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[BKARTS] Free Book Arts Display and Lecture

The Los Angeles  Book Arts Center and the Beverly Hills Public Library invite 
you to a talk by  Bill and Vicky Stewart, owners of Vamp  and Tramp 
Booksellers and Califia  Books.  Bill and Vicky will be  offering a hands-on look at a 
large sampling of the contemporary fine press and  artists’ books that they 
represent.  They will be discussing their experience selling fine books and 
their  plans for the future. 
This free lecture  will take place on June 17, 2004, at the Beverly Hills 
Public Library, which is  located at 444 North Rexford Dr. in Beverly Hills.  
Opening Reception 6:30 PM.  Talk to begin promptly at 7:00 PM.  .  There is free 
parking in the Beverly Hills Library parking  lot. 
Bill and Vicky  Stewart started Vamp and Tramp  Booksellers when Bill left 
teaching to pursue their dream of owning a cozy  bookstore.  After reading John  
Dunning’s Booked to Die they had a  revelation about just what the rare book 
business was about and began selling  contemporary first edition mysteries and 
other modern firsts.  On his first trip to ABAA in 1998 Bill  was discouraged 
by the overwhelming competition but saw something that changed  and refocused 
the business.  Bill  was on his way out of the ABAA bookfair when he 
discovered the world of  contemporary fine printing in the form of Ron King’s Circle 
Press edition of Antony and Cleopatra.  That led him to seek out other British  
artists and fine presses and ultimately to shifting the business from modern  
firsts to contemporary fine press and artist’s books.  In December 2003 the 
Stewarts purchased  Califia Books from Edwina Leggett.  With that union Vamp 
and Tramp  Booksellers now represents over 150 presses and book artists.   
The Los Angeles  Book Arts Center is a creative, intellectual and technical 
resource for artists,  collectors, dealers, curators and all individuals 
interested in the book and  paper arts.  It is the center's  mission to serve as a 
network and clearinghouse for information, education and  resources. This is 
being accomplished through networking, workshops, lectures,  publications, 
exhibitions and outreach.  Our commitment is to build a strong community as well as 
to further  individual pursuits in the book and paper arts.   
The Los Angeles  Book Arts Center (LABAC) was founded in September 2002.  
Open meetings, hosted lectures, classes  and continuous online discussion groups 
all contribute to building a strong book  arts community in Los Angeles.  The  
Los Angeles Book Arts Center offers the broadest possible range of classes in 
 the book arts, drawing and calligraphy, paste papers and monoprints, book  
structures of all types, cases and boxes, and everything between and beyond.   
For additional  information on this lecture or the Los Angeles Book Arts 
Center, please contact  Lisa Deutsch at (310) 657-2616 or LAGourmet@xxxxxxxx  
Please visit our website at  www.LABookArts.com.  

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