For the bibliophiles out there, especially those located in the Pacific Northwest: the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair and Book Arts Show 2009 happens this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
The list of exhibitors is quite long and offers something for every taste, from ephemera to first editions to Western Americana to--yes--medicine. Sure, it's also Wordstock weekend, but think of how lovely the drive between Seattle and Portland will be in the crisp fall sunshine!
There's talk these days about the escalating prices of "antiquarian" books, despite the explosion in online bookselling sites and the tanking economy. But many dealers bring "fair specials" and are willing to negotiate on prices (since a sale means they won't have to pack it back into the suitcase and haul it all the way back home). Fairs also allow those new to collecting to get a feel for the book landscape without visiting umpteen different shops in various locales. So, roam and enjoy!