The Paperback Collector’s Show has been around for a long time. This year will be the 34th Annual event, on April 7, 2013 in Mission Hills (see link below). We dug into the memory box and pulled up a few pix of some of the characters seen at this great Los Angeles show, as far as known the first such show in the world to feature the paperback book.
The Founder of the show is Tom Lesser, a great book collector and showman, who always puts on a first class event. He somehow manages to get all the great authors to attend and sign books and mingle with fans. I would love for someone to write up a history of the show itself, from its humble beginnings in a little kiosk on the now gone grassy mall in Burbank to the Mission Hills site it now occupies. What great authors have been there to meet their fans! Many of them now gone to the big publisher in the sky. The avid collectors and vendors rounded out an intense experience for anyone. Here’s a link to the show site, Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show. Click on the menu bar “Memories of Bookshops and Booksellers” for more on Tom.
Here’s our first photo, Tom and Sheri Lesser: