The Esoteric Book Conference is an annual international event to bring together authors, artists, publishers and bookmakers working in the field of esotericism. In addition to presentations by notable authors and scholars, the conference opens it doors to publishers and booksellers showcasing new & used books as well as rare and hard-to-find esoteric texts. For two days the conference hosts the largest selection of esoteric books under one roof. Contemporary esoteric publishing, finepress book arts and antiquarian texts are offered to augment the libraries of readers, scholars and collectors alike.
This multi-disciplined conference will feature presentations by contemporary authorities researching and working in esoteric currents both East & West. Western Esotericism, Gnosticism, Theosophy, Mythology, Shamanism, Rosicrucianism, Sacred Sciences, Occulture and World Religions are among the subjects to be represented. An esoteric book fair and art show will also be on site allowing education, vending and networking in a unique field of literary, historical and cultural arts.
This conference offers several opportunities for promotion, networking and exhibition for publishers, authors and artists who work in the esoteric publishing field. There will be two days of presentations wherein authors and scholars may present lectures as well as a book fair with scheduled book signings. On Saturday night there will be an evening of entertainment featuring various ritual performances.
The primary purpose of the EBC is to showcase authors, publishers, artists and others working in the esoteric field. We seek to educate about the esoteric field as well as promote excellence in publishing and books have been a traditional and effective means of accomplishing this. As an event to promote the literary and fine press aspects of the field, we also want to engender a professional and enlivening environment.
What is an Esoteric Book?
As a genre often overlooked, the esoteric book may be steeped in awe and mystery in popular conception. But as the word ‘esoteric’ indicates, the subjects dealt with in such literature often delve beyond the surface of the material in order to shed light on the inner aspects thereof. The genre is sometimes refereed to as the perennial philosophy or ageless wisdom and features in many spiritual disciplines in western esotericism. Historical works provide context for such traditions, while practical manuals serve as guides for esoteric praxis.