In a world filled with smart phones and tablets, it’s nice to know that there are those who still get a thrill out of the old school traditions of book binding, letterpress printing, paper making, etc. Each year, at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (Porter Hall, 453 Porter Avenue), fans of the small press ‘lost arts’ do their part to promote the local and national artists and artisans that are inspired by the DIY movement.
On Saturday April 9, 12-6pm, and Sunday April 10, 11am-5pm, grab your friends and family and head over to a truly inspirational event that will change the way you look at the printed and spoken word. This is the fourth year that the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair (BSPBF) has been hosted in a two-day format, and each year more and more people discover the fascinating movement that features hundreds of vendors and thousands of artists and writers.
Although the fair has been widely attended for a decade, it appears as if this will be the event’s final year. “I’m grateful to have had the chance to run the BSPBF for ten years, but it’s time to move on – Buffalo is changing and growing right now, and I think it’s the perfect moment to close the door on this event and see what opportunities lie ahead,”said Chris Fritton, long-time organizer of the Fair. “The two-day format continues to be popular; 2015 was the first year when attendance was greater on Sunday than on Saturday.”
It is anticipated that upwards of 6000 attendees will make a trip to the fair this year. Similar to previous years, the event will host free Sunday workshops and Saturday open readings. Tipico Coffee will host a small press poetry reading and after-party on Saturday as well.
What: 2016 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
Where: Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Porter Hall, 453 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY
When: Saturday April 9th, 12-6pm, Sunday April 10th, 11am-5pm
Who: Writers, artists, and cultural workers from the Great Lakes Region and beyond
News: 10th Anniversary Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Will Be the Final Fair
Food: Lloyd and Amy’s Truck