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Worldwide rare book event on its way to West Linn

Head to WL Library Saturday for rare book show and appraisals

On Saturday April 23, rare booksellers in Oregon will take part in a special worldwide event.

For 24 hours, a worldwide chain of rare book events will occur.

Starting on the east coast of Australia, then running through Asia and Europe and ending on the west coast of the United States, rare booksellers in 15 countries and nearly 30 locations will hold “quick and often quirky events” that celebrate rare books, autographs and manuscripts, as well as maps and other rare paper items. Booksellers will show and talk about some of the most interesting items they own while raising funds for literacy.

Book lovers, librarians and anyone who cares about literacy are invited to come to the West Linn Public Library between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday for the event.

Funds raised will benefit the Forest Whitaker Initiative for Peace and Development’s work in South Sudan, where 84 percent of women and 70 percent of men are illiterate.

For a small amount, attendees can purchase a symbolic book spine and help fill the symbolic “Empty Bookcase.”

$3 buys a book and $15 buys a set of 12 books specially written for the children of Sudan addressing issues they face in daily life. In 2015, Pop Up Rare Book Events organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) raised enough to buy 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper.

Follow the worldwide events for 24 hours live in the Internet on ilabpopupbookfairs.blogspot.de.