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Civil War documents, paper collectibles, books to be featured at York Book & Paper Fair

YORK, PA—Central Pennsylvania bibliophiles know that the coming of spring means a fresh gathering of like-minded folks for the York Book and Paper Fair; it is a tradition that has been nearly 30 years in the making.  And this year, they’re looking forward to the day-long event on Saturday, March 30.

Nearly 50 dealers—some from as far away as Montreal—will converge on the Holiday Inn Conference Center, bringing rare and antiquarian books, maps, comics, pulp magazines of the 20s, 30s and 40s and a wide variety of York-related and other ephemera.

“We love seeing these bits of history on display,” said show organizer Pam Lewin. “And the range is wonderful! Original Civil War documents, signed 1st editions, political memorabilia, vintage posters, autographs. Oh, and that artwork from the covers of the pulps and vintage paperbacks is just magnificent.”

Founded in 1984, the York Book and Paper Fair is now the longest-running event of its kind in Pennsylvania. The Spring ’13 show will be the 59th consecutive edition.

The doors will be open to collectors and browsers from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday March 30 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 2000 Loucks Road in York. Admission is still $5, with discount coupons available at a number of sites in and around York County, and from the website (

I will be among the dealers at this show, and will autograph and sell copies of my Civil War books, including Civil War Voices from York County and Flames Beyond Gettysburg. I will have other paper collectibles for sale as well, including baseball cards and football cards.