As you are reading this post from your computer, your iPhone or another digital device, it seems like we have always had the help of our friend, the internet, to get all of our reads. Even as many of you are familiar with this website and Stuart, many of you probably do not own his 1st published work, a dinosaur known as a paperback book. We are beginning to move into a newer century, one where trees are not only sparse but that electronics are more accessible and technology more reliable. As time goes on, the printed book will mutate into something that will eventually cease to be.
That’s why the Bay Area Book Expo is interesting. The idea that a conference being formed around a practice that is, realistically, beginning its end is simultaneously inspiring and maddening. Local publishers — six of them to be exact — will all be showing works and speaking about the history of the printed word. Though there has been no news as to what topics they will touch on, I am sure that there will be an infinite cross section of opinions.Bay Area Book Expo: Opening Reception Thursday, February 23rd, 6-8PM Chronicle Books 680 Second Street near Townsend Street FREE!