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Buffalo Small Press Book Fair includes four days of events

The presses might be small, but the festival is big. Really big.

Buffalo’s acclaimed Small Press Book Fair, now in its eighth year, will welcome some 140 vendors from throughout the Great Lakes region to the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (453 Porter Ave.) on Saturday and Sunday. Since its start as a one-day affair in 2006, the fair has grown into a multiday event with workshops, readings, screenings and parties that draw together all manner of poets, artists and avid fans.

This year’s prefair festivities start at 8 tonight with a “Progressive Fiction Night” in the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.) featuring authors Lance Olsen and Shane Jones. At 6 p.m. Friday, WNYBAC will host a meet-and-greet with master printer Amos Kennedy, followed by a screening of the documentary “Sign Painters” at 7:30 p.m. and a reading, “All Poetry is Small Press Poetry,” at 9 p.m.

The main fair in the Karpeles Museum runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday’s fair will feature a series of readings, while Sunday’s will include several workshops. Details and more events are listed on the fair’s website at

–Colin Dabkowski