The 25th Annual Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair took place on June 26-27th, 2015, and YES, we were there! I grew up in the great State of Minnesota, and it was time for a family visit…which happily coincided with this MWABA sponsored event.
Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair – June 26-27, 2015. Progress Center, State Fairgrounds, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Over 50 exhibitors from across the country came together at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in St. Paul.
We arrived at 10:00am on Friday, thinking that’s when it opened (silly me) — only to find out that selling did not commence until 3:00pm.
This turned out to be a fortuitous error, because it caused us to drive over to Midway Used and Rare Bookstore to while away the hours, and there we discovered they were having a splendid 50th Anniversary Book Sale!
Midway Book Store was voted Best Used Book Store of the Twin Cities by City Pages.
Midway Used & Rare Books, owned by Tom and Kathy Stransky, was established in 1965. They are housed in a Streamline Moderne building located at the corner of University & Snelling Avenues in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Free parking spots!! And inside there are two expansive floors of books, with excellent books in clean solid condition, in just about every genre, from American History to Science Fiction, literature, decorated bindings, and much more. Midway was also exhibiting at the Twin Cities Book Fair.
We had a ball here, and came away with two boxes of carefully selected books.
Another lucky break — just a few steps away we found just the kind of cool old tavern where we like to have our traditional brain lubricating pre-book fair Bloody Mary!
We didn’t even have to move the car — our space was reserved for Christensen Saloon and Midway Books exclusively!! Perfect.
Christensen Saloon – St. Paul, Minnesota. Have you ever seen such a long bar???
We arrived back at the book fair promptly at 3:00pm, and it wasn’t long before we ran into John Phillips and his daughter Jennie from Evening Star Books.
John Phillips with daughter Jennie (Evening Star Books), and me.
John and Jennie recognized me from my blog! They are friendly and fun booksellers, and had a cool selection of Literature, Mystery, Science Fiction and much more.
Evening Star books is based in Middleton, Wisconsin, and sells via their website and book fairs like this one.
Over at Sonny Ideker’s booth (Sonny Ideker, Bookseller) we found this treasure:
The History of Modern painting from Picasso to Surrealism (signed by Picasso)
Sonny hails from Roswell, Georgia, and exhibits at over 30 book fairs a year — so if you go to antiquarian book fairs, look for Sonny. He had an extensive array of fine books. This was was one of his selections we liked…
Spain, by George Wharton Edwards. (Penn Publishing Company, 1926)
Sonny Ideker’s booth at the Twin Cities Book Fair
Here are some more photos from the fair…
Exhibitors came from as far east as Boston (Peter Stern) and as far west as Utah (Ken Sanders Rare Books and Back of Beyond Books).
Ron looking over a case of goodies
In our next post we’ll tell you about the book scouting we did before and after the fair on our trek to Minnesota.