Mar 13

Michigan Antiquarian Book Show attracts collectors

Booksellers from across the Midwest are packing boxes this week with books of all stripes for the 59th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show which will be held Sunday April 6 at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave.

Show hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission is $4.50 with children under 13 free.

The show attracts collectors of all categories and Ray Walsh of Curious Book Shop in East Lansing Michigan emphasizes that the show isn’t just for high-end collectors who are looking for a first edition of J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye”, but also is geared for beginning collectors or those who are looking for unusual books to read.

In addition to books, the more than 65 dealers will be selling maps, postcards, advertising items, sports material, autographs, sheet music and just about every type of ephemera you can imagine.

Dealers at the Spring sale like to showcase new items in their inventory, gathered over the Winter.
When the doors open at 9:30 a.m. there is a flurry of activity as collectors head off to their favorite dealers to see what they are offering, quickly moving from one dealer to the next. In a couple hours the crowd begins to methodically walk up and down the aisles to slowly browse the dealer’s booth.

Many collectors also like the idea that twice a year they get to run into other collectors to talk about their collections and to catch up on the world of books.

In the world of e-books one thing that hasn’t diminished is the passion for collecting print books and you will see  some of the most passionate people in the world at the 59th Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. For more information on the show visit Curious Book Shop online and for a complete list of dealers and their specialties go Lansing City Pulse.