The 21st Annual Twin Cities Book Fair begins today

Paging through an old book can reveal a treasure trove of notes and dedications. Sometimes spotting an old tomb in pristine condition is a rare treasure as well. There can be so much pleasure in combing through old titles that, for some, the 21st Annual Twin Cities Book Fair at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds will be more fun than hunting down food on a stick later this summer.

Beginning today, the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association and more than 50 booksellers from 13 states takes over the Progress Center Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Not only will there be books, books, and more books, including first editions, private press, and unusual titles; there will also be maps, prints, and an assortment of paper collectibles.

This year's book fair is held in memory of bookman and long-time MWABA member Larry Dingman, who passed away in December. He was also the Twin Cities Book Fair founder.

The 21st Annual Twin Cities Book Fair runs this afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds  from 5 until 9 p.m. and reopens on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 on Friday and $5 on Saturday. Parking is free.