The term "book fair" may conjure up images of dusty old books, but don't be fooled—Bangkok Art Book Fair promises quality content and design, as well as mouthwatering food.

Some of Bangkok's leading art exhibitors and illustrators, as well as new ones-to-watch, will converge on Bangkok CityCity Gallery in Sathorn this week for the inaugural Bangkok Art Book Fair (Sep 7-10). But it's not just for art connoisseurs—below are some of the reasons why it's an event for everyone's calendar. 

1. Marvel at a book that's taller than you

Remember Peeraphat Kittiswat, the mind behind the vast wall painting depicting the circle of life at the BACC in 2013? Clearly he's of the opinion that size matters, as his latest work -in between- is an impressive two-meter-long book, inspired by the original mural.

2. Sample traditional Thai street food cooked by one of the country's top chefs

Founded by Nahm’s chef Prin Polsuk, Sam Rub for Thai is a platform for exchanging tricks of the trade in traditional Thai cooking. Find them whipping up some of their favourite morsels at the fair and ask about their book, A Funeral Book on Thai Street Food, available at the event. If their last pop-up event is anything to go by, then you're in for a treat—prik ka klueg (chilli dip with toasted coconuts and shallots), grapefruit miang kham (wild betel parcel with shrimp, ginger and chilli) and gaeng neua pai prik (beef spicy and sour curry), all cooked using traditional recipes. We're already salivating in anticipation.


3. Unravel the magic behind the making of a book

Making a book is just printing and stapling pages together, right? Wrong. Handcrafted bookbinder Likay Bindery's books are works of art in themselves. Learn about the intricate process at their bookbinding workshop and take home a limited edition of their hand letterpressed book Aa. Bb. Cc. for the perfect souvenir. 

4. Dissect the mind of a master

Don't be thrown off by the formidable title—246247596248914102516... And Then There Were None gives an illuminating insight into the process of evolving an idea into artwork. The 72-page book follows artist Arin Rungjang's train of thought whilst creating and delves into the context of a specific work (of the same title, currently being exhibited in Documenta14 in Germany).

5. Support the creative industry

These books are the brainchild of some of Bangkok's most talented creatives and are truly a treat to behold. Plus, with an array of zines made by artists from Spacebar Design Studio, exclusive limited prints on sale from The Archivist and a host of interesting lectures, it's not just books that are up for grabs.
The activities start at 6pm on Sep 7 and run from 1-9pm on Sep 8-10. Admission is B60 per day. Bangkok CityCity Gallery, 13/3 Sathorn Soi 1, 083-087-2725. See more event details here