I always looked forward to the yearly book fair when I was a kid. My school hosted it in our library every fall and I could never go without buying a book or two and a bunch of bookmarks.
Of course, when I grew up, there were no more school book fairs, but a few years ago I started attending the Miami International Book Fair. It’s always a chance to find some new reads and great bargains, but this year’s fair was a bit disappointing. The selection was great, but the cultural events that were a not-to-be-missed part of the fair were well… missing.
The International stage and pavilions were replaced with discussion auditoriums, which is great, but there were already plenty of book discussion events to be had. The pavilions used to showcase arts and crafts, music, and all sorts of other interesting things from five countries selected for the year’s festival. Most of the entertainment provided was for children, which is great if you have kids, but there wasn’t much else for adults to do between browsing the stalls for books.
I still had a nice time, but I can’t say it was as fun as previous book fairs. I have to wonder if this is due to the financial difficulties that Miami-Dade College, the Fair’s host, has been experiencing?
I guess it was alright, thought I hope they are able to host the International pavilions again next year.
Regardless of the experience, I managed to bring home a nice little cache of books 🙂 some of which I bought from the Friends of the Library group (can’t wait for their annual book sale, they had a great selection at their book fair stall).
My book stash:
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
A Song for Summerby Eva Ibbotson
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
and a hardcover copy of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding (one of my favorite re-readables)