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Wednesday, March 28,2012

'From the eclectic to the obscure'

Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show returns Sunday at Lansing Center

by Alyssa Firth

The 55th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show may sound like it’s only for the expert book collector, but it’s much more than just a get-together for the literature world’s elite. 

“If youīve never been (to a book show), I think you might be amazed by the variety of stuff that is there. There arenīt many of these types of shows around anymore,” said Curious Book Shop owner Ray Walsh.

Walsh is the organizer of this event, along with Ruth Tepin and other employees at Curious Book Shop. The show, which was launched in 1985 by the Mid-Michigan Antiquarian Book Dealers Association, is held twice a year. 

More than 75 dealers will be selling old books and paper items “ranging from the eclectic to the obscure,” according to Walsh. These items include thousands of postcards and photographs, old movie posters and magazines, children’s books and plenty of literature. Many rarities and first editions will be on display as well. 

“Itīs kind of a unique chance to experience a lot of past and enjoy in the present,” Walsh said.  

Prices of items will vary from vendor to vendor, but Walsh said it’s not like going to a garage sale or flea market. A mixture of both expensive and inexpensive items will be sold, although he couldn’t say precisely what will be there. 

“You really don’t know exactly what to expect,” he said. 

Not all vendors take credit cards, so cash or checks may be required — but Walsh said wearing comfortable walking shoes is a must. 

55th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 1

Lansing Center 

333 E. Michigan Ave.

$4.50; children 13 and under free

(517) 332-0112

www.curiousbooks.com

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