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


CWC SF | Book Coaching – The New Edit

September 23, 2020

Book coaching may not be a new concept, but it is growing as a modern editorial service. Editors are most traditionally known for the work they do on finished manuscripts. But the development of writing as a teachable craft, and not just a talented specialty, has created a need for editors who help writers in the planning and drafting phases. Book coaching has thus become an ideal education option for those without access to writing programs or without adequate support.


PPN | Keeping Publishing Companies Afloat in Times of Good and Bad: A Conversation with Keasley Jones

September 24, 2020

Please join us Thursday, September 24, as we launch our new Professional Development Conversations series. Each of these informal gatherings will present a different guest speaker on a variety of topics important to publishing people.

For our first gathering, PPN welcomes Heyday Books Finance and Operations manager Keasely Jones, whose career has been one of the most varied of anyone we know in publishing. Keasley stumbled into publishing in 1989, joining Peachpit Press just after its inception and mucking about with sales, marketing, foreign rights, operations, logistics, data systems, business management, and human resources. After its acquisition by Pearson, he served as Associate Publisher, Business Manager, and Digital Operations Manager. Keasley’s vast experience has placed him front-and-center in helping publishing houses find their footing through such major disruptions as mergers and reorgs, the shock of 9/11, and today’s global pandemic. Through it all, he has demonstrated a knack, not only for keeping businesses afloat, but also for retaining culture and connection among its people.

Keasley will share what he’s learned through managing widely disparate publishing groups, then we’ll open it up to your questions and discussion. We’re hoping you will come away with some strategies for managing businesses and staying positive through these times.


ABM | San Francisco History Days, Sept. 25-27, 2020

September 25, 2020 to September 27, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: American Bookbinders Museum A important part of San Francisco history, national history, and women’s history. Celebrating the 19th Amendment, Suffragists in Print. Tour the eighty-plus years of the struggle for women’s suffrage. By women-ing the press, suffragists took control of the narrative and their future. Meet some of the courageous women who demanded […]


MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Virtual Tour at the Mechanics’ Institute

September 25, 2020

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Virtual Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership. Tours typically take 45 to 60 minutes. We hope this will whet your appetite to see the Institute in person once the shelter-in-place order lifts.


UCAAB | Fall Into Fiction

September 26, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: United California African-American Bookclubs  (UCAAB)   Virtual literary event September 26, 2020 featuring acclaimed authors*:* Brandon Massey – Daniel Black – Iris Bolling – Joycelyn Wells – Leonard Pitts Jr. – Margaret Hodges Johnson – Naomi Jackson – Norma Jarrett – Pearl Cleage – Timothy McCann – Walter Mosley *author lineup subject to […]


Letterform Archive | Stencilmania: Understanding Type Design as a Tool for Graphic Designers

September 26, 2020 to September 27, 2020

Stencil type design has been proven as a great way to explain and practice the principles underlying the design of typefaces.

In this weekend workshop Laura Meseguer will offer participants the possibility of creating the main characters of an alphabet constructed with a limited amount of elements. We will design typographic characters to compose a word, a message or a logo, that will serve later, to cut out stencils in a resistant material to be painted or printed.


SFCB | 17th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival

September 27, 2020

This year San Francisco Center for the Book’s 17th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival will take place online! An annual favorite of the bookarts community, SFCB’s free-to-attend printmaking and book arts extravaganza will include virtual book arts activities, demonstrations, exhibitors, and a livestream of the steamroller print process.


Letterform Archive | Cuttin it up with Broobs (A Collage Workshop)

September 28, 2020 to October 1, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive Cuttin it up with Broobs (A Collage Workshop) with Broobs (Ruby Marquez) Type West Public Workshop Online Workshop Mon, Sep 28, – Thu, Oct 1, 2020 5:00pm–8:00pm PDT Take this rare opportunity to spend four days (three hours each day) with artist and activist Broobs, learning their cut-and-paste methods for making […]


APHA | 2020 Lieberman Lecturer: Jennifer Farrell

October 2, 2020

Online lecture through Zoom

The City Is My Religion: A Typographic Memoir

Jennifer Farrell, Proprietor of Starshaped Press

In this talk, Farrell will discuss the intersections between her 21 years at the helm of Starshaped Press, the history of Chicago, and contemporary experiences of life in an urban environment. This has influenced her latest work, “The City Is My Religion: A Typographic Memoir.”



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.


Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley #UNBOUND

October 4, 2020

On Sunday, October 4th, the Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND, an all-day, free, virtual mini-festival — kicked off with a ticketed keynote program on Saturday night, October 3rd. Just a month before the election, Berkeley #UNBOUND will gather sixteen of the world’s most influential thinkers, writers and other trailblazers, all of whom happen to be based in Berkeley, to offer bold visions in response to this moment of political and social crucible facing our nation.



October 8, 2020 to October 24, 2020

San Francisco’s Literary Festival


AIGA SF | Foundational Research Basics

October 8, 2020

Foundational research is what informs every part of an effective UI/UX design project. This 1-hour session will cover the basics of foundational research for beginner UX designers or graphic designers transitioning into UX. You will learn how to conduct background research, develop a research plan, write a discussion guide, and recruit the right research participants. (40-minute talk + 20 minutes for Q&A)


BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

October 14, 2020

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.



NEG | Editing Technology Virtual Happy Hour

October 14, 2020

Do you have questions about using Word more effectively? Tips on doing markup in Acrobat? Suggestions for online editing resources? Are you interested in learning more about PerfectIt, macros, Google Ngram, or wildcard searches? This happy hour is intended to bring editors together to learn new software tricks and share our technical knowledge with one another.

The gathering will be held online via Zoom.


BABA | Monthly Meeting

October 18, 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 | Gutenberg’s World: the Rise of a New Technology in 15th century Mainz

October 19, 2020

Goldsmith and inventor Johannes Gutenberg was a political exile from Mainz, Germany when he began experimenting with printing in Strasbourg, France in 1440. He returned to Mainz several years later and by 1450, had a printing machine perfected and ready to use commercially: The Gutenberg press.

In this illustrated talk on the world and work of Johann Gutenberg, our speaker describes the principal actors involved and explains the specific conditions in the medieval world of Mainz, Germany, that gave rise to printing with moveable type.

A live online presentation by Alix Christie, novelist, printer, and journalist


ADOBE | Adobe MAX 2020 Creativity Conference

October 20, 2020 to October 22, 2020

Adobe MAX — The Creativity Conference, October 20–22

All together now.

All around the world.

Make plans to join us for a uniquely immersive and engaging digital experience, guaranteed to inspire. Three full days of luminary speakers, celebrity appearances, musical performances, global collaborative art projects, and 350+ sessions — and all at no cost.




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.


LITERARY ARTS | Portland Book Festival

November 5, 2020

The digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes. Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.


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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