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Nothing small about Buffalo's Small Press Book Fair

ALLENTOWN -- This year's Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is the largest yet, in terms of vendor participation and popularity in the community, said Event Director Chris Fritton. 

"The first year we had 65 vendors and maybe 1,000 people through the door," said Fritton during the event Saturday afternoon. "It's grown every single year and now we have 92 vendors today and by the end of the day they'll probably be 2,000 people through the door."

The fair, which takes place at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on Porter Avenue each year, features regional independent bookstores and booksellers, small presses and indie publishers, and works from various local book makers, artists, poets, and other literary talents. 

It's called a book fair, but some of those who came out Saturday liked more than just the books.

"I thought it was just all going to be books," said Roger Chao of Buffalo. "It turns out people are selling pottery and people are selling prints. "There are people selling just like arts and craft deals."

Chao thought the diversity of the fair was a good representation of Buffalo's creative reputation.

"Buffalo has always had a really great kind of art scene," he said. "I think it really comes out here. I think it speaks a lot about the creativity of the city. 

Check out this video of the event:  

Also, to read more on the event check out this article on the ArtsBeat blog. 

---Lauren Nicole Mariacher

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