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Book Fair Bulletin



will be presented March 1-3, 2024

at The Coliseum in 

downtown St. Petersburg

Dozens of independent booksellers from all over the country will open pop-up bookshops for the weekend, providing a booklover's paradise:


5 PM - 9 PM

Tickets are $10 and are good for the weekend


10 AM - 5 PM

Tickets are $6 for the day, or $10 for the weekend



11 AM - 4 PM

Tickets are $6 for the day

Tickets for children and students are $1

Box Office is cash only. 


Ticket proceeds benefit the St. Petersburg Public Library


Yes, we're using 21st century media to help spread the word about the delights of 16th century media.  The irony is delicious.


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This is the oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeastern United States, and one of the largest in the nation.


Booksellers from all over the country will open independent, pop-up bookshops for the weekend, providing a booklover's paradise in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.  Visitors will find books of every description, from ancient and rare fine bindings to reading copies, on a stunning variety of topics, at The Coliseum, a beautiful, historic venue. 


St. Petersburg is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, numerous museums, rich art & cultural experiences, and outstanding dining. 


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We have the news about old stuff.

Old books, old maps, old prints, old ephemera, old autographs, and more.

We are proud to sponsor Rare Book Cafe, the world's first internet TV talk show devoted entirely to antiquarian books and related subjects. Rare Book Cafe features Ed Markiewicz of Montgomery Rare Books in Portland, Oregon, and Lee Linn of The Ridge Books in Calhoun, Georgia, as cohosts.


Cafe regulars include David Hess, of The Book Man, in Orange, California, (Things Found in Old Books), Gigi Best, of the Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature and Cultural Museum in St. Augustine, Florida, Richard Mori (The Road Warrior) of Richard Mori Books in Franklin, New Hampshire, MKay BB Watson of Tangled Shakespeare in Morgantown, West Virginia, and, Barbara Loe of Cardtique, in Osprey, Florida.

Other contributors include Larry Rakow, of Wonderland Books in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Jerry Morris of Biblio-Connecting Blog in Bayonet Point, Florida, Sophia Bogle of Save Your Books in Ashland, Oregon, Michael Slicker of Lighthouse Books, ABAA, in Dade City, Florida, and Eddy Nix, of Driftless Books and Music in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Lin Thompson of Henry Bemis Books in Chester, South Carolina, is creator of The Story Behind the Story, and is associate producer of Rare Book Cafe. 


T. Allan Smith is creator and executive producer of Rare Book Cafe.


Watch Rare Book Cafe on Facebook or the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Saturdays. Watch replays on the Rare Book Cafe YouTube channel.

#floridabookfair #rarebookcafe

On Twitter, we're @floridabookfair. We'll Tweet updates leading up to the book fair. Join us. 

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You can watch the Rare Book Cafe and more on our YouTube Channel.

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We'll be posting before, during, and after the book fair. We hope you will, too. #floridabookfair

Use this map to locate The Coliseum (star), location of the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair and nearby points of interest. Use the tab in the upper left corner of the map to display the information you'd like to see.



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