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

Events

LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Experimenting with Unconventional Type Families

February 29, 2020 to March 1, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

How far can we stretch the concept of different styles within the same type family? What constitutes one? Contemporary examples are showing us that typefaces can be designed beyond the conventional weight (light/bold) or width (condensed/extended) axis. In this two-days intensive workshop students will experiment designing with a “crazy” axis, learning (and breaking!) the boundaries of a type family.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | More Is More, Sometimes. In Defense of Display Typefaces.

March 3, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Display type is not taken seriously enough. Modernism with its “less is more” and “ornament is a crime” teaches us that display letters are unnecessary: they are too loud, they stand out too much, they distort letter shapes, they are not easy to read. Moreover, display typefaces are somehow considered playful and fun and therefore easier to design.

If we go back to the origin of display types, we’ll see that they were invented exactly to distinguish themselves from text ones, to be catchy, to be interesting, to embrace the spirit of their time.

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GRABHORN INSTITUTE | Docent Walk-Through with Enrique Chagoya and Jim Nikas

March 5, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Grabhorn Institute

Please join the Grabhorn Institute, artist Enrique Chagoya and Jim Nikas, Director of the Posada Art Foundation, for a guided tour of our exhibition of the political illustrations of the prolific and popular Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), known for enduring images such as La Calavera Catrina. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the artist from two educators who have cultivated an intimate relationship with his work. The exhibition features nearly seventy selections from the Brady Nikas Collection and Posada Art Foundation, including rarely shown original printing plates and historical prints.

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LITERARY ARTS | Everybody Reads 2020 (Portland)

March 5, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Literary Arts

Celebrate the power of books to create a stronger community by attending the 2020 Everybody Reads author event with Tommy Orange. Literary Arts is proud to host an evening with award-winning author Tommy Orange as the culminating event of Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads program.

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ABM | The Art and Social History of 19th Century Book Cover Design

March 7, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum proudly presents an illustrated lecture by Kathleen Roberts. Kathy is the collector and co-curator of the Bound for Beauty exhibit. This special 60-minute talk focuses on the social and art history of Decorated Publishers’ Bindings, 1840-1920, and bindings in miniature format. The lecture is Saturday, March 7th at 1pm.

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BAWiP | Happy Hour at Hotel Zetta

March 11, 2020

Hosted/Sponsored by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing on March 11th from 6–8 pm at Hotel Zetta, upstairs in the Playroom, located at 55 Fifth Street in San Francisco. Come hang out with some awesome women for networking and camaraderie. All women in the publishing industry are welcome, so please feel free to bring a colleague!

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Tucson Festival of Books 2020

March 14, 2020 to March 15, 2020

The Tucson Festival of Books returns in 2020. The Festival debuted March 14-15, 2009, on the campus of The University of Arizona. The Festival featured 450 authors and presenters and welcomed 50,000 regional visitors, all made possible with generous support from our sponsors and the energetic goodwill of 800 volunteers.

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BCC | Fifty Years from Wisconsin to Nepal through the Eyes of Quelquefois Press

March 16, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An illustrated talk by Mary Risala Laird, printer, book artist, and teacher

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Too Black/Ain’t Black Enough, or Stereotype and Truth: Typography in African American Periodicals, Popular Culture, and Artists’ Books

March 17, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

A survey of typography in African American magazines, and media including popular television shows and music that have created an accepted and expected “black” type combined with a look at early African American newspapers and how African American book artists navigate expectations to give their text an “authentic” look.

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GRABHORN INSTITUTE | Screening: Searching for Posada

March 18, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Grabhorn Institute

The Grabhorn Institute invites you to attend a screening of the documentary film Searching for Posada: Art and Revolutions, produced by Jim Nikas and Maryanne Brady. The film tells the story of famed Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada and his main publisher, Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. Following the film, we will host a question and answer session with Jim Nikas, Director of the Posada Art Foundation.

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WNBA-SF | Path to Publishing: Does Social Media Really Sell Books?

March 18, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Author’s Guild and the Women’s National Book Association

Book Passage, SF Ferry Building, presents a powerful panel discussion of one of the most popular subjects generally introverted authors want to know about. WNBA-SF’s own Elise Marie Collins joins members of the Author’s Guild to clear up many of the myths and truths about social media for writers.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

March 19, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Book Artists

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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BAEF | Talking about Tech

March 21, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Editors’ Forum
With the ever-increasing pervasiveness of technology in the publishing industry, editors must keep up with new hardware and software to stay competitive.

In this “digital potluck” discussion (an encore of our recent South Bay forum), we will look at our writing and editing tools; software to perform more rudimentary tasks; computer gear to optimize our workflow; blogs, blasts, and social media; and other geeky but essential tech aspects with which every editor should be familiar.

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BCC | Celebrating Florence S. Walter, Pioneering Bookbinder

March 23, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An evening in celebration of the pioneering American Bookbinder with remarks by family members and the creative team behind the recently published tribute.

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AIGA-SF | Commercial Type presents Commercial Classics

March 25, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA-SF

2020 marks the tenth anniversary of Commercial Type, one of world’s leading independent foundries. Commercial Type partner Paul Barnes, will tell the fascinating and exciting story of this new foundry. He will explain what inspired Commercial Type, of researching through archives, and of creating new families that offer designers a rich and varied palette of faces.

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SFCB | Typewriter Jam – Letter Writing Edition

March 27, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

Details to come.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | The Text Block as Building Block

March 28, 2020 to March 29, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

The text block is fundamental to creating any typographic system—whether on the page or on screen. But what typeface to use, and at what size? How do we determine line length and leading? And what about readability?

In this two-day workshop students will learn basic principles of setting text typography. We will begin by examining the interdependence between type size, leading, line length, ragging, and justification. Students will then be introduced to traditional methods of shaping the page, and will set continuous text within the grids of a single-column and multicolumn page.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Intro to Book Arts Processes & Practice

March 28, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Book Arts Program at the University of Utah

Ever wonder about the processes and techniques that lead to the final product of an artist’s book? During this brief, hands-on opportunity, explore several facets of book arts: papermaking, paper decorating, bookmaking, and letterpress printing. This workshop is a great opportunity to experience a sampling of activities and consider interests for further exploration. All materials are provided and all levels welcome.

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NCIBA | Spring Workshop & ABA Forum

March 29, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northern California Independent Booksellers Association

The NCIBA produces an annual spring workshop—a daylong program which includes a variety of sessions dealing with topics of concern to our members. The event will be Sunday, March 29th, 2020 at the Presidio in San Francisco.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Typography Is a Meditation

March 31, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Meditation is the practice of building awareness and refining attention—not unlike the study of typography. In this talk, Hope Meng will explore how her various type-driven passion projects have been analogous to her mindfulness journey, and how all of this experience has informed her path in finding a unique voice as an artist, designer, and letterer.

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PRINTED MATTER | LA Art Book Fair Opening Night

April 2, 2020

Hosted/organized by: Printed Matter

Printed Matter presents the seventh LA Art Book Fair (LAABF), April 3–5 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

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PRINTED MATTER | LA Art Book Fair

April 3, 2020 to April 5, 2020

Hosted/organized by: Printed Matter

Printed Matter presents the seventh LA Art Book Fair (LAABF), April 3–5 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

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IBPA | Publishing University

April 3, 2020 to April 4, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Independent Book Publishers Association

As the largest independent publishing association in the United States, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) knows there are literally 100s of book conferences you could attend this year, mostly filled with fluff that’s irrelevant to small presses and author publishers. That’s why we’re here! For nearly three decades, IBPA Publishing University has been the indie publishing community’s must-attend networking and educational event. Why? Because our expert speakers understand how to start, grow, and succeed in publishing’s new world…and they can’t wait to share what they know with you!

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AIGA SF | Portfolio Day 2020

April 4, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

Join us for the largest and what is considered the most well-respected portfolio review on the West Coast! Whether you’re entering the job market for the first time, transitioning in your career, or just want some sage advice, our reviewers are there for you to provide essential feedback. If you’re in the early stages of putting your portfolio or just polishing it up, this is the perfect opportunity to speak to the experts about how to put your best foot forward.

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ABM | Smithsonian Museum Day at the ABM

April 4, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: American Bookbinders Museum

Saturday, April 4th, the American Bookbinders Museum will join other cultural institutions around the country for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day. Get a ticket for two providing free admission to the American Bookbinders Museum. (One two-person pass per email address, check out the FAQs).

ABM is open from 10am to 4pm. The Smithsonian Museum Day pass entitles you to free admission to our self-guided tour. Get yours here!

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Book Arts of Utah | Creating Custom Book Cloth

April 11, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Book Arts Program at the University of Utah

Fabric offers an attractive and durable solution for covering boxes and book covers, but ready-made bookcloth presents a limited palette of mostly solid colors and humdrum textures. Don’t get hemmed in by run-of-the-mill choices! In this workshop, participants expand their ability to tailor bookwork by learning to back natural-fiber fabric with simple materials and easy-to-access tools.

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BCC | 2020 Book Arts Students Showcase

April 13, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

A pop-up exhibition of work and presentations by selected students enrolled in Bay Area book arts programs.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

April 16, 2020

Hosted/Organized by Bay Area Book Artists

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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SFCB | Bookworks 2020

April 17, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

Details to come.

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L.A. TIMES | Festival of Books 2020

April 18, 2020 to April 19, 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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SJPG | 2020 S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose

April 18, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: San Jose Printers’ Guild

This FREE event celebrates letterpress printing, book arts, printmaking, typography, ephemera, paper making, and allied arts. Exhibitor registration opens in January 2020.

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ABA | Independent Bookstore Day 2020

April 20, 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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YALLWEST | YALLWEST Book Festival 2020

April 24, 2020 to April 25, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: YALLWEST

YALLWEST is the YA and Middle Grade Book Festival and features over 100 authors and artists from books, films, games, and comics. Free and open to the public!

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LITERARY ARTS | Oregon Book Awards Ceremony

April 27, 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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BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL

May 2, 2020 to May 3, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Bay Area Book Festival

Tens of thousands of book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over an exciting weekend in downtown Berkeley, California. One of the premier literary events in the nation!

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SFCB | Art Book Show & Tell

May 4, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

Details to come.

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BCC | Gutenberg’s World: The Rise of a New Technology in 15th century Mainz

May 4, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An illustrated talk by Alix Christie, novelist, printer, and journalist.

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Book Arts of Utah | Mokuhanga: Water-based Woodblock Printing

May 8, 2020 to May 9, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Book Arts Program at the University of Utah

Learn how to achieve multiple colors in a woodblock image with perfect registration through the traditional technique of Japanese woodblock printing. This workshop is an introduction to the printing process mokuhanga, which uses water-based pigments (or sumi ink), a kento registration method, and hand printing with a baren.

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ABM | West Coast Exhibition of OPEN·SET 2020

May 15, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: American Bookbinders Museum

From May 15th through July 11th and in collaboration with the American Academy of Bookbinding, visit the American Bookbinders Museum to view more than 100 fine bindings on display.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

May 21, 2020

Hosted/Organized by Bay Area Book Artists

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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BOOKEXPO

May 27, 2020 to May 29, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: BookExpo

BookExpo is carefully crafted with content and experiences for all those that play a part in the publishing industry. Its where authors, booksellers, distributors, librarians, literary agents, publishers and more unite to build relationships, learn tactics to bolster business and get the pulse of what’s trending in today’s shifting marketplace.

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New York Rights Fair

May 29, 2020 to May 31, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: BookExpo America

More information coming soon at https://www.bookexpoamerica.com.

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BOOKCON

May 30, 2020 to May 31, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: BookCon

BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.

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CreativePro Week 2020: The Essential HOW-TO Conferences for CreativePros

June 1, 2020 to June 5, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Creative Pro

Meet the world’s top publishing experts, Adobe engineers, and developers to rethink your publishing strategy, learn how to bridge the print-to-digital gap.

CreativePro Week features top experts and trainers in the field of layout, image editing, illustration, retouching, design, production, and publishing. We produce the world’s most effective HOW-TO conferences for creative professionals, and our speakers are the heart and soul of our events.

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BCC | In Conversation with Bruce James, the 24th Public Printer of the U.S.

June 15, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

A conversation with the Hon. Bruce James, the 24th Public Printer of the United States and Director of the United States Government Printing Office (Ret.).

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AIGA-SF | SF Design Week 2020

June 16, 2020 to June 25, 2020

Hosted/Sponsored by: AIGA-SF

The 2020 Dates have been announced for SF Design Week, an essential week-long city-wide festival showcasing the unique intersection of ideas, design, business & entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future!

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BCC | Field Trip: Arion Press and M&H Type

June 19, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

A members-only field trip to Arion Press and M&H Type with a tour of the historic press and type foundry, Q&A with the production staff, and a hands-on printing activity.

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ABA | ABC Children’s Institute 2020

June 22, 2020 to June 24, 2020

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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BCC | Inkworks Press Collective: Printing for the People!

June 29, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An illustrated talk by Grend Löfkvist, letter-press printer, teacher, and education director

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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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SF ART BOOK FAIR 2020

July 17, 2020 to July 19, 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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SCBF | Seattle Children’s Book Festival 2020

August 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: The Seattle Children’s Book Festival

SCBF is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to promote children’s literacy in the greater Seattle area by connecting young readers with award-winning authors and books.

We are so excited to be putting on our SECOND EVER Seattle Children’s Book Festival on August 8th, 2020

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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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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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