NEARLY 100 BRITISH BOOKSELLERS IN OXFORD HARNESS THE POWER OF 1,800 COLLEAGUES WORLDWIDE ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY
On Saturday April 23 nearly 100 booksellers in Oxford will take part in a unique worldwide event. For 24 hours a worldwide chain of rare book events will occur. Starting on the East Coast of Australia running through Asia and Europe and ending on the West Coast of the United States, booksellers in 15 countries and nearly 30 locations will hold quick and often quirky events that celebrate rare books, autographs and manuscripts, maps and other paper items. Booksellers will show and talk some of the rarest and most interesting items they own while raising funds for literacy.
“Fill an Empty Bookcase and change our world!” Oxford Book Fair manager Tom Lintern-Mole from rare booksellers Antiquates Ltd said today. “We are raising funds for the Forest Whitaker Initiative for Peace and Development’s work in South Sudan. Literacy rates in South Sudan are appalling. 84% of women are illiterate and 70% of men - what hope is there for these individuals, this country or even the world as whole with literacy rates like this?”
We invite book lovers, librarians and anyone who cares about literacy to come to the fair at Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, OX33 1HX, on Saturday 23 April from noon to 6 pm. For a small amount you can purchase a symbolic book spine and help fill the symbolic Empty Bookcase. Just £ 3 buys a book and £ 15 buys a whole set of 12 specially written for the children of Sudan addressing issues they face in daily life. In 2015 Pop Up Rare Book Events organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) raised enough to buy 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper. This year we hope to raise even more!
The Oxford Book Fair, a Premier Fair of the Provincial Booksellers’ Association (PBFA), is one of the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom. Over 100 dealers offer tens of thousands of rare, collectable and second-hand books, maps, manuscripts and ephemera at Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus on 23 and 24 April 2016.
So, if you will be in Britain on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2016, Oxford should be your destination!
JOIN US ... ORGANIZE IT ... ILAB POP UP BOOK FAIRS ... ACROSS THE WORLD ... ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY ... 23 APRIL 2016!
April 2016 – For immediate release. Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, the Organizers, Wikipedia