It’s 3 am in Germany and dark outside. Very dark. Humans and felines are still asleep, while I am turning on my computer. Another great chain of worldwide ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs will start right now at the other end of the world – and the first pictures from Perth and Sydney in Australia are coming in.
Last year on 23 April 2015 hundreds of antiquarian booksellers worked together for the first time on one day in one big celebration. ILAB affiliates across the world decided to Think Global and Act Local and celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day with events within their communities while coordinating their efforts in the internet – via Skype, Facebook, Twitter and on the ILAB Pop Up Blog. The local celebrations made a global impact. Rare books found new homes and over 10,000 Euros were raised to buy school books for the children of South Sudan.
Today we will do this again … and hopefully even better!
At this moment the Australian booksellers are setting up their books, maps, prints and manuscripts at the State Library of New South Wales. There, at 11 am, local time, Dr Alex Byrne, State Librarian and former President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), will officially launch the 24 hours of rare book activities around the world.
Stay tuned. Pictures will follow - and I will have my very early morning cup of tea.
April 2016 – For immediate release. Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, the Organizers