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The BSPBF is a regional two-day event that brings together cultural workers involved in book arts, printing, small press, and writing.
The BSPBF is a regional two-day event that brings together cultural workers involved in book arts, printing, small press, and writing.
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8th Annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Saturday, April 5th, and Sunday April 6th, 2014, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum 453 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY.

This is our eighth year, and we'd love to have your individual support in order to keep the book fair growing. We were lucky enough to receive a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for marketing and promotion this year, but that still leaves a lot of incidental costs: tables and chairs, equipment rental, travel for keynote speakers, logistics! In order to offset those costs, we wanted to make amazing handmade pieces to send your way for your contribution!

This year is going to be immense - for the second time, the Fair will be hosted on TWO days - over 125 vendors from all over the Great Lakes Region, as well as Miami, Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, NYC, Pittsburgh, Montreal and more. 

The fair has been an amazing success every single year, and we can make 2014 a breakthrough year with your help. We've even heard rumors that it's now become the largest small press book fair in the country!

Remember this event is FREE and open to the public!

In 2013 we had over 125 vendors and over 4,500 participants!

Check out the brand new website and the 2014 event details at www.buffalosmallpress.org.

Mission statement: The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares.

Make Ready Notebooks!
Make Ready Notebooks!
The Printer Broadside - 8.5 x 11
The Printer Broadside - 8.5 x 11
Canvas Tote Design - Typewriter Schematic!
Canvas Tote Design - Typewriter Schematic!
8th Annual Commemorative Poster! 13 x 19
8th Annual Commemorative Poster! 13 x 19
Small Press Zapatista Poster!
Small Press Zapatista Poster!
Second version, Small Press Zapatista Poster
Second version, Small Press Zapatista Poster
The Baltimore Catechism, 2012
The Baltimore Catechism, 2012
The Baltimore Catechism, interior
The Baltimore Catechism, interior
illuminata, 2011
illuminata, 2011
illuminata, interior
illuminata, interior

Risks and challenges

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair will go on, but each year the event poses new challenges. Costs go up, but we've done everything in our power to keep table fees the same for years; it's important to keep the Fair free and inclusive. With your help, we can overcome the incremental increases in logistical costs without detriment to the spirit of the Fair (or passing the cost along) - always fun, always FREE and open to the public, and always affordable.

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    One 3" x 5" notebook with handmade letterpress cover, and three letterpress postcards! Every notebook and every postcard is one-of-a-kind!

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    Three 3" x 5" notebooks with handmade letterpress covers, and 6 letterpress postcards! Every notebook and every postcard is one-of-a-kind!

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    SMALL PRESS GRAB BAG! Perfect for people who can't attend the Fair. The BSPBF will be collecting pieces from vendors at the Fair. For thirty bucks, you'll get 5 pieces from different vendors - small press books, ephemera, any kind of goody you can imagine - and here's the best part: it's a SURPRISE!

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    Brand new hand letterpressed 8th Annual BSPBF commemorative poster (see pics) AND one 3" x 5" notebook with handmade letterpress cover, and three letterpress postcards! Every notebook and every postcard is one-of-a-kind!

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    Brand new hand letterpressed "The Printer"broadside (see pics) AND one 3" x 5" notebook with handmade letterpress cover, and three letterpress postcards! Every notebook and every postcard is one-of-a-kind!

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    Hand screen printed BSPBF canvas tote and letterpress broadside combo! Brand new hand letterpressed "The Printer"broadside (see pics) AND one 3" x 5" notebook with handmade letterpress cover, and three letterpress postcards, plus a canvas tote to carry it all! Every notebook and every postcard is one-of-a-kind!

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    T-shirt and tote! Brand new hand screen printed BSPBF canvas tote AND t-shirt featuring the reworked Zapatista slogan: SMALL PRESS: Everything for Everyone, Nothing for Ourselves" AND one 3" x 5" notebook with handmade letterpress cover, and three letterpress postcards! Every notebook and every postcard is one-of-a-kind!

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    Signed and numbered copy of the artist book The Baltimore Catechism, designed, constructed, and printed by BSPBF organizer Chris Fritton, co-authored by Ric Royer. Each book comes in a hand-finished, laser-etched wooden box; every page is hand letterpressed and hand torn. An edition of 75. For more: www.thebaltimorecatechism.com

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    Artist book and tote! Signed and numbered copy of the artist book The Baltimore Catechism, designed, constructed, and printed by BSPBF organizer Chris Fritton, co-authored by Ric Royer. Each book comes in a hand-finished, laser-etched wooden box; every page is hand letterpressed and hand torn. An edition of 75. For more: www.thebaltimorecatechism.com
    AND brand new hand screen printed BSPBF canvas tote featuring. Use it to lug that book around!

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    Every commemorative poster from all 8 Book Fairs AND both posters featuring the reworked Zapatista slogan: SMALL PRESS: Everything for Everyone, Nothing for Ourselves," AND a t-shirt featuring the same AND a canvas BSPBF tote. All together, ten prints, one shirt, and one canvas tote to carry it all! To see all the commemorative prints, visit www.buffalosmallpress.org/posters

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    Signed and numbered copy of the artist book illuminata, designed, constructed, and printed by BSPBF organizer Chris Fritton and artist Kevin Kegler. Each hardbound book measures 10" x 16" and features 7 large scale photographs interspersed with 13 pages of a single poem. An edition of 16. For more: www.illuminatabook.com

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