Book fair bound for Denver

Dozens of booths planned for event


Book lovers throughout the region will head for the 30th annual Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair on Aug. 1 and 2 at the Denver Mart, where they will find over 60 booths with thousands of books and vintage and rare paper goods, such as maps, postcards, art prints, old travel brochures, posters, ads and ephemera from decades and centuries past. The event is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association.

The theme this year is “The Past, Present and Future of the Book,” and featured speakers are: Keith Schrum, a Highlands Ranch resident who is a curator at the History Colorado Museum, and Australian bookseller Sally Burdon of The Asia Bookworm in Canberra.

Schrum's topic is “Challenges Faced Building Collections to Serve Future Generations of Coloradans” (Aug. 1, 6 p.m.) Burden will talk about “The Used and Antiquarian Book World, Past, Present and Future: An Australian Dealer's Point of View.” (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.)

At various times, Karen Jones and members of the Bookworkers Guild will demonstrate basic book care and handling and talk about simple repairs and maintenance of a collection.

Lois Harvey of West Side Books on 32nd Avenue in the Highland neighborhood is a longtime name in area bookselling. She is coordinator for this year's fair and is excited about several specialty dealers who will have displays. One is Kevin Legroat of Bristlecone Books in Ridgeway, who is bringing material by famous illustrator Arthur Rackham, including signed drawings, Harvey said. Another vendor specializes in Sherlock Holmes materials and a third will have extra-fine Western Americana.

Harvey will offer a unique collection of books about Oriental rugs she bought from a woman in her late 80s. “Her children were not interested.” She will also have a collection of Big Little Books, including an intact Buck Rogers pop-up.

Tom Parson, who is renovating the Englewood Depot to become a letterpress museum, will exhibit historical materials, and there will be archivists of the telephone and telegraph and artist Leon Loughridge, who illustrates limited-edition books with special wood block prints.

Eric Meyer, who operates Bluebird Books in his Littleton home, will exhibit the classics and Modern Library editions that are his specialty.

If you go:

The Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair will be at the Denver Mart, at Interstate 25 and East 58th Ave., just north of Denver. Parking is free. Hours: Aug. 1, 2-9 p.m.; and Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: two days, $12; one day only, $7.


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