Before last year's VSW Pub Fair I set a budget for purchases and then promptly ignored that number and went to town. I'm not mad about it. Held annually at Visual Studies Workshop's auditorium, the renamed Rochester Small Press Book Fair features dozens of local and out-of-towner book artists, photographers, independent publishers, and DIY-ers in a market-showcase setting. Visitors can browse and buy artist's books, photobookworks, magazines, zines, digital publishing, and learn about publishing resources. Returning to the fair again this year is Writers & Books' Litsplosion series of readings, this year featuring a tribute to State Street Press, author readings, and more, starting at 12:30 p.m. and capped with an open mic that commences at 3:45 p.m.
The Rochester Small Press Book Fair takes place Saturday, October 13, noon to 5 p.m., at Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street. Admission is free. For more information, call 442-8676 or visit vsw.org.