Buffalo Small Press Book Fair = Paradise

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

The view of most of the festival floor

On Sunday, I attended the seventh annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. For those of you who missed my post on Wednesday, the book fair is a glorious event put on by the Western New York Book Arts Center that brings together booksellers, authors, poets, artists, small presses, zinesters, and literary enthusiasts from around the region.

This was my second year attending, and I had been looking forward to this event for months. How happy I was when, in defiance of the weather forecast, Sunday dawned sunny and warm! Driving into Buffalo with the windows down and the sun streaming through the windshield was the best feeling. Entering the city always feels like coming home, and I can’t wait to move back in a few months! Continue reading

Upcoming: Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

buffalo small press book fairThe weekend of April 6 through 7 will mark the seventh annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair! Booksellers, small presses, authors, poets, artists, zinesters, and literary enthusiasts from around the region will gather in the beautiful and spacious Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum to browse, attend readings, and participate in workshops with the Western New York Book Arts Collective.

For the first time, the fair will be held over two days instead of one, which demonstrates what a huge success it has become! This year, there will be author readings Saturday and three workshops Sunday. I’m really excited to attend the Basic Book Structures workshop with Esther K. Smith to learn some basic bookmaking exercises! Continue reading

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Yesterday I went to the sixth annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair at the beautiful Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Held inside a beautiful, restored church complete with stained glass windows, the fair brought together small publishers, authors, poets, artists, zinesters, and enthusiasts of all of sorts! Hundreds of people filled the large space, milling through rows of tables set up for the vendors selling a plethora of book-related wares.

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Ellis Avery Reads The Last Nude in Buffalo

Last night I was pleased to attend a reading by Ellis Avery, author of The Teahouse Fire and the recently released The Last Nude, at my favorite independent bookstore, Talking Leaves in Buffalo, NY.

Although only a small group of people turned up for the reading (myself, two Canisius professors and two UB professors), it was a very enjoyable and intimate event. Avery, wearing a brown dress over jeans and a lilac scarf draped over her slim shoulders, began her talk with an introduction to her book.

Set in 1927 Paris, The Last Nude is inspired by Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka’s famous work, “Beautiful Rafaela,” which Avery was first exposed to in London while she was working on her first novel, The Teahouse Fire. She said she was completely struck by the painting and the information she read on the placard next to it. She was intrigued to learn the piece is one of many paintings of de Lempicka’s lover and surprised that two women would have had this type of relationship during the time period. She knew she wanted her next novel to explore this relationship.

Beautiful Rafaela by Tamara de Lempicka

“Beautiful Rafaela”

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