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New Orleans Book Fair 

Despite the infinite amount of information instantly available online and at chain bookstores, there's a thriving culture of writers and small-press publishers who don't have such ubiquitous exposure. Independent publishers, authors and loads of local and national vendors selling zines, radical and anarchist literature, handmade books, crafts and more converge Saturday on Frenchmen Street at the sixth annual NOLA Bookfair. 'What sets this apart from other book fairs is that it is exclusively independent book publishers, writers, zines, handcrafts and chapbooks. It's all volunteer-run, DIY kind of stuff," says Kyle Bravo, a fair organizer. This year, the outer limits of the publishing world are conveniently located at the edge of the French Quarter. Venues from Ray's Room, the Blue Nile and Café Negril to Faubourg Marigny Art & Books host readings, performances, workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. Other new additions to the fair include Babylon Lexicon, an exhibition of artists' books and book-inspired art at NOCCA (2800 Chartres St.) and the Zine Extravaganza at the Iron Rail Bookstore/Aboveground Zine Library (511 Marigny St.). 'There's enough of a critical mass of zine people signed up to participate this year that we're having a whole separate event," says Bravo. Musical performances and activities for kids make the day a literary community festival for all. Free admission. " Lindsey Netherly

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10

500 block of Frenchman Street, and NOCCA/Riverfront School, 2800 Chartres St.; www.nolabookfair.com

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