Frome Prepares for Fifth Annual Book Fair

By March 12, 2019 Literary Events, News

The fifth annual Frome Book Fair will be held later this month on March 30th at a new larger venue, Cheese and Grain, that can accommodate double the previous number of dealers. Cheese and Grain was built in 1874 and is the most widely recognisable buildings in Frome.

The fair is now in its fifth year but the first Frome book fair was organised by Karen Jakobsen, owner of Bond Books of Sturminster Newton who specialises in 20th Century art and design. She will be at this year’s fair offering a selection of books on Andy Warhol. The other two fair organisers Peter Foster, and Thais Brand opened the Frome Bookshop, an independent second-hand bookstore at 18 King Street, Frome in May 2018 with fellow book-dealer Noel Crack.

The book fair will include stalls from many people including local deal Joss Mullinger of This Way Books, who will be offering lots of local flavour including old ornance survey maps, local guide books and colourful vintage seaside holiday brochures. Another local exhibitor will be local artist Robery Lee of the Box Room who creates art from found objects including books, in the manor of 17th Century Cabinets of Curiosity. This year’s fair has also attracted dealers from further afield including Londoner Deborah Davis of Love Rare Books will illustrated books and children’s books, and Michael Coupe of Eclectica who specialises in beautiful decorated cloth bindings.

The fifth annual book fair will feature around 30 book sellers covering a wide range of genres and topic including old books, first editions and an abundance of more recent releases and out of print publications.

The Frome Book Fair takes place on March 30th, 2019 and will be open from 10am to 3pm. Admission is just £1 and children can enter with their parents for free. The venue offers ample parking, plus an in house café serving a selection of cakes, salads and a daily brunch menu.

Enquiries should be sent to Karen Jakobsen on 01258 471 249 or info@bondbooks.co.uk

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The fifth annual Frome Book Fair will be held later this month on March 30th at a new larger venue, Cheese and Grain, that can accommodate double the previous number of dealers. Cheese and Grain was built in 1874 and is the most widely recognisable buildings in Frome.

The fair is now in its fifth year but the first Frome book fair was organised by Karen Jakobsen, owner of Bond Books of Sturminster Newton who specialises in 20th Century art and design. She will be at this year’s fair offering a selection of books on Andy Warhol. The other two fair organisers Peter Foster, and Thais Brand opened the Frome Bookshop, an independent second-hand bookstore at 18 King Street, Frome in May 2018 with fellow book-dealer Noel Crack.

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