Film Offers an Inside Look at the World of Booksellers

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Still frame from "The Booksellers."

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history.

The 2019 film “The Booksellers” takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. The film will be screened on Saturday, February 22, at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton as part of HamptonsFilm’s series “Now Showing.”

Directed by D.W. Young and executive produced by Parker Posey, the film features interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers such as Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Kevin Young and Gay Talese.

Tickets are $15 ($13 Guild Hall members) at hamptonsfilmfest.org. Guild Hall is at 158 Main Street, East Hampton.

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