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Resources in NYC for Pratt LIS graduate students: Book Fairs and Festivals

This is a guide intended to provide library students the resources to help them experience the different opportunities that New York City has to offer.

One Book, New York

One Book, New York is a collaboration among the Mayor of New York's Office of Media and Entertainment, New York Magazine and Vulture. This initiative was launched to bring New Yorkers together and use books as a tool to ignite conversation amid the hustle and bustle of the city. Each month, books are nominated and then New Yorkers have the chance to vote on which book will be selected for that month. Looking up on the subway and seeing people reading the same book builds a sense of community in a city of over 8 million people.

 

New York Book Fair Calendar

This is a comprehensive list of American and international book fairs. It is consistently updated and searchable by state, so it's easy to find the book fairs in your area. Many of these take place in New York at various times of the year. They are scheduled out a year in advance, which makes it easy to plan ahead to attend events. The events range from various antiquarian book sellers, ephemeral collections, BookCon, and more. Many of these are free to the public or offer a reduced prices for students. 

Being aware of the events in New York and throughout the country provides an insight into the many different opportunities for student involvement in public events. These organizations and companies could lead students to a career path, which finding connections through public events is necessary. It also provides awareness of the breadth of the field and can open doors that may not be evident at first to new students. 

There is also information here on book-related classes and webinars offered. Research tips and resources can be found here, making this a wide-ranging tool for anyone who is interested in cataloging terms, maps and atlases, dictionary and book binding, and all aspects of the book field. There's also a page dedicated to finding rare books that may not be in stores. There are built-in search engines that link out to various online book retailers and interesting blogs surrounding the fairs. This truly is a one-stop site for all things book related

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

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Every year, over 200 rare book and manuscript dealers gather at the Park Avenue Armory. This is officially hosted by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. First edition books, ephemera, illuminated manuscripts, maps, and autographs are just a few things that will be displayed. Topics range from medicine to art and even rare photographs are included in the curated selection of items from the vendors. This is a rich, inspiring event for anyone interested in rare books and special collections. Pratt also offers a course specifically for handling this type of material, as well as conservation and preservation. 

New York Art Book Fair | Printed Matter

Printed Matter Inc., is the world leading non-profit organization for artist's books. Printed Matter was founded in New York in 1976 and continues to have a huge presence in the art book world. Once a year, the use MoMA PS1 as their location for their sprawling display of thousands of unique artist's books. Not only is this a place to purchase material, it's also a great way to network with people of similar interests, but to start conversations with art dealers, book vendors, museum employees who could possible be future employers. As a student, these are opportunities that should be taken advantage of, especially free events like this one!