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ABAA members are participating in UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day (April 23, 2016) by organizing several "Pop-Up" Book Fairs around the country.

The Pop-Up Books Fairs are organized by the  International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the parent organization of the ABAA.  


From the ILAB:

What do a film star, the children in South Sudan, and 1,800 booksellers on 5 continents have in common? They are some of the essential components of a worldwide series of events to create a more literate world. On 23 April 2016, the members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) will celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day with a series of spectacular and extraordinary bookish events -- for 24 hours, one after another around the world.

Last year and for the very first time, ILAB booksellers decided to think global and act local on 23 April 2015 by holding ILAB Pop Up Fairs -- book presentations, lectures, exhibitions, performances, appraisals -- within their local communities and coordinating their efforts under ILAB’s roof. The worldwide celebrations held at most busy and sometimes really unexpected places like Giant Ferris wheels, cabarets and clubs made a global impact. The ILAB booksellers raised well over 10,000 Euros, which bought 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper for the South Sudanese children – delivered by UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative.

In 2016 the ILAB booksellers will do this again… and they will do even more!

From Australia to Japan and, for the first time ever, to the Republic of Korea, further on to Cape Town in South Africa, Moscow and all over Europe to New York, Chicago and the Pacific North West Coast the ILAB booksellers bring rare books to the people and raise funds for UNESCO’s and American actor Forest Whitaker’s literacy projects in South Sudan.



The US events organized by ABAA members are as follows:


Chicago Pop-Up Fair

Saturday, April 23

10am - 5pm

Glessner House Museum Coach House

1800 South Prairie Avenue

Chicago, IL 60616

Free admission

12 Chicago booksellers will hold an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair at the wonderful historical venue of Glessner House. All members of the Midwest Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), they will show a fine selection of rare books, manuscripts, prints, autographs and ephemera from all centuries and for all tastes to take part in the worldwideUNESCO World Book and Copyright Day celebrations and to raise funds in support of the great work of UNESCO’s Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) in South Sudan. 


New York Pop-Up Fair

Saturday, April 23

Noon - 2pm

B & B Rare Books, Ltd.

30 East 20th Street, Suite 305

New York, NY 10003

Free admission


Portland Pop-Up Fair

Saturday, April 23

Noon - 5pm

Community Room, West Linn Public Library

1595 Burns Street

West Linn, OR 97068

Free admission + free appraisl on up to 2 items (1pm - 3pm)


Seattle Pop-Up Fair

Saturday, April 23

2pm - 8pm

Madison Room, Hotel Sorrento

900 Madison Street

Seattle, WA 98104

Free admission + free appraisal on up to 3 items


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