The 31st annual Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair will be held March 29 and 30 at the John S. Knight Convention Center, 77 E. Mill St. Hours are 3 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is a donation of $5 per adult and $3 per student.
Paul Bauer of Kent will speak at 6 p.m. March 29 about "Plants that Changed the World." Bauer, who has a doctorate in botany, will discuss how plants used for food, beverage, medicine and industry have spurred exploration, ignited wars and fueled economic development. Bauer will use the literature of economic botany to discuss books about tea, coffee, chocolate, opium and spices, along with the potato, apple, tulip and rubber.
Jim Best, the Bookman of Kent, will repeat his talk, "How Much Are Old Books Worth?" at 11 a..m. on March 30. He will discuss how to evaluate a book based on its edition and condition.
Children's publications that move and entertain, such as pop-up books, have become very collectible and will be the topic of local expert Larry Rakow at 3 p.m. on March 30.
An unconventional attraction at the book fair will be the display of Altered Book Art. An altered book is a mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form, permanently altering its appearance or meaning. Creative artists will explain their novel work.
Food and beverages will be sold at the fair. Parking is available in the nearby decks. It is free after 6 p.m. on Friday and all day on Saturday.
For more information, call 330-865-5831 or visit www.NOBSweb.org for more information about the book fair, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society.