Thursday, September 3, 2015

See you at the Georgia book fair this weekend

Well, we're heading out again, this time to The 2015 Georgia Book and Paper Fair in Decatur in the Atlanta suburbs.

The show is in a new location this year -- the gymnasium at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. In other years it has been up in Marietta, north of Atlanta in Cobb County. This year's show is in conjunction with the AJC Decatur Book Festival, an event sponsored by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and featuring new books and authors.

The keynote event features author Erica Jong, who wrote the groundbreaking 1973 novel Fear of Flying that caused a stir because of its attitudes toward female sexuality. Jong is now 73 years old and is promoting her new book, Fear of Dying. Jong has written 11 novels, seven non-fiction books, and several poetry collections in her four-decade career. Wouldn't be a bit surprised to find some of her books among dealers' offerings in our show.

As for us, we recently acquired a vast collection of aviation books and we're taking many of them to Decatur, where we're certain to find airplane enthusiasts. We're also taking a good selection of children's books, which are popular at the Georgia fair.

The Georgia fair is a favorite, and we always look forward to seeing a lot of old friends there. Many of the dealers who exhibit at the Georgia fair will also be in St. Petersburg in March for the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. Libby Ware, of Toadlily Books in Atlanta, is the president of the Georgia Antiquarian Bookdealers Association. We see her every year in St. Petersburg. Other officers of GABA are regulars, too, including Tom Brennan, David Hamilton of Americana Books, ABAA, and Frank Walsh of Yesteryear Book Shop, ABAA.

We also expect to see Josh Niesse and Megan Bell of Underground Books in Carrollton, who do a lot of Internet work for GABA. We'll also see old friend Cliff Graubart, of Old New York Book Shop ABAA in Atlanta, and numerous other friends who also come to Florida every year.

Here's a link for all the details of The 2015 Georgia Book and Paper Fair. If you are going to be in the area, please come by and see us. The fair is Saturday and Sunday and admission is free.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Like Willie, we're on the road again

That old Willie Nelson song came to mind as we were getting ready to head out on the highway for some book fair adventure. First stop will be Baltimore, for the annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, the largest antiques show in the country.

It is a prestigious event that draws top antiques dealers from around the world. You've probably seen some of them on Antiques Roadshow. The show we're going to features high-end jewelry dealers showcasing both vintage and estate heirloom treasures. 

The four-day show also features an Antiquarian Book Fair, showcasing rare books, first editions, autographs, fine manuscripts, prints, and unusual biographical material. The dealers offer a diverse array of material appealing to all levels of experience – something for every type of collector.

Many of our friends and fellow booksellers who exhibit at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in March also participate in this show. Among them, we expect to see A. Parker's Books, B&B Rare Books, Colebrook Book Barn, First Folio, and Four Winds Fine Books. We look forward to seeing them at this show.

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is August 20-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Click the link for more details.  If you're going to be in Baltimore and would like to go to the show free, we've got tickets. Stop by the store and we'll give you a card (like the one in the picture) you can use at the show to get a one-day ticket for two. Pretty nifty, huh! Hey, it pays to know the right people! You can also buy them online. They're 20 bucks each.

Our next stop will be the 2015 Georgia Book and Paper Fair on September 5-6 at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. That's a fun show for us, too. Even more of our dealer friends show up for that fair. In fact, it's a little known fact that the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association holds a meeting during the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in March. Collectors come to that show looking for rare and collectible books, first editions, leather bindings, ephemera, and antique maps. As you might expect, there is lots of Southern history, African-American literature, regional works, Americana, fiction, Civil War and children's books. Lots from which to choose.

Then, at the end of September, we'll hit the road again for the Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos, and Design Expo. Everyone will be in Brooklyn September 19-20. More about all of that later.

Meantime, we've got that Willie Nelson song going round and round in our minds. Now you do, too. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

THIS JUST IN: 1856 Seminole War-era map

Here's another episode of our This Just In series. Michael Slicker has an amazing 1856 map that was created for use during the Seminole Wars in Florida. It is a nice specimen and has a great story with it. This is the first time we have broadcast on the live streaming platform Periscope. We might try it again. After all, the point of live streaming is that the audience is watching. Let us know what you think. Would  you watch a live version of This Just In or our other series, Rare Book Moment?

If you'd like to learn more about this map and book or other items in our store, call us at (727) 822-3278 or send us an email at Visit Lighthouse Books, ABAA online. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

THIS JUST IN: Aviation book collection

Rare book appraiser Michael Slicker discusses a new collection of airplane books now in the store.

Rare book appraiser Michael Slicker has owned Lighthouse Books, ABAA in St. Petersburg, Florida, for more than 35 years. Lighthouse Books, ABAA specializes in antiquarian books, serving St. Petersburg, Tampa, the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida. In addition to rare books, out-of-print books, used books, antique maps, vintage prints, and antique photographs, Lighthouse Books, ABAA also offers expert appraisals of antiquarian books, maps, prints, photographs, and ephemera.

If you'd like to learn more about these or other books in our store, call us at (727) 822-3278 or send us an email at

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

During June, gardening books are 50% off!

Get your green thumb in gear! We're offering gardening books, horticulture books, orchid books, and more at half off the marked price. That means if you love flowers, plants, and soil, or you know someone who does, this is your fabulous opportunity to save money and stock your bookshelves with great books on your favorite subject. We're overwhelmed with gardening and horticulture books right now (it's almost like they're back there multiplying) so our dilemma is your good fortune. Call us or come see us today!

Our specialties

Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.

We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.

Appraisal service

Michael F. Slicker, is one of about 450 qualified members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Inc., and its affiliate the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Condition of the book, demand for it and history of comparable sales are among the factors considered in evaluating the value of a book. Other factors may apply as well.

Please contact us for more information regarding our certified appraisal services. We encourage you to visit our Web site, Lighthouse Books, ABAA

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Michael Slicker was the founding president of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association and has served as chairman of its annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair since its inception.

The 35th annual book fair is set for March 11-13, 2016 at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg.

The fair is the oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeast. Learn more about the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair and the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.

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