Contributed by Mr. Stevens and Richard Mori who were this show’s promoters.
From all accounts the Boston shadow fair was one of the most successful in years, in terms of the quality of dealers on the floor, attendance, and sales. The feedback on the venue location, the Hilton Boston Back Bay, was significantly positive. Dealers reported great satisfaction with the “all under one roof” experience.
This year’s Boston “shadow show” returned to its roots 25 years after its birth at the Pilgrim Garage down Dalton Street. From all accounts the Hilton location, just a four-minute walk from the Hynes Convention Center, was a major draw as the opening crowd was dominated by many of the stalwarts in the rare book trade, along with youthful and established collectors. Libraries were also well represented and many were seen leaving with packages. The aisles were packed upon opening at 8.
The promoters, MW Book Fairs, by agreement with the promoter of the Boston Book Fair at the Hynes, gave free tickets to all dealers and the effort paid off with many recognized ABAA/ILAB dealers near the front of the line.
Books in Boston will be back on November 9, 2024. You should put that date on your calendar.
MW Book Fairs is run by Duane A. Stevens of Wiggins Fine Books ABAA, SNEAB and Richard Mori of Richard Mori books of Nashua, New Hampshire. Mark your calendars.