When it comes to publishing on a small level, Buffalo is chock full of incredible resources that makes it possible for small press poets, book artists, letterpressers, comic book makers, do-it-yourself crafters, etc. to get their works in published. At the same time it’s just as important for these creatives to attend functions such as the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, so they can get their works in front of the public. This year the fair will be hosted over the course of two days. “The Fair continues to grow*, and people responded positively to the two-day format last year,” said Chris Fritton, the organizer of the event.
Join hundreds of vendors and thousands of writers and artists (it’s getting that big) for a fair that has become one of the city’s most culturally intriguing and fascinating events. Included at the fair are free workshops that help to attract an even wider array of attendees. “This year we will have readings off-site the two nights prior, as well as number of other events taking place in conjunction with the weekend of the fair.” Fritton adds “The book fair has really become a week-long event that draws people from all over the Northeast and Midwest, and having activities on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday make that trip worthwhile.”
As the attendance continues to grow, so does the distance that authors and artists are willing to travel to present at the show. The fair is comprised of a diverse mix of poets and authors, some of which participate in open readings and even a marathon reading.
The event will be held once again at the beautiful Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Porter Hall, 453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY on Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th – but the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Pre-Parties and readings (on April 3rd and 4th) will take place at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, NY.
What: 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
Where: Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Porter Hall, 453 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY
When: Saturday April 5th, 12-6pm, Sunday April 6th, 11am-5pm
Who: Writers, artists, and cultural workers from the Great Lakes Region and beyond
*Last year, the Fair boasted 125 vendors and close to 4,500 participants; this year it is expected to have 140 vendors and 5,000 participants.
Details of the event are available online at: www.buffalosmallpress.org. The event is free to attend and open to the general public.