In Seattle, Washington, after a journey of thousands of kilometres the day of Pop Ups comes to a close (while we are waiting for the pictures of the Pop Up Fairs in New York and Chicago.) To the final minute of World Book and Copyright Day 2016 booksellers in Seattle work to improve the world in the way they know best – through books. Money for UNESCO’s literacy work in South Sudan has been raised, local people given expert advice without charge, and rare, quirky and interesting books have been shown to the citizens of Seattle and beyond! Seattle booksellers encapsulate all that is wonderful about the trade of antiquarian bookselling. They are generous, knowledgeable and supportive.
What a 24 hours 2016 World Book and Copyright Day has been! Inspiring, stimulating, and, we admit at times it has been exhausting and concerning (will enough people come?), BUT so much has come out of it. Relationships have been built, books talked about, admired and appreciated, libraries both public and private added to, and money raised to make this a more literate, equal world – what a day…. There will be many great days to come but not another quite like April 23, 2016.
April 2016 – For immediate release. Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, the organizers