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Everybody loves a fair! If it’s said that reading is “over” and that books are “dead”, you’d have a hard time convincing the growing number of attendees that annually flock to the New York Rainbow Book Fair held at New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center every March. The longest running LGBT book fair in the United States will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 11:00AM to 5:30 PM. It is completely free and open to the public.
The event, the largest LGBT book event in America, will be held at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), New York, NY, in the heart of Greenwich Village. For the first time, it will be on all three floors of this landmark building, providing increased room for more vendors, panel discussions, speakers, and mingling with authors,their fans, and potential book buyers and readers.
For its fourth year, The New York Rainbow Fair will bring together over 100 exhibitors, authors, publishers and1500 eager readers and fans of all ages and genders from the US, Canada, South America, and the rest of the LGBT world in an enthusiastic and supportive and setting.
Writers, poets, editors and booksellers will share, sell and promote books,magazines and graphic novels that range from the serious to the wild,from the zany to the super hot. As always, the Fair will be bursting with book discounts and hourly book giveaways, a full day of panels on writing and publishing, author readings, and a non-stop Poetry Salon.
The event, sponsored by CLAGS, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY, with NEXT magazine as its media sponsor, promises to be filled to the roof with luminaries from the large and diverse LGBT reading and writing community; displaying a kaleidoscope of words, images, and talent. New writers will mingle with established authors, academic presses will display their wares side by side with magazines, graphic novels and speculative fiction. Scholarly panels on the history and future of gay literature plus specialized events for genre readers and writers, guarantee something for all readers of the wider LGBT community. For many, the 4th Annual Rainbow Book Fair will put the snap and sparkle back into book reading. For many others attending, that thrill has never left!
The event is free. The Center is wheel-chair accessible. Sign language interpreters available upon advance request. For more information, go to www.rainbowbookfair.org.Saturday, March 24, 2012