Symphony Book Fair offers one of the biggest selections in its history

The Kingston Symphony Book Fair boasts literally thousands of titles across all genres. Photo via Kingston Symphony Association.

Soon, the Kingston Symphony Volunteers will be opening the doors to their warehouse for their annual Book Fair. From Thursday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, area readers and book lovers can browse through thousands of paperbacks and hard-cover books that have been quality-checked and sorted by dozens of volunteers.

Tickets for early bird entry on opening night are now on sale. For $20, book enthusiasts can get early access to all the titles for sale from 4 to 4:30 p.m. at the Kingston Symphony Warehouse, located at 785 Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard in Unit 7A. According to a release from the Symphony, a total of 50 Early Bird tickets will be sold online at When the sale officially starts at 4:30 p.m., admission will be $5 (tickets at the door). Entry is free for all other days of the sale.

The Symphony noted that, as well as the usual broad selection of categories, this year’s sale also features:

  • A huge sci-fi/fantasy section
  • Many, many $2 books, including:
    • All pocketbooks
    • Older fiction and mysteries
    • Short story collections
    • Classics, in editions published before 2000

“In addition to our typically strong sections of mystery, fiction, and Canadiana, we have an unusually large collection of classic sci-fi as well as fantasy and horror this year,” said Tom Pynn, co-chair of the Book Fair. “With more books available than ever before, you will love perusing the selection.”

The Book Fair will run the following dates and times:

Thursday, Sept. 7 – 4 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 8 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
Saturday, Sept. 9 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Sunday, Sept. 10 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
Monday, Sept. 11 to Friday, Sept.r 15 – 4 to 7 p.m.  
Saturday, Sept.r 16 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Sunday, Sept.17 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Although masks aren’t mandatory, the Kingston Symphony Volunteers will supply you with one. Those who are not feeling well are asked to please wait to attend the Book Fair until they are better, organizers shared.

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