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Virtual Book Fair: Candid Conversations with Occultists

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Candid Conversations with Occultists - Discussions about collecting occult, witchcraft, and the other dark arts.

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Booksellers Richard Bishop and Kim Schwenk speak about collecting occult, witchcraft, and the other dark arts. They will also lead participants on a brief tour of materials in the virtual book fair.

Featuring more than 100 exhibitors of antiquarian books, fine prints, photography, maps, and ephemera, the Western States Virtual Book & Paper Fair takes place April 29-30 & May 1, online. The virtual fair launches at 9 a.m./PDT April 29 and is open 24/7. Sign up for free tickets and event updates.

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Richard Bishop has been an antiquarian bookseller since 1996. He began in the trade by specializing in mountaineering literature before switching over to books on magic and the occult in 1999. His main interests have been the magical practices of ancient Egypt, grimoires, eastern mysticism, and modern esoteric book arts. Aside from bookselling, he has been a professional musician since 1981.

Kim Schwenk (MLIS) is a rare book cataloger at UC San Diego, Special Collections & Archives Library and an antiquarian bookseller with Lux Mentis, Booksellers. She has a specialization in American and European witchcraft history, history of early printed occult texts, and bibliographic studies of early magical curses using plants and objects. She also is active in occult sciences and the occult book community both as a researcher and a practitioner. As of 2019, she is researching “occult ex libris,” otherwise known as “hex libris” or occult bookplates.

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For the latest updates and more information: Western States Virtual Book & Paper Fair

Learn more about other tours and programs being held during the Western States Virtual Book & Paper Fair: RareBooksLA/Program

See a list of the Western States Virtual Book & Paper Fair exhibitors at: RareBooksLA/Exhibitors

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