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


NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

March 1, 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.


LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | The Font Detective & the California Cases with Thomas Phinney

March 2, 2021

Thomas Phinney may be the world’s only regular “font detective.” As a global expert on fonts, typography and printing, he does document forensics in legal cases around the world. The stakes can be fortune, fame, careers, imprisonment … or the family house. For this Letterform Lecture, Phinney discusses and shows evidence from several cases, including the Wicked Will, the Special Sack, and the Secret of the Certificate.


Letterform Archive | Introduction to Modern Type Design

March 3, 2021

Introduction to Modern Type Design with Rod Cavazos

Type West Public Workshop
Online Workshop
Wed, Mar 3, – Wed, May 5, 2021
5:00pm–8:00pm PDT

This 10-week course, meeting on Wednesday evenings, is an introduction to the techniques and processes used in professional type design. Students will create their own original typefaces as they gain an understanding of the methodologies and software used to produce high-quality digital type.

The primary goal of this course is to show how to think about type systematically and successfully structure the type design process. The course will focus on techniques and best practices for designing and spacing type, but will also introduce students to the conceptual foundations of type design, Python programming in RoboFont, and the structure of type families.

This course is suitable for designers just starting to think about type and for designers with some type design experience hoping to develop their skills and processes. Some experience with drawing Bézier curves (in Adobe Illustrator, for instance) and with typography is recommended but not required. This is a great course for anyone interested in applying to the Type West Postgraduate Certificate Program in Type Design.


PPN | Building Creative Leaders: a Conversation with Maria Giudice

March 9, 2021


Founder and CEO of the pioneering experience design firm, Hot Studio, Maria Giudice built a thriving practice around the principles of human-centered design. After Hot Studio’s acquisition by Facebook in 2013, Maria led global design teams there and at Autodesk, building digital experiences for millions worldwide. Today, after three decades at the forefront of business and design, Maria has a new mission:

Build the next generation of creative leaders.

Through one-on-one coaching and team-building workshops, Maria unlocks the potential hidden in executives and the people they lead. Author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, she is a crowd favorite at conferences like TEDx and Mind the Product, where her talks draw on her 30-plus years at the forefront of business and design. Maria also paints portraits of Prince on denim jackets in her spare time. They are badass.

In this conversation, Maria will share the story of her career transitions, and in doing so, address the challenges facing publishing professionals, and how she turned those into opportunities, all along following her heart.

The evening will begin with Maria sharing her experiences, after which we will open the conversation for all to participate. You will come away inspired to look at what you are passionate about, with ideas on how to focus on your unique strengths and abilities as you evolve your own career.

NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

March 10, 2021

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.


BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

March 10, 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.


Letterform Archive | Nüshu, a script created by self-educated women in a remote region of China with Lisa Huang

March 16, 2021

Nüshu is a writing system created and developed by women in the remote area of Jiangyong in the Hunan region of China. It was born out of the necessity to communicate in a medieval time when writing and reading were forbidden to women. After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, literacy in Mandarin Chinese made a lot of progress and Nüshi fell out of use. Now, there is renewed interest in the script due to its historical and sociological particularity, but also for all the incredible culture that grew from and around it.


NEG | Monthly Developmental Editor’s Happy Hour

March 18, 2021

Are you a developmental editor? Are you interested in developmental editing? Or do you just fancy a beer with a few developmental editors?

This is a monthly informal event for Guild members to discuss developmental editing. Or not. You’ve got to be there to find out!

This event is free to attend, and open to members only. Please register for free via the button below (you must be logged in to your account in order to register!), or you can find the Zoom information on this page (again, you must be logged in to view).


PPN | Virtual Meetup

March 18, 2021

Mark your calendars and join us on March 18th 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

March 21, 2021

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 | Gender Neutral? A Contemporary look at Women, Typography, and Book Design

March 22, 2021

A live online presentation by Gloria Kondrup, designer, educator, artist, and executive director of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography


Letterform Archive | Stone Carved Lettering and the Digital Age with Nicholas Benson

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

Architectural and memorial lettering is traditionally generated by hand with a broad edged brush in the manner of classical Roman inscriptions and then carved into stone with mallets and chisels. Renowned stonecutter Nicholas Benson will present a brief history of inscriptions and discuss how the digital realm is shifting human interaction with the physical world.


Seventh Annual Bay Area Book Festival | Bay Area Book Festival

May 1, 2021 to May 9, 2021

“And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was ended.”

-Albert Camus, The Plague

“Ended” is a strong word, Albert. While the seventh annual Bay Area Book Festival (May 1-9, 2021) packs an inspiringly hopeful punch, we can’t promise it’ll bring about an end to… (gestures vaguely)… all this. But what we can promise is a cure for another kind of plague: ennui (Camus famously wrote “the truth is that everyone is bored,” but we’re here to prove him wrong). Get ready for nine spring days filled with the most anticipated books in this most anticipated of years, and the opportunity to hear directly from—and pick the brains of—the news-making, trailblazing authors who wrote them.

From a cultural visionary raved about by Toni Morrison and Stephen King, to a Nobel laureate known as “an artist without ego,” to some of the most subversive and spellbinding award-winners on the literary scene, there’s something for every taste, mood, and brand-new beginning.


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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