47th Northern New England’s Premier Book Fair comes to Concord

A previous book fair.

A previous book fair. Courtesy

Published: 05-27-2024 8:00 AM

Northern New England’s Premier Book Fair, in it’s 47th rendition, held at the Everett Arena in Concord on Sunday June 2, is not just coming to life, it will bring to life your biggest desires and fantasies by your favorite authors, illustrators, and subjects.

Discovering used, rare, and collectible books is exciting on many levels. You will rediscover your favorite authors and titles from your childhood. You will find historical treasures that relate to your past and even your present. Maybe you have old family ties to places you never knew, and you could even find that lost book your mother gave away to your cousin one summer.

There are many stories around books, not just the stories in books.

The Northern New England event is the only book fair held in the state and has become a landmark event in it’s 47th year. Thirty plus booksellers from all over New England will present their offerings and be available to help in selecting the best possible books for you to take home. With over 40,000 books and ephemera items to choose from, the variety of subjects and authors is fantastic.

You will find all the New England authors one could hope to find... including, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Donald Hall, Robert Frost, Tasha Tudor, Edward Rowe Snow, Kenneth Roberts, May Sarton, Sarah Orne Jewett, Cecilia Thaxter, Elizabeth Yates, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Barbara Cooney, Tomie dePaola, Joseph Lincoln, Stephen King, Dan Brown, and hundreds of other local authors.

Collections of books will include, fantasy and science fiction, classic fiction, modern novels, historical books, leather bound books and ephemera from the 1600’s to the 21st century. There will be original documents on temperance, abolition, women’s rights, gay rights, and reproductive rights. You will find cookbooks, and books on nautical history, witchcraft, rock’n roll, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80 cultural material, military history, civil war, and printing history. These are just a few of the many subjects to be found.

While prices of some treasures can be in the hundreds of dollars most items are affordable to all pocket books. And when you find that treasure that has alluded you for years, price is no longer the issue.

And for the young and young at heart a large selection of childrens illustrated and children’s series will be found. Beside the frequently sought Nancy Drews, Hardy Boy’s, Cherry Ames, and Tom Swift, there will be Christmas stories and holiday books, beautiful illustrated books by N C Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Trina Schart Hyman, Howard Pyle, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, and Rockwell Kent. Many more will be on tables for you to hold and view for your pleasure.

For a hands on tactile experience you will never experience as much joy in one place than by attending the Northern New England Bookfair, in Concord on June 2nd, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children, adults, teens, grandparents and all in general can find books you have only heard about, hoped to see, and wished to own.

As a special activity within the Bookfair, dealers from New England will have historical books and artifacts.

We look forward to seeing you soon at this very special event!