I just got the word today that I and my book will be part of the Takoma Park Annual Book Fair which will take place for the sixth year on November 15 from 2 -5 PM, at Trohve, a home good and gifts store in Takoma Park. Light refreshments will be served. Trohve does a lot of community events and we are lucky to have such a nice and accommodating venue to be in. The store is located on Carroll Avenue one block north/east of the Metro station. More details to come soon. But mark your calendars, I would so love to see you there. Besides there are many great restaurants to have you dinner if you stay late. Do come and check Takoma Park out if you haven’t been here before or in a while.
I also received word today that a Norwegian antique doll fair took place last weekend at the Viking Ship House a historic cultural art museum in Oslo, not far from the Norwegian Folk Museum. The attendance was great, the selection of dolls wonderful and the book was a great hit. Some of the collectors there who had bought the book were using it as a guide to find new treasures. It will please me greatly if it will increase peoples understanding of what they own, what they may buy and what they may sell. I hear the same from collectors who have attended doll fairs here in the US as well.
Then there is the issue of those outfits who offer author’s books recently released in the same internet stores as the author, in direct competition with the author. I understand reselling such book, in this case at a doll or antique fair, but on Ebay and Amazon I don’t understand. Goes against my sense of fair play. Just having my say and all. But I guess this too is a form of flattery.
Next week I will talk a little more about identifying, especially the early souvenir dolls.
As one collector told me: “Your book really helped me see the doll in clearer detail…such as face fabric, painting and stitching of features.Th wedding couple I own have the stitches (for the facial features) but I never noticed them before.”