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Bibliophiles' heaven

Anyone who savors the smell of ink on paper or the discovery of a first edition of a favorite book will find lots to like this weekend at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. The grand old ballroom will be host to the annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair features more than 125 dealers of rare and out-of-print books, first editions, fine bindings, maps, prints, documents, paper collectibles and more.

The books include art books, mysteries, kids' books and cookbooks.

If you've got a book to be appraised, experts will do that for free from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Fair hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Coliseum is at 535 Fourth Ave. N. Admission is $6 Friday (good for all days) or $4 Saturday and Sunday. (727) 822-3278.

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