• Pasadena Convention Center
  • 300 E. Green St.
  • Pasadena, Ca 91101
  • United States
  • Friday, February 09, 2018 - February 11, 2018
  • Monster Gathering of Rare Books

    The California International Antiquarian Book Fair is recognized as one of the world’s largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books featuring the collections and rare treasures of 200 booksellers from over 20 different countries and will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center February 9-11, 2018. The 2018 edition of the Book Fair will also include a special exhibit marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

    Book Lovers

    Featuring the collections and rare treasures of 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the Book Fair will present volumes from five centuries of printing, as well as original manuscripts that exists Gutenburg. Books will cover every imaginable area of interest; from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine to classic literature, modern first editions, children’s and illustrated books, and the arts.  Items range in price from a few dollars to more than six figures.

    Celebrating Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

    Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published in London, England in 1818. It contains elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the “over-reaching” of modern man and the Industrial Revolution. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is often considered the first science fiction novel.

    Book Fair Hours

    Friday, February 9th | 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Saturday, February 10th | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Sunday, February 11th | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


    All tickets also include admission to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, which is regarded as one of the world’s foremost cultural centers.

    Friday, February 9th | $25 includes three-day admission; proceeds benefit the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

    Saturday, February 10th | $15

    Sunday, February 11th | $15

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    Seminars & Panels

    Free with Admission

    February 10 at 1 p.m |  Bibliographic Society Talk, Rare book librarian and professor of English and Communications at Simmons College, Sidney Berger will lead the society’s annual talk.  Details to come.

    February 10 at 3 p.m | It’s Alive: How Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Changed the World, Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan moderates a lively discussion that explores Frankenstein’s indelible impact on literature, movies, and pop culture. Panelists include Miranda Butler, scholar of 19th Century literature, science, and technology who teaches courses in Science Fiction Film and Television at California State University, Los Angeles; David J. Skal, historian and writer on horror literature and film and author of The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror; and Sara Karloff, the daughter of film’s most famous portrayer of Frankenstein’s monster and co-author of Boris Karloff: A Gentleman’s Life.

    February 11, noon | Book Collecting 101, noted booksellers Carol Sandberg, Brad Johnson and (name to come) will provide a crash course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting. Topics include: What to collect and collecting strategies, What is a “first edition?”, How to judge a book’s condition, Bookish terms and jargon, Where to buy books and Where to find additional information. Q&A follows.

    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens | The Huntington which is regarded as one of the world’s foremost cultural centers.


    Parking at the convention center is $13 per day for up to 16 hours or $18 per day for in and out privileges. The subterranean parking structure is shared with the Sheraton Pasadena. The entrance is located on Euclid Avenue between Green Street and Cordova Street. Additionally, parking is available in several private structures around the convention center, these are operated by Paseo Colorado. More info→

    Public Transportation – Metro Gold Line

    The Pasadena Convention Center is within walking distance of two Metro Gold Line stations, Del Mar Station and Memorial Park Station. If you are traveling southbound toward East Los Angeles / Union Station, detrain at Memorial Park; if you are traveling northbound towards Sierra Madre Villa, detrain at Del Mar Station.

    Driving Directions

    The Pasadena Convention Center is located in downtown Pasadena, off of the 210 freeway as well as the 110 freeway. For detailed direction click here or visit Google Maps.

  • Venue Information

  • Pasadena Convention Center
  • T: 626 795-9311
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  • Organizer Information

  • White Rain Productions
  • T: 415 551-5190
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