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The April Brown Bag Lunch Series will feature a panel discussion with ABAA members on the Expansion of Materials of the Antiquarian/Rare Book Trade. The webinar will focus on unique and unusual items, dealers expanding the diversity of traditional materials represented as antiquarian books, and more.  

Please join the Gender Equity Initiative on Zoom on April 24th, 2024, at 2 PM ET for a panel discussion with Blank Verso Books, Munster & Company, and Toadlily Books. 

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Expansion of Materials of the Antiquarian/Rare Book Trade
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 2pm ET
Mara Fath & Steven Hill
Mara and Steven met in a bookstore, not Steven's long ago store on Church Street, just some random old San Francisco bookshop, the kind that used to be a ubiquitous feature in the city. Their bookselling partnership began. Years later, they left the city and moved to Napa, where they have an online bookstore called Blank Verso Books. Recently, they got the opportunity to join the ABAA and participated in the SF Antiquarian Fair, which was amazing (in their own words!)! The ever changing landscape of rare book and ephemera selling is a bewitching challenge they tumble around with every day. 
Jon Munster and his wife Jessie are the co-owners of Munster & Company, ABAA in Corvallis, Oregon. He first started in the book trade in 2001 as a clerk and buyer for The Book Bin, ABAA, and worked his way up to becoming head buyer and store manager. In 2017 he and his wife bought Black Oak Books in El Cerrito, California, and moved everything to their home in Oregon. Jon is an alumnus of CABS (2015) and also took part in the ILAB mentorship program in 2020.
Libby Ware
Libby Ware and her wife, Charlene Ball, are the proprietors of Toadlily Books based in Atlanta, GA. She is the author of the award-winning Lum: A Novel. She and Charlene have co-written two bibliomysteries, Murder at the Estate Sale and Murder at the Book Fair, under the pen name Lily Charles.