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Friday, November 15, 2013

The 2013 New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo is tomorrow at the CAC

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM

click to enlarge The 2010 New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo. - COURTESY LEO MCGOVERN
  • The 2010 New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo.

Leo McGovern, the producer of the New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo, likens the event to an old friend "who shows up once a year with tales of astonishment filled with new ideas compiled from the past 12 months."

The book fair, which will feature more than 50 exhibitors, from comic book enthusiasts to independent literary presses, is free and open to all ages at the Contemporary Arts Center tomorrow from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. One aim of the mini-festival, says McGovern, is to give people doing cool things in print a chance to show off. "The goal," he says, "is to give the public a place where they can find some new ideas and things they haven't seen before."

More established bookslingers, like Maple Street Book Shop and The Historic New Orleans Collection, will have booths Saturday, but they'll share space with some perhaps not as well known presses and distributors like the Trembling Pillow Press and the Honeybee Press.

Authors will be on hand at many of the tables to talk books. The Alternative Media Expo, organized by the local music magazine Antigravity, merged with the bookfair last year shortly after Hurricane Isaac.

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