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DC’s Only Rare Book Festival Returns: April 28-29

The Washington Antiquarian Book Fair (WABF) is hosting its 42nd annual celebration of books, knowledge, and learning on April 28 and 29, 2017 at the historic Sphinx Club. WABF is the D.C. region’s only curated festival of rare and collectible books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, drawings and other fine ephemera, such as personal letters from First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Visit the Fair and check out literary highlights including Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird , signed by Lee and members of the motion picture cast (including Gregory Peck), and the title and dedication pages of Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL, 1st edition, signed by such famed Beat poets as Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

You don’t have to be a veteran collector – or millionaire – to enjoy WABF. At the historic Sphinx Club, more than 60 exhibitors will offer thousands of items for all budgets and interests: art,
science, travel, sports, music, children’s books and more. WABF director Beth Campbell calls it “an active museum, a forum to access diverse knowledge gathered in one place.”

Special features this year include a night of fast-paced literary games on April 28, care of Labyrinth Games and Puzzles and on April 29, Austin-based troupe Typewriter Rodeo will offer custom poems typed at lightning-speed on vintage typewriters.

The Sphinx Club: 1315 K Street NW.

Friday, April 28, 2017: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets for both days are $15
Tickets for Saturday only are $10 ($5 for students and librarians with valid ID
Children 12 and under free.
Purchase tickets at wabf.com or at the door.

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