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


MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Virtual Tour of the Mechanics’ Institute

August 5, 2020

Though the Mechanics’ Institute is currently closed due to the region wide response to the coronavirus we are conducting tours virtually!


The Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco was founded at the end of 1854 with four books and a mission to start an organization to serve the vocational and social needs of the city’s mechanics, artisans, and industrialists. Within a few years the Institute was offering classes in mechanical drawing, industrial design, electrical science, and applied mathematics; had started a chess club and had acquired a magnificent library that slaked San Francisco’s voracious appetite for technical and pleasurable reading material.


BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Secret Belgian Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

August 5, 2020

This singular binding style was invented by Belgian binder Anne Goy. The book opens flat and has a beautiful exposed sewing pattern. Visit for a complete list of required materials.


SFCB | Shelter In Studio Tour with Bookbinder John DeMerritt

August 6, 2020

Join us at lunchtime and take a Zoom tour of John DeMerritt’s studio in Emeryville, CA.


SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR THE BOOK | Christine Wong Yap Studio Tour

August 7, 2020

Join SFCB on our Instagram feed as Queens, NY based artist Christine Wong Yap(link is external) takes over in the afternoon! Christine will host a virtual tour of her studio space via Instagram Live; all you need to do is grab your phone or jump online and head over to SFCB’s Instagram feed (@sanfranciscocenterforthebook) at 3 pm. PLEASE NOTE: viewers will need to log in to their Instagram account via a mobile device or computer desktop in order to view this event.


BAiPA | Promote & Grow On YouTube

August 8, 2020

How can modern authors harness the power of video marketing to build their personal brand? Video is the ultimate marketing tool to connect one-to-one or one-to-many to share your story, message, and brand. Learn how to use Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook to grow a following of loyal fans.


BCC | The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice

August 10, 2020

The Missing Pages is the biography of a manuscript that is at once art, sacred object, and cultural heritage. Its tale mirrors the story of its scattered community as Armenians have struggled to redefine themselves after genocide and in the absence of a homeland.


BAWIP | Virtual Happy Hour

August 12, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing   Virtual Happy Hour



August 16, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Book Artists (BABA)   BABA members meet twice a month for Monthly Meetings and member-led Sunday Workshops. Location: 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 Members share books, work in progress and information about book events and resources.


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

August 17, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California   Mary Risala Laird has published letterpress books since 1969 as Quelquefois Press and as partner in Perishable Press Limited from 1969-84. Her teaching ricochets include San Francisco State University, Kala Institute, Naropa University, the San Francisco Center for the Book and most recently, Tibetan Handicraft Industries in Katmandu. […]


ABA | Independent Bookstore Day 2020

August 29, 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.


BLUE NILE PRESS | Sacramento Black Book Fair

September 11, 2020 to September 12, 2020

This historic 2-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among the featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each of the featured writers, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more. Join us Friday, September 11, 2020 and Saturday September 12, 2020.


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 […]


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.


LBFF | North San Diego County Latino Book & Family Festival

October 10, 2020

Empowering Latino Futures, formerly Latino Literacy Now, is the nonprofit (IRS #33-0868486) creator of the Latino Book & Family Festivals since 1997. It focuses on educational, author, community building and content issues affecting underserved communities.


BAY AREA BOOK ARTISTS | Book Arts Jam 2020

October 18, 2020

The Book Arts Jam is a one-day celebration of the book, print and paper arts featuring BABA’s Annual Member Exhibition, with hands-on activities, guest exhibitors and more.

This is a volunteer-run event sponsored by Bay Area Book Artists (BABA), held in Redwood City, California, midway between San Francisco and San Jose.



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 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.


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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