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


BAWiP | East Bay June Picnic

June 16, 2021

Ready to safely get outside and mingle with your fellow Bay Area Women in Publishing members? Bring a blanket and your own snacks / wine / beer — let’s connect!

What book do you want to exchange? Bring a book (or two) for a summer reading exchange any genre welcomed! Share what we are reading, leave with a new book to read and network with fellow Women in publishing.

Meet at Lake Temescal at the North Entrance (6500 Broadway).


SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: Cheryl Derricotte

June 17, 2021

We may not be sheltering in place anymore but why would we want to stop hanging out with talented artisans and all our online friends?

Join us in our online series of studio visits with SFCB staff, instructors, and friends where we open up our studios and take part of our lunch break together. Grab a sandwich and stop on by.

This week: Join us this week for a tour and chat with glass and paper artist Cheryl Derricotte (San Francisco, CA).


PPN | Virtual Meetup

June 17, 2021

Mark your calendars and join us on June 17th 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.



Letterform Archive | A Script That Pleases The Eye with Iyad Naja

June 22, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library
Online Lecture
Tue, Jun 22, 2021
12:00pm–1:30pm PDT

Explore the three-dimensional possibilities of Arabic calligraphy! This session aims to show attendees how to visualize and utilize Arabic calligraphy in modern designs. It also aims at helping participants identify calligraphy as an independent art form, from past to present, leading to Iyad Naja’s challenges and evolution as a designer.


Mechanics’ Institute | Virtual Tour of the Mechanics’ Institute

June 23, 2021
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.

Today the Mechanics’ Institute continues as a membership organization boasting a fantastic general-interest library, active cultural event calendar, and world renowned chess club. It is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research and study.

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.

Please email Taryn Edwards if you have any questions –


SFCB | Blue Moon Speaker Series

June 25, 2021

In this lunchtime presentation renowned typographer, designer, and writer Erik Spiekermann will share his thoughts on the nature of creating in our digital age, the collaborative aspects of book design, and why we, as humans, should be deeply concerned with design in general. Speaking about his latest project, The Other Collection(link is external) (shown above, right), Erik will discuss TOC’s core belief that important literature deserves well designed books — and in turn, well designed books inspire dialogue, provide respite from the world at large, and satisfy our craving for beautiful, treasured things.


Arion Press | The Map 地圖 Publication Party

June 27, 2021
Arion Press presents a conversation between poets Chun Yu and Michael Warr to celebrate the publication of the broadside “The Map 地圖.”

We have all endured months of uncertainty and challenges. Come out and celebrate Arion Press’s broadside of Chun Yu’s poem “The Map 地圖” (purchase here) in a live conversation between Yu and poet Michael Warr. This event is co-presented by the Two Languages / One Community project (founded by Yu and Warr) as a public dialogue about the importance of cross-cultural exchange and story-telling. The event will be followed by a light reception and brief tour of Arion’s unique letterpress printing facility.

The event will be presented both in person at the Arion facility and digitally via Zoom. (Please register for Zoom link.)


BAEF | Tech Talk: Discussing Our Editorial Tools

June 29, 2021

Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Zoom presentation; Zoom log-in details will be emailed to active members

We’re pleased to present this forum as a joint meeting of Bay Area Editors’ Forum (BAEF) and Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)- SF Bay Area Chapter.

Tech Talk: Discussing Our Editorial Tools

With the ever-expanding range of technology, we editors do our best to keep up with what’s useful for supporting our craft: changing hardware, evolving software, maybe a different tool—just keeping our eyes open for ways to work more efficiently and effectively to stay competitive and enjoy our work.

In this “digital potluck” discussion, let’s take a look at various tools we use in our editorial work. Join us and feel free to mention a handy tech tool you appreciate: a software remedy that works for you? computer gear that optimizes your workflow? some geeky-cool tech trick that has helped you cut through a problem? Do you use blogs, blasts, or social media to promote your services? As part of our discussion, three of our fellow members (Laura Deck, Julie Lindow, and Kristen Tate) will each do a short demo of a program they like.

We can walk away with some new ideas and tips to consider, as well as perspectives shared by our always collegial fellow members.

BAEF South Bay Forum Coordinator David Couzens will facilitate our discussion, supported by Karen Asbelle, BAEF Chair, Marilyn Schwartz, SF Program Coordinator, and Kristen Tate, Co-coordinator, EFA-SF Bay Area Chapter.

Zoom meeting link will be emailed to active BAEF and EFA members prior to the forum.

Hope to see you there!


International Printing Museum | Independence Day Celebration

July 3, 2021

The day’s festivities include special working tours of the Printing Museum collections, including the opportunity to print your own Declaration on Franklin’s Colonial press. Take home lots of patriotic souvenirs printed on our authentic tabletop presses.

Your admission includes a dessert of American Apple Pie and Colonial Punch. Activities for the whole family are throughout the day in the Museum galleries.

The festivities will include a display of vintage cars in the Museum Parking Lot!

General Admission is $15 per person, or a group rate of $50 for up to 4 people.
IPM Members are $12 per person, or a group rate of $40 for up to 4 people.

Tickets available online or at the door…

If you are purchasing more than 4 tickets or want to use a Museum Member price please call into the Museum 310-515-7166 for discounted tickets


BABA | Sunday Meeting

July 11, 2021
Sun, July 11, 12pm – 2pm
During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom. (map)
Linda Powers will teach an easy fold accordion book.

Letterform Archive | Elementype, a practical guide to typographic use

July 13, 2021

Elementype, a practical guide to typographic use.
with TipasType, Sandra García, Dafne Martínez

Type West Public Workshop
Online Lecture at Letterform Archive
Tue, Jul 13, 2021
12:00pm–1:30pm PDT

This talk is about a nerd dream and a book.

As typeface designers, but primarily users of type, we know that at different levels it is often complex to understand where to look for quality fonts, how to select type for specific projects, and how use it and make the most of it. You have to delve into typography.

That is why Tipastype was born from the premise of education as a means to enhance the end user. We help them understand typography as the powerful tool it is and how to give it the tangible and economic value that it entails.

We implemented an educational strategy that includes: social networking, face-to-face and virtual talks, conferences, and workshops.

These efforts naturally led to a printed publication “Elementype, a practical guide to typographic use”, where we address basic issues on how to take advantage of typography. It is a quick and efficient reference book, which facilitates the learning of complex content, through agile and clear graphics and short but deep texts.

We are clear that typography should not be complicated to understand and put to practical use. The idea is to democratize knowledge about typography to have better and more demanding users.


BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

July 14, 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

July 18, 2021

During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom.

Linda Powers will lead the BABA meeting the third Sunday in July on Zoom. Members share books, work in progress and information about book events and resources.




Letterform Archive | Exercises in Style with Ellmer Stefan

July 27, 2021

Online Lecture at Letterform Archive
Tue, Jul 27, 2021
12:00pm–1:30pm PDT
In this lecture The Pyte Foundry’s founder, manager and sole employee Ellmer Stefan will elaborate on the concepts and contexts constituting the newly established pseudo-discipline labelled Pytography. By showing a diverse range of letter-related projects — oscillating between commercial and non-, purpose and pleasure, reading and looking, freedom and constraints, past and present — he will give insight into the process and thinking behind and emphasize the unifying principles of his practice: the poetic appropriation of referential material, the shameless indulgence into stylistic plenitude and the pleasurable absurdity of manipulating alphabetic shapes.


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