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Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

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Presented by City of St. Petersburg Events and St. Petersburg Public Library System at St. Petersburg Coliseum, St. Petersburg FL

Mar 11 - 13 2016
Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

The 35th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair returns to St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum March 11-13, 2016.

The book fair is the largest and longest running of its kind in the Southeastern United States and features more than one hundred specialized book sellers from all over the country. This year’s theme, “From Papyrus to Paperbacks,” celebrates the enduring influence of the written word.

Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic.  Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles.  Items range in price from a few dollars to several hundred thousand dollars.

A complete list of the specialized exhibitors is available at

Friday, March 11th:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 12th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 13th: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday evening’s admission, which includes a live music performance, is $10; the ticket is good for the entire weekend. Saturday’s admission is $10 for the weekend or $6 for the day.  Sunday’s admission is $6 for the day and includes a free appraisal by members of the Florida Bibliophile Society. Children 12 and under, and students with valid identification, are free. Parking is free.

Ticket sales benefit the St Petersburg Public Library.

Discount coupons are available online at or on Facebook (search: “Florida Antiquarian Book Fair”).  Discounted tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite using the promotional code “saveabuck.”

Food and beverages, including cash bar, are available onsite.  St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, is known as “the finest ballroom in the South.”

Contact: Sarah Smith, Manager

(727) 234-7759


Friday, March 11th, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. $10 ticket is good through the weekend
Saturday, March 12th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $10 weekend ticket or $6 day ticket
Sunday, March 13th, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $6 day ticket
Children under 12 free; students with ID free; parking free


    Official Website


St. Petersburg Coliseum

535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701


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