York Book and Paper Fair under new management

The biannual York Book and Paper Fair will open its doors at the York Expo Center under new management this fall. Ownership of the show was transferred in late July to Pam and Jim Lewin, owners of The York Emporium used book and curiosity shop in downtown York. The fall event, scheduled to run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 25, will take place in the “Old Main” building of the York Expo Center, at the York Fairgrounds.

“When the opportunity to acquire the York Book and Paper Fair presented itself, we took a long look and decided it was the right thing to do,” said Pam Lewin.  “The marriage between the Fair and the used book shop just made too much sense to let it pass.” The two operations had originally been jointly owned, according to Lewin. “This is like bringing the operation back home,” she said.

The couple own The York Emporium used book and curiosity shop on West Market Street in York, an operation they acquired in January 2006. 
Since acquiring the book shop, the couple has expanded the categories of merchandise offered to include records, comic books, militaria and original art and prints. Initial plans also call for expanding the categories offered during the York Book and Paper Fair.

“Our customers are readers and collectors,” Lewin said.  “We have found that, quite often, an interest in one category lends itself to a related category.  So, while the emphasis of the York Book and Paper Fair will remain on antiquarian and collectible books and paper, other areas will also be explored.”

“We’re interested in traditions that stretch back the 20-plus years since the Fair’s founding,” Lewin said. “And we’re also interested in innovations. We think there are opportunities here to explore and celebrate both.”

For more information visit www.yorkbookandpaper.com.

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