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


AIGA SF | Leading with Compassion: Porch Portraits

December 2, 2020

Relationship Design is a creative approach to driving business and social value focused on building relationships with customers, employees, and the community. It considers the connections a person has with other people in their life, the ongoing relationship they can have with a company, and the relationships people have with their wider community and planet.

Join our Salesforce Design Team for this deep dive into one of the four mindsets of the practice, compassion! We will showcase how we’ve been able to acknowledge the humanity of colleagues and customers, and approach collaboration with a supportive attitude during this challenging year.


BAWiP | Virtual Queer Affinity Group

December 2, 2020

This recurring social hour will be a safe space for queer people who identify as women to socialize, network, and support each other through the day to day of our professional and personal lives.



SFCB | Shelter in Studio Virtual Tour: Kitty Maryatt / Two Hands Press

December 3, 2020

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.

DECEMBER 3rd: Join us for a tour and chat with Kitty Maryatt of Two Hands Press (Playa Vista, CA).


SFCB | Holiday Gift Wrap Online Workshop

December 3, 2020

This is a single-session online workshop.

With the holidays approaching this is a great time to discover how to make your own decorative gift wrap and tags! Using easy to find and upcycled materials like brown paper, old photocopies, and book pages you will learn various ways to add surface design with simple printing and painting techniques. Find out how to create patterns by stamping with everyday items such as cookie cutters, plastic cups, bottle lids, forks, and art stamps – no press required!


SFCB | Contemporary Gilding encore Online Workshop

December 5, 2020 to December 6, 2020

This is a two-session online workshop: Saturday and Sunday, December 5 & 6, 2020.

Using a contemporary version of gilding, the process of applying paper-thin sheets of metal to a surface, workshop participants will learn how to add metal to paper, wood and stone in their own shapes and patterns. Over the course of two 2-hour sessions, Solange will walk participants through the nuances of this technique from how to effectively prepare a variety of material surfaces and apply metal leaf as a compositional element.

Registration will close on Saturday, November 21st to allow time for materials to be ordered/delivered.


LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Thinking With Your Hands with Cyrus Highsmith

December 5, 2020 to December 6, 2020

Learn a messy, hands-on, computer-free way of making letters with world–renowned type designer Cyrus Highsmith.

Letters can be drawn in so many different ways. Cyrus Highsmith’s approach is based heavily on the importance of white space and sensitivity to shapes. It’s a method he applies to type design as well as image making of all kinds. For Highsmith, it’s a way of seeing the world. This workshop will be a messy, hands-on, and computer-free exploration of drawing, making, and thinking about letters.

Each day will be a series of demos and conversations with lots of time in between to work independently. We will experiment and play with different ways of drawing and thinking about letters. Techniques may include stencils, low-tech printing, collage, and painting. Participants should be ready for new experiences, experimentation, play, and failure. The results will be shared in an online gallery.



BAIPA | Book Cover Design with David Kudler

December 5, 2020

You may not be able to judge a book by its cover — but that doesn’t mean that people don’t every day. Your cover has a very important job to do, so are you sure it’s up to the job?

The general meeting begins at 9 am, speaker presentation is at 11 am, after Q&A, networking time, introductions & announcements. Scroll down for details and to register. No afternoon workshop for this meeting.



NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

December 7, 2020

The Near North Editors meet on the first Monday of every month (except months where the first Monday is a holiday such as Labor Day, in which case look out for special updates!). This month’s meeting will be held on Zoom.

This event is free and open to all editors. To receive the Zoom information required to attend this meeting, please register for free below, or (members only) go to this page.

If you have any questions, please email to be put in touch with the host.


SFCB | Fresh off the Block: Printed Cards, Tags, and Gift Wrap Online Workshop

December 7, 2020 to December 9, 2020

This is a two-session online workshop, December 7 & 9, 2020.

In this course, students will learn basic block printing techniques for at-home printmaking using easy-to-cut soft block stamps on paper. We will discuss how to choose images that will carve well, how to inverse and transfer onto blocks, followed by carving, inking and printing techniques.

All students will be encouraged to create a small edition of prints from the class as well as a set of correspondence cards and some decorative wrapping paper. By the end of the class, students will have a new skill they can easily master at home as well as ready-to-frame prints, cards and gift wrap for the holiday season.


LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Keeping Occupied with Cyrus Highsmith

December 8, 2020

Cyrus Highsmith started his foundry, Occupant Fonts, in 2015 after almost two decades as a type designer at Font Bureau. In 2017, Occupant was acquired by premier Japanese type company, Morisawa. In this presentation, Highsmith will talk about his new job, approach to art and design, and what it means to be an Occupant.


NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

December 9, 2020

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm.

If you are interested in joining them online, please register for free via the button below. Logged in members can find the invitation here.


SFCB | Printer At Play: Marie Dern & the Magic of Letterpress

December 9, 2020

Join SFCB and the Bolinas Museum for this virtual event highlighting the work of Marin-based book artist Marie Dern and Jungle Garden Press. Watch as Studio Director Chad Johnson prints a letterpress postcard keepsake inspired by Marie Dern’s artist book “William Caslon’s Typographic ABC (1991)” at SFCB’s print studio.

Registered attendees to this event will be mailed a postcard keepsake printed during the event. (Limit one postcard per attendee.) Printer At Play: Marie Dern and the Magic of Letterpress is co-hosted by the Bolinas Museum and San Francisco Center for the Book in honor of Bolinas Museum’s current exhibition Marie Dern: The Art of Handmade Books(link is external) on view by appointment through December 27, 2020.


BAWIP | Publishing for All Readers: Breaking Down Reading Barriers through Accessible Content

December 10, 2020

Publishing for All Readers: Breaking Down Reading Barriers through Accessible Content

With Guillian Hetzler, Director of Content Acquisition at Benetech, the world’s largest library for the reading disabled

Have terms like “accessibility” and “inclusive publishing” been popping up in conversations at work lately?  What does “accessibility” even mean, and why should you care? Please join Guillian Hetzler, Director of Content Acquisition at Benetech, to learn about all this and more.


SFCB | Leaf Printing and Criss Cross Binding Online Workshop

December 10, 2020 to December 17, 2020

This is a two-session online workshop: Thursdays, December 10 & 17, 2020.

Autumn is almost over, but you can save a little bit of it by grabbing some of your favorite fallen leaves to make some leaf prints! This is a process that uses non-toxic water-based ink to print the shape and vein structure of a leaf, group of leaves, or even stalks of grass or pine needles; in short, any type of plant matter you have at hand.

In the second session we’ll use this printed paper on the covers of a nice blank journal. Known as a secret Belgian or criss cross binding, it is a nonadhesive sewn structure with a distinctive pattern.

A kit is included in the class fee and will be shipped to students two weeks before class. The kit contains text paper, boards, and thread.


PPN | The Art of Nurturing Authors, Including the One Inside You!

December 10, 2020

A Conversation with Valerie Haynes Perry

PPN welcomes Valerie Haynes Perry, writing coach, author, and freelance indexer for our second Professional Development Conversations session.

Join us for a conversation with Valerie Haynes Perry, author of 10 books, including Write the Book You Want—Be Your Own Coach, and a motivational writing coach, freelance editor, and indexer. With over 25 years of experience, Valerie has learned what motivates authors to produce work that is both personally fulfilling and well received.

Valerie’s guidance helps writers overcome such negative experiences as stalling out, previous poor reception, and other blocks that may prevent them from completing the challenging process of writing a book.

You will come away with strategies for guiding your authors—and perhaps even yourself—toward writing their book. As Valerie says, “Everybody has a story to tell.”

The evening will begin with Valerie in conversation with the PPN ProDev team. After which, we’ll invite the audience to join the discussion with this fascinating, multi-talented publishing pro. To learn more about her work, visit

The PPN Professional Development Conversation Series helps people to strengthen their careers and expand their professional skills with the guidance of guest speakers from different areas of publishing.


BCC | The Book As Art Object in California, Then and Now

December 14, 2020

This event is co-presented by the American Printing History Association Northern California

The history of printing in California, though still relatively young, is yet venerable, spotty, and incomplete. In this talk, Peter Koch surveys roughly a century of printing in the Golden State that emphasises the book as a work of art, from the Arts and Crafts movement to more contemporary movements. From this fragmented history, Koch will pick up on threads that nevertheless tie seemingly disparate printerly activity into a discernible–if polysemic–tradition.


APHA & BCC | On the Ecology of the Book: Printing, Collecting & Archiving

December 14, 2020

The history of printing in California, though still relatively young, is yet venerable, spotty, and incomplete. In this talk, Peter Koch surveys roughly a century of printing in the Golden State that emphasises the book as a work of art, from the Arts and Crafts movement to more contemporary movements. From this fragmented history, Koch will pick up on threads that nevertheless tie seemingly disparate printerly activity into a discernible–if polysemic–tradition.

A live online talk with Peter Koch, printer


PPN | Virtual Meetup

December 17, 2020

Mark your calendars and join us on December 17 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time for our next virtual meetup. A great opportunity for connection, our virtual event via Zoom is open to anyone in the book-publishing industry. So, grab a drink and come catch up, share news, and get advice. Prost!

We plan to continue holding virtual meetups over Zoom on the third Thursday of each month for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, we are wistfully looking forward to in-person meetups again someday.


BABA | Monthly Meeting

December 20, 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.


BCC | A Bookbinder’s Miscellany

December 21, 2020

Dominic has been a self-employed bookbinder since 1990. Since that time he has bound, rebound and restored many fabulous books. He has also collected interesting and unusual bindings, seen many more, and had adventures teaching in four continents. In this light-hearted talk he will share some of his favourite moments from his encounters with the world of bookbinding and it’s related disciplines.

An illustrated talk by Dominic Riley, bookbinder and artist


CA GUILD OF BOOKWORKERS | An Online Workshop Presented by Karen Hanmer

January 9, 2021

Edward Marston’s 1884 “An Amateur Angler’s Days in Dove Dale: Or, How I Spent My Three Weeks’ Holiday” was issued in a simple folded limp vellum case printed in two colors. We will examine two examples from this edition of 100 before creating a low-adhesive, facsimile-ish version in a limp paper case.


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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