The Philadelphia Rare Book Fair will be held in the historic Trinity Memorial Church (Trinity @22nd) on Spruce Street. The space was transformed into a haven for bibliophiles, with 26 exhibitors from across the USA coming to display a broad range of books and ephemera.
Thursday, December 7th: 5 pm – 8 pm: Preview Night:
Enjoy wine, beer, cocktails and canapes while having first access to the books. Tickets $50.
Friday, December 8th: 11 am – 6 pm: Free entry
Saturday, December 9th: 11am - 5 pm: Free entry
Trinity Memorial Church (known as Trinity@22nd) has been at the center of community life for over 150 years.
Address: 2212 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Accessibility: Facility provides an ADA compliant chair lift for our mobility-impaired patrons.
In conjunction with the fair, we will hold a series of literary and book-related events in the adjoining French Room.
Dr. Chapnick will discuss his recent discovery of 14 stories that he believes were written by Louisa May Alcott using a psedonym. This discovery marks the first time any new pseudonym has been linked to Alcott since the 1940s.
Max L. Chapnick is a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate at Northeastern University, having recently earned his PhD in English and American Literature from Boston University. His academic writing appears in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, The New England Quarterly, Studies in Romanticism, and PMLA, among other journals. He is co-editing a forthcoming special forum on Louisa May Alcott's novel "Work at 150" for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.
Join us for a conversation with local historian Steven Ujifusa. Mr. Ujifusa will discuss his latest book, The Last Ships from Hamburg: Business, Rivalry, and the Race to Save Russia's Jews on the Eve of World War I, which will be released on November 21st. The book tells the story of Eastern European Jewish immigration to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Principal characters will include the fin de siècle triumvirate of J.P. Morgan, Jacob Schiff, and Albert Ballin. To order The Last Ships from Hamburg, visit the HarperCollins book website.
Steven Ujifusa is a historian who chronicles the confluence of American business, social, and maritime history. His second book, Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship, tells the saga of the great 19th century American clipper ships and the Yankee merchant dynasties they created. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal named his first book, A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS United States (Simon & Schuster), as one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the year.
Allie Alvis the Curator of Special Collections at the Winterthur Library, and a former rare book cataloguer at Type Punch Matrix. Allie is also a public bibliographic educator (find them as @Book_historia on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube), and a book collector. They have published and lectured widely on a variety of topics incl
Allie Alvis the Curator of Special Collections at the Winterthur Library, and a former rare book cataloguer at Type Punch Matrix. Allie is also a public bibliographic educator (find them as @Book_historia on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube), and a book collector. They have published and lectured widely on a variety of topics including 16th century arsenical bookbindings, the depiction of rare books in pop culture, the importance of well-loved books, and the work of English binders Douglas Cockerell and Son. .
For the last 10 years Jeannine A. Cook has worked as a trusted writer for several startups, corporations, non-profits and influencers. In February 2020, Jeannine completed her first book of short stories, Conversations With Harriett and opened Harriett’s Bookshop in the Fishtown section of North Philadelphia. In 2021 she opened Ida’s Boo
For the last 10 years Jeannine A. Cook has worked as a trusted writer for several startups, corporations, non-profits and influencers. In February 2020, Jeannine completed her first book of short stories, Conversations With Harriett and opened Harriett’s Bookshop in the Fishtown section of North Philadelphia. In 2021 she opened Ida’s Bookshop in Collingswood, NJ, both with the mission to celebrate women authors, women artists, and women activists.
Jeannine is the storyteller-in-residence for the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and a critic for the Broad Street Review.
The John C. Haas Director of the Rosenbach, Kelsey Scouten Bates, is a native of Maryland and
spent ten years in Alabama where she conducted a rhetorical analysis of the Gee’s Bend interviews, housed in the Birmingham Public Library Department of Archives & Manuscripts. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction writing project tha
The John C. Haas Director of the Rosenbach, Kelsey Scouten Bates, is a native of Maryland and
spent ten years in Alabama where she conducted a rhetorical analysis of the Gee’s Bend interviews, housed in the Birmingham Public Library Department of Archives & Manuscripts. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction writing project that combines her own family history and the history of the Appalachian mountains. She loves to talk about writers in the Rosenbach collections, particularly Walt Whitman, Toni Morrison, Abraham Lincoln, and William Faulkner
Darren Winston has served as Head of Department for Books and Manuscripts since 2018 and is a Freeman's representative for the New York, Connecticut, and western Massachusetts areas. He began his career as a vintage bookseller in 1995. He spent the next 14 years selling at book fairs as well as privately, before opening his eponymous bo
Darren Winston has served as Head of Department for Books and Manuscripts since 2018 and is a Freeman's representative for the New York, Connecticut, and western Massachusetts areas. He began his career as a vintage bookseller in 1995. He spent the next 14 years selling at book fairs as well as privately, before opening his eponymous bookshop. Located in Sharon, Connecticut, Darren Winston, Bookseller offered vintage books, prints, and fine art, and hosted in-store events including book signings and art shows from 2009 to 2018.
Michael Winship is the Iris Howard Regents Professor of English II (emeritus) at the University of Texas at Austin. He edited and completed the final three volumes of Bibliography of American Literature (1955-91) and is the author of American Literary Publishing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Business of Ticknor and Fields (1995). He also served as an editor of and contributor to the 5-volume A History of the Book in America (2000-2010) and has published extensively on American literary publishing of the industrial era.
Join us for a conversation with Kermit Roosevelt about the legal aspects of book bans in modern America.
Kermit Roosevelt is the David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, conflict of laws, and creative writing. He is the Reporter for the American Law Institute's Third Restatement
of Conflict of Laws. Before joining the Penn faculty, he attended Harvard College and Yale Law School, then clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams and Supreme Court Justice David Souter and practiced appellate litigation with Mayer Brown & Platt in Chicago. In addition to law review articles and scholarly books, he is the author of two novels, Allegiance and In the Shadow of the Law. His most recent book, The Nation that Never Was, reinterprets American history in an effort to tell a story of America that is both accurate and inspiring.
Find out how much your book or manuscript may be worth and, perhaps, learn something new about it. Bring it to the fair between 2 pm and 4 pm on Saturday December 9th to have it appraised by PRB&M.
The Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co. greeted 2022 with transition from full-time, full-service antiquarian and general bookselling, appraisals included, to a practice entirely focused on appraisals, consulting, and occasional sales by private offer. The PRB&M partners, David Szewczyk and Cynthy Buffington, will be on hand at the fair to examine and appraise your lucky find or family treasure.
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Free street parking and paid off-site garage space is available. The nearest parking garage is E-Z Park (1924 Chestnut Street 215-733-0700).
Routes 9, 21,42:
Eastbound, 22nd & Chestnut
Westbound, 22nd & Walnut
Routes 7, 12:
Northbound/Eastbound, 22nd & Spruce
Southbound/Westbound, 23rd & Spruce
Westbound: 22nd & Lombard
Eastbound: 22nd & South
Car service or public transportation is encouraged.
If you are looking for something specific or unable to attend the fair, we are happy to help try to locate what you need from our exhibitors. Please send us a note with the name of the book, author, year and edition. We will try to meet your requests.