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2015 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

For almost ten years, the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair has been providing a public platform for writers, publishers, local book enthusiasts, poets and artists, who come together to share in the delights of the Small Press ways of life. Last year, the two-day affair enlisted 140 vendors to showcase their works, while close to 5,500 attendees came to support the endeavor. Growing the event to a weekend-long event has allowed a lot more people to enjoy the fair.

“The two-day format has really become popular,” says organizer Chris Fritton, who will be joined this year by co-founder Kevin Thurston, who made a special trip back to Buffalo to help run the show. “Often people tell me that they like Sunday better than Saturday because it has a great, relaxed atmosphere where there’s more time to share. [Having Kevin back] takes a little of the pressure off me, and Kevin brings a different perspective.”

What started as a primarily local event in scale, featuring free workshops, poetry readings, small press poets, book artists, letterpressers, comic book makers and to do-it-yourself crafters, now attracts artists and venders from cities that include Montreal, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, NYC, California, Washington DC and Milwaukee. It’s pretty awesome to think that all of this takes place right in our own backyard.

What: 2015 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
Where: Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Porter Hall, 453 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY
When: Saturday April 18th, 12-6pm, Sunday April 19th, 11am-5pm
Who: Writers, artists, and cultural workers from the Great Lakes Region and beyond
News: 9th Annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair takes place April 18th and 19th, 2015

Open Readings on Saturday during the fair. Saturday evening will feature an off-site small press poetry reading

Details of the event are available online at: This event and all the events surrounding the Fair are free to attend and open to the general public.

See Facebook event for updates and details.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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