Petersburg Public Library. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association and co-sponsored by Bright House Networks and WUSF Radio.

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