All reservations about the Book Fair’s new residence in Oakland, CA, vanished at the exciting opening celebrations on Friday afternoon – including a tour by Oakland’s new mayor, Libby Schaff. The shift to the Oakland Marriott City Center was a dramatic departure from San Francisco’s Concourse Exhibition Center – the longtime prior home of the Book Fair. The City Center, located in the heart of the Oakland, turned out to be a prime location featuring easy access to freeways and BART from all over the Bay Area and convenient proximity to wonderful restaurants and shopping.

Agreed upon as one of the “best [book]fairs ever,” attendees were treated to a dynamic and impressive three days of seminars, events, large crowds and a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the Opening Day of the fair. With close to 200 international ABAA and ILAB-member booksellers, this year’s fair featured something for everyone as guests surveyed a staggering range of items – first-edition books, photography, children’s books, maps, autography, manuscripts, and so much more, covering hundreds of topics. Highlights included a Special Exhibit from the F.W. Olin Library at Mills College and a talk on Jack London, Photographer on Sunday afternoon.

Attendance for the fair reached over 3,000 guests, and the Exhibitor Welcome Reception on Thursday, February 5, raised over $1,000 for the ABAA’s Elisabeth Woodburn Fund. We would like to thank some of our partners – EPI (Event Productions Inc.), Prevalent Design, Denise Lamott Public Relations, and Grace Street Catering – for their support in making this transition.

Mark your calendars for next year’s 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena, CA, on February 11 -14, 2016.

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