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Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

I love going to the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair every year. It’s one my favorite annual activities. (And it may be my favorite.) I like it much better than AWP. At the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, you can actually hold a conversation of more than one minute. At the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, there are no politics. It’s just writers, publishers, and artists having fun. Plus, it’s more manageable than AWP. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes literature, books, typography, book making, and art.

My favorite tables are always the P22 Type  Foundry, sunnyoutside press, Talking Leaves Books, White Pines Press, and the SUNY at Buffalo Poetry Collection. . . . Oh, and my table: Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. But really, I like them all . . . a lot. And this year there will be 110 different publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, etc., plus bookmakers, artists, alternative authors, regular authors, poets, zinesters, and more.

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

The half-day event (noon to 6 p.m.) on Saturday, March 19th, which is being organized by Chris Fritton, will be held at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, which is a converted church with really high ceilings. The first floor is where all the artists, writers, publishers show their wares.

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair – A Look Inside

Upstairs is where they hold events like readings, how to create a hand-made book, and discussions and lectures on various topics. The events vary each year. Here are this year’s events:

Low-Budget Comics: Creation, Publication, and Promotion – Successful local comic artist Kyle Kaczmarczyk talks about his creative process, his work, and how he gets it all out there on a shoestring budget. A must for anyone making and distributing their own comics!

Roundtable Discussion on Editorial Models and the Future of the Small Press – Come discuss small press editing and publishing with special guests Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse), Rebecca Wolff (Fence Books), and Adam Robinson (Publishing Genius). This special event will take place in the smaller room on the second floor.

Zoetropes: Analog Animation – Our friends from Squeaky Wheel will be presenting their homemade zoetrope and giving participants a chance to make their own animated strips. Learn all about this antique animation technique and how to turn your old record player into an analog animation machine.

Copyright, Fair Use, and other Legal Issues – Sure it might not sound fun at first, but this is your chance as a small-presser to ask all the questions you’ve always wanted to as well as learn about touchy subjects, like trademarks, unauthorized biographies, and defamation. Lawyer Steven Fox will guide you through and answer your questions.

You can also see the schedule here: http://www.buffalosmallpress.org/schedule/.

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located at 453 Porter Avenue in Buffalo, NY.

I can’t believe Chris Fritton does this all almost single-handed. Thanks, Chris. You’re amazing.

Chris Fritton

Chris Fritton – The Man Who Does It All

For more information visit Buffalo Small Press Book Fair website: http://www.buffalosmallpress.org/or download this flier: Buffalo Small Press Book Fair 2011 PDF.

Any you know what? It really is:

A Saturday afternoon of guilty pleasure for readers and writers!

It’s the chillest book fair in America.//


1 Response to “Buffalo Small Press Book Fair”


  1. March 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I participated in this year’s event as an author, driving all the way from Baltimore, MD. What a fantastic adventure. Loved every minute of it. Please read about my experience and check out the pics on my website – http://moorenovels.com/2011/03/beautiful-buffalo/


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