“Speed Dating”-Like Antique Book Fairs to Pop Up Around the Globe Tomorrow

cropped-img_7378-stack-of-books-q75-1055x17403The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has organized Pop Up Book Fairs around the globe to coincide with the UNESCO-backed World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd (tomorrow). In major cities like in Tokyo, Paris, Cape Town, Madrid, and Chicago, book fans and passers-by alike will have an opportunity to browse and buy a stunning selection of rare books, prints, manuscripts, and ephemera in locations that get a lot of foot traffic but might be unsual for a book stall—at train stations, on boats, at cocktail clubs, and on skyscraper rooftops. In New York City, rare book dealers will pop up at busy places in downtown Manhattan.

Each of the pop-ups will last for only a few hours, so the experience is being billed as a “mixture between bookish flash mob and speed dating for booklovers” by ILAB. A list of all the events taking place in participating cities can be found here.

ILAB will also be doing a live report of the worldwide events, which will appear on their website.