Book, paper fair will draw bibliophiles to Denver Merchandise Mart

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Book lovers will want to head north to the Denver Merchandise Mart to see rare books and paper ephemera exhibited for sale by more than 80 well-recognized dealers from across the nation, including several from our south suburban area.

A look at the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association (RMABA) website will find a list of the many dealers and specialties. (A contemporary definition for ephemera: all types of paper documents, both printed and handwritten, produced for a specific purpose and normally intended for disposal.)

Veteran bookseller Lois Harvey of West Side Books in the Highland neighborhood is chairman.

The 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair is said to be the largest such event between Chicago and the West Coast. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3, with a theme of “To Have and To Hold,” which means special presentations on creating collections and caring for them.

“The Art of Collecting” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 by Chris Lane, the print and map expert for the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow.”

At 11 a.m. Aug. 3, “Caring for Your Collection” will be presented by a panel of experts on textiles, paintings, antique prints, historic objects, books and paper. At 1 p.m., Karen Jones will present demonstrations on basic book care and handling and answer questions about collection care.

South area dealers include:

Bluebird Books, 8201 S. Santa Fe Drive #245, Littleton, at Booth 31. Eric Mayer specializes in classic fiction and literature, books about birds and Modern Library Editions.

Ephemera Catalog, owned by Carol and Bill Mobley, 4447 S. Acoma St., Englewood, will be at Booth 69 with postcards, photos, Colorado and general ephemera — one of the largest collections in the U.S.

Recollection Gallery, owned by Ken and Shirley Donner, 6542 Trappers Trail Ave., Parker, at Booth 75, will show illustrated children’s books and postcards.