Mark Brumberg is a seasoned independent bookseller and arts event organizer. He is delighted to co-produce this book fair that showcases the best antiquarian booksellers, ephemera dealers, and talented book artists, who work day-in and day-out in their offices, studios, and shops throughout New England and beyond.
Mark studied political economy, literature, and education at Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During the midst of the recent great recession, he received a certificate in Arts Management from the Arts Extension Service at UMass, Amherst. He worked as a journalist at the Springfield Newspapers from 1979-1984; writing about local government, education, politics, and the environment for the Springfield Daily News. Mark owned and operated Schoolhouse Books, Inc. - The Globe Bookshop, a literary book store, in downtown Northampton, MA, (1984–1997). Following a stint in sales and marketing at Storey Publishing in North Adams, MA, he was the manager of the English-language bookstore at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, (1999–2010). Mark was the principal at Boomerang Booksellers, an antiquarian bookseller with specialties in children’s illustrated books and modern literature, (2010 – 2018).
Mark is looking forward to renewing friendships and building new connections with avid readers, book collectors, special collections librarians, book artists, and fine letter press publishers at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair.
Wiggins Fine Books
With Loyalist ancestry and as a Mayflower descendant, Duane Stevens has had a diversified career in real estate, banking, and bookselling. A UMass Amherst graduate, he received a Preservation Merit Award from the Historic Albany Foundation for a residential property in the Mansion neighborhood in Albany, New York. He has recently finished the construction of a book, print and map gallery at his home in Shelburne Falls.
From managing an inner city condominium property to researching his family roots attention to detail has been his focus. Another strength is accurate and thorough research, having appraised commercial property on a national level while working in New York City, and most recently, serving a loyal group of banking clients in the Berkshires.
Bookselling and the rigors of establishing edition and value points has been a natural progression for Duane after his many years of real estate market research. Since 2006 he has operated Wiggins Fine Books and has developed an online bookselling presence along with participating in many book fairs in Boston and New York City along with smaller venues. He consistently takes the personal approach, from delivering a book to a client to visiting with book and book arts professionals in their workplaces. This approach has enabled him to bring the Northampton area one of the most diversified, interesting and inclusive book and book arts fairs to take place in many years. Bringing the best book and book arts professionals together is but Duane’s latest effort at paying attention to the small details while producing a show that the fair goer will appreciate. He looks forward to meeting old friends at the show along with making new ones, including collectors, rare book curators, and book lovers of all ages.