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47th Annual PPN Book Show and Design Panel

Spend an evening networking with colleagues over some of the best book designs to be published on the West Coast and beyond.

The Registration deadline has been extended to January 18, 2019.


We’ll be starting off the Book Show with a panel discussion on design at 5:00 pm, followed by the Book Show at 6:00 pm. Join in the excitement by voting for Best in Show choosing from the 11 category winners.

Hosted on the fourth floor of Chronicle’s headquarters, just steps from AT&T Park, the evening will feature:

  • Displays of this year’s book show winners and entrants
  • Presentation of the annual Distinguished Service Award
  • Hors d’oeuvres and assorted beverages, including wine and beer (no-host bar)


Event Schedule and Costs

Registration at 4:30
Panel Discussion from 5:00 to 6:00
Book Show from 6:00 to 8:00

$35 PPN members
$45 non-members

Design Panel Discussion

Join our special guests design experts Maureen Forys and Andrei Pasternak for a lively discussion of design topics. With a wealth of knowledge and stories galore about Bay Area publishing and design, they promise an entertaining and lively presentation and will answer questions such as

  • What motivates you as a book designer? What is the most interesting part of your job?
  • What are the challenges you’ve encountered and lessons you’ve learned that could help other designers?
  • How has book design changed during your career?
  • What most excites you about changes happening in publishing now?

About the Presenters

Maureen Forys is the principal agent of Happenstance Type-O-Rama, an Oakland book packaging and design firm that has designed and typeset thousands of books for publishers, including Pearson Education, North Atlantic Books, Maker Media, Berrett-Koehler, and Chronicle Books. If you have seen the New York Times-bestselling and James Beard Award-winning book The Art of Fermentation (and we know you have because it’s on every shelf of every restaurant in Oakland and San Francisco), then you have seen her work.

Andrei Pasternak is currently a Design Director for Cengage San Francisco and has been in the publishing industry for 17 years. Driven by curiosity, he leads a team of creatives, designing print and digital products for Higher Education. Outside of work, you might find him playing bass, photographing, or out adventuring with his family.