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Editor’s note: The writer is a longtime Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association member who neither participates in its fairs, nor received compensation from the association for this article.

BENNINGTON — “When I have a little money, I buy books,” the Renaissance philosopher and scholar Erasmus once wrote, “and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

Apparently a group of select booksellers wants you to channel your inner Erasmus, and after a two-year COVID-induced absence, they’ll revive the Vermont Summer Book and Ephemera Fair on Sunday, Aug. 8 in Bennington.

The event, which is sponsored by the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Christian School.

This edition of the fair will be the fifth consecutive time it will be held in Bennington. Typically, the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association holds two book fairs a year: one in northern Vermont, and the other in the south.

One of the fair’s managers, John Hess, owner of Catamount Books in nearby Arlington, said that so far, about a “dozen book and ephemera dealers will have booths at the fair,” all carrying a variety of “past treasures, to include maps, postcards, letters, prints and other such gems.”

“This year we’ll also have an expert bookbinder, and Vermont mystery writer Jim Hudgins, who will be selling and signing copies of his books,” Hess said.

Hess added that not all the dealers are from Vermont. New Jersey and Massachusetts will also be represented.

“Various booksellers bring their best, most interesting materials and display it for sale,” Hess said. “All books are priced but the price can usually be negotiated, but sometimes not. You could wait until the end of the fair and possibly get a great deal, but that item might be sold earlier in the day.”

Patty McWilliams, owner of Hermit Hill Books in Poultney,

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