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


SFCB | Online: 25th Anniversary Celebration!

July 30, 2021

Join SFCB staff and community online as we raise a glass and toast SFCB’s 25 years in the books! Executive Director Jeff Thomas will share our exciting future goals and plan; SFCB Founders Mary Austin and Kathleen Burch will offer opening remarks. We look forward to celebrating our vibrant community, our future plans for SFCB, and “twenty five years in the books”.

We’re making it easy to celebrate: purchase a (cup)cake and champagne package and then join us online! (Cup)cake and champagne packages include a split of champagne (187 ml, an approximate glass and a half) and a cupcake of your choice, thanks to our friends at Rubicon Bakery! Your order will be packaged in celebratory style and waiting for you at SFCB. (You do not need to purchase a package in order to register/attend the online anniversary party.)

Please note:

  • (cup)cake and champagne packages are ONLY available for purchase as an add-on through Eventbrite. Sales end Sunday, July 18th at midnight.
  • (cup)cake and champagne packages are ONLY available for pick up at SFCB on Friday, July 30th. Pickup hours are 10 am to noon and 2 pm to 4 pm.

ABM | A Journey into “Wild/LIFE” Lecture Series: Lecture 1

July 31, 2021

Binding in the Third Dimension, with Graham Patten
When: Saturday July 31, 4pm PDT
Where: Online
Cost: $10

Graham Patten is a bookbinder who applies his interests in origami, movement, and bookbinding to create unusual pieces that merge books and sculpture. The decorative and design elements of his work tend to arise from mechanical, structural, and kinetic ideas rather than from more traditional fine binding techniques.

Considerations of access and functionality that are integral to book conservation also influence Graham’s bookbinding work. He invents structures and sculptural techniques that transform the reader’s conventional interaction with the book.

In his presentation, Graham will discuss the origin of the three-dimensional origami-style bindings used on Curved-Folding Origami Design and other books, and the techniques he has developed to construct them. There is a continuum of structural possibilities within this theme that affect the functionality of the book structure. As he walks through the binding process, Graham will discuss the various design considerations that must be addressed, and how the binding process has evolved from book to book.


BABA | Sunday Session

August 1, 2021

BABA members meet twice a month for Monthly Meetings and member-led Sunday Workshops.

Location: 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303


NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

August 2, 2021

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.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Aug 2 2021, 11:00am PDT
Ends Mon Aug 2 2021, 12:00pm PDT!event/2021/8/2/near-north-editors-meeting


Letterform Archive | Typography OF/AS Content with Lucille Tenazas

August 3, 2021

Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library
Lecture at Letterform Archive
Tue, Aug 3, 2021
12:00pm–1:30pm PDT

“The more uninteresting the letter, the more useful it is to the typographer.” This provocative statement is from Piet Zwart, the Dutch pioneer of modern typography who was influenced by Russian Constructivism and De Stijl, and was simultaneously a designer, photographer, and industrial designer. Lucille Tenazas, Filipino-American educator and National Design Award winner, has consistently applied this idea to her work. Her lecture will reflect on what makes a thoughtful and critical designer, and how a disciplined and constrained process can help a designer invent their own typographic approach.


SFCB | From the Bench of Don Rash

August 5, 2021

Welcome to From the Bench, SFCB’s new series of short studio tours with friends near and far. From favorite tools to works in progress, you never know what you’ll learn about from these amazing artists.

We hope you’ll join us on the first Thursday of every month from 12:30-1pm Pacific time.

Join us on August 5th for a tour and chat with Don Rash, printer, bookbinder and proprietor of both the Boss Dog Press and the School for Formal Bookbinding in Plains, PA.

Please visit our Vimeo page to see our past tours, including those under the name “Shelter in Studio”.


International Printing Museum | Letterpress Wayzgoose and Surplus Sale

August 7, 2021

For sale will be Vandercooks, C & P Platens, Windmills, Pocos, Kelseys, Wood Type, Metal Type, Cuts, Printing Supplies, Oak & Metal Type Cabinets, Pilot Presses, Paper Cutters, and lots more!

Surplus sale will be ongoing through October

Private appointments available before & after event if desired. Shipping available.

Contact The Museum to schedule

Letterpress Wayzgoose and Surplus Sale


ABM | A Journey into “Wild/LIFE” Lecture Series: Suzanne Moore

August 7, 2021

Suzanne Moore is a lettering artist, painter, and printmaker whose eclectic interests meld in the diversity of her artists’ books. Her books blend abstract and representational imagery, rich color and surface treatments with textual content and contemporary lettering to create work that obscures the line between word and image, legibility and abstraction. Suzanne’s work Wild Nights, pictured above, is currently on display at ABM as part of the Guild of Book Workers’ triannual exhibition.

During part two of the A Journey into “Wild/LIFE” lecture series, attendees will virtually step inside Suzanne’s studio and enjoy an interactive learning experience as she discusses her artistic methods and collaborations with fellow book artists and bookbinders, providing a live demonstration based on techniques used in her most recent works.

Suzanne’s work is exhibited widely, and her books have been acquired for private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe. Among them are the Pierpont Morgan Library, The Library of Congress and the rare book collections of Smith College, Wellesley College, Harvard University, Yale, Princeton, Bowdoin College, and the University of Washington. She speaks and teaches in the US and abroad on contemporary manuscript book design, conceptual ideas in book design, and on the painting and collage techniques.


NEG | Editors of Color Coffee Hour

August 9, 2021

Are you an Editor of Color? Would you like to meet up with your fellow Editors of Color in a welcoming, intimate, online setting?

Starting in May, Jesi Vega, President of the Northwest Editors Guild and a Puerto Rican Jew from the Bronx, will be hosting a monthly Zoom coffee hour for editors who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC, bitches!).

During this virtual coffee hour — open to both Guild members and non-members — we will share experiences, explore the possibilities of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable editing profession, get to know each other better and, likely, laugh a lot.

Please spread the word to any Editors of Color you know. This is a rare opportunity to build community for our underrepresented group and we want to spread the word. If you have any questions, please email Jesi at

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Aug 9 2021, 12:00pm PDT
Ends Mon Aug 9 2021, 01:00pm PDT!event/2021/8/9/editors-of-color-coffee-hour


NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

August 11, 2021

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Traditionally they meet in Mount Vernon, WA, but currently their meetings are entirely online.

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

Venue Online via Zoom.
Starts Wed Aug 11 2021, 11:15am PDT
Ends Wed Aug 11 2021, 12:45pm PDT!event/2021/8/11/far-north-editors-meeting


BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

August 11, 2021

BAWiP hosts virtual happy hours the second Wednesday of every month, until we can return to meeting in person at various locations around the Bay Area. We also host educational webinars almost every month. When our members are speaking at publishing events and conferences, we link to those as well.



BABA | Monthly Meeting

August 15, 2021
When:  Sun, August 15, 1pm – 4pm
Where:  During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom. (map)
Description:  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 | Aztec Codices: An Introduction to their Form and Contents

August 16, 2021

Before the Spanish invasion and conquest, the Aztec peoples produced books that served multiple functions. Two of the main genres of books were religious books and histories. Others served more bureaucratic purposes, such as tribute lists and genealogies. Information was recorded in these books using a pictorial system of writing in which the bulk of information was recorded visually using standardized iconography and pictorial conventions. Specific information (names of people and places), was conveyed through hieroglyphic compounds that effectively “spelled” words with little ambiguity. The Aztec pictorial writing system, then, blurs the boundaries between art and text and painting and writing, and Aztec manuscripts were filled with visual texts that allowed for open interpretations.

Aztec books (often called “codices”) were not the inflexible bound books typical of Europe. Aztec books were made of long sheets of paper – of deer hide or bark fiber – that were coated with gesso and then painted and folded accordion-style. A bound book reveals two pages at any one time, but a screenfold document can display any or all pages at once. The screenfold format allowed for maximum flexibility in use and further enhanced the interpretive potential of the Aztec manuscripts.

The Spaniards understood the significance of these books for the Native peoples because they specifically targeted Aztec royal archives and temples, burning the books that were housed inside. Today few pre-conquest manuscripts from the Aztec world survive.

This presentation offers an introduction to these Aztec codices, explaining their pictorial system of writing, the material form of the books, and their varied contents. The persistence of this traditional system of writing and book making into the colonial period reveals the lasting power of books for the Native peoples.

A live online presentation by Lori Boornazian Diel, Professor of Art History, Texas Christian University


PPN | Virtual Meetup

August 19, 2021

Mark your calendars and join us on August 19th 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.


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