In addition to more than 100 top rare book and ephemera dealers
BABF will feature these Special Events and Exhibits

The Haiku Lounge

The Haiku Guys & 
Pop Productions present The Haiku Lounge, an immersive poetic hideaway featuring interactive performance, artful food and drink selections, curiosities, crafts, and other analog and antiquarian delights.

Book Shots
An exclusive exhibit of vintage vernacular snapshots with a literary twist

curated by Stacy Waldman of House of Mirth Photos and Ephemera

What is vernacular photography?

 Expert Panel Discussion

Lost Souls Found Photos:
Obsessive New Yorkers Talk About The Insanity Of Collecting Snapshots

Sunday September 11th - noon
Meeting Room

WM Hunt, a photography collector, curator, and consultant who lives and works in New York will moderate an expert panel discussion. This conversation will focus on the collection of vintage vernacular photographs, those “everyday” shots we took with our Kodak and Polaroid cameras of our friends and relatives at family gatherings, at the beach, or wherever our camera happened to be. What was it in these collector’s lives that prompted them to start collecting vintage vernacular photos of people they have never met and what is the thought process which goes into assembling their collections? Participants in this discussion include well-known experts in the field of vintage photography:

•    Jane Hammond, a well known artist who often uses vernacular photographs in her work.    

•    Billy Parrott, a Managing Librarian at Mid-Manhattan Library, where he oversees the Art and Picture Collections.  He has collected found photographs for 20 years.

•    Brian Wallis, the Curator at the Walther Collection in New York, former Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography, and coauthor of the book African American Vernacular Photography.

•    Daile Kaplan, a pop photographica collector and VP, Director of Photographs and Photobooks, and Auctioneer at Swann Galleries.    

Book Signing

"Rare Books Uncovered"
by Rebecca Rego Barry
Saturday Sept. 10th 12-3pm

Feed your inner bibliophile with Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places. Rebecca Rego Barry, editor of Fine Books & Collections, recounts extraordinary discoveries from the world of book collecting, like a stash of vintage comic books worth $3.5 million long forgotten in a basement closet or a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird purchased at a Philadelphia flea market for a few dollars. You’ll never believe what prizes have surfaced at garage sales, in dumpsters, and on eBay. In a starred review, Library Journal said of the book, "Novice and veteran bibliophiles alike will find this title captivating,” and Michael Dirda of the Washington Post called it "…a welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector.”

Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections. She also writes about books and history for a number of publications, including the Guardian, JSTOR Daily, SmithsonianThe Millions, and Slate. She lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her husband and two daughters. More at


Drop-in Family Make-a-Book workshop
with Esther K Smith
Saturday September 10th 3-5pm
Meeting Room

Book artist and author Esther K. Smith presents her latest book Making Books with Kids: 25 Paper Projects to Fold, Sew, Paste, Pop, and Draw and gives a hands-on demonstration of simple pop-ups and movable books

This event is open to kids and adults of all ages! Making Books with Kids, How to Make Books,  and Esther's other how-to books will be available for sale and signing.

Esther K. Smith is also the author of How to Make Books and artistic director at Purgatory Pie Press where she makes books with printer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers. Their artist books have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum and the Victoria & Albert and are in international museum collections including at MoMA, the Whitney, the Tate, Cooper Hewitt, The National Gallery of Art, as well as libraries including Yale, Harvard, the New York Public Library and The Newberry Library.

The Center for Book Arts

A display of artist's books from the permanent Collection
highlighting a variety of form and content

Tadash Mitsui

Tadasha Mitsui

The Center for Book Arts is one of few contemporary arts organizations dedicated to the art of the book, and the only location in New York City at which visitors can view book arts exhibitions in the context of an active, working studio. Founded in 1974 and still located in Manhattan, the Center for Book Arts was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world. In keeping with the Center’s mission, their exhibitions endeavor to place book art practice within the larger context of contemporary art, exploring the book as object, as media, and as a site of resistance.

Shana Agid

Shana Agid