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PPN | 49th Annual PPN Book Show

April 21, 2021

Registration is now open for the 49th PPN Book Show. The virtual event will be a friendly and lively program featuring the honorees while also providing an opportunity to view all entries.

Other features include

  • Time to catch up with old friends and colleagues in breakout chatrooms.
  • Live voting for Best in Show, selected from category winners.
  • Presentation of our newly envisioned Distinguished Service Award, recognizing an individual’s contribution to the broad publishing community.

The 49th PPN Book Show will be held on April 21, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. PDT.
This year’s event will be free to all who attend.


SFCB | Shelter In Studio tour: Nikki Thompson/Deconstructed Artichoke Press

April 22, 2021

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. Join us in our online series of studio visits with SFCB staff, instructors, and friends where we open up our studios and take part of our lunch break together. Grab a sandwich and stop on by.

This week: Join us this week for a tour and chat with Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press (Sacramento, CA).

Nikki was recently a juror for the artist book show CONTENT at The Artery gallery – you can see photos of the books, many by SFCB instructors and friends, here.


HBC | Tool Talk with Kate Holland

April 23, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Hand Bookbinders of California

  • Zoom Call (map)

Kate Holland, one of seven bookbinders to work on binding the text blocks of Booker Prize finalists in 2020, will speak to us about hand bookbinding tools. Perhaps, she keeps mindfulness near her bench? She recently created a talk with the Headspace meditation app. Her talk will be followed by your questions and comments.

Join us to co-create a 21st-century happening.

All HBC Members in good standing—and previous #ZoomToolTalkers—are welcome.


ABM | Making Their Mark Lecture Series: Lecture 1

April 24, 2021

Tools of the Trade, with Brien Beidler
When: Saturday, April 24, 4pm PDT
Where: Online
Cost: $10

Brien is a toolmaker and bookbinder. In his work, he draws inspiration from the tooled decorations found on leather bindings of the 17th and 18th centuries. For Brien, books from this period are a harmonious combination of beauty and approachability, much of which is a result of the quirky tool designs as much as the creative (and often hurried manner) in which they were used.

Rather than making historic replicas, Brien engraves his own finishing tools which he in turn uses to decorate the covers of his bindings. He also cuts custom finishing tools for other binders.

In his presentation, Brien will be talking about his finishing tool making experiences over the last few years. Beginning with the inspiration he garners from historic exemplars, Brien will walk through the process he currently uses to cut, file, and hand-engrave useful and (hopefully) beautiful tools, as well as how he incorporates the designs into his binding work.

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