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Paper Artifacts


A century from now, when robots rule the world, today's e-readers will languish in the technology dustbin. Few people will lovingly dust off a second-generation Kindle and sigh, “Ah, yes, I remember downloading that Sue Grafton novel in January 2012.” Rare books, on the other hand, catch collectors' fancies and command top dollar. The St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (JC Penney Building, One University Boulevard; Normandy) hosts the sixth annual St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. In addition to gorgeous early-edition books, you'll find vintage rock & roll posters, incredible antique maps, treasures from the Works Progress Administration and much more. Novices and serious collectors alike are welcome. Sunday brings free artist demonstrations of watercolor, printing and bookbinding. Admission is $5 (or $1.50 with a current student ID) on Saturday and Sunday; the preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 4, is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Visit or call 314-516-7240 for hours and more information. All proceeds from the fair benefit the Mercantile Library's collections and conservation efforts.
May 3-5, 2012