Best Gathering for Nerds
Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair
The Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair appeals to a niche but fervent base: people who love artist’s books. If you’re not a part of this strange subculture, you may be wondering what an artist book is. This nebulous categorization includes everything from zines to sculptural paper folding experiments to limited edition works (essentially, anything in a bookish form that you won’t find at your neighborhood bookstore), and the PABAF rounds up some of the best and weirdest in a weekend long celebration of book nerds. There’s an exhibitor hall, demonstrations, galleries, and lectures, allowing attendees to pick and choose whether they want to hit an event or just casually browse. Registration to the fair also includes access to behind-the-scenes tours of the books collections at several museums around town. There is nowhere else in the area, and probably the universe, where you can meet the maker of the world’s largest functioning pop-up book, learn how to tool gold leaf, buy a one-of-a-kind hand-bound book, and hold a journal made out of human hair. Bookworms, rejoice.