Fill a bookcase to fight illiteracy at ANZAAB Pop-Up Fairs on Thursday April 23, 2015
ILAB, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, will be holding Pop-Up Fairs all around the world.
The fairs start their day with an empty symbolic bookcase. Customers at the fairs are offered the opportunity to ‘buy’ a symbolic book to fill the bookcase and thereby donate money to support a UNESCO project in Sudan.
The ‘bookcases’ are large posters on which pictures of books can be fixed. As symbolic books are ‘bought’, symbolic bookcases fill and across the world more and more money is raised for UNESCO's literacy program.
Why pop-up fairs?
Each year UNESCO celebrates the 23rd of April as World Book and Copyright Day. This year antiquarian booksellers from all around the world will be joining together to raise money for a UNESCO literacy program.
Pop-Up Fairs all around the world
Starting the day in Australia there will be pop-up fairs all around the world, including in Japan, Russia, Austria, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, the UK, and the USA - Newcastle, Washington, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Portland
Melbourne Rare Book Week and Melbourne Rare Book Fair
Melbourne Rare Book Week commenced in 2012 as a partnership between ANZAAB, the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions. In 2014, over 40 free events were held at libraries, literary and historical societies and bookshops throughout Melbourne, attracting local, national and international visitors. Melbourne Rare Book Week is now well established in the City of Melbourne's event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and literary heritage.
A short video on Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2014 can be viewed here
ANZAAB Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Scholarships Awarded
We are pleased to announce that the two 2015 ANZAAB Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar scholarships were awarded to Dawn Albinger of Archives Fine Books in Brisbane and to Tom Baker-Stimson of Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers in Adelaide. Both Dawn and Tom were ‘over the moon’ when they found out they will be going to Colorado in July.
We are honoured to have been able to award these scholarships through the generous support of an anonymous benefactor. ANZAAB received many excellent applications for the scholarships that strive to promote excellence in the book trade. The scholarships will make a real difference. Both Dawn and Tom have been working in the trade for a few years now and have already shown real promise. More than that: they have both proven that they will make a significant contribution to the antiquarian book trade in the long term.
Every year the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, or CABS as it is known, delivers extraordinary ‘insider’ information to interested booksellers, would-be booksellers, rare book and special collections librarians and collectors. Now in its 37th year, over 2000 students have attended and many students are still working in the trade today.
For more information on CABS and on how to register for this year’s seminar click here.
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What is ANZAAB?
The Australian & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), which was formed in 1977, has 56 full members today, who, together with the other categories of ANZAAB membership, associate, retired, life and honorary make up a total membership of 79.
ANZAAB is the professional body which represents the members of the antiquarian book business in Australia and New Zealand. It aims to promote antiquarian bookselling and collecting; it makes statements on matters affecting these topics on behalf of its members.
The ANZAAB Code of Ethics may be seen by clicking on the preceding link.
The association organises a regular series of antiquarian book fairs in major cities.
Like many national associations, ANZAAB is affiliated with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Like other national associations it sets out standards of commercial behaviour to which its members voluntarily adhere. It encourages the observance of the courtesies and honourable practices traditionally associated with the trade. In particular, ANZAAB seeks to encourage its members to achieve high standards of accuracy in descriptions of materials offered for sale.