Did you ever visit a book fair? What did you think about it?

@Porcospino (18396)
Denmark
April 5, 2011 4:22pm CST
Next weekend a big book fair will take place in my country. The topic of the book fair is detective stories and similar stories. My husband loves detective stories and he would like to visit the book fair, so we will go and have a look. I read some detective stories when I was younger, but I haven't read that genre for years, and I know very few of the authors. I have heard some of the names before, but that is about it. Do like to read detective stories? Have you ever been to a book fair? Did you find it interesting? Why/why not? If you haven't tried it, would you like to visit one?
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
6 Apr 11
I Enjoy books and reading,but don't make a point of going to book themed events. One time,a few years ago,I was in Charlottesville Va. while their "Festival of the Book" was on..Garrison Keillor,Author,Broadcaster,and Actor,was a guest speaker I got to hear and meet afterwards-I got an autographed copy of one of his books.
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
7 Apr 11
I have never been to a book festival, but I think that it could be interesting to meet some of my favourite authors. I love reading and there are some authors that I would like to hear or meet. My husband and I are going to a book fair in the weekend, but I only know a few of the authors, because I don't usually read detective stories. My favourite authors write books in other genres, but I still look forward to going and I think that my husband will find it interesting. He read a lot of detective stories...
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
I'm guessing a book fair would be a 1 day event? I'd read detective stories among others,and would have the Sherlock Holmes stories as ebooks on my phone..apart from ACD and Agatha Christie,though,I wouldn't have particular favourite Detective Authors or Series I'd be a big fan of..If you'd count them,I like the "Bones" TV series,and the Temperance Brennan Books the series would be loosely based on too..
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
5 Apr 11
well, back when George W. Bush was the Governor of the great nation of Texas, his wife started a Texas Book Festival. my mom and I went and we saw a lot of Texas writers, sat in a few talks and got some signatures. I ran into a writer I know, Elizabeth Moon, and she introduced to to her friend, another science fiction/fantasy writer. It was interesting, but I think I might've enjoyed it if it hadn't been just about "Texas writers" and had been about a genre I'm interested in - like science fiction or fantasy. Now, I've been to science fiction/fantasy conventions, and I have really enjoyed those, and, not just because they are all inside!
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
6 Apr 11
I haven't read much science fiction or fantasy and I only know the names of a few of the authors, but I like the idea of book festivals about a specific genre. The book fair that takes place in my country in the weekend isn't a general book fair, the topic is detective stories. It is not a genre that I read much anymore, but my husband loves that kind of books and he was excited when he heard about the book fair. It takes in another city, but my country is small so we are able to go that city and return the same day.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
7 Apr 11
I like some mysteries too, but SF/F is my love. There are some mystery writers I like, but not nearly as many as SF/F writers.
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@skydancer (1982)
• United States
6 Apr 11
My only experiences with book fairs have been the ones my school used to have each year. They didn't really have much of a theme - just general books on sale, mostly for the adolescent set as this was in middle school. I remember buying a couple of books there, as well as a few stationary and sticker sets. As for detective series, yes, I am somewhat a fan of the detective/"spy-fi" genre, and think it would make a really neat theme for such an event.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
12 Apr 11
There has never been a book fair at my school, but I would have gone if there had been one. The book fair that I visited yesterday took place in an old prison. In one part of the building there were all the books and in another part of the building there were lectures about different topics like crime and detective stories and it was possible to meet some of the authors who talked about their books. I was surpriced to see so many different activities, I thought that it would just have been a place where you could buy books, but there were lots of other things.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
6 Apr 11
no i haven't actually... i love to visit bookstore, but i never visit a book fair before... i had ever visited a book bazaar before but i don't know whether it is similar to a book fair... if you love to read, i think you will enjoy yourself there... take care and have a nice day...
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
12 Apr 11
Yesterday I visited a book fair for the first time. There were a lot of people there. I was surpriced to see how many people actually showed up, they came from many different parts of the country. The book fair took place in an old prison. It is not a prison anymore, but we were able to see some of the buildings where the prisoners used to live and work. The theme of the book fair was detective stories and crime and they probably thought that the old prison was the perfect place for that kind of book fair.
@Sreekala (23693)
• India
6 Apr 11
Hi Porcospino, I have not visited a book fair so far but I like to visit one for sure. Every year, a book fair is taking place in this locality and there is much rush on that place. Every time I planned to visit there but could not. I hope I may visit next year. Reading detective stories, I like detectives but it is long time now I have not read any such story. Now I am not getting much time for reading, if I read something at home then it must be kid’s stories. Right now I am concentrating on them so utilize my time for them.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
11 Apr 11
I understand that you want to concentrate on the children when your time for reading is limited Yesterday I got the chance to visit a book fair for the first time. It took place in another part of the country, but my country is small so it only took us a few hours to drive there. The place was very crowded, and I think that there were people from many different parts of the country. There were lots of cheap books and it was also possible to meet some of the authors. I hope that you will also get the chance to visit a book fair one day.
@youless (93535)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Apr 11
Long time ago sometimes the book fair would be held here. It was nice because we were able to see more books in the fair. Later due to a very big bookstore was built here. So it is not so necessary to have the book fair. Besides, today the online bookstores are much more popular. So I am not sure whether the book fair will be available today. I love China
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
9 Apr 11
Online bookstores have also become popular in my country, but book fairs still exist. I think that there are many advantages about online bookstores, and we are often able to find books that aren't available in our local bookstores, on the other hand I also like the idea of a book fair where I am able to see all of the books and maybe meet some of the authors. My husband and I wanted to visit the book fair today, but we were busy with work and we didn't get the chance to go. Fortuneately we will still have the chance to go tomorrow, because that is the last day of the book fair.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
6 Apr 11
You know what, I never been to any book fair before, and I would like to visit one too. I like to read books before, and now, I haven't found a time to do so. I would like to visit one of those local book fair events, and listen to those authors to read their books there too. That should be a great experience.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
9 Apr 11
I borrow lots of books at the library, but unfortuneately I don't have as much time for reading at the moment, because I work seven days at week. When I visit the library I am always very optimistic, but when I have to return the books I realize that I didn't have time to read them all. I also think that is could be interesting to meet some of my favourite authors and listen to them. I like to read many different genres and there are a lot of different authors that I find interesting.
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
6 Apr 11
I've been to bookfairs and exhibited. They are great fun, especially the kind that are genre or community specific. I just went to the Rainbow (LGBT) bookfair. What fun@
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
6 Apr 11
I have never been to a book fair before, so it will be a new experience for me to visit that book fair with my husband. I hope that it will be fun and that my husband will find some new inspiration, because he loves that genre
@sublime03 (1811)
• Philippines
5 Apr 11
Yes I have. I love book fairs because you get to see the new ones and everything is there. Back then I love reading detective stories when I was younger. I would spend most of my mornings just reading and sometimes I do not get to do anything because of my interest in reading. Recently I just went to the bookstore to find good reads for me to take everywhere just to keep me preoccupied and would definitely love to find a good detective book to read on.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
6 Apr 11
I also read detective stories when I was younger. My mother likes to read them and I often borrowed some of her books or found new detective stories at the library. Today I read other kinds of books, but I still love reading. I have never been to one of those big book fairs in my country, because they often take place far away from my home. When I husband and I visit the book fair this weekend it will be a new experience for me. It is not the genre that I read, but my husband knows many of the authors.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
5 Apr 11
my daughter's school has a book fair twice a year and we go visit it and while we dont buy many books, it is always fun to see what they have on sale.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
6 Apr 11
We didn't have book fairs at my school, but it sounds like a nice idea. I love books so I am sure that I would have gone if something like that had existed at my school
• United States
5 Apr 11
I'm not sure, we always had smaller bookfairs at school around parent teacher conferences and I always like to buy a book or two, mostly science and animal books. Now my kids love these small book fairs, not sure if your speaking of a larger event than what I described here. take care and happy posting.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
6 Apr 11
I think it is going to be a large event. I have heard that people from many different parts of the country are going to that book fair, and some libraries even arranged transportation for people who don't have their own car. I guess there will be lots of people, but I have never been there before so I don't know exactly what to expect. I hope that my husband will find it interesting, because he likes detective stories a lot.
@Kirinx (1693)
• United States
18 Apr 11
Well when I was younger I went to book fairs quite often but now that I am older I rarely ever hear about them.But books fairs are usually interesting i like the books that are action packed or about outsiders.
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@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
12 Apr 11
I did visit book fair maybe 10 times already and the things that interest me the most in books are stuff they have for kids. Books that you read for kids and books you read when you were a kid. I dont know why but they always catch my interest.
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@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
11 Apr 11
I love to go to book fair but here we don't have thats creative theme. Its usually books publisher open their stand there and offer the book they publish with discount price . Its much cheaper than book store. Its usually held twice a year and its time to buy any books I want. Big book store in our town also do it if they having a birthday so there three chance in year to get great book at saving price. I usually when home with many book from different genre.
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@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
9 Apr 11
I used to go to book fairs all the time. There's a book fair in New Orleans to support the symphony there. I used to come home with bags of books, because they were much cheaper than books at regular stores. They don't sell just one genre of books, so I would spend hours combing through the tables, looking for treasures. I found a lot of old and out of print books there. Unfortunately I don't have access to the fair now (and really no room for a ton of new books). But, I always enjoyed it. I'd say for any reader, book fairs are wonderful.
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
6 Apr 11
Hi Porcospino, Yes sir, I do visit book fair everywhere anytime. In my city there is held a national level book fair which I hardly miss. The positive thing on visiting book fair is that you get a freedom to look for any book you like and some stall or publications give 20 to 25% on books. The most important thing is that you meet old friends in such occasions.
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