Greenpoint Gazette

Second Go Around for Book Fair at Expo Center Shows Gains in Popularity and Vendors


The Brooklyn Books, Arts, Photos, and Design Expo (BAPD) returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center on Franklin Street, which is set to host the second annual event on September 19 and 20.

More than 140 dealers from around the country will be on hand to sell fine prints, art, modern design, photos and ephemera, not to mention a vast collection of books.

The festival attracted large audiences at the inaugural event last year, and this year has seen the addition of over 40 vendors as a result of its initial popularity.

“We were the very first show at the Expo when it opened last year, and we had an amazing reception from the community,” said Marvin Getman, the founder and organizer of BAPD. “We found that as we expected, when we started to plan the show, that Brooklyn residents are intelligent, creative, and like items that are somewhat out of the ordinary. And that’s what they found and responded enthusiastically to at our show. This year’s show will validate that Brooklyn is really a special place on the world literary and artistic stage.”


Some of the highlights at this year’s show will be:


-Two readings of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland conducted by the Lewis Carroll Society of North America in honor of the literary classic’s 150th anniversary.


– A signed copy of the Oscar Wilde novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey, with vellum-backed grey beveled boards and gilt stamping.


– An inside look into the iconic but rarely found Screen Tests/A Diary, co-authored by Gerard Malanga and Andy Warhol, which is a compilation of portraits the latter took of the visitors to his studio known as the Factory.


– A first deluxe edition of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, which is signed and inscribed to writer Aida Rodman de Milt.


– An exhibit entitled The Art of the American Book Cover 1875-1930 hosted by Richard Minsky, who founded the Center for Book Arts NY.


Brooklyn BAPD, September 19, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., September 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street, tickets priced at $10, and free for children under 12, for more information visit


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