Where was I? Oh yeah, books. The Fair appears to have gone well for many dealers, which is a good sign, and reports indicate that visiting dealers were buying heavily, another good sign for the trade. It's always nice to start the Book Fair Season, as the NYBF does, with good reports (I heard some really good reports privately, with quite astounding numbers mentioned, but that's another story).
Saturday night was the annual ABAA Dinner Meeting, this year held at the Grolier Club, which they do about every 5 years and is always fun. This year's meeting was to honor Past Presidents, of which almost all were there. FB and I sat at a table with 2- Rob Rulon-Miller and Tom Congalton, among my favorite booksellers anyway, even if they were not so damned influential...
And as of today they swore the new Board in and I am free to resume non-BOGGY life, and I can concentrate full-time on bookselling again. Being a BOGGY was an eye-opening experience, because most of what they do, the work they put in, and the fires they put out, is not apparent to the rest of the bookselling world. The time spent by some volunteers on committees is daunting. God knows I did little enough, but there are many who do spend a lot of time on it, and for very little, if any reward, except the personal satisfaction of a 'job well done'.
Of course I was in it for the glory, the booze, and the hot bookie babes who flock to all the book fairs and follow the booksellers around as if we were rock stars or something. Bono, eat your heart out!