Book vendors from around the borough will gather rare and vintage books galore, perfect for seasonal inspiration. At the third annual fair, which will be held Saturday Dec 6 at Park Slope's Old Stone House 11am–5pm, you can get ahead on your holiday shopping or just admire all the first editions, signed copies and little-known out-of-print tomes. The participating booksellers include Columbia Street's favorite used bookshop Freebird Books & Goods, rare book purveyor Honey & Wax Booksellers and Dumbo's home to all things science fiction, fantasy and pulp, Singularity & Co. But, fair warning, don't come looking for this season's best-sellers or even our 10 best books of the year; the fair emphasizes rare books, encouraging you to pick up reads you didn't even know you (or your loved ones) wanted.
In addition to the undoubtedly impeccable book selection, Cara Schlesinger, an editor and the custom bookbinder behind Faenwyl Bindery, will also offer handcrafted journals and keepsake boxes. At 12pm, she will lead a hands-on demonstration of origami book structures—a perfect way to keep the kids busy while you pick up unusual classic books for them. Best of all, the author of one of our favorite gifts books this year, Maira Kalman, makes an appearance at 2pm to sign copies of My Favorite Things.