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2017 Georgia Book and Paper Fair Cancellation PDF Print E-mail

Notice Concerning the 2017 Georgia Book and Paper Fair:

The Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association (GABA) Book Fair Committee has decided to cancel the upcoming Georgia Book and Paper Fair scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd, 2017. Unfortunately we were not able to come to an contractual agreement to host the fair at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. At this time the Book Fair Committee has no immediate plans to host a fair in 2017.

We will be refunding all exhibitor deposits that were turned in from the 2016 fair in the near future. If there are any booksellers who have not received refunds within the next 30 days please contact David Hamilton at 404-805-0929 or email [email protected].

Thank you for your understanding.

Ken Mallory - Book Fair Manager

David Hamilton – Assistant Book Fair Manager

Woody Bates passing PDF Print E-mail

Maynard Wood “Woody” Bates – innovative soft-drink marketer

Maynard “Woody” Bates, whose wide-ranging interests provided a platform for success in many fields, died Sunday, December 20. He was 93. The arc of his professional career took him from the smoky jazz clubs of war-time New York City to the executive suite of The Coca-Cola Company.

His early life was spent in the eastern Pennsylvania coal country. An only child, he was doted upon by his mother and learned an appreciation of the outdoors from his Grandfather, Ervin Bates, who made his living hunting ginseng and trapping. His father, Harold, found Depression Era employment with the Worthington Corporation and the family moved to Kearny, New Jersey, a stone’s throw from Manhattan.

During his teen-age years, Mr. Bates worked with an appliance store owner in Kearny to build a thriving business in phonograph record sales, eventually eclipsing the store’s primary merchandise. This was the first of many sales victories for the young man. He took up drumming, studying with journeyman Danny Alvin during one of his New York sojourns. He became a habitué of clubs from Harlem to Greenwich Village. He sat-in regularly during after-hours jam sessions at “Nick’s” in Greenwich Village and Jimmy Ryan’s club on 52nd St., accompanying such notables as Billie Holiday and Count Basie. He formed a number of Dixieland groups during the 1940s. They sought-out and recorded with an up-and-coming producer, Rudy VanGelder, who was working out of his living room in Hackensack. VanGelder became one of the giants in mid-century jazz recording.


Featured Member

Smythe Books

Jim Strawn is the classic example of a person taking a passion – in his case a penchant for collecting books – and turning it into a business in retirement.  In October, 2006, Jim, then age 65 and a former finance chief in the radio industry, along with his wife, Judy, opened their own store, Smythe Books, in Dunwoody, Georgia.

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GABA Officers

Libby Ware
Toadlily Books

Dan Read
Blue Train Books

Charlene Ball

David Hamilton
Americana Books, ABAA

Frank Walsh
Yesteryear Book Shop, Inc, ABAA

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