Anyone searching for proof that the printed page is alive and well amid all the public mourning for its digitally induced demise should head down to the International Printing Museum on Saturday for a dose of analog optimism. The L.A. Printers Fair is being called a celebration of paper and printing — but it's no eulogy. The museum's array of elegant industrial monuments to paper and ink, housed for the past 25 years in what is one of the world's largest collections of antique printing equipment, is an impressive destination on a normal day. But on fair day, the place welcomes hundreds of contemporary practitioners of the art of letterpress printing, as well as the hand-making of books, prints and artisanal paper. Like so much else in the contemporary slow-movement zeitgeist (vinyl records, growing your own food, etc.) new generations fervently embrace the romance of paper and ink. From brand-new shops like the artist-run originals of Intellectual Property Prints to heroes of the modern genre, such as featured vendor Kevin Bradley, of the aptly named Church of Type, this tactile gathering is sure to inspire some object-lust and plant the seeds of inspiration. To nurture your paper fetish, many of the vendors will be demonstrating, as well as helping you make your own prints and books right on-site. Besides the doing and the buying, there's a font swap, museum tours and a silent auction to benefit the museum. Warning: Papyrophilia is extremely contagious and there is no known cure. 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson; Sat., Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m; $7. (310) 515-7166,

Sat., Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2013

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