Providing educational resources and opportunities for all individuals involved in book and book-related publishing.

Events

WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Bill McKibben, Sy Montgomery, Jennifer Ackerman, Mary Ellen Hannibal for Books on B

June 5, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature Bill McKibben, Sy Montgomery, Jennifer Ackerman and Mary Ellen Hannibal.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Lockdown Letterheads Tour of the Online Archive with Stephen Coles

June 6, 2020

Better Letters of London is hosting a free, experimental event that includes live demos, small panels, quizzes, and more with fellow sign painters, calligraphers, and lettering artists all over the world. As part of the event, the Archive’s Stephen Coles will present calligraphy, lettering, and sign painting gems in our Online Archive.

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SISTERS IN CRIME NORCAL CHAPTER | Cara Black

June 6, 2020

Join us ONLINE Saturday June 6 when bestselling author Cara Black discusses her first ever standalone historical thriller THREE HOURS IN PARIS. She’ll talk about the challenges and joys she faced working on a standalone after writing 19 series books.

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NEG | Virtual Coffee Hour

June 8, 2020

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join host Jesi Vega for a mastermind-style discussion on troubleshooting personal and professional editing challenges. Bring your examples of difficult situations that you’ve experienced, and be prepared to listen to others’ experiences and offer constructive feedback.

This event is free to attend and open to all.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Introduction to Modern Type Design (Mondays)

June 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive Introduction to Modern Type Design (Mondays) with Graham Bradley Online Workshop Type West Public Workshop Mon, Jun 8, – Mon, Aug 10, 2020 6:00pm–8:00pm PDT   This ten-week course meeting on Monday evenings is an introduction to the techniques and processes used in professional type design. Students will create their own original typefaces […]

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | John Scalzi and Sarah Gailey for Dark Carnival

June 10, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature John Scalzi and Sarah Gailey, reading and having a conversation.

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BAWIP | Social Happy Hour

June 10, 2020

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing on June 10th from 6–8 pm at The Lede, located at 906 Washington Street in beautiful Old Oakland. Come hang out in this historic space, which dedicated to co-working during the day (focused on podcasting, storytelling, and journalism) but turns into a delicious bar and restaurant at night.

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LITQUAKE ON LOCKDOWN | Alka Joshi and The Henna Artist

June 11, 2020

Please join us for this vivid and compelling evening with Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist, the May selection for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Tune in at 6pm Pacific time and learn why Publishers Weekly calls this novel “eloquent and moving,” while Christian Science Monitor highlights its “vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose.”

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AIGA-SF | SF Design Week 2020 Intentional Distortions

June 15, 2020 to June 25, 2020

San Francisco Design Week will take place June 16th-25th, 2020 as the worlds first city and region to announce transitioning to an entirely Virtual Design Week. These are challenging times and designers in the Bay Area are rising to the challenge, after all this is the birthplace of the future.

With the challenges we all face due to the pandemic, this is an opportunity to come together to reimagine how we gather, interact, engage and celebrate design in a time of uncertainty. We invite the Bay Area Design and International Community together to offer digital programming, and content, virtual tours, installations and exhibits and experiences and webinars to respond to this new global reality and reimagine how design can solve problems society faces in this new reality.

Our theme Intentional Distortions, now more relevant than ever, invites you to participate by contributing content by rethinking our approach to design as a solution.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | The Springback Binding & Leather Basics: Online Workshop

June 16, 2020 to June 25, 2020

The Springback Binding & Leather Basics

With its enthusiastic opening, the nineteenth century springback binding is ideal for journals, guest books, sketch books, or any application where it is desirable that the book open flat (and then some). The book opens and closes with a satisfying jolt and features two-part split boards, reinforced endsheets, and a spring made of layers of card and paper. With its robust aesthetic, the springback is a great structure for beginning leather work. The paring requires minimal finesse, and the modest leather headcap is easy to form. Pre-requisite for the course is a basic bookbinding course or the Fast Forward: Bookbinding Basics workshop.

 

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Armistead Maupin and Alia Volz for Rakestraw Books

June 17, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature Alia Volz and Armistead Maupin.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Creative Monograms

June 17, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive   Creative Monograms with Hope Meng Online Workshop Type West Public Workshop Wed, Jun 17, – Wed, Jul 8, 2020 6:30pm–9:30pm PDT   COVID-19 Update: This course will now be held online over four Wednesday evenings, starting June 17.   Louis Vuitton. General Electric. The Victoria & Albert Museum. Some of the most […]

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

June 21, 2020

BABA meets the third Thursday evening of each month in room P-6 at Greendell School (4120 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, next to Cubberley Center) from 7:18 to 9:00pm. Members share books, work in progress and information about book events and resources.

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LITERARY ARTS | Oregon Book Awards Ceremony

June 22, 2020
Hosted/Organized by: Literary Arts
Join Literary Arts’ annual celebration of Oregon’s most accomplished writers in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers, and graphic literature.
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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Rebecca Skloot and Ed Yong for East Bay Booksellers

June 24, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature Rebecca Skloot and Ed Yong.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Single-Sheet Books (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 1, 2020

Online instruction via Zoom. Participants will receive a link and a materials kit prior to the workshop.

Learn six simple forms, each folded from a single sheet of paper. Great for zines! Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Under Construction: Jurriaan Schrofer’s Letters

July 7, 2020

Jurriaan Schrofer (1926–1990) was one of the most prominent design practitioners, educators, and public advocates in the Netherlands after the Second World War. Schrofer’s career was most remarkable early on for his photography book designs, but beginning in the 1960s, his constructed lettering projects occupied an increasing part of his attention, study, and practice. Maurice Meilleur will survey a selection of Schrofer’s remarkable work, and use diagrams and animations alongside Schrofer’s own sketches and drawings to discuss a few examples of these lettering projects in greater detail. He’ll then place Schrofer’s projects in the larger context of constructed scripts, to suggest what we can learn from them about method, creativity, and meaning in design generally, and type and typography in particular.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Pamphlet Variations: Session 1 (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Arts Program at the University of Utah   Pamphlet Variations: Session 1 (Summer Workshop Series) Emily Tipps July 8 Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 pm MDT $35 per session, materials kit & shipping included Online instruction via Zoom. Participants will receive a link and a materials kit prior to the workshop. This is the first of two sessions. […]

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING | Introduction to Bookbinding, Level 2

July 13, 2020 to July 17, 2020

Students who have taken previous bookbinding classes will find an opportunity in this course to further develop their skills and to deepen their knowledge of the materials and techniques used in bookbinding. Students will pick up where they left off in Level 1, starting with a rounded-spine case binding. They will then construct a millimeter binding — a style of binding that utilizes small amounts of leather, as more of a decorative element than structural.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Pamphlet Variations: Session 2

July 13, 2020

Online instruction via Zoom. Participants will receive a link and a materials kit prior to the workshop.

This is the second of two sessions. Please register for each session if you are interested in taking both. Begin with the basic pamphlet stitch and then explore six variations. Participate in one or both sessions—different options are covered in each. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Accordion Variations: Session 1

July 15, 2020

This is the first of two sessions. Please register for each session if you are interested in taking both. These two sessions begin with a basic accordion structure and advance into concertina forms, including Hedi Kyle’s beloved flag book. Take one session or both—the second session also covers a paper slipcase to house the set of books. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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HBC | Annual Exhibition

July 16, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Hand Bookbinders of California

The Hand Bookbinders of California (HBC) will celebrate their 48th year in 2020 with a members exhibition at Arion Press.  HBC is an organization of individuals dedicated to preserving and passing on the traditions of fine binding and book arts. Their members are students and professionals, fine binders, letterpress printers, book artists, calligraphers, print makers and more. The annual exhibition showcases the diverse talents of their members.

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING | Traditional Half Leather Binding

July 20, 2020 to July 31, 2020

A standard of the 19th century trade shops, the half leather binding features leather on the corners and spine, with cloth or marbled paper on the remaining area of the cover boards. Initially developed as a less expensive leather binding, it utilizes all the craft needed for a full leather binding but doesn’t require a large clean area of the skin; scraps may be used. Because students will be working with smaller scraps of leather, they will have a chance in this class to try different tools and techniques for paring, from an English knife to a spokeshave to the Scharf-fix.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Accordion Variations: Session 2

July 20, 2020

This is the second of two sessions. Please register for each session if you are interested in taking both. These two sessions begin with a basic accordion structure and advance into concertina forms, including Hedi Kyle’s beloved flag book. Take one session or both—the second session also covers a paper slipcase to house the set of books. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Long-Stitch Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 22, 2020

The elegant long-stitch has been used for inventive artists’ books and beautiful journals, but don’t be fooled by the apparent complexity of this exposed-sewing binding. Participants receive one set of materials, and the instructor shares examples with an assortment of thread, buttons, covers, and closures to ensure that the long-stitch never gets old Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Coptic Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 27, 2020

In ancient Egypt, the Copts used this binding technique for hundreds of years. Notable for the chain links across the spine and sewn-on boards,the binding is very flexible and can open to 360º for display. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Japanese Stab Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 29, 2020

As opposed to the stiffness of western paper, traditional Japanese paper allows this side-stitched book to open readily. This session presents three sewing patterns, providing participants with the skills to explore dozens of additional patterns in the future. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING | Creating a Panel Structure Cover

August 3, 2020 to August 7, 2020

Monique Lallier developed and created her first panel binding in 1986 on L’Écorce et le Vent, now in the special collection at the Morgan Library in New York City. This style of binding has since become an example of one of the many innovative approaches to binding that Monique is known for. AAB is pleased to offer this opportunity to learn the unique panel cover structure from the one who originated it.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Flat-Back Case Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

August 3, 2020

This session covers the basics of a traditional sewn binding with boards covered in cloth. The demonstration may extend throughout the session. Participants are encouraged to observe instruction and follow along with the handout rather than attempting to complete the entire binding during the session. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Secret Belgian Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

August 5, 2020

This singular binding style was invented by Belgian binder Anne Goy. The book opens flat and has a beautiful exposed sewing pattern. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING | Exploring Doublures

August 10, 2020 to August 14, 2020

This one-week course will cover a variety of techniques to craft stunning doublures for your bindings. Monique will explore various methods to prepare the boards for doublures including: edge to edge leather, sunken suede, silk and moiré, doublures decorated with onlays, inlays or tooling. Monique will also explore non-traditional materials to use for doublures such as metal or wood veneers.

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING | Manipulating Leather: An Art of Its Own

August 17, 2020 to August 21, 2020

In this five-day workshop Coleen will share some of her favorite decorative surface techniques that will enable students to turn leather and suede into beautiful pieces of art to be used for decorative inlays and onlays for bindings, covering books, and flyleaves. We will finish the workshop making a limp binding with leather doublures using the leather decorated in class.

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING | The Flowing Spine in Miniature

August 24, 2020 to August 28, 2020

This full leather miniature binding is one step further in the development of the basic structure presented in full size at the Guild of Book Workers Standards Seminar in Tacoma, Washington. During this class, students will each bind at least one miniature in full leather which incorporates leather turn ins, tooled leather headbands, surface decorations which work particularly well for small books, and various endpaper structures or leather doublures.

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ABA | Independent Bookstore Day 2020

August 29, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The American Booksellers Association

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different.

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BLUE NILE PRESS | Sacramento Black Book Fair

September 11, 2020 to September 12, 2020

This historic 2-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among the featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each of the featured writers, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more. Join us Friday, September 11, 2020 and Saturday September 12, 2020.

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L.A. TIMES | Festival of Books 2020

October 3, 2020 to October 4, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Los Angeles Times

Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has become a world renowned experience gathering writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers like no other. Today over 150,000 people attend, making it the largest festival of its kind in the United States. Join us this year as we celebrate our literary culture and the Los Angeles Times’ passion for story.

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LBFF | North San Diego County Latino Book & Family Festival

October 10, 2020

Empowering Latino Futures, formerly Latino Literacy Now, is the nonprofit (IRS #33-0868486) creator of the Latino Book & Family Festivals since 1997. It focuses on educational, author, community building and content issues affecting underserved communities.

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PRINTING UNITED

October 21, 2020 to October 23, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: PrintingUnited

The largest, most comprehensive printing event in North America brings all industry segments under one roof. Be there when the industry connects at PRINTING United 2020: BIGGER.BETTER.TOGETHER.

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SF ART BOOK FAIR 2020

October 29, 2020 to November 1, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Minnesota Street ProjectColpa and Park Life

The 2020 SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public and will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. These works will be presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions, and signings.

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LITERARY ARTS | Portland Book Festival

November 7, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Literary Arts

Save the date for the next Portland Book Festival: Saturday, November 7, 2020. The author lineup will be announced early September 2020.

To learn more, go to Portland Book Festival FAQ.

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ABA | ABC Children’s Institute 2021

June 16, 2021 to June 18, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: The American Booksellers Association

The 2020 Children’s Institute (Ci8) will take place Monday, June 22, through Wednesday, June 24, at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, located at 3800 E. Sunrise Dr. in Tucson, Arizona.

The American Booksellers Association continues to aim to locate the annual Children’s Institute in cities around the country to ensure as many independent booksellers as possible have the chance to attend.

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