Fair Details (Admissions, Hours, & Parking)


Our book fair will take place on July 8th and 9th, 2022. Our hours are 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday July 8th, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 9th. We will have a special event on Saturday the 9th, dedicated to the CABS-Minnesota seminar and how it has impacted the lives of beginning and experienced booksellers. To learn more about our 2022 event panel, click here. You can find more information about our exhibitors by clicking the tab “Our Booksellers” on our landing page.

Admission, Tickets, and Hours

  • Friday July 8th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – $7 (Covers both days if you desire to return Saturday — remember to bring your ticket back with you!)
  • Saturday July 9th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – $5 or free with a valid student ID.
  • Kids under 12, CABS 2021 and 2022 seminarians, and CABS 2022 Diverse Voices Fellows get in for free. Anyone with a St. Thomas student, staff, or faculty ID gets in for free too!
  • Would you like to buy tickets in advance? You can do so here. Otherwise, you can buy tickets on the day of the event (we can take cash or credit for in-person ticket sales).

Where our Fair is, and Where to Park for it.

The fair takes place in the Schoenecker Arena at the University of St. Thomas in the beautiful city of St. Paul, MN. The Arena is in the Anderson Athletic Complex and Recreation Center. It is #23 on the campus map. Please click this link to see the full campus map: https://www.stthomas.edu/_media-library/_documents/main/st-paul-campus-map-by-building-name.pdf. We have also included several maps of the campus and parking structure below for your convenience.

We will be offering free parking in the Anderson Parking Facility during the hours of the fair. This ramp is Building #65 on the St. Thomas campus map. It is at the intersection of Cretin and Grand Avenue. Once you have parked, just follow the signs placed on campus towards the Anderson Athletic Complex. Go north up Cretin towards Summit Ave., cross Summit Ave. and walk towards the limestone buildings on the other side. Once you have crossed Summit, the Anderson Rec. Center is the second building on the edge of Cretin Ave., it’s the building behind the Tommie Football Field.

If you require handicapped parking, and have a credentialed vehicle, we will be offering free parking accommodations this year:

Handicapped parking is located in ramp A1 on the St. Thomas campus maps (ramp A1 is in our diagrams below for further reference), on Cretin Avenue north of Summit Avenue. This ramp will be open just after 4 PM on Friday until the close of the fair on Friday, and the ramp will be open during all fair hours on Saturday.  Please pull your vehicle up to the entrance doors until the sensor opens the door automatically.  You can park in the available stalls marked for handicapped parking.  Be sure to display your credentials on your vehicle.  There is no charge for this service. To get to the book fair from here, take the elevator from the ramp to the first floor, exit the building onto the plaza, and walk towards #23, the Anderson Recreation Center, on the campus map. When you are ready to leave the ramp, the doors will automatically open as your car approaches them.

Please scroll down for more maps of the venue and the parking facility.

Our venue is near the intersection of Cretin and Summit Avenue.
Part of the St. Thomas campus map.
We are numbers 23 and 65 on this map. People on the campus call our venue “the arena”.
In case you choose not to use our parking ramp, follow the arrows to the venue, #23.
Our parking ramp is #65 on the map.

Who we are….

Jennifer Phillips — Fair Manager

Jennifer moderating a panel at another book fair.

Jennifer is the manager for the Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair. She wants this event to stimulate buzz in the book community and extend engagement in the Twin Cities area to new and diverse audiences. Jennifer earned her degree in philosophy and classics at the University of Minnesota in 2018 and has worked for Evening Star Books in Madison, Wisconsin since 2011. She is currently the managing director of Evening Star Books and her favorite book is Dracula.

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