ILAB POP UP BOOK FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY, 23 APRIL 2015
A WORLD FIRST - ACROSS THE WORLD
From Sydney to Tokyo to Cape Town, from Moscow, London and all the major European capitals to New York, Washington, Chicago and the Pacific Northwest of the United States ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs, organized by the world’s expert antiquarian booksellers, will appear on 23 April, 2015.
WHERE? In a woolshed in the Australian bush, at central stations, on boats, in museums, libraries, streets, private clubs, cocktail clubs, brew pubs, on roof terraces or at the top of skyscrapers. On UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day ILAB booksellers will bring rare books to the people in the most unexpected places!
HOW? Like a Mexican wave starting the day in Australia and, as the sun goes, finishing the day in the United States, scores of rare book dealers will be organizing Pop Up Fairs – a mixture between bookish flash mob and speed dating for booklovers, lasting only a few hours at unusual, but busy locations where passers-by will discover a stunning selection of rare books, prints, manuscripts and ephemera to promote the trade of old and rare books and to support the UNESCO literacy projects in Africa.
WHY? Reading is a gift, reading is a fundamental human right! “The power of books to advance individual fulfilment and to create social change is unequalled”, says Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. Year by year on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day booklovers worldwide celebrate the power of the book. For the first time in 2015, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and its affiliates will be a part of it! Each ILAB Pop Up Book Fair will feature a large poster of an “empty bookcase”, symbolic book spines will be “sold” with the money from each going directly to UNESCO’s South Sudan Project. A donation of 3 US $ will send one book to a child in South Sudan, 15 US $ purchase a set of 12 school books for a classroom, and 500 US $ provide 45 school book collections for a rural community in Africa.
BOOKS CHANGE LIVES! Come and join us on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015! Enjoy the bibliophile treasures at the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs worldwide, get in contact with the ILAB booksellers and help us filling as many “empty bookcases” with symbolic book spines as possible to support literacy and to fulfill the human right to read all across the world!
MAKE A DONATION - FILL A BOOKCASE AND SUPPORT LITERACY!
What could be closer to the interests of all ILAB affiliates than literacy? What is more appropriate than to enable as many children and adults as possible throughout the world to read books? Book collectors start as book readers! If we are concerned about the future of the book and younger generations of collectors, we must start at the very beginning.
That’s why ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on April 23, 2015, will be more than just a fair: they will a venue for raising money to fight illiteracy! UNESCO is the most powerful worldwide partner we could have, and the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan deserve all our support.
There are three possibilities to donate money!
1. Visit the website of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Italy and make a donation to UNESCO via the ALAI web portal!
>>> Click here
2. Visit the UNESCO website and make a donation online!
>>> UNESCO website
3. Visit the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs across the world and fill the empty bookcases!
AUSTRALIA - JAPAN - RUSSIA – SOUTH AFRICA - HUNGARY - AUSTRIA - GERMANY - ITALY - SPAIN - NETHERLANDS - UNITED KINGDOM - USA ...
... and anywhere else in the world where you decide to be a part of it!
ILAB's participation in World Book and Copyright Day is a rare opportunity for ILAB affiliates to work together on the same project, on the same day, on a project which promotes the future of our trade while at the same time reaching out beyond the world of antiquarian books.
For 24 hours, from Australia to the Pacific Northwest, worldwide events will pop up one after another to show that there is nothing more powerful than BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! Take an atlas, go to Google Maps and look for an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair near you!
LIVE ON WWW.ILAB.ORG
ILAB will follow up all events worldwide on 23 April in a 24-hours live-report on the ILAB website. Visit us on www.ilab.org and take part virtually in the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. Follow us on Twitter, joins us on Facebook! We see you there!
Pictures: Roz Greenwood Old and Rare Books, ANZAAB, Michael Steinbach, Andreas Tusche / Wikimedia Commons, Stefan Kühn / Wikimedia Commons, Antiquariaat Isis, Janericloebe / Wikimedia, Tony Moorey / Wikimedia Commons, Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA), C.F. Todd / Wikipedia, Literature Museum Vienna, UNESCO / Dfarrell / Wikipedia / "Gamla biblioteket, Lund" by Jens Hunt - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons, ALAI, NvNA