Artists, zine makers and printed-word enthusiasts of every stripe are gearing up for the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, which kicks off at noon Saturday in the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (453 Porter Ave.).
The presses themselves might be diminutive, but there's nothing small about the celebration. Last year the event drew in excess of 80 vendors and well over 1,000 visitors in the course of the day. This year's fair will feature a similarly impressive number of outfits peddling their wares, as well as a series of workshops to take place on the upper level of the museum. These include a comics workshop led by artist Peter Lazarski, another on assembling by fair organizer Chris Fritton, and a zine workshop led by Sugar City's Aimee Buyea.
To whet local appetites for the fair, the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.) will host its own "Small Press Poetry Fest," featuring work from local authors and presses like Blazevox, Habenicht Press, House Press, Book Thug, Outside Voices, Earth's Daughters and dozens more.
For more information on the fair and a full schedule of events, visit www.buffalosmallpress.org or call Fritton at 392-7305.
-- Colin Dabkowski