Many of you may not be aware that a “virtual Book Fair” has been organised to fill the void left by the postponement of this year’s Salon du Livre Rare, traditionally held this week at the Grand Palais. The familiar physical fair will now be held in September, but a new virtual version will also now be held on the usual dates. Some details will be found here:
In connection with the virtual book fair there will also be a pair of Zoom webinars (French and English) scheduled to begin at 1 pm (Paris time) on Wednesday. These will provide the launch for the virtual fair, which opens on Thursday at 5. A more complete brief on the focus of the webinars has not been provided – to me at least – but I suspect they will extend themselves beyond just the idea of virtual bookselling.
Links for joining the webinars will be found by following the link shown above.
I haven’t yet found the url for the virtual fair itself, but will post it here as soon as I can get it.
Here is where you will find the virtual book fair, starting on Thursday at 5pm (Paris time):
Last week’s ILAB-organised webinar on COVID-19 And The Rare Book Trade was a fascinating event for bibliophiles in general and the rare book trade in particular. (See last week’s blog post for more about this). Seven prominent booksellers from seven countries shared insights into how they are coping with lockdown. For myself, I found it noteworthy how similar the experiences were around the globe. In was yet more testimony of how much Amor Librorum Nos Unit.
I’m told that over 170 people plugged into Zoom to listen to the conversation live and ask a few questions after the remote panelists were done. Fortunately for those who could not log into the live event a recording was also made. It can be watched here:
I hope everyone else will get as much out of this as I did.
The ILAB has organised a ZOOM webinar for members of the worldwide book trade to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their business now and in the future
Lead by a panel of 7 prominent international booksellers, the event is scheduled for 2pm London time on Thursday April 9 and will be open to everyone via the internet conferencing platform “Zoom.”
Details about the program and how to participate will be found here: