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Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair: 8-9 September, Greenpoint
Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair
Visit me at the Honey & Wax Booksellers booth in Greenpoint, September 8-9. The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is always an interesting fair.

If you've never attended a book fair before, I highly recommend this one as your first: the atmosphere is sunny and relaxed, and there's a wide variety of price ranges. Watch this year's video.
The First Series of Black Orpheus, 1957-1967
Black Orpheus No. 6
Black Orpheus No. 7
It's been months since I sold this set, but I still can't stop thinking about it.

Last week I posted on my website about Black Orpheus, anglophone Africa's first literary magazine and review, based in Nigeria. Click through to see every cover of the first series
Bookish Links
The Library of Congress is a LIBRARY!
Library of Congress logo
The Library of Congress rolled out a new logo this week that was received with great perplexity. It's always tricky to upend a brand's logo, as we learned in 2010: "New Gap Logo, Despised Symbol of Corporate Banality, Dead at One Week" (Vanity Fair).

While choosing a sans serif font for an institution like the LoC is particularly risky, I rather liked that idea. But I agree with the critics who can't quite countenance the redundancy of the word "library," which the LOC has said was intentional. 
Breaking News in Poetry
Sonia Sanchez has won the Wallace Stevens Award, "given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry." The award comes with a $100,000 stipend.

Read about Sanchez's life and accomplishments here.
(Image: Marion Ettlinger)
Adventures in Subversive Publishing
I recently read this fantastic anecote about the French publisher Marc Barbezat and Jean Genet: 

"Among the great names published by [Barbezat] was that of Jean Genet, a petty crook imprisoned at Fresnes, where a forger of rationing tickets printed his first poem ... Barbezat's fiancee Olga, later to become his wife, managed to get hold of a copy of this passionately subversive erotic poem and sent it to Barbezat, who wrote to Genet asking permission to publish it. Genet replied with a request for 100 francs to buy tobacco in jail."
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