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

Past Events

Letterform Archive | An Exploration of Angel DeCora’s Design and Lettering Work

October 19, 2021

Discover the inventive letterforms of one of the first Native American women to be credited in the publishing world.

Angel DeCora (1871–1919) was a Ho-Chunk designer, artist, illustrator, and educator whose inventive lettering opens windows to the design of North American tribes. In this lecture, Neebinnaukzhik Southall, founder of the Native Graphic Design Project, will examine DeCora’s work, with a particular look at the illustrations and lettering she created for books and other publications.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

October 17, 2021
Sun, October 17, 1pm – 5pm
During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom. (map)
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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PPN/BAWiP | Graphic Means: An online community viewing

October 13, 2021

Briar Levit’s Graphic Means

October 13, 7:00 p.m. PST

An online community viewing with a discussion after the video

It’s been roughly 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works. For decades before that, it was the hands of industrious workers, and various ingenious machines and tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer. Graphic Means, explores graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocomposition, and from paste-up to PDF.

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

October 13, 2021

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Traditionally they meet in Mount Vernon, WA, but currently their meetings are entirely online.

If you are interested in joining them online, please register for free via the button below. Logged in members can find the invitation here.

Note: Registration will close at 6 p.m. PST on the day prior to the meeting. Members will still be able to find the Zoom info at the above link.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Wed Oct 13 2021, 11:15am PDT
Ends Wed Oct 13 2021, 12:45pm PDT

 

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SFCB | From the Bench of Islam Aly

October 7, 2021

We invite you to join us for this series of half hour studio visits with SFCB community members where we open up our studios and take part of our lunch break together. Grab a sandwich and stop on by the first Thursday of each month at 12:30pm Pacific time. Registration for each event opens about two weeks prior.

Next up: October 7, 2021: From the Bench of Islam Aly Registration coming soon

https://sfcb.org/FromtheBench

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

October 4, 2021

The Near North Editors meet on the first Monday of every month (except for months with holidays around that time, 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, however online registration is currently closed to members only. If you are a member, please register for free below, or (members only) go to this page to receive the Zoom information required to attend this meeting. If you are not a member, please email info@edsguild.org prior to 6 p.m. the night before the event, and the administrator will assist you.

If you have any questions, please email info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

Note: Registration will close at 6 p.m. PST on the day prior to the meeting. Members will still be able to find the Zoom info at the above link.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Oct 4 2021, 11:00am PDT
Ends Mon Oct 4 2021, 12:00pm PDT
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BABA | Sunday Session

October 3, 2021

Sunday Session

When
Sun Oct 3, 2021 12pm – 4pm Pacific Time – Los Angeles
Where
During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom
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Arion Press | UNCOVERED: The Artists of Arion Press

October 2, 2021

Imagine the poetry of John Ashbery through the lens of Willem and Elaine de Kooning. Or Jasper Johns in conversation with Wallace Stevens. Consider Robert Motherwell interpreting Joyce’s Ulysses or Kara Walker creating her first lithographs in response to Porgy and Bess.

This is not a dream. These visionary collaborations happened between the covers of the unique artist books printed by Arion Press in San Francisco.

Arion Press is delighted to announce a new exhibition showcasing the finest examples of our collaborations with major artists over the past 4 decades. Much of this artwork has never before been available for public viewing. UNCOVERED: The Artists of Arion Press opens on October 2nd at the Arion gallery in the Presidio and will remain on view until November 5th, 2021.

The exhibition is presented by Arion’s Curator-in-Residence Tamsin Smith.

EXHIBITION DATES: October 2, 2021 – November 5, 2021

GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10am–4pm.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 2, 2021, 4–6PM.

https://www.arionpress.com/grabhorn-events/uncovered

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EFA | SF Bay Area Chapter: Fall Networking Gathering (Virtual)

September 28, 2021

Join us on Zoom to meet local editors, trade tips, and enjoy some shop talk. You bring the snacks; we’ll bring the word trivia and breakout rooms. Join our email list to receive the Zoom link ahead of the event: http://eepurl.com/hIugyD

 

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SFCB | Roadworks 2021

September 26, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book We are back on Rhode Island Street and we are excited to welcome everyone back this fall with the return of our Annual Roadworks Festival, September 26, 2021 from 11am–4pm. This years’ Classic Prints artists are: Katherine Case :: Danguole Kuolas :: Rik Olson :: Erik Rewitzer […]

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LoL | Ladies of Letterpress Conference #10

September 24, 2021 to September 26, 2021

This year we’re blasting into space and beaming brainwaves straight into your press room, living room, studio, or office! Normally we’d be filling the St. Louis streets with your smiling faces, but it seems like the world’s been turned on its head. So, as many have suggested and requested, this year’s conference will be conducted online and direct to you!

This year marks the fifth consecutive culmination of combined collaboration by @ladiesofltrprs@centralprintstudios, and @firecrackerpress. We are excited and look forward to seeing your faces, on our screens, in September!

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PPN | Virtual Meetup

September 23, 2021

Mark your calendars and join us on September 16th 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.

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BAWiP | Success While Working Remotely with Fauzia Burke

September 22, 2021

Do you struggle to be connected, effective, and inspired while working remotely? Do you feel frustrated by unnecessary zoom meetings, miscommunications, and endless email chains? Working remotely requires boundaries and systems both at an individual level and at the company level.

A virtual work environment requires smart use of technology tools, different communication skills, and a new understanding of professional boundaries. Done well, this new structure has opened options for creative schedules, work-at-home options, and working with team members from around the world. These opportunities present challenges, yes, but they also give us access to talents and ideas not located down the hall.

In this webinar, I’ll discuss practical tips for working with your remote team members successfully and effectively.

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BCC | A Journey Into Steinbeck’s California

September 20, 2021

This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck’s creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guide literary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently in Steinbeck’s work, tourists can visit the same buildings that he lived in and wrote about, and historians will appreciate the engrossing perspective on daily life in early and mid 20th-century California. Offering an entirely new perspective on Steinbeck and the people and places that he brought to life in his writing, this edition includes a wonderful variety of photographs, sketches, and paintings, including some from private, rarely seen collections. The book features a discussion on Steinbeck’s ecological interests and activities, and an extended exploration of his many travels to Mexico. Readers will find delight in this depiction of the symbiotic relationship between an author and his favorite places.

A live online presentation by Susan Shillinglaw, author and professor of English at San Jose State University

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

September 19, 2021

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

Members share books, work in progress and information about book events and resources.
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Library of Congress | National Book Festival

September 17, 2021 to September 26, 2021

2021 National Book Festival

Create your National Book Festival experience with the Library of Congress in 2021 by engaging in author conversations online, watching the PBS Books special, listening to an NPR podcast series and attending a ticketed event at the Library. Join us for an expanded festival, Sept. 17-26, a 10-day event with the theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.”

For news and latest updates, subscribe to the National Book Festival blog.

https://www.loc.gov/events/2021-national-book-festival/about-this-event/

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ABM | Content to Cover

September 16, 2021

A virtual lecture discussing the convergence of traditional bookbinding and book arts, exemplified by the books in the 49th Annual Members’ Exhibition of the Hand Bookbinders of California.

Juliayn is president of the Hand Bookbinders of California. She has a diploma in bookbinding and book conservation from the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts. She divides her time between her private practice (binding, repairing and conserving books) and teaching.

Her books have been shown at the Boston Architectural Center, the San Francisco Public Library, the Geisel Library of UCSD, and the Chicago Public Library. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation, the Guild of Book Workers (US) and Designer Bookbinders (UK).

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SFCB | Blue Moon Speaker Series: Session 02: Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE magazine

September 16, 2021

The Blue Moon Speaker Series is part of SFCB’s 2021 twenty fifth anniversary event cycle. Featuring innovators, artists, and designers, the Blue Moon Series explores ways in which creative action informs aspects of our daily lives.

Blue Moon Speaker Series: Innovators, Artists, and Designers

Session 02: Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE magazine

(online): Friday, September 16th, 2021 :: noon PDT / 3:00 pm EDT

About the presentation: For this lunchtime presentation SFCB hosts publisher, editor, writer, and designer Janine Vangool!

Janine Vangool(link is external) is a publisher, editor, writer, and designer of many publications. Perhaps her best known project is UPPERCASE, a quarterly magazine inspired by design, illustration, craft and creativity. Both the magazine and books celebrate the process of making, the commitment to craft and the art of living creatively. She is based in Calgary, Canada and has an incredible passion for vintage typewriters, gorgeous ephemera, and vintage fabric.

https://sfcb.org/SFCB25bluemoon

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BCC | Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe

September 13, 2021

An unlikely band of librarians, archivists, and scholars came together during World War II, their war effort centered on collecting books and documents. These American civilians were galvanized by the events of war into acquiring and preserving the written word, as well as providing critical information for intelligence purposes. Setting off on missions across Europe, they gathered enemy publications in the spy-ridden cities of Stockholm and Lisbon, searched for records in liberated Paris and the rubble of Berlin, seized Nazi works from bookstores and schools, and unearthed millions of books hidden in German caves and mineshafts. Improvising library techniques in wartime conditions, they contributed to Allied intelligence, safeguarded endangered collections, restituted looted books, and built up the international holdings of leading American libraries for the postwar period.

In this talk, Kathy Peiss discusses how book and document collecting became part of the new apparatus of intelligence and national security, military planning, and postwar reconstruction. She focuses on ordinary Americans who found themselves in extraordinary situations, making decisions on the ground to acquire sources that would be useful in war zones and on the home front. Librarians’ and scholars’ skills, expertise, and aspirations aligned closely with American military and political objectives. Their activities helped transform American research libraries into great international repositories, shaped policies toward cultural heritage, and spurred the development of information science. Illuminating an unusual period when libraries and the military, intelligence and cultural heritage were closely intertwined, Peiss offers a historical perspective on contemporary debates over the uses of books and information in times of war and peace.

A live online presentation by Kathy Peiss, author and Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania

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NEG | Editors of Color Coffee Hour

September 13, 2021

Are you an Editor of Color? Would you like to meet up with your fellow Editors of Color in a welcoming, intimate, online setting?

Starting in May, Jesi Vega, President of the Northwest Editors Guild and a Puerto Rican Jew from the Bronx, will be hosting a monthly Zoom coffee hour for editors who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC, bitches!).

During this virtual coffee hour — open to both Guild members and non-members — we will share experiences, explore the possibilities of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable editing profession, get to know each other better and, likely, laugh a lot.

Please spread the word to any Editors of Color you know. This is a rare opportunity to build community for our underrepresented group and we want to spread the word. If you have any questions, please email Jesi at president@edsguild.org.

Note: Registration will close at 6 p.m. PST on the day prior to the meeting. Members will still be able to find the Zoom info at the above link.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Sep 13 2021, 12:00pm PDT
Ends Mon Sep 13 2021, 01:00pm PDT
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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

September 13, 2021

The Near North Editors meet on the first Monday of every month — except for months like this, where we are switching to the second Monday to avoid Labor Day!

This month’s meeting will be held on Zoom.

This event is free and open to all editors, however online registration is currently closed to members only. If you are a member, please register for free below, or (members only) go to this page to receive the Zoom information required to attend this meeting. If you are not a member, please email info@edsguild.org prior to 6 p.m. the night before the event, and the administrator will assist you.

If you have any questions, please email info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

Note: Registration will close at 6 p.m. PST on the day prior to the meeting. Members will still be able to find the Zoom info at the above link.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Sep 13 2021, 11:00am PDT
Ends Mon Sep 13 2021, 12:00pm PDT
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BAiPA | The Book Industry Supply Chain

September 11, 2021

Challenges & Opportunities in the Book Industry Supply Chain

Brian F. O’Leary, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group

The pandemic tested supply chains around the world, rewarding strengths and exposing weaknesses. Book publishing as a whole fared well, but manufacturers and distributors were recast as essential businesses, while libraries and bricks-and-mortar retailers were closed for months. What lessons did we learn, and what comes next?

Takeaways:
1. Continued industry vulnerabilities in 2021 and beyond.
2. Steps you can take now to mitigate the impact of supply chain disruptions.
3. Work that will help prepare us for the next round of challenges.
4. Where the book industry supply chain is strongest—and weakest.

The general meeting begins at 9 am, the speaker presentation is at 11 am, after Q&A, networking time, introductions & announcements.There will be no Afternoon Workshop.

The Book Industry Supply Chain

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Near South Planning Board | 36th Annual Printers Row Lit Fest

September 11, 2021 to September 12, 2021

The Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, is a community-based celebration for book lovers presented by the not-for-profit Near South Planning Board.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected over the two-day festival, which will feature carefully selected offerings from over 100 booksellers; everything from the tattered to the rare to ‘hot off the press,’ newly published works.

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SFCB | Upon a Phrase: A Matchbook Performance

September 9, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book Come to SF Center for the Book for an improvised dance performance made in response to audience engagement with artists books About this event Upon a Phrase: A Matchbook Performance is a multidisciplinary collaboration between performance artist Hannah Meleokaiao Ayasse and visual artist Casey Gardner. In conjunction with […]

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BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

September 8, 2021

Join fellow BAWIP publishing and media professionals for a virtual happy hour!

We host regular happy hours the second Wednesday of each month. Now that we are entering a world of higher COVID vaccination rates and lower restrictions, will be alternating between in person and virtual events.

Check out our upcoming events page for more opportunities to connect and learn: https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

We are also always open to new ideas and conversation topics! Whether you would like to make a suggestion or are interested in volunteering with our social events committee, please email us at bayareawomeninpublishing@gmail.com.

https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

September 8, 2021

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Traditionally they meet in Mount Vernon, WA, but currently their meetings are entirely online.

If you are interested in joining them online, please register for free via the button below. Logged in members can find the invitation here.

Note: Registration will close at 6 p.m. PST on the day prior to the meeting. Members will still be able to find the Zoom info at the above link.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Wed Sep 8 2021, 11:15am PDT
Ends Wed Sep 8 2021, 12:45pm PDT

https://www.edsguild.org/meetings-events#!event/2021/9/8/far-north-editors-meeting

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SFCB | From the Bench of Sarah Bryant

September 2, 2021

Welcome to From the Bench, SFCB’s new series of short studio tours with friends near and far. From favorite tools to works in progress, you never know what you’ll learn about from these amazing artists.

We hope you’ll join us on the first Thursday of every month from 12:30-1pm Pacific time.

This week: Join us this week for a tour and chat with Sarah Bryant of Big Jump Press and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL).

https://sfcb.org/events

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PPN | Virtual Meetup

August 19, 2021

Mark your calendars and join us on August 19th 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.

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BAWiP | Love-Based Leadership with Dr. Maria Church

August 18, 2021

In a world of uncertainty, divisiveness, and conflict, Love-Based Leadership is more relevant now than ever. Rather than focusing on intimidation, power, or fear, leading with love leverages the most powerful force on the planet to increase employee motivation, innovation, and trust. This is not a presentation of kumbaya, puppies, kittens, and rainbows, but instead looks at how to increase your power and influence as a love-based leader, all while finding meaning in the work.

Dr. Church will take you through the three pillars of Love-Based Leadership – Love of Self, Love of Source, and Love of Other. It is becoming the new blueprint for success in business and life, nurturing the soul and giving individuals a badly-needed renewed sense of purpose.

https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/love-basedleadership

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BCC | Aztec Codices: An Introduction to their Form and Contents

August 16, 2021

Before the Spanish invasion and conquest, the Aztec peoples produced books that served multiple functions. Two of the main genres of books were religious books and histories. Others served more bureaucratic purposes, such as tribute lists and genealogies. Information was recorded in these books using a pictorial system of writing in which the bulk of information was recorded visually using standardized iconography and pictorial conventions. Specific information (names of people and places), was conveyed through hieroglyphic compounds that effectively “spelled” words with little ambiguity. The Aztec pictorial writing system, then, blurs the boundaries between art and text and painting and writing, and Aztec manuscripts were filled with visual texts that allowed for open interpretations.

Aztec books (often called “codices”) were not the inflexible bound books typical of Europe. Aztec books were made of long sheets of paper – of deer hide or bark fiber – that were coated with gesso and then painted and folded accordion-style. A bound book reveals two pages at any one time, but a screenfold document can display any or all pages at once. The screenfold format allowed for maximum flexibility in use and further enhanced the interpretive potential of the Aztec manuscripts.

The Spaniards understood the significance of these books for the Native peoples because they specifically targeted Aztec royal archives and temples, burning the books that were housed inside. Today few pre-conquest manuscripts from the Aztec world survive.

This presentation offers an introduction to these Aztec codices, explaining their pictorial system of writing, the material form of the books, and their varied contents. The persistence of this traditional system of writing and book making into the colonial period reveals the lasting power of books for the Native peoples.

A live online presentation by Lori Boornazian Diel, Professor of Art History, Texas Christian University

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

August 15, 2021
When:  Sun, August 15, 1pm – 4pm
Where:  During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom. (map)
Description:  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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BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

August 11, 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.

https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

 

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

August 11, 2021

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Traditionally they meet in Mount Vernon, WA, but currently their meetings are entirely online.

If you are interested in joining them online, please register for free via the button below. Logged in members can find the invitation here.

Venue Online via Zoom.
Starts Wed Aug 11 2021, 11:15am PDT
Ends Wed Aug 11 2021, 12:45pm PDT

https://www.edsguild.org/meetings-events#!event/2021/8/11/far-north-editors-meeting

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NEG | Editors of Color Coffee Hour

August 9, 2021

Are you an Editor of Color? Would you like to meet up with your fellow Editors of Color in a welcoming, intimate, online setting?

Starting in May, Jesi Vega, President of the Northwest Editors Guild and a Puerto Rican Jew from the Bronx, will be hosting a monthly Zoom coffee hour for editors who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC, bitches!).

During this virtual coffee hour — open to both Guild members and non-members — we will share experiences, explore the possibilities of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable editing profession, get to know each other better and, likely, laugh a lot.

Please spread the word to any Editors of Color you know. This is a rare opportunity to build community for our underrepresented group and we want to spread the word. If you have any questions, please email Jesi at president@edsguild.org.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Aug 9 2021, 12:00pm PDT
Ends Mon Aug 9 2021, 01:00pm PDT

https://www.edsguild.org/meetings-events#!event/2021/8/9/editors-of-color-coffee-hour

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ABM | A Journey into “Wild/LIFE” Lecture Series: Suzanne Moore

August 7, 2021

Suzanne Moore is a lettering artist, painter, and printmaker whose eclectic interests meld in the diversity of her artists’ books. Her books blend abstract and representational imagery, rich color and surface treatments with textual content and contemporary lettering to create work that obscures the line between word and image, legibility and abstraction. Suzanne’s work Wild Nights, pictured above, is currently on display at ABM as part of the Guild of Book Workers’ triannual exhibition.

During part two of the A Journey into “Wild/LIFE” lecture series, attendees will virtually step inside Suzanne’s studio and enjoy an interactive learning experience as she discusses her artistic methods and collaborations with fellow book artists and bookbinders, providing a live demonstration based on techniques used in her most recent works.

Suzanne’s work is exhibited widely, and her books have been acquired for private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe. Among them are the Pierpont Morgan Library, The Library of Congress and the rare book collections of Smith College, Wellesley College, Harvard University, Yale, Princeton, Bowdoin College, and the University of Washington. She speaks and teaches in the US and abroad on contemporary manuscript book design, conceptual ideas in book design, and on the painting and collage techniques.

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International Printing Museum | Letterpress Wayzgoose and Surplus Sale

August 7, 2021

For sale will be Vandercooks, C & P Platens, Windmills, Pocos, Kelseys, Wood Type, Metal Type, Cuts, Printing Supplies, Oak & Metal Type Cabinets, Pilot Presses, Paper Cutters, and lots more!

Surplus sale will be ongoing through October

Private appointments available before & after event if desired. Shipping available.

Contact The Museum to schedule

Letterpress Wayzgoose and Surplus Sale

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SFCB | From the Bench of Don Rash

August 5, 2021

Welcome to From the Bench, SFCB’s new series of short studio tours with friends near and far. From favorite tools to works in progress, you never know what you’ll learn about from these amazing artists.

We hope you’ll join us on the first Thursday of every month from 12:30-1pm Pacific time.

Join us on August 5th for a tour and chat with Don Rash, printer, bookbinder and proprietor of both the Boss Dog Press and the School for Formal Bookbinding in Plains, PA.

Please visit our Vimeo page to see our past tours, including those under the name “Shelter in Studio”.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-the-bench-of-don-rash-tickets-162572608047

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Letterform Archive | Typography OF/AS Content with Lucille Tenazas

August 3, 2021

Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library
Lecture at Letterform Archive
Tue, Aug 3, 2021
12:00pm–1:30pm PDT

“The more uninteresting the letter, the more useful it is to the typographer.” This provocative statement is from Piet Zwart, the Dutch pioneer of modern typography who was influenced by Russian Constructivism and De Stijl, and was simultaneously a designer, photographer, and industrial designer. Lucille Tenazas, Filipino-American educator and National Design Award winner, has consistently applied this idea to her work. Her lecture will reflect on what makes a thoughtful and critical designer, and how a disciplined and constrained process can help a designer invent their own typographic approach.

https://letterformarchive.org/events/view/typography-of-as-content

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

August 2, 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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Aug 2 2021, 11:00am PDT
Ends Mon Aug 2 2021, 12:00pm PDT

https://www.edsguild.org/meetings-events#!event/2021/8/2/near-north-editors-meeting

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BABA | Sunday Session

August 1, 2021

BABA members meet twice a month for Monthly Meetings and member-led Sunday Workshops.

Location: 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

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ABM | A Journey into “Wild/LIFE” Lecture Series: Lecture 1

July 31, 2021

Binding in the Third Dimension, with Graham Patten
When: Saturday July 31, 4pm PDT
Where: Online
Cost: $10

Graham Patten is a bookbinder who applies his interests in origami, movement, and bookbinding to create unusual pieces that merge books and sculpture. The decorative and design elements of his work tend to arise from mechanical, structural, and kinetic ideas rather than from more traditional fine binding techniques.

Considerations of access and functionality that are integral to book conservation also influence Graham’s bookbinding work. He invents structures and sculptural techniques that transform the reader’s conventional interaction with the book.

In his presentation, Graham will discuss the origin of the three-dimensional origami-style bindings used on Curved-Folding Origami Design and other books, and the techniques he has developed to construct them. There is a continuum of structural possibilities within this theme that affect the functionality of the book structure. As he walks through the binding process, Graham will discuss the various design considerations that must be addressed, and how the binding process has evolved from book to book.

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SFCB | Online: 25th Anniversary Celebration!

July 30, 2021

Join SFCB staff and community online as we raise a glass and toast SFCB’s 25 years in the books! Executive Director Jeff Thomas will share our exciting future goals and plan; SFCB Founders Mary Austin and Kathleen Burch will offer opening remarks. We look forward to celebrating our vibrant community, our future plans for SFCB, and “twenty five years in the books”.

We’re making it easy to celebrate: purchase a (cup)cake and champagne package and then join us online! (Cup)cake and champagne packages include a split of champagne (187 ml, an approximate glass and a half) and a cupcake of your choice, thanks to our friends at Rubicon Bakery! Your order will be packaged in celebratory style and waiting for you at SFCB. (You do not need to purchase a package in order to register/attend the online anniversary party.)

Please note:

  • (cup)cake and champagne packages are ONLY available for purchase as an add-on through Eventbrite. Sales end Sunday, July 18th at midnight.
  • (cup)cake and champagne packages are ONLY available for pick up at SFCB on Friday, July 30th. Pickup hours are 10 am to noon and 2 pm to 4 pm.
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SFCB | Paper Lithography online workshop

July 29, 2021

In paper lithography, also known as gum arabic transfer, a Xerox photocopy acts as a “plate” that gets inked and printed. Oil-based printmaking ink is applied to the treated paper, the toner areas hold ink, while the blank areas hold moisture and repel the ink. In this workshop, the instructor will demonstrate this multi-step process and help students troubleshoot their own work at home.

This is a relatively low toxic way to make prints at home using natural gum arabic. It is a versatile process, great for layering photographic images, illustrations and text (anything you can photocopy) onto your handmade prints in any color that you can mix. Through experimentation and layering you can make beautiful one of a kind prints of your own.

Students are encouraged to design and photocopy or laser print their own letter-size “plates”; the most foolproof plan is to go to a UPS or FedEx Kinkos and use the Xerox machines. Sometimes different toners can yield different results. To ensure that everyone has enough workable material, all students will receive an envelope containing several Xerox copies of the Instructor’s designs to experiment with.

Expect some failures and some successes!

https://sfcb.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=4060

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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.

https://letterformarchive.org/events/view/exercises-in-style-with-ellmer-stefan

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SFCB | Works on Paper: Collage Projects online workshop

July 20, 2021

July 20th, 2021 4:00 PM

  • Instructor: Rea de Guzman
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: July 20th, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Workshop End: July 27th, 2021 6:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2
This is a two session online workshop.

Explore the fun and intuitive nature of collage in this continuation workshop following Introduction to Collage. Students will have the opportunity to explore several techniques based on unique, personal interests and narratives. Students will develop compositional skills, a deeper understanding of depth, shape, form, and color.

In the first class, we will begin with a landscape collage project, focusing on the compositional concepts of color, and space (foreground, middle ground and background). In the second class, we will work on a build collage project, reimagining architecture, lines, shapes, and form.

The class will balance instruction, a significant amount of work time/studio process, and casual class feedback. This class is open to all levels and there are no prerequisites. Come prepared to glue!

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BCC | Iron Women: The Ladies Who Helped Build the Railroad

July 19, 2021

Iron Women: The Ladies Who Helped Build the Railroad

Monday, July 19, 2021, 5-6:15 PM
*A live online presentation

When the last spike was hammered into the steel track of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Point, Utah, Western Union lines sounded the glorious news of the railroad’s completion from New York to San Francisco.

For more than five years an estimated four thousand men moved like a vast assembly line toward the end of the track. Editorials in newspapers and magazines praised the accomplishment and some boasted that the work that “was begun, carried on, and completed solely by men.” Godey’s Lady’s Book even reported “No woman had laid a rail and no woman had made a survey.”

Although the physical task of building the railroad had been achieved by men, women made significant and lasting contributions to the historic operation.

The female connection with railroading dates as far back as 1838 when women were hired as registered nurses/stewardesses in passenger cars. Beyond nursing and service roles, however, women played a larger part in the actual creation of the rail lines than they have been given credit for.

Author Chris Enss shares the stories of women who helped build the railroad in her book Iron Women.

A live online presentation by Chris Enss, author and screenwriter

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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.

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PPN | Virtual Meetup

July 15, 2021

Mark your calendars and join us on July 15th 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.

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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.

https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

 

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

July 14, 2021

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Traditionally they meet in Mount Vernon, WA, but currently their meetings are entirely online.

If you are interested in joining them online, please register for free via the button below. Logged in members can find the invitation here.

Venue Online via Zoom.
Starts Wed Jul 14 2021, 11:15am PDT
Ends Wed Jul 14 2021, 12:45pm PDT
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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.

https://letterformarchive.org/events/view/Elementype-a-practical-guide-to-typographic-use

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

July 12, 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!).

NOTE: This month is one of those unusual months! We are meeting on the second Monday rather than the first in recognition of Independence Day.

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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Jul 12 2021, 11:00am PDT
Ends Mon Jul 12 2021, 12:00pm PDT

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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.
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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

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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!

https://www.editorsforum.org/next_forum.php

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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.)

https://www.arionpress.com/grabhorn-events/2021/6/4/the-map-publication-party

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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.

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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 – tedwards@milibrary.org

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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.

https://letterformarchive.org/events/view/a-script-that-pleases-the-eye

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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.

 

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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).

https://www.cherylderricottestudio.com/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sfcb-shelter-in-studio-tour-cheryl-derricotte-tickets-158641106821

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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).

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NEG | Editors of Color Coffee Hour

June 14, 2021

Are you an Editor of Color? Would you like to meet up with your fellow Editors of Color in a welcoming, intimate, online setting?

Starting in May, Jesi Vega, President of the Northwest Editors Guild and a Puerto Rican Jew from the Bronx, will be hosting a monthly Zoom coffee hour for editors who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC, bitches!).

During this virtual coffee hour — open to both Guild members and non-members — we will share experiences, explore the possibilities of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable editing profession, get to know each other better and, likely, laugh a lot.

Please spread the word to any Editors of Color you know. This is a rare opportunity to build community for our underrepresented group and we want to spread the word. If you have any questions, please email Jesi at president@edsguild.org.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Jun 14 2021, 12:00pm PDT
Ends Mon Jun 14 2021, 01:00pm PDT

 

https://www.edsguild.org/meetings-events#!event/2021/6/14/editors-of-color-coffee-hour

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

June 13, 2021

Marilyn Howard will lead the BABA meeting the third Sunday in June on Zoom. Members share books, work in progress and information about book events and resources.

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio Tour: Alan Dye

June 10, 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 letterpress printer Alan Dye (San Francisco, CA).

 

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BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

June 9, 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.

https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

 

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

June 9, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Traditionally they meet in Mount Vernon, WA, but currently their meetings are entirely online.

If you are interested in joining them online, please register for free via the button below. Logged in members can find the invitation here.

Venue Online via Zoom.
Starts Wed Jun 9 2021, 11:15am PDT
Ends Wed Jun 9 2021, 12:45pm PDT

 

https://www.edsguild.org/meetings-events#!event/2021/6/9/far-north-editors-meeting

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

June 7, 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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Jun 7 2021, 11:00am PDT
Ends Mon Jun 7 2021, 12:00pm PDT

https://www.edsguild.org/meetings-events#!event/2021/6/7/near-north-editors-meeting

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San Francisco Design Week

June 7, 2021 to June 13, 2021

POWER
June 7–13, 2021

Events have been announced! Visit our Calendar Listing and Featured Programming.

SFDW is an essential week-long city-wide festival that showcases the unique intersection of ideas, design, business & entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future.

Now a global phenomenon, San Francisco’s international success is born from a historically free-spirited entrepreneurialism, coupled with the imaginative vision of contemporary design and state-of-the-art technology. Pioneers of new ways of looking at the world, nimble Bay Area start-ups are now among the world’s most influential design-led companies, producing products, services and experiences that profoundly influence the daily lives of billions of people globally.

Through studio tours and events, SFDW celebrates this spirit of newness by providing unique access to exhibitions and conversations with the designers who are shaping the future — from architecture to fashion, product design to digital services, and everything in between.

We believe in diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion and the importance of having varied perspectives so as designers we can create better products and services to solve complex challenges. Our commitment to these values is unwavering across our programming, reach and impact. We are committed to elevating ALL voices to ensure we are hearing from designers with a diverse array backgrounds, points of view and professional experience level.

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Library of Congress | The International Association of Paper Historians Congress 2021

June 7, 2021 to June 11, 2021

35th IPH Congress
Investigating American Collections on Paper

June 7-11, 2021

For the very first time, the Congress will take place virtually, encouraging the participation of a broad array of paper historians, scholars, and students from around the world. Presenters will discuss paper history, new methodologies of paper studies, and toolkits for paper and watermark identification. In addition to pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A sessions, there will be live workshops that will allow participants to gain greater familiarity with international watermark databases.

 

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EFA | Comics, Illustration, and Applied Cartooning with Jon Chad

June 5, 2021

Join us for this supercool, family-friendly presentation on the world of comic bookmaking with Jon Chad—writer, illustrator, and author of multiple comic books. Jon will start by overviewing what his cartooning process looks like, the common workflow of a graphic novel, and what sort of relationship exists between artist and editor in the modern comics publishing landscape. An open discussion will follow where Jon can speak to questions regarding comics, illustration, or applied cartooning. Children are encouraged to attend!

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BAiPA | Editorial Services: Getting the Right Help from the Right Editor

June 5, 2021

BAIPA monthly meetings are now exclusively on Zoom, at least until we get through this COVID-19 crisis. The Zoom links will be provided to you via email on the Friday evening before, around 9 PM. Therefore, all non-members MUST register in advance in order to participate. However, all current BAIPA members will get the Zoom info for the morning session automatically.

 

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: Meryl Macklin

May 27, 2021

We may not be sheltering in place anymore but we’re taking things slow when it comes to reopening. Besides, 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 Meryl Macklin (San Francisco, CA).

 

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ABM | Making Their Mark Lecture Series: Lecture 2

May 22, 2021

Going for the Gold, with Samuel Feinstein
When: Saturday May 22, 4pm PDT
Where: Online
Cost: $10
Samuel Feinstein is a bookbinder and finisher working in Chicago. While the basic tenets of gold finishing have not changed much over the years, approach in terms of design, precision of placement of individual tools, and utilization of different gilding sizes has. In his work Sam aspires to work seamlessly in all styles, historical and modern, to bring to the surface some of the essence of what is inside the covers.

In his presentation, Sam will talk about how his traumatic brain injury left him unable to do other work, but introduced him to the world of hand bookbinding, the aspects of bookbinding history that truly inspired him to want to follow this path, and the one binding that set him on his course to want to do fine leather bookbinding and specialize in gold finishing. He was captivated by not only the detail of the work, but also the combination of playfulness of design and dedication to the mastery of the craft that went into its creation. In his slides he will demonstrate one of the many approaches to gold finishing that he employs in his work and teaching, as well as the philosophy behind his tooling method.

He will then take a tour through a few of his favorite and most engaging bindings that he has had the opportunity to work on and talk about what went into each one, not all of which have gold as the center of attention.

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HBC | Tool Talk with Tom Conroy

May 21, 2021

Tom Conroy, a Bay Area fixture in the world of Bookbinding, will talk about spring dividers. His #ZoomToolTalk will be followed by your questions and comments.

Join us to co-create a 21st-century happening.

All HBC Members in good standing—and previous #ZoomToolTalkers—are welcome.

https://handbookbinders.org/hbc-events/tooltalk-tom-conroy

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PPN | Virtual Meetup

May 20, 2021

Mark your calendars and join us on May 20th 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.

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EFA | Sensitivity Reading & Beyond, with Crystal Shelley

May 20, 2021

Join us on Zoom to hear from editor Crystal Shelley. Email Kristen Tate to be added to our chapter mailing list and/or to get the link for the event. New members welcome!

Sensitivity Reading and Beyond: Empowering Editors to Talk About Conscious Language and Representation

The concept of sensitivity reading is met with different opinions, from praise for being a necessary service to cries of censorship and cancel culture. This session will provide an overview of what sensitivity reading is and isn’t, what to look for, and the reasons why it’s valuable. It’ll also empower editors to have conversations about authenticity and representation outside of a sensitivity reading role. Not all editors are—or want to be—sensitivity readers, but we can leverage our relationships with writers, publishers, and corporations to advocate for accurate representation in service to readers.

Crystal Shelley is the owner of Rabbit with a Red Pen, where she provides copy editing, proofreading, and sensitivity reading services to fiction authors. She is also a licensed clinical social worker. She unites her love of language and her passion for social justice by advocating for conscious language use and inclusive representation in her editorial work.

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: Samuel Feinstein

May 20, 2021

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 bookbinder Samuel Feinstein (Chicago, IL).

https://sfcb.org/ShelterInStudio

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BAWiP | WEBINAR: The Extraordinary Power of Leader Humility with Marilyn Gist

May 19, 2021

This webinar will feature a new model of leadership that is rooted in humility and having a deep regard for others’ dignity. During such uncertain and historic times, this approach to leadership provides a pathway for business, community, and civic leaders to understand how to take their organizations to the next level. It has strong implications for diversity efforts, consensus building, and improving employee engagement.  Attendees will learn why humility is a core component to organizational success, how existing C-suite leaders have employed this model in their own leadership rising to success to in their own industries despite insurmountable odds.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the key attributes of leading with humility
  • Understand the power of relationships in your leadership
  • Learn how principles of humility can help you move from sidelines to center stage
  • Gain insight into your own leadership practices and behaviors
  • Learn how to score and analyze your own leader humility to become a leader everyone admires
  • Identify ways to harness exceptional power to produce great organizational results
  • Learn how to cultivate greater enthusiasm and engagement in your own team
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BCC | 100 questions worth asking: a Letterpress Exploration in Quarantine

May 17, 2021

During the extraordinarily singular year of 2020, book artist e bond decided to re-ignite an old writing project about the creative process. As a way back into the project, she participated in an online exercise where she shared a question for 100 days. The questions began as creative prompts about process but soon evolved into questions about life. What came next was a month long visual exploration of those questions into letterpress & mixed-media prints. This talk explores how e bond got from there to here and the work that was made during the past year.

A live online presentation by e bond, book artist and owner, roughdrAftbooks

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

May 16, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Book Artists May 16, 1pm – 3pm During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom. (map) BABA meets the third Sunday of each month on Zoom. Members share books, work in progress and information about book events and resources. https://www.bayareabookartists.org/events/

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HBC | Introduction to Archival Paper Repair

May 15, 2021

Bookbinder and Paper Conservator Gudrun Aurand will demonstrate basic paper repair techniques. These can be applied to pages in books or any flat art work or document. An introduction into properties of paper will set the frame and demonstration of mending techniques, materials and tools will provide participants with the basic knowledge needed to perform archivally sound paper repair. The presenter will introduce a decision making tree, which will allow participants to achieve the most effective outcome for the repair needed. How to mend a tear, cut or hole requires each a different approach. Among others the presenter will demonstrate how to outline and tear a piece of mending paper in order to repair the damage in the least obtrusive way. She will discuss pros and cons of using either starch paste or PVA (white glue). Participants are encouraged to bring a project of their own that they may have questions about and which could be discussed to the benefit of all at the end of the demonstration.

Registration

$35 members | $45 non-members

Class is capped at 10 participants. Registration deadline is May 12 via the link below.

https://gbw.formstack.com/forms/nw_introduction_to_archival_quality_paper_repair

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: Clifton Meador

May 13, 2021

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 conversation with offset printer, book artist and professor Clifton Meador (Cove Creek, NC).

https://clifton-meador.com/Info

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BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

May 12, 2021

Join fellow publishing and media professionals for BAWIP’s monthly virtual happy hours. These are always scheduled the second Wednesday of the month.

We are always open to new ideas and conversation topics! Whether you would like to make a suggestion or are interested in volunteering with our social events committee, please email us at bayareawomeninpublishing@gmail.com.

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NEG | Far North Editors Guild

May 12, 2021

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Traditionally they meet in Mount Vernon, WA, but currently their meetings are entirely online.

If you are interested in joining them online, please register for free via the button below. Logged in members can find the invitation here.

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HBC | HBC Tool Talk with Norman Clayton

May 7, 2021

Norman Clayton, printer, typographer, book artist, and teacher, moved his family and Classic Letterpress from San Francisco to Ojai in 2010. His alk will be followed by your questions and comments.

Join us to co-create a 21st-century happening.

All HBC Members in good standing—and previous #ZoomToolTalkers—are welcome.

https://handbookbinders.org/hbc-events/tooltalk-norman-clayton

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: John Risseeuw / Cabbagehead Press

May 6, 2021

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 printmaker, book artist and professor John Risseeuw of Cabbagehead Press (Tempe, AZ).

https://sfcb.org/ShelterInStudio

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

May 3, 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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

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BAiPA | Book Design for Reading & Comprehension

May 1, 2021

BAIPA monthly meetings are now exclusively on Zoom, at least until we get through this COVID-19 crisis. The Zoom links will be provided to you via email on the Friday evening before, around 9 PM.


MORNING PRESENTATION:

Book Design for Reading & Comprehension

Bill will discuss how to design a book for reading ease and comprehension, and how to set type to direct the reader’s eye.

– Bill Amatneek –

We all want to make our books look attractive to the eye, and certainly the cover should be attractive. But the book’s interior, the text, should invite us to read and reward our reading.

Designing a book to be easily read and understood is the subject of this program. We’re going to examine how the eye reads and how the brain processes our reading. This will show us how to set type to speed the reader along, and how to stop the reader in his or her tracks when we wish, and make them reread, if we wish.

We’ll talk about line length, typeface selection, serif and sans-serifs fonts, magazine vs. book design, matching of title and text fonts, type and leading size, the book you must own if you are designing your own book, and the one piece of software you must use. (We’ll look at other books and other software as well). We’ll discuss the hyphen, en dash and em dash, “white space,” the two uses of an ellipsis and how this special character affects reading, the one-sentence paragraph, expressing thoughts with text, using lower-case caps, a.k.a. small caps, abbreviations and acronyms, tracking and kerning, the ampersand, using type to suggest objects, having fun with the epigraph and colophon, using or not using quotations marks, using isolated quotations throughout your book, and using consistency to suggest usage.

We’ll examine the three parts of a book: front matter, body, and back matter, what elements should or can go in each, and their order. In the front matter, we’ll look at page numbering, a “Kind Words” page, bastard title page, the advertising card, the full title page and its content, the copyright page and its extensions, the dedication, preface, epigraph, table of contents, introduction, foreword, and acknowledgments. In the book’s body, we’ll talk about creating “pools” of text to guide the eye, typesetting section and chapter title text, widows and orphans, beginning a chapter on the verso vs. recto page, and running headers & footers. Finally, we’ll discuss why back matter is sometimes set differently than body and front matter.

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Bay Area Book Festival | Seventh Annual 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.

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: Rea Lynn de Guzman

April 29, 2021

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 painter, printmaker, and sculptor Rea Lynn de Guzman (Burlingame, CA).

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ABM | Making Their Mark Lecture Series: Lecture 1

April 24, 2021

Tools of the Trade, with Brien Beidler
When: Saturday, April 24, 4pm PDT
Where: Online
Cost: $10

Brien is a toolmaker and bookbinder. In his work, he draws inspiration from the tooled decorations found on leather bindings of the 17th and 18th centuries. For Brien, books from this period are a harmonious combination of beauty and approachability, much of which is a result of the quirky tool designs as much as the creative (and often hurried manner) in which they were used.

Rather than making historic replicas, Brien engraves his own finishing tools which he in turn uses to decorate the covers of his bindings. He also cuts custom finishing tools for other binders.

In his presentation, Brien will be talking about his finishing tool making experiences over the last few years. Beginning with the inspiration he garners from historic exemplars, Brien will walk through the process he currently uses to cut, file, and hand-engrave useful and (hopefully) beautiful tools, as well as how he incorporates the designs into his binding work.

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HBC | Tool Talk with Kate Holland

April 23, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Hand Bookbinders of California

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Kate Holland, one of seven bookbinders to work on binding the text blocks of Booker Prize finalists in 2020, will speak to us about hand bookbinding tools. Perhaps, she keeps mindfulness near her bench? She recently created a talk with the Headspace meditation app. Her talk will be followed by your questions and comments.

Join us to co-create a 21st-century happening.

All HBC Members in good standing—and previous #ZoomToolTalkers—are welcome.

https://handbookbinders.org/hbc-events

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SFCB | Shelter In Studio tour: Nikki Thompson/Deconstructed Artichoke Press

April 22, 2021

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press (Sacramento, CA).

Nikki was recently a juror for the artist book show CONTENT at The Artery gallery – you can see photos of the books, many by SFCB instructors and friends, here.

https://sfcb.org/events

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PPN | 49th Annual PPN Book Show

April 21, 2021

Registration is now open for the 49th PPN Book Show. The virtual event will be a friendly and lively program featuring the honorees while also providing an opportunity to view all entries.

Other features include

  • Time to catch up with old friends and colleagues in breakout chatrooms.
  • Live voting for Best in Show, selected from category winners.
  • Presentation of our newly envisioned Distinguished Service Award, recognizing an individual’s contribution to the broad publishing community.

The 49th PPN Book Show will be held on April 21, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. PDT.
This year’s event will be free to all who attend.

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PPN | Virtual Meetup

April 15, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Publishing Professionals Network

Mark your calendars and join us on April 15th 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.

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BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

April 14, 2021

Join fellow publishing and media professionals for BAWIP’s monthly virtual happy hours. These are always scheduled the second Wednesday of the month.

We are always open to new ideas and conversation topics! Whether you would like to make a suggestion or are interested in volunteering with our social events committee, please email us at bayareawomeninpublishing@gmail.com.

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

April 14, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm. Traditionally they meet in Mount Vernon, WA, but currently their meetings are entirely online. If you are interested in joining them online, please register for free via the button below. Logged in members can find the invitation here. Venue […]

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

April 11, 2021
When: Sun, April 11, 1pm – 5pm
Where: During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom. (map)
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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HBC | Tool Talk with Don Glaister

April 9, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Hand Bookbinders of California

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Don Glaister, Director of Fine Binding at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado, has been studying and making fine bindings and artist’s book for decades. He will talk about a current binding project, El Aleph, and binding itself as a tool.

Join us to co-create a 21st-century happening.

All HBC Members in good standing—and previous #ZoomToolTalkers—are welcome.

https://handbookbinders.org/hbc-events

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SFCB | Rising Together, Speaking Out Session 2

April 8, 2021

“Rising Together, Speaking Out” is a roundtable discussion series focusing on the artists, issues, and work of Rising Together. Over the course of three different online events, moderators and artists come together to investigate and explore the context of their work within the exhibition and larger community.

Session 02: Artists Books, Social Justice, and Community Response

Date:Thursday, April 8th :: 5-6 pm PST

Eventbrite link coming soon!

PLEASE NOTE: registration closes at 10 am the morning of the event. Zoom links will be sent to registered attendees before 12 pm on the day of the event.

Panelists: Lyall Harris :: Gloria Kondrup :: Levi Sherman :: Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Moderator: Bridget Elmer, President (College Book Art Association)

Session 02 of the “Rising Together, Speaking Out” roundtable series will explore the topic of social justice via the work in Rising Together. Panelists Lyall Harris, Gloria Kondrup, Levi Sherman, and Elsi Vassdal Ellis will share their work and experiences related to social justice and studio work.

https://sfcb.org/risingtogetherspeakingout

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

April 5, 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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

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CALIBA | Spring Fest West

April 5, 2021 to April 6, 2021

The California Independent Booksellers Alliance and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association are taking advantage of virtual freedoms and bringing their indie audiences together for two days of education, author and rep promotion.

April 5th is primarily a day of Adult/General authors and education.

April 6th features Children’s authors and programming.

https://www.caliballiance.org/spring-fest-west.html

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BAIPA | Graphic Design Secrets to Elevate Your Online Marketing

April 3, 2021

BAIPA monthly meetings are now exclusively on Zoom, at least until we get through this COVID-19 crisis. The Zoom links will be provided to you via email on the Friday evening before, around 9 PM.

Therefore, all non-members MUST register in advance in order to participate. However, all current BAIPA members will get the Zoom info for the morning session automatically, but they must pre-register for the afternoon workshop.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for the list of available tickets. Members, please log in first.

The general meeting begins at 9 am, the speaker presentation is at 11 am, after Q&A, networking time, introductions & announcements, followed by a lunch break from 12:15-1:00 PM, and then our Afternoon Workshop from 1-3 PM.

MORNING PRESENTATION:
Graphic Design Secrets to Elevate Your Online Marketing

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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.

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Letterform Archive | Salon Series 27: Book Jackets with Sally Beale

March 25, 2021

Drawing from the Archive’s deep collection of twentieth-century books, Sally will take us through the rise and (maybe) fall of the book jacket. We’ll explore some of the earliest examples of jackets, their function, and how they became design objects.

LfA’s Salon Series is recorded and available to members. If you are a member and missed the event, please check back on this page one week after the event for a password-protected link to the Salon recording.

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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

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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.

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SFCB | Small Plates 2021 Annual Release Party

March 19, 2021

Join SFCB in celebrating the artists of this year’s Small Plates Program!

The 2021 Small Plates Artists:

  • Li Jiang / Lemoncheese Press(link is external) :: publication title: Oakland Native: Life of a Coast Live Oak
  • Rebecca Kao(link is external) :: publication title: The Red Thread
  • Meghan Pohlod(link is external) :: publication title: In Remembrance

 

2021 Small Plates publications pre-orders will be available the evening of the event via SFCB’s online retail store(link is external). Small Plates publications from previous years are also available.

Each year San Francisco Center for the Book invites 2-4 artists to produce artist’s books of a specific size (4 inches x 4 inches) in a limited edition of 50-100. SFCB provides space, equipment, technical support, and funds for materials to the artists. Since the program’s inception in 2008, artists have produced 26 editions, all of which represent the immense creativity and hard work of the artists.

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HBC | Tool Talk with Jeff Peachey

March 19, 2021

Jeff Peachey, a renowned book conservator, tool maker, and book historian will discuss a few of his favorite tools—and perhaps tell us what bookbinding act he was performing when he felt the need to invent one of two of his finely crafted tools. His talk will be followed by your questions and comments.

Join us to co-create a 21st-century happening.

All HBC Members in good standing (and previous #ZoomToolTalkers) are welcome.

https://handbookbinders.org/hbc-events

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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.

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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).

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: Inge Bruggeman

March 18, 2021

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 letterpress printer and book artist Inge Bruggeman (Reno, NV).

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PPN | Follow Your Heart: A Conversation with Maria Giudice

March 9, 2021

THE PPN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES

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.
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SFCB | Shelter in Studio with Joel Benson: Dependable Letterpress

March 4, 2021

Join us at lunchtime and tour Dependable Letterpress with Joel Benson in Vallejo, CA.

About this Event

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 Joel Benson of Dependable Letterpress (Vallejo, CA).
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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.

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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.

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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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

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BCC | A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler

February 22, 2021

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe—how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself—her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have—hand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretch—bit by bit by bit. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer.

A live online conversation between Louise Steinman, writer and independent literary curator and Lynell George, journalist and essayist

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

February 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.

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

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Literary Arts | 2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Ibram X. Kendi

February 18, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Literary Arts

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Black Campus Movement and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Kendi was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and he was honored on The Root 100 in 2019. Kendi’s third book, How to Be an Antiracist, debuted at no. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” A young adult version of Stamped from the Beginning, co-authored with Jason Reynolds published in March 2020. Kendi lives in Washington, D.C.

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SFCB | Rising Together: Artist Reception

February 17, 2021

Join SFCB and the College Book Art Association in celebrating the artists of “Rising Together”

About this Event
Rising Together demonstrates how artist books, prints, and zines give activism a visual voice, and can serve as powerful agents in effecting positive social change on issues encompassing social justice, power, politics, the environment and more.

Organized by the College Book Art Association, this exhibition gives CBAA members a platform to respond to the exhibit’s themes and by opening up dialogue both within and between the exhibit’s multi-regional institutional hosts. The vision behind Rising Together is nonpartisan; works included encompass a range of viewpoints and voices, demonstrating to the broader community that artist books and zines are powerful agents in effecting positive social change.

This online artist reception hosted by San Francisco Center for the Book will give attendees the opportunity to hear from exhibiting artists, hear from exhibition organizers, and see work in the exhibition.

Rising Together was juried by Amos Kennedy, Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary.

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Letterform Archive | Atkinson Hyperlegible: Challenging assumptions about legibility and accessibility with Applied Design Works

February 16, 2021

Craig Dobie, Brad Scott, and Elliott Scott will present ten things that drove the unconventional design of Atkinson Hyperlegible, a rule-breaking typeface for people with low vision. The project was the winner of the Graphic Design category in Fast Company’s 2019 Innovation by Design Awards.

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BCC | The Green Book: A Black History of the American Road Trip

February 15, 2021

Historically, “road tripping” stood as a romanticized part of the American experience though this pastime did not necessarily hold the same allure for African Americans.  To compensate, Victor Hugo Green published The Negro Motorist Green Book which guided black travelers to safe spaces of rest and relaxation nationwide. This talk will discuss the historic challenges of black travel and the spaces of leisure that emerged for black travelers between the 1930s and 1960s.

A live online talk by Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes, historian and professor of history, California Baptist University

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EFA | Fearless Formatting in Microsoft Word Webinar

February 15, 2021

Word is capable of much more than most people use it for, and formatting documents for self-publishing, journal publication, or academia is a common request made of editors. This course will teach lesser-known features in Word that take away the guessing game of formatting and significantly reduce formatting-related headaches and the amount of time spent trying to make Word work. This 90-minute webinar will discuss:

  • How to find and understand “hidden” formatting marks
  • Using and updating Styles
  • Hidden issues that can arise (and be fixed) from the Font and Paragraph menus
  • When and how to use section breaks (for footnotes, different page sizes, or margins)
  • How to create clean, professional-looking documents with no underlying problems
  • Time-saving tricks to batch-format without macros
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BABF | Literature Live Around the World

February 12, 2021

Ever wondered what book-lovers are reading, writing, caring about in Afghanistan? Nigeria? Jamaica? Argentina? On February 12, 2021, join an intimate, fascinating virtual view into “other states, other lives, other souls.” Literature Live Around the World (LLAW) will immerse you in the culture, authors, and ambience of 12 destinations on every continent — and BABF is proud to represent the U.S. with a program showcasing what makes the Bay Area such an international touchstone.

What is it? A 12-hour extravaganza of 12 literary festivals around the globe, produced by Norway’s LitFestBergen.

Where will it take me? Bergen, Norway; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Dubai, UAE; Edinburgh, Scotland; Jaipur, India; Kabul, Afghanistan; Lagos, Nigeria; Lyon, France; Perth, Australia; Toronto, Canada; Treasure Beach, Jamaica.

What will I see? Each literary festival will present its own program featuring local authors, as well as a dynamic video about each respective region and its literary and cultural scene. For the full lineup (including BABF’s contribution, a conversation with Bay Area literary power couple Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida), click here!

How do I watch? The full program will run on our website for all to watch for free, starting on February 12, 2021 at noon Norweigan time (yes, that’s 3 a.m. Pacific). Don’t want virtual jetlag? No worries: the recording of the whole program, featuring all 12 festivals, will repeat over the following days to accommodate different time zones. You can dip in whenever you like, picking and choosing what “destinations” you want to visit.

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Mechanics’ Institute | San Francisco’s Chinatown on Zoom with authors Dick Evans and Kathy Chin Leong

February 11, 2021

This meeting will take place over Zoom. To receive an invitation to the meeting, please sign up using the Eventbrite link below. You will receive an invitation and a link to Zoom two days before the event.

If you have not received a Zoom link by the day before the event, please contact us at rsvp@milibrary.org

Even though the 2021 Chinese New Year Parade has been cancelled due to COVID- Enjoy this book and take a self-guided walking tour of Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Ox!

“A vividly realized tribute to one of Northern California’s most revered cultural neighborhoods.” —Kirkus

Following his award-winning book on San Francisco’s Mission District, Dick Evans turns his attention to Chinatown, the fifth of a square mile that attracts more tourists than the Golden Gate Bridge but where the median household income is a quarter of the citywide average. From delicious dim sum to wok-filled shops, from iconic red lanterns to elaborate parade floats, from inside single-room occupancy apartments to outdoor games of Chinese chess in Portsmouth Square, Evans captures a place filled with diverse residents and a unique mélange of American and Chinese architecture, cuisine, and culture. Vibrant images are interspersed with sidebars highlighting particular people and institutions, deepening viewers’ immersion into this community. Kathy Chin Leong’s lucid text introduces readers to the history of the neighborhood, as well as to themes of tourism, daily life, and celebrations. At the heart of the book is a tight-knit community and a thriving neighborhood, which welcomes immigrants with supportive institutions and entices tourists to experience a wide array of Chinese traditions. Evans’s photos highlight a place undergoing visible progress but, unlike other San Francisco neighborhoods that are gentrifying, maintaining its unique character and authenticity.

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BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour

February 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.

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

February 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.

Starts Wed Feb 10 2021, 11:15am PDT
Ends Wed Feb 10 2021, 12:45pm PDT

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AIGA SF | Advanced Prototyping

February 9, 2021

Whether you’re pitching for new business or sharing designs with your team, prototyping helps teams communicate intent and test their hypotheses. Building realistic prototypes helps remove barriers for a user and yields richer results.

Takeaways:

– Transform a static design into a high fidelity prototype
– Add motion effects, playful interactions, visual feedback, and smooth transitions
– Create voice commands and speech playback
– Make component states and hover effects to create micro-interactions
– Preview prototypes on your device
– Web-based sharing with stakeholders, developers and users

Note: We will provide a practice file if you choose to design alongside us! Download the latest XD version for free prior to the session.

About Adobe XD

Adobe XD believes that design is better together. Adobe is a proud sponsor of AIGA SF. Together with AIGA SF, Adobe actively engages with the creative community in dialogues about the important issues in the fields of design and technology.

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BCC | Black Leaders of Leisure: Their California Dream During the Jim Crow Era and the Implications of these Stories Today

February 8, 2021

This presentation includes an overview of the author’s book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), which takes a fresh approach to looking at the practices of relaxation and recreation at outdoor and public spaces for all people at beaches, mountains, and other scenic locales holding a central place in the long freedom rights struggle.

Leisure, was not an optional add-on to civil rights, but an essential component of liberty and this talk with feature the local stories of African Americans who fought for dignity, equal access and the full range of human experience and fulfillment in exploration of California’s offerings as they contributed to the state’s development.

The speaker will share how some of the sites discussed in the book are being used today to engage young people with experiential learning activities in the explorations of the African American and Mexican American experiences, heritage conservation issues, beach wildlife appreciation and stewardship, as well as aspirations to environmental justices policies involving beach assess and civic action.

A live online presentation by Alison Rose Jefferson, author, historian, and heritage conservation consultant

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

February 8, 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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

Venue Online via Zoom
Starts Mon Feb 8 2021, 11:00am PST
Ends Mon Feb 8 2021, 12:00pm PST

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour with Stephanie Jucker

February 4, 2021

Join us at lunchtime and tour Stephanie Jucker’s studio in San Rafael, CA.

About this Event

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 artist Stephanie Jucker (San Rafael, CA).

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EFA | Diversity Initiative Meeting

February 3, 2021

The Diversity Initiative’s next general meeting will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

All EFA members in good standing who honor our mission statement and agree to our statement of nondiscrimination are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit our web page and send an email to Sangeeta Mehta at diversity@the-efa.org.

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Letterform Archive | Salon Series 26: Breaking the Swiss Grid with Stephen Coles

February 2, 2021

Letterform Archive is excited to partner with Poster House for a session of deconstructing the Swiss grid. What happens when designers break the rules of what typically constitutes good design? This wide-ranging presentation will explore grid-breaking examples from our collection, including Emigre magazine, the letter- and mind-bending posters of psychedelia, and irregularly-shaped typesetting, old and new.

This event is a collaborative effort between Letterform Archive and Poster House in conjunction with their Swiss Grid exhibition. We have loved working together and hope to again in the near future. Our efforts were shared, and your donations will be also. All contributions from this event will be split evenly between Letterform and Poster House. By signing up for this program, you agree to be added to Poster House’s mailing list.

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SFCB | Making Multiples: The Artist’s Book in an Edition

February 1, 2021

This is a four session online workshop.

In the first of four sessions, we’ll look at an overview of artist’s books – books where form and content work together – discussing definitions, concepts, and numerous examples from the form’s history. We’ll also learn a simple book structure, which students will then develop into a “book sketch” as homework.

Students will share their book sketches in the second session. We’ll also begin talking about tools, materials, and techniques as we learn several book models and structures.

In the third session, we’ll continue to explore bookmaking techniques, as well as a couple low-tech printing techniques (stenciling, image transfers) that students can do at home. Students will be asked to make a mockup that they may hope to later develop into a more finished edition.

In the final session, students will share their works in progress. The instructor will help them address any hurdles they face on their way to completing an artist book edition, discussing strategies for furthering and expanding concepts developed during the class. We’ll wrap up by talking about some of the practical considerations when embarking on a content-based book project and how they relate to the book artist’s many roles: author, illustrator, editor, publisher, printer, and binder.

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APHG | 2021 Awards Recipients Named at Annual Meeting

January 30, 2021

The American Printing History Association has named Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. as the recipient of the APHA 2021 Individual Laureate and Mills College Book Art Program as the recipient of the APHA 2021 Institutional Award. 

Amos Kennedy has introduced thousands of people worldwide to the historic traditions of printing by sharing hands-on activities celebrating wood type and antique presses. Using these historic tools he has brought groups together to explore their aspirations utilizing the power of the press to print ideas and then distribute and display them in their communities as handmade posters. His remarkable work has helped build community while sharing the history of this essential technology.

Academic book art programs are important contributors to the study of historical printing methods. Founded ninety years ago, the Mills College Book Art Program has taken the lead in developing academic programming that became the model for other institutions. Renowned for developing undergraduate and MFA courses of study and hosting prominent practitioners and scholars in the field, Mills has been central to the establishment of this now respected area of study.

The Individual Laureate and the Institutional Award will be conferred at APHA’s annual meeting at 2 pm on Saturday, January 30, as part of Bibliography Week in New York City. Award winners will give presentations about their work at the meeting, which will be virtual.

Kathleen Walkup, director of the Book Art Program, will accept the Institute Award on behalf of the program and provide a presentation.

Virtual meeting connection information will be posted on the APHA website, with priority for member attendance. A recording of Kathleen Walkup’s presentation will be made publicly available after the annual meeting.

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SFCB | Art Book Show ‘n Tell: Books We Love to Love!

January 29, 2021

Do you have artists books in your collection that you love to love? Perhaps something by your favorite book artist or printmaker that inspires? Join Cheryl and Jennie online Friday, January 29th for an evening of sharing and exploring artists books we love to love! This will be a casual evening of show-n-tell and socializing — even if you don’t have a book to share, you are encouraged to attend. SFCB’s Art Book Show ‘n Tell events are a great way to learn about new-to-you books and see what other people have in their personal libraries.

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Letterform Archive | Masters of Arabic Letters with Bahia Shehab, Haytham Nawar

January 26, 2021

We’re honored to welcome, all the way from Cairo, the authors of the new book, A History of Arab Graphic Design. Bahia Shehab and Haytham Nawar will present important figures who contributed to the evolution of Arabic letters while maintaining their high aesthetic quality.

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SFCB | A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms online workshop

January 22, 2021
This is a three-session online workshop, all times Pacific:
Friday, January 22, 5-7pm
Saturday, January 23, 1-4pm
Sunday, January 24, 1-4pm

Think back to the last time you picked up a movable card. You moved the mechanism back and forth, soothed and satisfied by the movement. You wished there was a collective noun for movable cards. Well, there is! Join seasoned paper engineer Shawn Sheehy in building A SATISFACTION of eight movable mechanisms that demonstrate a wide range of movement possibilities.

All you need is a simple set of hand tools, a short stack of materials, and an interest in engaging with technical paper mechanics. And to dial up the satisfaction quotient, you’ll bind your collection into a tidy sample book. This class will be technical, and very, very… satisfying. All levels are encouraged.

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PPN | Virtual Meetup

January 21, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: PPN Mark your calendars and join us on January 21 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 […]

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SFCB | Book in a Tin online workshop

January 21, 2021

This is a single-session online workshop.

Making a little accordion book that fits into an upcycled tin is so satisfying. At first glance it just looks like an adorable decorated box but on opening a marvelous handmade pop-up book is revealed.

In this class we will be using collage such as recycled maps, postcards, and other paper ephemera to create an accordion book with pop-up elements enclosed in a hard cover front and back. This will fit neatly into an embellished tin (Altoid tin size) that can display the book’s title or associated imagery.

Beginners are welcome; be aware that class will move briskly. Students will likely complete the project on their own time after learning techniques and methods in class.

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AIGA SF | Design, Prototype & Share with Adobe XD

January 21, 2021

Gone are the days where you need to use different tools for each stage of the design process. From research to concept pitches to developer handoff, we’ll help you convey your ideas and tell the story behind it, all in one place.

This is part 1 of a 3-part XD series and is highly recommended in order to make the most of the following sessions!

Takeaways:

– Key XD features to streamline your design workflow
– Manage colors, styles, and components centrally
– Collaborate in real-time with other designers
– Create an interactive prototype from your designs
– Sharing and collaborating with others to get feedback
– Seamless integrations with Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch

Note: We will provide a practice file if you choose to design alongside us! Download the latest XD version for free prior to the session.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Mix and Match: Calligraphy and Lettering as Design Tools

January 19, 2021

Mix and Match: Calligraphy and Lettering as Design Tools
with Aline KaoriGui Menga

How can we shape letterforms to tell different stories?

Over four Tuesday and Thursday evenings, students will learn different methods to create custom letterforms and explore their expressive potential. We’ll bridge the gaps between writing, drawing, and designing by mixing calligraphy and lettering techniques — while looking into how design decisions can affect the story that’s being told.

Get ready to get inky! Students will have a hands-on experience, from playing with a wide range of calligraphic tools and shapes to learning how to refine and finalize a wordmark — ready to be applied as a logotype, book cover/movie title, or part of an advertisement campaign, poster, album cover, and so on.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

January 17, 2021

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

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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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

January 13, 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.

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CA GUILD OF BOOKWORKERS | An Online Workshop Presented by Karen Hanmer

January 9, 2021

Edward Marston’s 1884 “An Amateur Angler’s Days in Dove Dale: Or, How I Spent My Three Weeks’ Holiday” was issued in a simple folded limp vellum case printed in two colors. We will examine two examples from this edition of 100 before creating a low-adhesive, facsimile-ish version in a limp paper case.

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio Tour: Luz Marina Ruiz

January 7, 2021

Join us at lunchtime for a tour and chat with Luz Marina Ruiz in Oakland, CA.

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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.

Shelter in Studio will be on hiatus for the holidays. Join us in 2021 for a tour and chat with artist and professor Luz Marina Ruiz (Oakland, CA).

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Virtual Tour of the Mechanics’ Institute

January 6, 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.

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

January 4, 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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

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BCC | A Bookbinder’s Miscellany

December 21, 2020

Dominic has been a self-employed bookbinder since 1990. Since that time he has bound, rebound and restored many fabulous books. He has also collected interesting and unusual bindings, seen many more, and had adventures teaching in four continents. In this light-hearted talk he will share some of his favourite moments from his encounters with the world of bookbinding and it’s related disciplines.

An illustrated talk by Dominic Riley, bookbinder and artist

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

December 20, 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.

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PPN | Virtual Meetup

December 17, 2020

Mark your calendars and join us on December 17 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.

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Mechanics’ Institute | Virtual Tour

December 16, 2020

Virtual Tour of the Mechanics’ Institute with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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

This event will be conducted via Zoom. Please register (button to the right) to receive the Zoom credentials.

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.

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APHA & BCC | On the Ecology of the Book: Printing, Collecting & Archiving

December 14, 2020

The history of printing in California, though still relatively young, is yet venerable, spotty, and incomplete. In this talk, Peter Koch surveys roughly a century of printing in the Golden State that emphasises the book as a work of art, from the Arts and Crafts movement to more contemporary movements. From this fragmented history, Koch will pick up on threads that nevertheless tie seemingly disparate printerly activity into a discernible–if polysemic–tradition.

A live online talk with Peter Koch, printer

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BCC | The Book As Art Object in California, Then and Now

December 14, 2020

This event is co-presented by the American Printing History Association Northern California

The history of printing in California, though still relatively young, is yet venerable, spotty, and incomplete. In this talk, Peter Koch surveys roughly a century of printing in the Golden State that emphasises the book as a work of art, from the Arts and Crafts movement to more contemporary movements. From this fragmented history, Koch will pick up on threads that nevertheless tie seemingly disparate printerly activity into a discernible–if polysemic–tradition.

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PPN | The Art of Nurturing Authors, Including the One Inside You!

December 10, 2020

PPN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES PRESENTS
A Conversation with Valerie Haynes Perry

PPN welcomes Valerie Haynes Perry, writing coach, author, and freelance indexer for our second Professional Development Conversations session.

Join us for a conversation with Valerie Haynes Perry, author of 10 books, including Write the Book You Want—Be Your Own Coach, and a motivational writing coach, freelance editor, and indexer. With over 25 years of experience, Valerie has learned what motivates authors to produce work that is both personally fulfilling and well received.

Valerie’s guidance helps writers overcome such negative experiences as stalling out, previous poor reception, and other blocks that may prevent them from completing the challenging process of writing a book.

You will come away with strategies for guiding your authors—and perhaps even yourself—toward writing their book. As Valerie says, “Everybody has a story to tell.”

The evening will begin with Valerie in conversation with the PPN ProDev team. After which, we’ll invite the audience to join the discussion with this fascinating, multi-talented publishing pro. To learn more about her work, visit http://valeriehaynesperry.com.

The PPN Professional Development Conversation Series helps people to strengthen their careers and expand their professional skills with the guidance of guest speakers from different areas of publishing.

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SFCB | Leaf Printing and Criss Cross Binding Online Workshop

December 10, 2020 to December 17, 2020

This is a two-session online workshop: Thursdays, December 10 & 17, 2020.

Autumn is almost over, but you can save a little bit of it by grabbing some of your favorite fallen leaves to make some leaf prints! This is a process that uses non-toxic water-based ink to print the shape and vein structure of a leaf, group of leaves, or even stalks of grass or pine needles; in short, any type of plant matter you have at hand.

In the second session we’ll use this printed paper on the covers of a nice blank journal. Known as a secret Belgian or criss cross binding, it is a nonadhesive sewn structure with a distinctive pattern.

A kit is included in the class fee and will be shipped to students two weeks before class. The kit contains text paper, boards, and thread.

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BAWIP | Publishing for All Readers: Breaking Down Reading Barriers through Accessible Content

December 10, 2020

Publishing for All Readers: Breaking Down Reading Barriers through Accessible Content

With Guillian Hetzler, Director of Content Acquisition at Benetech, the world’s largest library for the reading disabled

Have terms like “accessibility” and “inclusive publishing” been popping up in conversations at work lately?  What does “accessibility” even mean, and why should you care? Please join Guillian Hetzler, Director of Content Acquisition at Benetech, to learn about all this and more.

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SFCB | Printer At Play: Marie Dern & the Magic of Letterpress

December 9, 2020

Join SFCB and the Bolinas Museum for this virtual event highlighting the work of Marin-based book artist Marie Dern and Jungle Garden Press. Watch as Studio Director Chad Johnson prints a letterpress postcard keepsake inspired by Marie Dern’s artist book “William Caslon’s Typographic ABC (1991)” at SFCB’s print studio.

Registered attendees to this event will be mailed a postcard keepsake printed during the event. (Limit one postcard per attendee.) Printer At Play: Marie Dern and the Magic of Letterpress is co-hosted by the Bolinas Museum and San Francisco Center for the Book in honor of Bolinas Museum’s current exhibition Marie Dern: The Art of Handmade Books(link is external) on view by appointment through December 27, 2020.

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

December 9, 2020

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.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Keeping Occupied with Cyrus Highsmith

December 8, 2020

Cyrus Highsmith started his foundry, Occupant Fonts, in 2015 after almost two decades as a type designer at Font Bureau. In 2017, Occupant was acquired by premier Japanese type company, Morisawa. In this presentation, Highsmith will talk about his new job, approach to art and design, and what it means to be an Occupant.

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SFCB | Fresh off the Block: Printed Cards, Tags, and Gift Wrap Online Workshop

December 7, 2020 to December 9, 2020

This is a two-session online workshop, December 7 & 9, 2020.

In this course, students will learn basic block printing techniques for at-home printmaking using easy-to-cut soft block stamps on paper. We will discuss how to choose images that will carve well, how to inverse and transfer onto blocks, followed by carving, inking and printing techniques.

All students will be encouraged to create a small edition of prints from the class as well as a set of correspondence cards and some decorative wrapping paper. By the end of the class, students will have a new skill they can easily master at home as well as ready-to-frame prints, cards and gift wrap for the holiday season.

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

December 7, 2020

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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

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BAIPA | Book Cover Design with David Kudler

December 5, 2020

You may not be able to judge a book by its cover — but that doesn’t mean that people don’t every day. Your cover has a very important job to do, so are you sure it’s up to the job?

The general meeting begins at 9 am, speaker presentation is at 11 am, after Q&A, networking time, introductions & announcements. Scroll down for details and to register. No afternoon workshop for this meeting.

 

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Thinking With Your Hands with Cyrus Highsmith

December 5, 2020 to December 6, 2020

Learn a messy, hands-on, computer-free way of making letters with world–renowned type designer Cyrus Highsmith.

Letters can be drawn in so many different ways. Cyrus Highsmith’s approach is based heavily on the importance of white space and sensitivity to shapes. It’s a method he applies to type design as well as image making of all kinds. For Highsmith, it’s a way of seeing the world. This workshop will be a messy, hands-on, and computer-free exploration of drawing, making, and thinking about letters.

Each day will be a series of demos and conversations with lots of time in between to work independently. We will experiment and play with different ways of drawing and thinking about letters. Techniques may include stencils, low-tech printing, collage, and painting. Participants should be ready for new experiences, experimentation, play, and failure. The results will be shared in an online gallery.

 

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SFCB | Contemporary Gilding encore Online Workshop

December 5, 2020 to December 6, 2020

This is a two-session online workshop: Saturday and Sunday, December 5 & 6, 2020.

Using a contemporary version of gilding, the process of applying paper-thin sheets of metal to a surface, workshop participants will learn how to add metal to paper, wood and stone in their own shapes and patterns. Over the course of two 2-hour sessions, Solange will walk participants through the nuances of this technique from how to effectively prepare a variety of material surfaces and apply metal leaf as a compositional element.

Registration will close on Saturday, November 21st to allow time for materials to be ordered/delivered.

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SFCB | Holiday Gift Wrap Online Workshop

December 3, 2020

This is a single-session online workshop.

With the holidays approaching this is a great time to discover how to make your own decorative gift wrap and tags! Using easy to find and upcycled materials like brown paper, old photocopies, and book pages you will learn various ways to add surface design with simple printing and painting techniques. Find out how to create patterns by stamping with everyday items such as cookie cutters, plastic cups, bottle lids, forks, and art stamps – no press required!

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio Virtual Tour: Kitty Maryatt / Two Hands Press

December 3, 2020

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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.

DECEMBER 3rd: Join us for a tour and chat with Kitty Maryatt of Two Hands Press (Playa Vista, CA).

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BAWiP | Virtual Queer Affinity Group

December 2, 2020

This recurring social hour will be a safe space for queer people who identify as women to socialize, network, and support each other through the day to day of our professional and personal lives.

 

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AIGA SF | Leading with Compassion: Porch Portraits

December 2, 2020

Relationship Design is a creative approach to driving business and social value focused on building relationships with customers, employees, and the community. It considers the connections a person has with other people in their life, the ongoing relationship they can have with a company, and the relationships people have with their wider community and planet.

Join our Salesforce Design Team for this deep dive into one of the four mindsets of the practice, compassion! We will showcase how we’ve been able to acknowledge the humanity of colleagues and customers, and approach collaboration with a supportive attitude during this challenging year.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Virtual Tour of the Mechanics’ Institute

November 25, 2020

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Virtual Tour of the Mechanics’ 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.

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PPN | Virtual Meet-Up

November 19, 2020

Mark your calendars and join us on November 19 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!

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SFCB | Holiday Pop-Up Greeting Cards

November 19, 2020

This is a single-session online workshop.

It’s great to receive a handmade card and even greater to make one, especially when it opens to reveal a delightful 3D scene created with pop-ups.
In this class you will find out how to combine papers and collage with pop-up techniques to make a delightful little world out of paper. It can be Thanksgiving, Birthday or Holiday themed or just a unique card for a unique person.
You can make one or more and after this class you’ll be able to make them for every occasion.

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BookBusiness | Printed Book Publishing Opportunities in 2020 and Beyond

November 19, 2020

Have you heard the buzz about the resurgence of the printed book!  During this webinar, Chris Lyons, President of Book Business will explore with some top book publishing experts about the resurgence they are seeing in the book publishing industry, and you will hear insights into how and why publishers are seeing growth in new title and back list sales.

Please join Perry Crowe, Executive Managing Editor at Hay House, Inc., a world leader in transformational publishing (self-help, mind-body-spirit, healthy living, etc.). Perry leads Hay House’s departments of Managing Editorial, Production, and Inventory. Also joining us is Shona Burns past Executive Director of Content Management at Chronicle Books and currently Founder of WiseWork Associates. These book publishing company production leaders will share their insights into the opportunities found in the current and future state of the book publishing market.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Salon Series 25: A Brief Typographic Trip Around the World, Part 2

November 19, 2020

Our Editorial Director and Associate Curator Stephen Coles will present highlights from the Archive’s growing collection of global writing systems, including manuscripts, type specimens, and other typographic artifacts. Guests with special expertise in specific scripts (to be announced soon) will provide commentary.

This event is a broader follow-up to our first “Typographic Trip” which focused on Arabic objects in the collection.

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BAWiP | Virtual BIPOC Affinity Group

November 18, 2020

This recurring social hour will be a safe space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who identify as women or non-binary to socialize, network, and support each other through the day to day of our professional and personal lives.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Basque Lettering: Letters for Self-Assertion with Juan Luis Blanco

November 17, 2020

Basque lettering is something that catches the eye of any type-sensitive visitor to the Basque Country. It is everywhere. Why has that style become so ubiquitous in this region? Where did those peculiar — sometimes eccentric — letterforms come from? Is there a link between them and the ancient language, Basque, that is spoken in this area? What is their use today? These and other questions will be answered by Juan Luis Blanco, a Basque type designer and the author of Harri, a typographic project that has the Basque lettering style as its starting point and main inspiration.

We will see the original inscriptional sources these letters are drawn from as well as how and why they evolved the way they did. An exploration of the historical, social, and political context in which this phenomenon flourished will help us understand it. Finally, we will analyze past and present uses and trends, and see how they informed the design of Harri.

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BCC | H. G. Wells & Frederic Goudy: California Dreamin’

November 16, 2020

After H. G. Wells and Frederic Goudy collaborated on the Door in The Wall project — their creative compass seemed to always point west to “The Golden State” of California.

Part 1: “Time Traveler In Tinseltown” showcases H. G. Wells and Hollywood’s Golden Age — featuring such Sci-Fi classics as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds.

Part 2: “Frederic Goudy: The Titan of Type” explores the great private presses of the age: The Village Press, The Grabhorn Press and University of California Press and their finest printed editions from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, The Hollow Land by William Morris, Door in The Wall by H. G. Wells to Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

This talk will explore H. G. Wells first Sci-fi film and the creation of some of Goudy’s greatest California type designs. It will include some wonderful yarns of the key figures of the era — Mitchell Kennerley, William Morris, Sir Emery Walker, Henry James, George Bernard Shaw, William Randolph Hearst, Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Bertha Goudy, and Edwin, Robert and Jane Grabhorn.

An Illustrated talk by Rex Parker, artist, designer, and illustrator

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

November 15, 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.

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SFCB | Playful Pop-Ups for Beginners

November 13, 2020 to November 15, 2020

This is the 101 of paper engineering classes. We’ll use a very short and simple set of tools and materials. We’ll begin instruction from the most basic level (“How To Fold a Piece of Paper”) and gradually build up to creating a pop-up scene in a card. There will be “ugly” models quickly built and immediately altered just to see what happens. There will be conversation, there will be show-and-tell, there will be coloring and decorating. This is the paper engineering version of working a puzzle on a Saturday afternoon with your grandpa. Open to everyone 11+.

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WELLS BOOK ARTS CENTER | Women’s Studio Workshop’s Erin Zona and Lauren V. Walling ’97 present, Cracking Open the Universe: Women’s Studio Workshop Since 1974

November 12, 2020

Women’s Studio Workshop’s Erin Zona and Lauren V. Walling ’97 present, Cracking Open the Universe: Women’s Studio Workshop Since 1974 as the 49th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecturers.

Thursday, November 12, 4-5pm EST via Zoom
Admission is free and all are welcome. The limit is 100 attendees and is first come, first served.

Through the 200+ artists’ books produced since it began publishing in 1979, Women’s Studio Workshop (WSW) has been steadily chipping away at assumptions built into mainstream publishing and the mainstream art world.

Through an overview of Women’s Studio Workshop’s Hudson Valley facilities, history and its catalog of uniquely innovative book projects by women-identified artists, Artistic Director Erin Zona and Executive Director Lauren V. Walling reveal the depth of Women’s Studio Workshop’s mission to be slightly more than the sum of its parts. Learn more about the lecture content and Women’s Studio Workshop here.

This lecture is the 49th in a series named for Susan Garretson Swartzburg. Working closely with Wells faculty and staff, Swartzburg helped to organize the press, bindery and other components that became Wells’ Book Arts Center. She served on the Book Arts Board and established a biannual book arts lecture series in memory of her father, developing contacts, raising funds, organizing events and finding speakers.

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SFCB | Shelter In Studio tour: James Tucker, the Aesthetic Union

November 12, 2020

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 James Tucker at The Aesthetic Union letterpress shop (San Francisco, CA).

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BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour with Women’s Media Group

November 11, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: BAWiP Open to all BAWIP & Women’s Media Group members and guests https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

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SFCB | From Magic Wallet to Jacob’s Ladder Online Workshop

November 11, 2020

This is a two-session online workshop.

The Magic Wallet is an oddity related to a möbius strip. The Jacob’s Ladder is a toy that is also known as ‘magic tablets’, ‘Chinese blocks’ or a ‘klick-klack toy’. It normally consists of wooden blocks held together by strings or ribbon; when the ladder is held on one end, blocks appear to cascade down the strings, and when made out of wood making a ‘klick-klack’ sound. We will be making this structure using book board instead of wood – quieter, but still fun!

In the first session, students will make a Magic Wallet; in the second session they will build on that understanding to create a Jacob’s Ladder.

This structure is great for artist’s books which we will discuss if time allows!

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

November 11, 2020

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.

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SFCB | Beeswax Collage on Canvas Workshop

November 7, 2020

This is a single-session online workshop.

Create beautiful art on canvas using melted beeswax, mulberry paper, tissue, sewing patterns and found images. This workshop includes an extensive kit with a mini melting pot, small iron, beeswax, brush, two canvases, and a packet of papers.

You will create one art piece in class with the option and enough supplies to make another. Participants are encouraged to include a photo or laser print of a personal photo, drawing, or quote along with any other lightweight paper ephemera. All levels welcome!

Please be sure to register for this class using your mailing address. The instructor will mail the kit to you via USPS Priority Mail.

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APHA | Wayzgoose

November 5, 2020 to November 8, 2020

Registration for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum 2020 Awayzgoose is open! This year we’re excited to partner with The American Printing History Association for the conference. In this time of social distance we plan to give a big online embrace to our fellow lovers of type and letterpress. Please join us for our first online conference. It will take place as a virtual event with stellar speakers, tantalizing type tours and familiar faces that typify this event. Register for the Awayzgoose now.

Now in its 12th year, we host designers, printers, typographers and letter geeks of all stripes from across the globe. It is a weekend filled with workshops, type talk and great speakers. The Wayzgoose was originally an entertainment given by a master-printer to his workmen to mark the beginning of the season of working by candlelight. In later years, it meant an annual celebration held in summer by the employees of a printing establishment, consisting of a dinner and often an excursion into the country. Plan to join us for our online Awayzgoose, November 5-8, 2020 and for the pre-conference workshops.

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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.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Design through 125 Years of Pin-Back Buttons with Christen Carter

November 3, 2020

Buttons portray design history in miniature: politics, advertising, events, entertainment, and causes — from small moments, like a family reunion, to major breakthroughs like space travel.

Christen Carter, founder of Busy Beaver Button Company, will examine how illustration and lettering affect the overall design and message of the button. Christen will show some original artwork as well as the finished button, and will also touch on the commercial printing styles over the past 125 years.

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

November 2, 2020

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 info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

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International Printing Museum | 2020 Virtual LA Printers Fair

November 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020

As much as everyone loves our in-person Printers Fair each year, we need to prioritize the health and safety of our visitors, vendors, and volunteers. So for this year, the Los Angeles Printers Fair at the Printing Museum will be held virtually….

THE GOOD NEWS: instead of just a two day event, the 2020 VIRTUAL LOS ANGELES PRINTERS FAIR will take place for the entire month of November!

 

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SFCB | Haunted Village Pop-Up Book Workshop

October 29, 2020

This is a single-session online workshop.

It’s been quite a year and here’s an opportunity to wrangle some of the craziness into a scary little book. Find out how to create a “haunted village” using an accordion book structure with some playful pop-ups. This format is ideal for incorporating Halloween or Dia de los Muertos imagery which can be added with collage, stamping, ink, paint and cut outs. Make it as scary, funny, political or dystopian as you like, this Zoom class is a safe space to process your 2020 experience so far!

Beginners are welcome; be aware that class will move briskly.

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AIGA SF | Design More Mindful Products

October 29, 2020

As important as mindful design is, it can seem daunting and vague. This 45-minute session offers beginner to mid-level designers an actionable process for designing more mindfully. You’ll learn what mindful design is, why it’s important, how project-specific principles can help, and how to identify, define, and present them within any given project. The presentation will be 30 minutes long, leaving 15 minutes for a Q&A. There will also be a free downloadable worksheet provided at the end of the talk so attendees can apply what they’ve learned to their next project.

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: Grendl Löfkvist

October 29, 2020

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 Grendl Löfkvist (Oakland, CA).

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NEG | October Online Mentoring Program Happy Hour

October 28, 2020

Join fellow editors to get and give advice and support for your pressing freelancing and editing concerns. Let’s support each other as we grow as business people, become better Track Changes communicators, and improve our editorial skills. Also feel free to pop in if you’re just curious about the mentoring program! Open to members and non-members.

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BAWiP | Bridging Differences: Creating Meaningful Mentoring Relationships

October 28, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing Open to all BAWIP members and guests https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour: John Sullivan / Logos Graphics

October 22, 2020

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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 John Sullivan of Logos Graphics (San Francisco, CA).

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CWC-SF | Author Skills -Making Monsters

October 21, 2020

In October, our thoughts turn to apple cider, changing leaves, and the intense mind-destroying shock of Horror.

Join Liz Suggs (Twitter: @elizabethasuggs) for her presentation on writing monsters

Are your creatures coming off a little lifeless? Let’s reanimate them! This presentation will help you create the next Frankenstein, Dracula, or zombie. In this webinar, you will learn:
– How to create memorable monsters
– What monster is ideal for your story
– How to recreate classics
– What makes a monster believable, relatable, and sympathetic

We’ll follow the discussion with Q&A.

Elizabeth Suggs is a writer, an editor, and a leader in the writing community. She obsessively writes each morning, lunch, and evening. When she’s not writing, she’s leading a group of writers through bi-weekly workshops on feedback and focused writing. She believes these meetings help writers understand themselves in the world and better prepare them for major publishers.

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BAWiP | Virtual Queer Affinity Group

October 21, 2020

This recurring social hour will be a safe space for queer people who identify as women to socialize, network, and support each other through the day to day of our professional and personal lives.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | To Make Generally Known with Jon Sueda

October 20, 2020

Jon Sueda has built a multifaceted practice for himself as a designer, curator, publisher, and educator. This way of working has allowed him to create design, generate discourse around the discipline, and help prepare designers for a constantly changing field. Sueda will speak about a range of projects that revolve around his various activities and interests including publishing, exhibition-making, alternative histories, and unrealized projects.

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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.

 

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NEG | Macros 101: Work Smarter, Not Harder

October 19, 2020

Are macros a mystery to you? Amy J. Schneider long ago discovered that macros are marvelous, and yes, even magical, tools that editors can use to increase efficiency and accuracy. She’ll provide a brief overview of why they help you work smarter not harder, and then she’ll demystify how they do it.

You’ll learn how to record macros, how to view them in the Visual Basic editor, and how to save them to a template. Schneider will then share several of her favorite and most commonly used simple macros.

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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

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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.

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PPN | Octoberfest PPN Virtual Meetup

October 15, 2020

Mark your calendars and join us on October 15 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!

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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.

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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.

 

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SFCB | Subtle Politics / Extravagant Medium: The Pop-Up Books of Shawn Sheehy

October 10, 2020

For twenty years Shawn Sheehy has been creating artist pop-up books based on environmental themes. Sheehy will talk about his work and demonstrate that pop-ups are a particularly good fit for communicating his politics.About his work, Sheehy writes: “All of my books emerge from a personal drive towards advocacy for the wild world. In books where creatures share an ecosystem, I am exploring the health of that ecosystem. I show interdependencies between creatures, illustrating how they rely on each another. I consider the resources they require, and how those creatures cooperate or compete. My goal, ultimately, is to demonstrate that these creatures are part of a system, and that the system depends on all of its parts to work correctly. Subtly, I point a finger at the hubris behind any sort of human claim to know what is best for the wild world. The pointing finger is accusatory when those human claims are disrupting healthy ecosystems.”

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Type West Virtual Open House

October 9, 2020

Type West is a postgraduate certificate program in type design and the only one of its kind on the West Coast — and now online.

Applications for the 2021 Postgraduate Certificate in Type Design are open October 1–31. We’re launching the application period with a virtual open house for prospective students. Meet Type West instructors and grads, and see highlights from the Archive collection that will be available for remote viewing in next year’s course. All are welcome. DJ Skilla will be on deck spinning type-related tunes.

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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)

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio: Rebecca Chamlee / Pie in the Sky Press

October 8, 2020

Join us at lunchtime and tour Rebecca Chamlee’s Pie in the Sky Press in Simi Valley, CA.

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LITQUAKE FOUNDATION | Litquake 2020

October 8, 2020 to October 24, 2020

San Francisco’s Literary Festival

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BAWiP | Accessibility 101 with Bookshare’s Guillian Hetzler

October 7, 2020

This event by Bay Area Women in Publishing will cover accessibility in eBooks, and the importance of Bookshare’s library.

Bookshare’s Guillian Hetzler will be explaining how their library for the reading disabled works, how publishers can contribute, and why accessibility is easy and important for the publishing community.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

 

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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Bay Area Book Artists | Monthly Meeting

September 20, 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.

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PPN | Virtual Meet-Up

September 17, 2020

Mark your calendars and join us on September 17 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time for our next virtual meetup. Watch for registration details shortly. This event is open to anyone in the book-publishing industry and provides a great opportunity for connection. Come and catch up, share news, and get advice. 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.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Virtual Tour of the Mechanics’ Institute

September 16, 2020

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

This event will be conducted via Zoom.

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.

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

September 14, 2020

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!), from 11am to noonish at the Lake Forest Park Branch of the King County Library, on the 1st Floor of Lake Forest Park Town Center.

This event is free and open to all editors.

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SFCB | Shelter In Studio Tour: Eric Rewitzer of 3 Fish Studios

September 10, 2020

Join us at lunchtime and take a Zoom tour of 3 Fish Studios with Eric Rewitzer in Plymouth, CA.

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BAWIP | Virtual Happy Hour

September 9, 2020

BAWiP hosts happy hours the second Wednesday of every month at various locations around the Bay Area. Please RSVP below.

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Letterform Archive | Lettering Fundamentals

September 8, 2020

Begin your lettering journey with letterer, designer, and art director, Ying Chang.

Lettering Fundamentals is a multiday online workshop that begins with an introduction to lettering basics and techniques, and then dives deeper into each foundational element.

Each participant will follow along with demos and exercises that are designed to help everyone gain an understanding of how to create endless possibilities by manipulating one factor at a time.

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NEG | Online Mentoring Chat

September 5, 2020

Join fellow editors, new and experienced, to chat about your burning mentoring questions. Mentoring chats are open to all editors. This is an informal gathering, via Zoom, where we talk about whatever issues members bring, so don’t be shy, we welcome any discussion starter.

One possible starting point is what goals you had for the first half of the year and whether you met them, what were the impediments, what helped? And what are your goals for the the rest of this year? It’s okay if your goal is simply to reach Dec. 31 with your sense of well-being intact! We can talk, commiserate, and strategize about any of it.

That’s just a starting point. Please bring your own ideas and questions and we’ll see where the conversation takes us!

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PPN & BAWiP | BIPOC in Publishing

September 2, 2020

We are pleased to invite you to BIPOC in Publishing: A Gathering of Our Community. This virtual gathering is on Wednesday, September 2nd, 5:30-7 pm. Additional details and link to RSVP coming soon!

All who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are welcome.We appreciate our allies and ask that this space be reserved for BIPOC-identifying individuals.

The cost to attend this event is $25, but we are offering a sliding scale for those who cannot have this expense covered by their employer. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

We hope to see you there! 

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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.

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour with Li Jiang of Lemoncheese Press

August 27, 2020

While our online workshops and events are helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with people about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. 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: Tour Li Jiang’s Lemoncheese Press in Berkeley, CA.

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AIGA SF | Demonstrating the Value of Design Systems

August 27, 2020

Join us for a discussion on how to sell a design system that scales, get your stakeholders to buy in, and convince your teams to embrace it.

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Bay Area Editors’ Forum | A Look at CA AB-5: Editors as Independent Contractors or Employees?

August 20, 2020

We are pleased to present this joint member meeting of Bay Area Editors’ Forum (BAEF) and Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).

A Look at CA AB-5: Editors as Independent Contractors or Employees?

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PPN | Virtual Monthly Meetup

August 20, 2020

Mark your calendars and join us on August 20 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time for our next virtual meetup. Watch for registration details shortly. This event is open to anyone in the book-publishing industry and provides a great opportunity for connection. Come and catch up, share news, and get advice. 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.

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Northwest Editors Guild | PerfectIt Tutorial with Daniel Heuman

August 17, 2020

We all know that checking for consistency mistakes and other mechanical edits is time-consuming and challenging for even the most eagle-eyed editors. Manually making sure every detail conforms to a style manual can distract us from the most important work of substantive editing. Thankfully, there is a better way! Thousands of editors use PerfectIt to fix small details so they can focus on the work that matters.

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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. […]

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BAY AREA BOOK ARTISTS | Monthly Meeting

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.

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International Printing Museum | Letterpress Wayzgoose & Surplus Sale

August 15, 2020

SURPLUS SALE

For sale will be Vandercooks, C & P Platens, Windmills, Pocos, Kelseys, Wood Type, Metal Type, Cuts, Printing Supplies, Oak & Metal Type Cabinets, Pilot Presses, Paper Cutters, and lots more!

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio with Mary Mortimer at the Compound Gallery

August 13, 2020

Join us at lunchtime and take a Zoom tour of Mary Mortimer’s studio at the Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA.

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BAWIP | Virtual Happy Hour

August 12, 2020

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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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.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Flat-Back Case Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

August 3, 2020

This session covers the basics of a traditional sewn binding with boards covered in cloth. The demonstration may extend throughout the session. Participants are encouraged to observe instruction and follow along with the handout rather than attempting to complete the entire binding during the session. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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SFCB | Shelter in Studio tour with Mary Risala Laird of Quelquefois Press

July 30, 2020

Shelter in Studio

Virtual visits to actual studios as we all shelter in place.

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SFCB | Online Event: Social DistanZine with SFZF and SFCB

July 29, 2020

July is International Zine Month (link is external)and we’re teaming up with SF Zine Fest(link is external) — you’re invited to an online show and tell of zines! Social DistanZine is a great way to learn about new-to-you books, zines, and small press publications and see what others have in their personal libraries. Join SFZF organizers and SFCB staffer Jennie online for this zine-tastic evening. Attendees will receive a resource list of zines shared.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Japanese Stab Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 29, 2020

As opposed to the stiffness of western paper, traditional Japanese paper allows this side-stitched book to open readily. This session presents three sewing patterns, providing participants with the skills to explore dozens of additional patterns in the future. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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NEG | July Mentoring Online Chat

July 29, 2020

Let’s dine and chat about your burning mentoring questions. Mentoring chats are open to all editors. This is an informal gathering, via Zoom, where we talk about whatever issues members bring, so don’t be shy, we welcome any discussion starter.

I have a new possible conversation starter for us this time: What is something you didn’t do early in your editing career, or early in your freelancing, that you do now and makes your work and life better?

That’s just a starting point. Please bring your own ideas and questions and we’ll see where the conversation takes us!

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Coptic Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 27, 2020

In ancient Egypt, the Copts used this binding technique for hundreds of years. Notable for the chain links across the spine and sewn-on boards,the binding is very flexible and can open to 360º for display. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Stencilmania: Understanding Type Design as a Tool for Graphic Designers

July 27, 2020 to July 30, 2020

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

In this 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.

It can be solved manually or digitally.

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Marin MOCA | Marin MOCA 11th Annual Altered Book Exhibition & Fundraiser

July 25, 2020

The book becomes art at MarinMOCA’s 11th Annual Altered Book Exhibit and Fundraiser. Marin’s most unique art show features 150 original book art objects, crafted by artists who combine provocative messages with inventive technique.  Each year, MarinMOCA supporters buy the artworks using a silent bidding process which requires multiple visits to the museum.  This year, MarinMOCA is making it easier and safer for fans to buy the “book” they love. Each artwork will have a “Buy it now” price, enabling the customer to purchase and take the artwork home immediately. Also, up to 10 people at a time will be admitted to the gallery to promote social distancing.

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NEG | Editing Technology Meeting

July 25, 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.

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SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR THE BOOK | ArtSpan Artist Mixer

July 23, 2020

Join Community Partners ArtSpan(link is external) & San Francisco Center for the Book for a Happy Hour Artist Mixer!

The evolution, function and form of the book is chronicled from early clay tablets to the invention of the printing press to the modern smartphone that now fits in your pocket. Since 1996, The San Francisco Center for the Book has proved to be a tactile oasis in an increasingly digital city, dedicated to teaching and creating the art of the book, and instilling that book will continue to live on.

Learn about SFCB with a video screening of Joshua Moore’s “The Center of a Book”, then take a virtual tour of our summer 2020 exhibition “Poetry Is Not A Luxury” with SFCB’s Exhibition Manager Jennie Hinchcliff. We’ll wrap up the evening with an interactive bookmaking activity that you can participate in from home — all you’ll need is an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper!

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Long-Stitch Binding (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 22, 2020

The elegant long-stitch has been used for inventive artists’ books and beautiful journals, but don’t be fooled by the apparent complexity of this exposed-sewing binding. Participants receive one set of materials, and the instructor shares examples with an assortment of thread, buttons, covers, and closures to ensure that the long-stitch never gets old Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | The Chinese Type Archive

July 21, 2020

Synoptic Office will introduce their recently launched Chinese Type Archive, a volunteer-run, open data resource aiming to help designers looking to use Chinese typography in their work.

The archive uses a broad collections approach with the aim of capturing design history and fostering the dialogue, use, and evolution of Chinese typography in a globalized context. Because many historic Chinese typefaces were un-named or named after the printer, the archive includes conventional names and more importantly, stable identifiers to help designers differentiate and use them with more ease. The archive also includes links to resources in libraries and a growing database of evolving typographic concepts.

This presentation serves as both an introduction and an invitation to the global type community to participate in the dialog around Chinese type.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Accordion Variations: Session 2

July 20, 2020

This is the second of two sessions. Please register for each session if you are interested in taking both. These two sessions begin with a basic accordion structure and advance into concertina forms, including Hedi Kyle’s beloved flag book. Take one session or both—the second session also covers a paper slipcase to house the set of books. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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BAY AREA BOOK ARTISTS | Monthly Meeting

July 19, 2020

BABA members meet twice a month for Monthly Meetings and member-led Sunday Workshops.

Members share books, work in progress and information about book events and resources.

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HBC | Annual Exhibition

July 17, 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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PPN | PPN Virtual Meet-up

July 16, 2020

Let’s catch-up!

JULY PPN VIRTUAL MEETUP

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SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR THE BOOK | Shelter in Studio tour Arion Press w/ Blake Riley and Jeff Raymond

July 16, 2020

Join us at lunchtime and take a tour of the letterpress shop at Arion Press in San Francisc

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Accordion Variations: Session 1

July 15, 2020

This is the first of two sessions. Please register for each session if you are interested in taking both. These two sessions begin with a basic accordion structure and advance into concertina forms, including Hedi Kyle’s beloved flag book. Take one session or both—the second session also covers a paper slipcase to house the set of books. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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NEG | July Member Meeting: Editing and Translation

July 13, 2020

Texts translated from another language present a special challenge to editors. A poor translation can sound awkward – but what if the language is supposed to be strange? How much are editors “allowed” to fix a translation? What if you don’t know the source language? How can you edit a translation while respecting the original? This presentation will help you navigate these tricky questions. Professional translator Shelley Fairweather-Vega will share the inside story of how translation works and why, and provide you the insight you need to edit translations effectively and with confidence.

 

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Pamphlet Variations: Session 2

July 13, 2020

Online instruction via Zoom. Participants will receive a link and a materials kit prior to the workshop.

This is the second of two sessions. Please register for each session if you are interested in taking both. Begin with the basic pamphlet stitch and then explore six variations. Participate in one or both sessions—different options are covered in each. Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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BAWiP | Virtual Happy Hour via Zoom

July 8, 2020

BAWiP hosts happy hours the second Wednesday of every month.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Pamphlet Variations: Session 1 (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Arts Program at the University of Utah   Pamphlet Variations: Session 1 (Summer Workshop Series) Emily Tipps July 8 Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 pm MDT $35 per session, materials kit & shipping included Online instruction via Zoom. Participants will receive a link and a materials kit prior to the workshop. This is the first of two sessions. […]

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | John Scalzi, Sarah Gailey and Michael Zapata for Dark Carnival

July 8, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature John Scalzi, Sarah Gailey and Michael Zapata, reading and having a conversation.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Under Construction: Jurriaan Schrofer’s Letters

July 7, 2020

Jurriaan Schrofer (1926–1990) was one of the most prominent design practitioners, educators, and public advocates in the Netherlands after the Second World War. Schrofer’s career was most remarkable early on for his photography book designs, but beginning in the 1960s, his constructed lettering projects occupied an increasing part of his attention, study, and practice. Maurice Meilleur will survey a selection of Schrofer’s remarkable work, and use diagrams and animations alongside Schrofer’s own sketches and drawings to discuss a few examples of these lettering projects in greater detail. He’ll then place Schrofer’s projects in the larger context of constructed scripts, to suggest what we can learn from them about method, creativity, and meaning in design generally, and type and typography in particular.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | Single-Sheet Books (Summer Bookmaking Series)

July 1, 2020

Online instruction via Zoom. Participants will receive a link and a materials kit prior to the workshop.

Learn six simple forms, each folded from a single sheet of paper. Great for zines! Visit bookartsprogram.org for a complete list of required materials.

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Author Pet Show!

July 1, 2020

As usual, #WeLoveBookstores is doing another online fundraiser to save local SF Bay Area bookstores. This time around, we’re helping the treasured bookstore Comix Experience. But you know what else we need to keep us happy and sane during this scary time? PETS. So we’re having an ** Author Pet Show **.

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BCC | Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley

June 27, 2020

A live online presentation by Pat Hunter, artist, and Janice Stevens, author

Superbly illustrated with over 100 full-color original watercolor paintings, Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley is a loving tribute to the Valley created by two native daughters, award-winning artist Pat Hunter and acclaimed writer Janice Stevens. Hunter and Stevens take the reader on a personal tour of their home region, showing the charms of the Valley’s agricultural heritage, natural scenery, history and architecture.

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LITQUAKE ON LOCKDOWN | Wayétu Moore and The Dragons, the Giant, the Women

June 25, 2020

When Wayétu Moore turns five years old, her father and grandmother throw her a big birthday party at their home in Monrovia, Liberia, but all she can think about is how much she misses her mother, who is working and studying in faraway New York. Before she gets the reunion her father promised her, war breaks out in Liberia. The family is forced to flee their home on foot, walking and hiding for three weeks until they arrive in the village of Lai. Finally, a rebel soldier smuggles them across the border to Sierra Leone, reuniting the family and setting them off on yet another journey, this time to the United States.

Spanning this harrowing journey in Moore’s early childhood, her years adjusting to life in Texas as a black woman and an immigrant, and her eventual return to Liberia, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women is a deeply moving story of the search for home in the midst of upheaval. Moore has a novelist’s eye for suspense and emotional depth, and this unforgettable memoir is full of imaginative, lyrical flights and lush prose. In capturing both the hazy magic and stark realities of what is becoming an increasingly pervasive experience, Moore shines a light on the great political and personal forces that continue to affect many migrants around the world, and calls us all to acknowledge the tenacious power of love and family. Wayétu will be in conversation with author and professor Faith Adiele. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Streamed live at Crowdcast and Facebook Live!
Books are available from your favorite indie bookstores, or order from bookshop.org!

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Rebecca Skloot and Ed Yong for East Bay Booksellers

June 24, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature Rebecca Skloot and Ed Yong.

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BAY AREA EDITORS’ FORUM | Plain Talk: A Look at Plain Language Editing Practices

June 23, 2020

Plain Talk: A Look at Plain Language Editing Practices

All editors aim for clear communication. Those who work on government, business, legal, and medical documents addressed to the general public must master a particular skill: how to convey complex information clearly and succinctly to diverse populations, including readers with different levels of education, English-language proficiency, and physical and cognitive abilities. Some editors specialize in writing or revising public documents in plain language.

Please join us for an online meeting for BAEF members only.

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LITERARY ARTS | Oregon Book Awards Ceremony

June 22, 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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BABA | Monthly Meeting

June 21, 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.

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PPN | PPN Virtual Meet-up

June 18, 2020

We all need connections now more than ever, professional as well as personal. In that spirit, PPN invites you to a virtual meetup in place of our planned regional monthly meetups. In this way, we can stay connected with our fellow book publishing professionals, share news, and exchange ideas.

This meetup will be available via Zoom as a video or phone conference and is open to anyone in the book publishing community.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Creative Monograms

June 17, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive   Creative Monograms with Hope Meng Online Workshop Type West Public Workshop Wed, Jun 17, – Wed, Jul 8, 2020 6:30pm–9:30pm PDT   COVID-19 Update: This course will now be held online over four Wednesday evenings, starting June 17.   Louis Vuitton. General Electric. The Victoria & Albert Museum. Some of the most […]

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Armistead Maupin and Alia Volz for Rakestraw Books

June 17, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature Alia Volz and Armistead Maupin.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | The Springback Binding & Leather Basics: Online Workshop

June 16, 2020 to June 25, 2020

The Springback Binding & Leather Basics

With its enthusiastic opening, the nineteenth century springback binding is ideal for journals, guest books, sketch books, or any application where it is desirable that the book open flat (and then some). The book opens and closes with a satisfying jolt and features two-part split boards, reinforced endsheets, and a spring made of layers of card and paper. With its robust aesthetic, the springback is a great structure for beginning leather work. The paring requires minimal finesse, and the modest leather headcap is easy to form. Pre-requisite for the course is a basic bookbinding course or the Fast Forward: Bookbinding Basics workshop.

 

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NEG | Pivoting, Networking, and Building Your Business in the Time of COVID

June 15, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

 

This event is free and open to all.

Logged in members can find the Zoom information here. Otherwise, please RSVP to the host, Kris Ashley (kris@belvedereedit.com) or info@edsguild.org by 5pm on June 14 to receive login instructions.

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AIGA-SF | SF Design Week 2020 Intentional Distortions

June 15, 2020 to June 25, 2020

San Francisco Design Week will take place June 16th-25th, 2020 as the worlds first city and region to announce transitioning to an entirely Virtual Design Week. These are challenging times and designers in the Bay Area are rising to the challenge, after all this is the birthplace of the future.

With the challenges we all face due to the pandemic, this is an opportunity to come together to reimagine how we gather, interact, engage and celebrate design in a time of uncertainty. We invite the Bay Area Design and International Community together to offer digital programming, and content, virtual tours, installations and exhibits and experiences and webinars to respond to this new global reality and reimagine how design can solve problems society faces in this new reality.

Our theme Intentional Distortions, now more relevant than ever, invites you to participate by contributing content by rethinking our approach to design as a solution.

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LITQUAKE ON LOCKDOWN | Alka Joshi and The Henna Artist

June 11, 2020

Please join us for this vivid and compelling evening with Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist, the May selection for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Tune in at 6pm Pacific time and learn why Publishers Weekly calls this novel “eloquent and moving,” while Christian Science Monitor highlights its “vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose.”

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BAWIP | Virtual Happy Hour

June 10, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: BAWiP   Our happy hours are every second Wednesday of the month. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook to find out more about our group and our upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you! https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | John Scalzi and Sarah Gailey for Dark Carnival

June 10, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature John Scalzi and Sarah Gailey, reading and having a conversation.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Introduction to Modern Type Design (Mondays)

June 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive Introduction to Modern Type Design (Mondays) with Graham Bradley Online Workshop Type West Public Workshop Mon, Jun 8, – Mon, Aug 10, 2020 6:00pm–8:00pm PDT   This ten-week course meeting on Monday evenings is an introduction to the techniques and processes used in professional type design. Students will create their own original typefaces […]

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NEG | Virtual Coffee Hour

June 8, 2020

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join host Jesi Vega for a mastermind-style discussion on troubleshooting personal and professional editing challenges. Bring your examples of difficult situations that you’ve experienced, and be prepared to listen to others’ experiences and offer constructive feedback.

This event is free to attend and open to all.

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SISTERS IN CRIME NORCAL CHAPTER | Cara Black

June 6, 2020

Join us ONLINE Saturday June 6 when bestselling author Cara Black discusses her first ever standalone historical thriller THREE HOURS IN PARIS. She’ll talk about the challenges and joys she faced working on a standalone after writing 19 series books.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Lockdown Letterheads Tour of the Online Archive with Stephen Coles

June 6, 2020

Better Letters of London is hosting a free, experimental event that includes live demos, small panels, quizzes, and more with fellow sign painters, calligraphers, and lettering artists all over the world. As part of the event, the Archive’s Stephen Coles will present calligraphy, lettering, and sign painting gems in our Online Archive.

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Bill McKibben, Sy Montgomery, Jennifer Ackerman, Mary Ellen Hannibal for Books on B

June 5, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature Bill McKibben, Sy Montgomery, Jennifer Ackerman and Mary Ellen Hannibal.

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LITQUAKE ON LOCKDOWN | Daniel Mallory Ortberg and Something That May Shock and Discredit You

June 4, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of Texts From Jane Eyre and Merry Spinster, writer of Slate’s “Dear Prudence” column, and cofounder of The Toast comes this hilarious and stirring collection of essays and cultural observations spanning pop culture—from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure. In Daniel Mallory Ortberg’s most personal work to date, he offers vigorous and laugh-out-loud funny accounts of both popular and highbrow culture while mixing in meditations on gender transition, family dynamics, and the many meanings of faith. From a thoughtful analysis of the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV’s House Hunters, and featuring figures as varied as Anne of Green Gables, Columbo, Nora Ephron, Apollo, and the cast of Mean GirlsSomething That May Shock and Discredit You will make you see yourself and those around you entirely anew. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | R.O. Kwon, Rachel Khong and Cathy Park Hong for Point Reyes Books

June 3, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will feature Rachel Khong, R.O. Kwon and Cathy Park Hong in conversation with Evan Karp.

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LITQUAKE ON LOCKDOWN | Ode to Our 13-Year Old Selves

June 2, 2020

Prompted by a fireside moment at a writing conference, these poets with varying childhood experiences of race, gender, sexuality, migration, culture and religion, will share work that honors their 13-year-old selves — and the surprise, disbelief, pride, love, and even derision those 13-year-old selves might have for the grown and poetry folx they have become. Participants will each open their readings by addressing themselves as their younger selves might experience them now. An unforgettable evening of vulnerable intimacy, physical distancing, and social connection. With Hari Alluri, Nico Amador, Faisal Mohyuddin, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and Seema Reza. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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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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WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION | Virtual Mixer with WNBA-SF!

May 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

We miss you! Let’s get together and catch up on what you’re up to and share how everyone is doing while sheltering in place. Any great reads to recommends? Movies to watch? Books to binge? Yummy recipes to share? We would love to spend time with you and have some fun and good conversation.

Everyone will get time to share including any writing, new articles, books, virtual classes or awards. Please do share your news as we need all the good news we can get nowadays.

Zoom is super easy: you just click on the link we will send you once you rsvp and host Elise Marie Collins will invite you in to the Happy Hour.

All you will need is a smart phone, laptop or desktop with camera so you can join via both audio and video.

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Gennifer Choldenko, Avi And Aimee Lucido For Towne Center Books

May 29, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. Fridays will feature readings for kids, and we’re incredibly lucky and thrilled to feature Gennifer Choldenko, Avi, and Aimee Lucid to support the wonderful Towne Center Books.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Salon Series 21: Martin Venezky with Martin Venezky

May 28, 2020

It seems so simple. Place one thing. Then add another. Look at what happens, think about it, then consider adding one more. These steps are the foundation for almost everything he makes and everything he sees. Martin Venezky’s work is an accumulation of small relationships, created with patience over time. In this special online edition of our Salon Series, he will explain how this method developed, and how he has used it in all sorts of projects, in all sorts of media, from minute to monumental. And how, ultimately, the wildly unexpected results are a reflection of his own eccentricities.

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LITQUAKE ON LOCKDOWN | Sarah Ray and a Field Guide to Climate Anxiety

May 27, 2020

A youth movement is reenergizing global environmental activism. The “climate generation”—late millennials and iGen, or Generation Z—is demanding that policy makers and government leaders take immediate action to address the dire outcomes predicted by climate science. Those inheriting our planet’s environmental problems expect to encounter challenges, but they may not have the skills to grapple with the feelings of powerlessness and despair that may arise. Author and professor Sarah Jaquette Ray releases her new book A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety (UC Press), an “existential tool kit” for the climate generation. Combining insights from psychology, sociology, social movements, mindfulness, and the environmental humanities, Ray explains why and how we need to let go of eco-guilt, resist burnout, and cultivate resilience while advocating for climate justice. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | N.K. Jemisin And Rebecca Roanhorse For Borderlands Books

May 27, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. N.K. Jemisin is the author of The City We Became. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Best Novel Hugos in a row for her Broken Earth trilogy. Rebecca Roanhorse is a NYTimes bestselling and Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Astounding (Campbell) Award for Best New Writer.

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LITQUAKE ON LOCKDOWN | Nerd Novels — A Different Kind of Escape

May 26, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Litquake   As society grinds to a halt around us, many readers find themselves at home with time on their hands, yearning to think about something—anything—beyond the daily drama of the pandemic. In this conversation, authors Jean Hegland & Susan M. Gaines discuss “nerd novels,” those books whose characters, plots, and themes depend […]

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PPN | PPN Virtual Meetup

May 21, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: PPN   We all need connections now more than ever, professional as well as personal. In that spirit, PPN invites you to a virtual meetup in place of our planned regional monthly meetups. In this way, we can stay connected with our fellow book publishing professionals, share news, and exchange ideas. This meetup […]

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LITQUAKE ON LOCKDOWN | Ishmael Beah and Little Family

May 20, 2020

From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Sierra Leone child-soldier memoir, A LONG WAY HOME, comes this powerful new novel about young people living at the margins of society. LITTLE FAMILY portrays the lives of five youth who have improvised a household in an abandoned airplane, struggling to replace the homes they have lost with the one they have created together. Join us to celebrate release of this remarkable debut work of fiction from Ishmael Beah, whom Vanity Fair has called “arguably the most-read African writer in contemporary literature.” FREE, $5 suggested donation

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Jandy Nelson and Nina LaCour for A Great Good Place for Books

May 20, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. This event will be a discussion between Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

May 17, 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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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Kate Messner, Sarah Kuhn and Shannon Doleski for Hicklebees

May 15, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. Fridays will feature readings for kids, including this one with award-winning author, Kate Messner, Sarah Kuhn, and debut author, Shanon Doleski.

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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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SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR THE BOOK | Shelter in Studio with Chad Johnson

May 14, 2020

Virtual visits to actual studios as we all shelter in place.

While our online workshops and events are really helping us to connect with our community, we also miss chatting with everyone about projects and processes that keep our hands and minds engaged. To that end, we are excited to launch a new online series of studio visits with SFCB Staff and Instructors where we open up our studios and take part of our lunch break together. Grab a sandwich and stop on by. First stop: Chad’s bindery in El Cerrito.

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BAWIP | Virtual Happy Hour

May 13, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: BAWiP   BAWiP hosts happy hours the second Wednesday of every month at various locations around the Bay Area. Please RSVP below. https://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

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WE LOVE BOOKSTORES | Mary Roach and Emily Anthes for Moe’s Books

May 13, 2020

It’s a tough time for local bookstores, what with the social distancing and the sheltering in place. So we’re raising funds to help local Bay Area bookstores stay in business, with a series of fundraisers. On May 13, we’re thrilled to feature Mary Roach and Emily Anthes in conversation to support Moe’s Books.

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

May 4, 2020

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!), from 11am to noonish at the Lake Forest Park Branch of the King County Library, on the 1st Floor of Lake Forest Park Town Center.

This event is free and open to all editors.

If you have any questions about this event, please email info@edsguild.org to be put in touch with the host.

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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | The Iron Handpress & Finer Points of Impression

April 25, 2020

We’ll investigate theory through practice as we enact the legacy of lockups with metal type on the Columbian handpress and found objects (collagraphs) on Vandercook cylinder presses. Mixing ink with traditional and experimental techniques, the group will produce a pamphlet that offers some post-millennial perspective on the power of the platen and the playful potential of the cylinder press. Bring an apron and a willingness to work and play hard! All levels are welcome.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

April 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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NEG | Editing Technology Meeting

April 11, 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.

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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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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

April 6, 2020

Note as of 3/15/2020: Due to library closure, this meeting will be held online via Zoom. 

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!), from 11am to noonish. The usual meeting location is the Lake Forest Park Branch of the King County Library, on the 1st Floor of Lake Forest Park Town Center, but this month it will be held online.

This event is free and open to all editors.

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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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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | A Brief Typographic Trip Around the World

March 19, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Letterform Archive is honored to participate in Between Heritage and Modernity, a series of seminars dedicated to Arabic type design and typography, curated by Dr. Nadine Chahine.

The theme of the series revolves around concepts of modernity in Arabic type design, the heritage of Arabic letterforms in the context of current technologies, contemporary Arabic branding design, and the history of Arab graphic design. The series brings together renowned designers working with Arabic type, both from the U.S. and the Middle East.

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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

Please note: Due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community, this panel will now be hosted as a webinar.

For updates when the webinar link becomes available and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

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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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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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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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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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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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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AIGA-SF | Design + Product Management: Understanding Product Strategy

February 26, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA-SF

As designers we are constantly thinking about the experience—but what about other overlapping skills that help to ship a product? We hear a lot about designers needing to know how to code, but do they also need to understand product strategy? Join us as we hear from a panel of Product Designers and Product Managers talk about the overlap between design, product, and business.

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EFA | EFA Meeting in Roseville

February 22, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Editorial Freelancers Association

Ever been to the historic district of Roseville? It has exactly the kinds of cozy cafés, restaurants, and antique stores you’d expect, so let’s try it out. If you’re an editor who lives in the hinterlands of Placer County, here’s a chance to meet other editors without trundling down to Sacramento. Great networking opportunity. Bring your business cards. The gathering is free, but we encourage you to support our hosts by purchasing a beverage or snack.

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ABM | Bound for Beauty: Highlights of the Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers’ Bindings

February 22, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum proudly presents the Bound for Beauty Collector’s Tour. Collector Kathleen V. Roberts, will lead two 60-minute tours of the Bound for Beauty Exhibit, featuring Decorated Publishers’ Bindings from 1840-1920. The Collectors Tours are Saturday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, April 4th at 1pm.

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EFA | Saturday Tour: I Street Press with EFA

February 22, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Editorial Freelancers Association

We will see the inner workings of I Street Press in the Central (downtown) branch of the Sacramento Public Library. Meet at Room 409. Librarian Gerry Ward will lead us in a tour of the library’s self-publishing services, including the Espresso Book Machine.

Tour is limited to 12 people, so RSVP early!

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NEG | PDX MEETUP: COFFEE & COPYEDITING

February 21, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

New to copyediting? Or looking to brush up on your skills for 2020? Let’s get together with our fellow editors to chat over coffee and collaborate on exercises from The Copyeditor’s Workbook. Feel free to bring your own copy. Printouts of exercises will also be provided.

Open to all.

Free to attend; food and drink available for purchase.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

February 20, 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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PUBWEST | PubWest 2020 Conference

February 20, 2020 to February 22, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: PubWest

The PubWest 2020 Conference will be held February 20–22, 2020, at the Hilton Portland Downtown, in Portland, Oregon. Our theme for the conference is “Publishing in the Clouds: Practical Solutions for Big Ideas.”

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February 18, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Graphic designers spend their days making a living by solving problems and dealing with clients. Preserving their work for posterity is the last thing on their minds. Drawing on the collections of Letterform Archive — an institution focused entirely on graphic design, lettering, and typography — this talk will explore the delights of process material in teaching students and inspiring designers. It will also explore the challenges of collecting and caring for it, and recommend best practices for today’s designers to preserve their work, including its process.

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SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE

February 13, 2020 to February 16, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Writers Conference

The 2020 San Francisco Writers Conference takes place over Presidents Day Weekend—Feb. 13-16, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The hotel is across from the Ferry Building and next to the Embarcadero BART station! Plan to join us at our 17th Celebration of Craft, Commerce & Community 

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BAWiP | Happy Hour: Rockridge Improvement Club

February 12, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing on February 12th from 6–8 pm at Rockridge Improvement Club, located just down the street from Rockridge Bart, at 5515 College Avenue in Oakland. Hang out with some awesome women for networking and camaraderie. And as always, all women in the publishing industry are welcome, so please feel free to bring a colleague!

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

February 12, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45 pm at The Olde Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria in Mount Vernon (100 E Montgomery St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273).

This event is free to attend and open to all editors, but please RSVP. Food and drink are available for purchase.

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PPN ANNUAL BOARD RETREAT

February 12, 2020

The PPN board gathers once a year for an all-day discussion and planning session to determine the focus for the organization for the year ahead. If you are interested in becoming a board member or learning more about volunteering with PPN, please contact us at operations@pubpronetwork.org.

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AIGA-SF | Design//Work: Going Freelance?

February 11, 2020

Hosted/Organized by AIGA-SF

Thinking of taking the plunge and going freelance? Maybe you want to leave a bad working environment, been laid off or just want more time off. Wondering what major changes you’ll undergo? Join us for a panel discussion.

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BAIPA | School of Podcasting

February 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

Starting a Podcast: The Who, What, Why, When, and How to Start a Podcast: This presentation starts with “What is a podcast?” and fills in all the blanks for those looking to understand podcasting. We will address the most asked questions and concerns.

Building Your Influence Through Podcasting: In this session, Dave A. Jackson, owner of the School of Podcasting, will show you real examples of podcasters who are growing their influence with podcasting. You will learn the riches are in the niches and how others have harnessed the law of reciprocity into business relationships.

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ABAA | California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 7, 2020 to February 9, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association America

Welcome to the 53rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena California! In 2020, we are excited to feature Women’s Suffrage in the United States with special exhibits and panels. We’re also hosting a celebration of the science fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury and continuing our support for the California Young Book Collector’s Prize. We look forward to seeing you at our three-day event, which is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world.

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NEG | West Seattle Coffee Hour

February 6, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Join us for an informal get-together for editors in, near, or willing to travel to West Seattle.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Introduction to Modern Type Design

February 5, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

This course 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.

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NAU | Art of the Book: “May You Live in Interesting Times”

February 4, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northern Arizona University

The Northern Arizona University Art Museum announces a juried exhibition to be mounted in Spring of 2020. Open from February 4 until April 18, the exhibition, titled “May You Live in Interesting Times,” will present new works conceived within the conceptual category of the Book as Art, including Altered Books.

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

February 3, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

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!), from 11am to noonish at the Lake Forest Park Branch of the King County Library, on the 1st Floor of Lake Forest Park Town Center. This event is free and open to all editors.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Power in Design: In Theory and Practice

February 1, 2020 to February 2, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

What is the nature of power, and in how many forms does it manifest itself? Who is able to wield power and how can it be utilised effectively? This workshop draws on the the theories of international relations and power politics in order to draw linkages with the world of design and visual communication. It aims to connect campaign design to the larger context of politics and international relations.

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San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair

January 31, 2020 to February 1, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair

Books rare & collectible, photography, ephemera, maps, art books & beyond.

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EDITCETERA | Developmental Editing (Workshop in San Francisco)

January 30, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Editcetera

This introductory workshop will help you understand the nature and scope of developmental editing and give you an opportunity to practice on a nonfiction manuscript sample.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Politics of Arabic Type Design

January 29, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Power. Politics. Identity. Typefaces embody the unspoken messages in our words, which is why it’s more important than ever that there is plurality for the voices of the Arabic culture.

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BCC | Print-Your-Own-Broadside Party

January 27, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

Letterpress print your own broadside on the Book Club’s Columbian hand press with Li Jiang, Lemoncheese Press

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PPN | Mini-Conference and 48th Annual Book Show

January 24, 2020

Join us at this year’s extravaganza in celebration of PPN’s 50th anniversary! You can gather with colleagues for your choice of seminars in the afternoon, and then spend an evening at the book show networking over some of the best book designs to be published on the West Coast and beyond. Event Schedule and Costs […]

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EDITCETERA | Developmental Editing (Workshop in San Francisco)

January 23, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Editcetera

This introductory workshop will help you understand the nature and scope of developmental editing and give you an opportunity to practice on a nonfiction manuscript sample.

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NEG | Seattle Mentor Happy Hour

January 22, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Join us in this casual setting for fellow editors to get to know each other and share tips and resources. It is a great opportunity to learn about the Guild’s mentor program, for those who are new, or for those who have already participated to share their experiences.

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ABM | Bound for Beauty Reception

January 18, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: American Bookbinders Museum

Please join us for a reception in celebration of ABM’s new exhibition, Bound for Beauty: Highlights of the Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers Bindings.

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NEG | Editing Technology Meeting

January 18, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

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.

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

January 18, 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. The lecture is Saturday, Jan 18th at 2pm, followed by the Exhibit Opening Reception.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Create a Professional Literary Resume

January 18, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics’ Institute

Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion? Whether you have a long list of publication credits or just a few, you need a literary resume that both adheres to professional standards and encourages panelists, editors, and reviewers to learn more about your work.

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IPM | Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Celebration

January 18, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: International Printing Museum

Join the good Doctor’s 314th Birthday Party where he will host a family version of his life and inventions.

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BABA | Monthly Meeting

January 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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NEG | Seattle-area Member Meeting

January 13, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Speaker and event details TBA. As always, member meetings are free and open to the public. A social half hour begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting officially begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

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BAIPA | Simple Video Marketing to Sell More Books

January 11, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

Marketing is marketing. In most cases, it’s a process of getting attention and inspiring prospects to become customers. It’s about identifying a problem and offering a solution. For authors, though, it’s a bit different. It is often about connection, community, conversation and then conversion into book sales. In this new age of video, it’s more and more important for authors to embrace video as a marketing strategy. It can be simply done, intimate and effective with just a little attention, planning, and polish.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | A Legal Guide to Book Publishing

January 11, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics’ Institute

The Legal Guide to Book Publishing class covers the primary legal and business issues in modern book publishing. Learn what you need to know about mainstream, self-publishing, and e-book publishing — including current and emerging trends. Valuable negotiating tips for effective contracts with each party in the book publishing chain will be discussed.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | A Crash Course in Type Selection

January 11, 2020 to January 12, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Spend a weekend learning how to pick the right typeface, while navigating the latest font formats, suppliers, and licensing options with confidence.

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BAWiP | Happy Hour at 21st Amendment

January 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our first happy hour of 2020 on January 8th, 2020 from 6–8 pm at 21st Amendment Brewery located at 563 2nd Street in San Francisco. Meet some truly 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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BCC | Glen Dawson: Mountaineer and Bookman

January 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An Illustrated talk by Elizabeth Pomeroy, author.

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PPN MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

January 8, 2020

The PPN board meets the first Wednesday of the month in person whenever possible at a San Francisco-area publishing office. If you are interested in becoming a board member or learning more about volunteering with PPN, please contact us at operations@pubpronetwork.org.

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

January 8, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm at The Olde Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria in Mount Vernon (100 E Montgomery St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273).

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

January 6, 2020

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

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!), from 11am to noonish at the Lake Forest Park Branch of the King County Library, on the 1st Floor of Lake Forest Park Town Center. This event is free and open to all editors.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Writers Lunch: End-of-Year Party and Book Bazaar

December 20, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics’ Institute

Join the MI writing community for an end of year celebration to honor our writing achievements and MI members who have recently published books. Buy books for the local literature lover in your life and enjoy the last Writers Lunch of the year. Look forward to meeting other writers and hearing about their publication journeys. Bring your lunch!

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BCC | Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California: A Fair View of Progress

December 16, 2019

Hosted/organized by: Book Club of California

An illustrated talk by Laura A. Ackley, author of the award-winning book San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6PM

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IPM | Dickens Holiday Celebration

December 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: International Printing Museum

December 14th, 2019, will be the Printing Museum’s ever popular annual event, our Dickens Holiday Celebration. From 10 am to 4 pm guests will have the opportunity to experience Victorian England as never before. Visitors must reserve tickets for a specific performance time (11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm) as we have limited seating in our theater.

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SFCB | Art Book Show & Tell

December 13, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

Details to come!

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BCC | Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California

December 11, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An illustrated talk by Laura A. Ackley, author of the award-winning book San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

December 11, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm at The Olde Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria in Mount Vernon (100 E Montgomery St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273).

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BAEF | Talking about Tech

December 9, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Editors’ Forum

With the ever-increasing pervasiveness of technology in the publishing industry, keeping up with new hardware and software is crucial to staying competitive. In this group discussion, we will address writing and editing tools and more.

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BCC | Discovering a Vast Collection of Antique Type from the 1860s

December 9, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

A co-presentation by the American Printing History Association Northern California, this illustrated talk, “The Adventures of the Mark Twain Museum and the Territorial Enterprise Newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada: Discovering a Vast Collection of Antique Type from the 1860s” will be led by Steve Robison, printer, Tahoe Letterpress, and Katherine Case, owner of Meridian Press.

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Sisters in Crime NorCal Holiday Party

December 7, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Sisters in Crime and NorCal Mystery Writers of America

It’s the most wonderful time of the year because Sisters in Crime is throwing a holiday party with our friends at Mystery Writers of America NorCal. Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America NorCal are providing scrumptious food and beverages, but they welcome your delicious dishes. Bring guests and join them for an afternoon of good cheer.

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GRABHORN INSTITUTE/ARION PRESS | Holiday Open House

December 7, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Grabhorn Institute/Arion Press

Drop by the pressroom, gallery, and typefoundry on Saturday, December 7th between noon and 5pm for our annual free holiday open house. We will celebrate the 99th birthday of one of our typecasting machines; share stories about the history of printing in San Francisco; demonstrate our historic tools and machinery and spread good cheer. The Arion storefront and M&H Type will be open for last-minute holiday purchases for the letterpress-lovers in your life.

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NEG | West Seattle Coffee Hour

December 5, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Join us for an informal get-together for editors in, near, or willing to travel to West Seattle.

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PPN MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

December 4, 2019

The PPN board meets the first Wednesday of the month in person whenever possible at a San Francisco-area publishing office. If you are interested in becoming a board member or learning more about volunteering with PPN, please contact us at operations@pubpronetwork.org.

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NEG | Science and Engineering Tech Comm Happy Hour

December 4, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Group

Meet Science and Engineering Technical Editors! No cost to attend, food and drink available for purchase. Open to in-house and freelance editors for science and engineering OR just anyone interested in breaking into it.

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AIGA SF | Salesforce UX Mentorship Night: Winter Edition

December 3, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

Meet the design team of Salesforce UX—they’re hiring! You’ll get a chance to hear from our special guests, network with designers from all over, receive career guidance and have your portfolio reviewed by someone from the design or recruiting team. Dinner will be served.

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BCC | Exhibition Opening: A Shimmer of Joy: Children’s Picture Books in America

December 2, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

Remarks by Chris Loker, author. Details to come.

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

December 2, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

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!), from 11am to noonish at the Lake Forest Park Branch of the King County Library, on the 1st Floor of Lake Forest Park Town Center. This event is free and open to all editors.

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SJPL | LocalLit 2019

December 1, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: San Jose Public Library

San Jose’s King Library hosts their seventh annual LocalLit event, with authors and panels and book sales for your holiday giving needs. Details to come, but put this one on your calendar!

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AIGA-SF | UX Year in Review

November 27, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA-SF

Join us for an exciting evening with three UX designers presenting key learnings and insights from projects they’ve worked on in 2019 followed by a round of Q&A. Please check back as we finalize our additional speakers!

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SFCB | Typewriter Jam Holiday Edition

November 22, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

Details to come!

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NEG | PDX Happy Hour

November 21, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

It’s our regular monthly meetup. Let’s chat, have a drink, talk about the 2019 Portland Book Festival, and enjoy time with our fellow editors.

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NEG | SEATTLE MENTOR HAPPY HOUR

November 20, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Seattle Mentor Happy Hours are an in-person extension of the Guild’s mentor program, but are open to everyone, whether a part of the mentor program or not. They are a fun way to meet other editors, share ideas, and welcome new members to the Guild. This month, we will be discussing self-publishing, as a follow-up to the Nov. 11 member meeting, in which Beth Jusino will discuss the various publishing options and how to navigate them. If you have questions about self-publishing or have knowledge/experience to share, please join us!

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NEG | Portland Editors Book Club

November 20, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Portland’s fall meeting to discuss the book An Editor’s Guide to Working with Authors by Barbara Sjoholm. All are welcome, and event is free to attend; food and drinks available for purchase.

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AIGA SF | WILD + Visa: Developing Your Leadership Style

November 19, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

Join us for an intimate, roundtable discussion—think a round-robin format, or “World Café” style— with women in design leadership roles to chat about what it’s like to be a woman in design, a mother in leadership, discuss different leadership styles, and all the challenges that may come as you work your way up to the ‘top’.

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BCC | The Artist and the Printer: The Book Club of California’s Quarterly and Two Lifetimes of Image Making

November 18, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

A discussion with Michael Schwab, graphic artist, and Richard Seibert, letterpress printer.

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NEG | NEG BOARD RECRUITMENT HAPPY HOUR

November 18, 2019

Hosted/Organized by Northwest Editors Guild

The Guild is sponsoring a happy hour for persons interested in serving on the board or volunteering. Snacks will be provided; drinks available for purchase. All interested Guild members are welcome to attend! RSVP appreciated but not required.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Salon: The Wood Type Prints of Jack Stauffacher

November 14, 2019

Hosted/sponsored by Letterform Archive

To celebrate our third book, Only on Saturday: The Wood Type Prints of Jack Stauffacher, Letterform Archive presents an evening review of the beloved printer’s works in the collection. For this expertly written and handsomely designed book, Publisher and Curator Rob Saunders presents a sneak peek at many of these never-before-seen pieces and shares what makes them so remarkable.
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PPN BIMONTHLY MEETUP | November 2019

November 14, 2019

Let’s Catch Up!

Come join us for the November PPN Bimonthly Meetup! Look for the PPN sign at one of the patio picnic tables and you’re there.

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BAWiP | Happy Hour: Cornerstone Berkeley

November 13, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our next happy hour. We will be meeting on November 13th at Cornerstone Berkeley from 6pm to 8pm.

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BCC | Pasadena Printmaker Frances Gearhart Celebrates California

November 13, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

As a Pasadena artist, Frances Gearhart (1869-1959) was embedded in the time, place and ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement. Her color block prints of the California landscape personifies a handcrafted aesthetic. An exhibition of Gearhart’s work and a talk by Susan Futterman, author.

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NEG | Far North Editors Meeting

November 13, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northeast Editors Guild

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm at The Olde Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria in Mount Vernon (100 E Montgomery St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273).

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CBAA | “May You Live in Interesting Times” A Book as Art Juried Exhibition

November 12, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: College Book Art Association

The Northern Arizona University Art Museum announces a juried exhibition to be mounted in Spring of 2020. Open from February 4 until April 4, the exhibition, titled “May You Live in Interesting Times,” will present new works conceived within the conceptual category of the Book as Art, including Altered Books. The Museum invites submissions on significant themes derived from the issues we face here and around the world, including, but not limited to, environmental challenges, politics, immigration, race, and nationalism.

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NEG | Seattle Area Member Meeting: When Your Client Wants Their Book Published

November 11, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

More and more, editors who work independently with writers are expected to help them prepare them for the next steps. This evening’s meeting will take a quick, unbiased, and unvarnished look at a modern writer’s publishing options, including “Big 5” traditional publishers, independent small and academic presses, self-publishing options (with or without the support of service companies), and “hybrid” and other emerging models.

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AIGA SF | Type Builds Character: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting

November 11, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

This workshop will challenge you to build your skills on both the macro- and micro-typographic level. You will learn how to wrangle your favorite typefaces into the most beautiful, interesting, and readable layouts.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Special Event: Book Sale

November 10, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Take a bit of the Archive home with you this Sunday at our inaugural book sale! We’ll pack the room with rare and affordable duplicates from the collection.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | The Hierarchy of Typography: How to Get Them to Read What You Are Designing

November 9, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

A hands-on workshop with two award-winning graphic designers who will reveal their type secrets and help you create engaging work.

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LITERARY ARTS | Portland Book Festival

November 9, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Literary Arts

On Saturday, November 9, 2019 the Portland Book Festival offers something for readers (and future readers) of all ages!

This year’s Festival will include 100+ authors90+ vendors9 stages14 writing workshops, dozens of pop-up events throughout the Portland Art Museum, delicious food trucks, and on-site bookstores and author signings.

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LITERARY ARTS | Lit Crawl Portland

November 8, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Literary Arts

Join us at the fourth annual Lit Crawl® Portland, a madcap literary adventure that marks the official kick-off for #PDXBookFest!

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BCC | Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West

November 7, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An illustrated talk by Dennis Kruska, author of Bibliography of Yosemite, the Central and the Southern High Sierra, and the Big Trees, 1839-1900(1992) and James Mason Hutchings of Yosemite: a Biography and Bibliography, 2009.

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PPN MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

November 6, 2019

The PPN board meets the first Wednesday of the month in person whenever possible at a San Francisco-area publishing office. If you are interested in becoming a board member or learning more about volunteering with PPN, please contact us at operations@pubpronetwork.org.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Notes on Icons and Design with Susan Kare

November 5, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

This talk will include illustrations and stories about solving various design problems for clients over the years, from Apple to Pinterest. Although the projects are specific, and often feature icons and symbols, the thought processes and methods are applicable in many situations.

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BCC | Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West

November 4, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An illustrated talk by Dennis Kruska, author of Bibliography of Yosemite, the Central and the Southern High Sierra, and the Big Trees, 1839-1900 (1992) and James Mason Hutchings of Yosemite: a Biography and Bibliography, 2009.

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NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

November 4, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northeast Editors Guild

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!), from 11am to noonish at the Lake Forest Park Branch of the King County Library, on the 1st Floor of Lake Forest Park Town Center.

This event is free and open to all editors.

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NEG | Editors Book Club (North Seattle)

November 3, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

The book chosen for this session is An Editor’s Guide to Working with Authors by Barbara Sjoholm.

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BABA | Pop-up Books

November 3, 2019
Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Book Artists
Learn to make Pop-up Books using recycled books. You’ll combine 2-4 books to create a new pop-up book.
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NEG | Editors Book Club (South/West Seattle)

November 2, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

A casual get-together to discuss An Editor’s Guide to Working with Authors by Barbara Sjoholm.

Open to all, no cost to attend, food and drink available for purchase.

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NEG | West Seattle Coffee Hour

October 31, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Join us for an informal get-together for editors in, near, or willing to travel to West Seattle.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

October 30, 2019
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NEG | Capitol Hill Coffee Hour

October 29, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Please join hosts Dana Armstrong & Roberta Klarreich and other editors for conversation at Seattle’s Victrola Coffee on 15th Avenue East (please note the address–Victrola has two locations in Capitol Hill). Order a beverage or pastry and then join us in the back room.

Our topic: Commenting with Confidence. Let’s talk about how to craft the most effective comments for our writers.

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AIGA SF | LinkedIn: How to Build Your Online Presence as a Designer Using LinkedIn & More

October 28, 2019

Hosted/organized by: AIGA SF

Are you currently looking for a new job or want to improve your online brand presence? If so, come learn more about how LinkedIn can help improve your personal career goals! This presentation will teach you about the different products within LinkedIn and how to make the most out of your career search.

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BCC | The Bookseller as Amenity

October 28, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

A talk by Natalia Kresich, writer and owner of 34 Trinity Arts & News, and Rick Wilkinson, owner of G.F. Wilkinson Books.

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NEG | Editing Technology Happy Hour

October 26, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

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.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | It’s Time to Throw the Bauhaus Under the Bus

October 26, 2019 to October 27, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

After more than 100 years of living with the immense pedagogical impact of the Bauhaus we believe it’s time to question and investigate this important, but now dated framework that has largely defined design and design education. As the first art and design school to directly tie the classroom experience to a professional orientation (read workshop), it is high time for a rethinking and remaking of the academic design studio into a 21st-century model.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Morla: Design Book Party

October 23, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

To commemorate the publication of Letterform Archive’s second book, Morla : Design, please join us for an evening of design banter between two of the profession’s luminaries: Sean Adams and the book’s author and designer, Jennifer Morla.

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PRINTING UNITED

October 23, 2019 to October 25, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: PRINTING United

PRINTING United is a brand-new trade show built on the strong foundation of the SGIA Expo. This newly relaunched event will continue to provide access to the latest solutions for apparel, graphics/wide-format and functional printing applications, while also extending into the commercial, packaging, and in-plant printing segments.

PRINTING United is a strategic response to market forces that are necessitating out of the need for a single industry exhibition that provides “one-roof” access to all printing technologies, as well as a wealth of educational and networking opportunities.

PRINTING United will provide a window to view the future of the printing industry.

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BAY AREA BOOK ARTISTS | Book Arts Jam 2019

October 20, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Book Artists

The Book Arts Jam is a one-day celebration of the book, print & paper arts, held in Redwood City, California, midway between San Francisco and San Jose.

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LITQUAKE | Lit Crawl San Francisco 2019

October 19, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Litquake

One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco’s Lit Crawl is a massive, one-night literary pub crawl throughout the city’s Mission District.

Lit Crawl SF brings together 500+ authors and close to 10,000 fans for the world’s largest free pop-up literary event. Started in 2004, Lit Crawl cultivates a unique, resonant brand: smart and silly, worldly and wacky events presented in venues usual (bars, cafes, galleries, and bookstores) and unusual (police stations, tattoo parlors, barbershops, and laundromats).

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VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL | Las Vegas Book Festival

October 19, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Vegas Valley Book Festival

The Vegas Valley Book Festival, now in its sixteenth year, is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word. The festival has networked together a community-wide consortium of cultural organizations and sponsors to offer “a one-stop shopping experience for literature” through a wide range of programs built around sharing resources, developing audiences, advancing the craft of writing, and sharing the joys of reading.

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INTERNATIONAL PRINTING MUSEUM | Los Angeles Printers Fair

October 19, 2019 to October 20, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: The International Printing Museum

The Los Angeles Printers Fair at The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA celebrates a decade of bringing the best of letterpress, book arts, and the paper arts to the LA area. With the backdrop of the world’s largest collection of working antique presses, the LA Printers Fair annually brings together 80 artistic vendors and 1,700 visitors to experience the creative worlds of handmade books and beautiful printing.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Writers Lunch: Legal Issues for Writers

October 18, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics’ Institute

Join us for a conversation with literary attorney Robert Pimm and author Rick Homan on legal issues commonly faced by writers including how best to collaborate with coauthors and illustrators, how to relate to publishers and literary agents, contract basics, and much more!

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WILD + Design | Day of Empowerment

October 18, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: WILD + Design (AIGA SF)

Join an intimate group of women and non-binary design leaders from a variety of backgrounds for a day of inspiration and connection. Throughout our time together, we’ll share our dreams and push the boundaries of what it means to be a leader in design as we collectively shape our future.

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EFA | Writing Back Cover Copy That Sells the Book

October 17, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Editorial Freelancers Association

Back cover copy is a critical marketing tool. This presentation will teach you some tricks of the trade so that you’re better equipped to advise your clients on what to include in their descriptions—or better yet, to write the descriptions yourself when your clients are wise enough to hire someone to do it for them.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Live at the Archive: The Itinerant Printer

October 17, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Join us for an evening with Chris Fritton, aka The Itinerant Printer, as he tell stories and shares work from his epic cross-country journey in printmaking.

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

October 16, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

An illustrated talk by Heghnar Watenpaugh, Ph.D., author and professor of art history at the University of California, Davis .

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EFA | Diversity Initiative Meeting

October 16, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Editorial Freelancers Association

The Diversity Initiative’s next general meeting will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.-9:15 p.m. EDT.

All EFA members who honor our mission statement and agree to our statement of nondiscrimination are welcome to attend.

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CWC | California Writers Week Reading

October 15, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: California Writers Club – SF Peninsula

As part of California Writers Week, the San Mateo Public Library is hosting an all-local CWC author event on Tuesday, October 15th, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

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AIGA SF | Salesforce UX Mentorship Night: Fall Edition

October 15, 2019

Sponsored/Organized by: AIGA SF

Meet the design team of Salesforce UX—they’re hiring! You’ll get a chance to hear from our special guests, network with designers from all over, receive career guidance and have your portfolio reviewed by someone from the design or recruiting team. Dinner will be served.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Designs on Democracy: The Roles and Responsibilities of Graphic Designers in the Trump Era

October 15, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

As graphic designers and media makers, how can we best develop strategic visual communication to win campaigns and stay accountable to the leadership of community organizers? How does our work fit into the grander strategy of change? Join Sabiha Basrai for a presentation on campaign graphics from Design Action Collective’s body of work followed by a Q&A about the Collective’s collaborative design process.

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BCC | 2019 Litquake Literary Festival at the Book Club of California

October 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

A talk by Gordon H. Chang, professor of history at Stanford University.

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CWC | CALIFORNIA WRITERS WEEK

October 14, 2019 to October 18, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: California Writers Club

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PPN BOOK SHOW | Winners Notified

October 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: PPN

Please email us at operations@pubpronetwork.org to learn more.

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BAIPA | Branding for Authors

October 12, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

The Branding For Authors workshop is for self-published or traditionally published authors preparing to launch their books into the world.

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WORDSMITH PRODUCTIONS | The 2019 High Desert Book Festival

October 12, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Wordsmith Productions

Wordsmith Productions, created The High Desert Book Festival in 2016 as a way to add to the cultural and literary awareness of the Mojave High Desert Community. We are proud, in this our fourth year, to be co-sponsored by Hesperia Recreation and Park District… and The City of Hesperia.

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TYPE WEST | Floating Downscreen: An Intro to Lettering on the iPad

October 12, 2019 to October 13, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Type West

In this two-day intensive workshop, students will learn how Procreate can be used for sketching, refinement, and delivering a final piece — all on the iPad. This course will cover helpful sketching techniques, core principles of lettering and spacing, and killer tips to make the most of these new tools.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Live at the Archive: The Visual Literature of Warren Lehrer

October 11, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Warren Lehrer’s work is some of the most popular in the Archive’s visual language collection. For this special visit to San Francisco Lehrer will survey his journey as a writer, designer, performer, and practitioner of visual literature, including several collaborations with investigative journalist and author Dennis J Bernstein, host of KPFA’s Flashpoints.

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LITQUAKE | Litquake San Francisco’s Literary Festival

October 10, 2019 to October 19, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Litquake

One of the West Coast’s most beloved annual literary festivals, this smart, eclectic, 80% free ten-day gathering draws booklovers of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy words and ideas, straight from the artists’ mouths. Now with 165 venues in its 20th year, the festival’s uniquely portable format provides even greater access to literature.

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BAWiP | Happy Hour at Arthur Mac’s

October 9, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing on October 9th from 6–8 pm at Arthur Mac’s, located kitty corner to MacArthur Bart at 4006 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland. Arthurs Macs is always happy to host us and has once again reserved us a space on their beautiful, warm, and weather-proof patio (so we are covered if Winter comes early). So there is no excuse—come hang out with some awesome women for networking and camaraderie. And as always, all women in the publishing industry are welcome, so please feel free to bring a colleague!

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PPN BOOK SHOW | Judging

October 9, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: PPN

The book show judging will take place at Chronicle Books and will take between 6 and 8 hours, depending on the number of entries. Judges are assigned to categories and are responsible for scoring each entry within those categories. Judges are asked to recuse themselves from any project that they worked on or that their company submitted.

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ORANGE COAST COLLEGE | Orange County 2019 Children’s Book Festival

October 6, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Orange Coast College

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is in its 15th year! There were over 125 authors, more than 25 illustrators, dozens of storytellers and great family-oriented entertainers last year.

The Festival features over 135 exhibitors, featuring booksellers, education providers, literacy organizations and related vendors. More than 33,000 people attend the Festival each year.

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SEATTLE URBAN BOOK EXPO

October 5, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest African American Museum

The 4th annual Seattle Urban Book Expo (S.U.B.E) provides a platform for authors to showcase their literary work and connect them with readers in their community.

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SISTERS IN CRIME | Essential Workshop on Writers’ Finances

October 5, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Sisters in Crime Northern California Chapter

Join authors Sophie Littlefield and Rachael Herron for an essential workshop on writers’ finances. They will help you clear out the clutter and make a plan for prudent financial management going forward—into 2020! You won’t want to miss their nitty-gritty and witty presentation.

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BOOK ARTS PROGRAM | Making the Rounds, Daredevil Style with Jessica Spring

October 4, 2019 to October 5, 2019

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

Join type aficionado and daredevil printer Jessica Spring for two fantastical days of play at the press!

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PPN BOOK SHOW | Entry Deadline

October 3, 2019

Enter your best books, covers, and jackets published from September 2018 through September 2019 in our highly acclaimed book show competition. The entry process has been simplified, and all entries will be showcased at our annual book show to be held at Chronicle Books in San Francisco in January 2020.

All entries must be received no later than October 3, 2019.

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BAWiP | Networking for People Who Hate Networking

October 2, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

At our next BAWiP event, we are lucky to have Devora share her wisdom around “Networking for People Who Hate Networking.” At this dynamic event, Devora will smash to tiny fragments the “dusty old rules” of standard networking advice. She will show how the very traits that make many people hate networking can be harnessed to forge an approach more effective and user-friendly than traditional techniques. Participants will learn customized methods of networking to fit their unique personalities.

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PPN EVENT | Tariffs & Publishing: A Roundtable Discussion

October 2, 2019

How Will Chinese Tariffs Affect Your Business?

Since the U.S. government imposed new tariffs on books, we are all sorting our way through the maze of terms. Carrick Wilkie, Group Marketing and Sales Director USA with Publiship Logistics, will walk us through all this and more. Wilkie recently participated in the BISG and PubWest session on tariffs and will share his insights and answer audience questions.

Please join PPN for this free roundtable event at Chronicle Books on October 2. RSVP by October 1. Attendance is limited and this session is sure to be in high demand.

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HBC | Mentor Night at the SF Center for the Book

October 1, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: The Hand Bookbinders of California

Please bring any items you would like to discuss with an established, skillful hand bookbinder. Surely you have a project in progress that you would like to discuss with Gillian Boal, John Demerritt, or Eleanore Ramsey!

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SEATTLE CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL

September 28, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Seattle Children’s Book Festival 

The Seattle Children’s Book Festival is a new 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 FIRST EVER Seattle Children’s Book Festival on September 28, 2019, from 11am to 3pm at the Greenwood Elementary School campus located at 144 NW 80 Street in Seattle, WA.

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LATINO LITERACY NOW | 2019 North San Diego Latino Book & Family Festival

September 28, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Latino Literacy Now

The 2019 North San Diego Latino Book & Family Festival is the largest gathering of Latino authors in San Diego County. This will be our 67th Festival and 3rd at MiraCosta College after a long absence from the San Diego County. 

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SCIBA | Fall Trade Show

September 27, 2019 to September 28, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Southern California Independent Booksellers Association 

For the second year, we will be holding our annual trade show at the ultra-lux Sheraton LA in San Gabriel. Join us for two fun-filled days of programming, exciting new books, and wonderful authors.

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AIGA-SF | Design//Work: Futureproof Your Design Career

September 26, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA-SF

Most designers are now finding that how design is being executed is constantly changing. New apps, devices, and expectations are emerging at an alarming speed. To address this our panel hopes to help designers think about their future relevancy in such a rapidly changing landscape.

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PPN BIMONTHLY MEETUP | September 2019

September 26, 2019

Let’s Catch Up!

Come join us for the September PPN Bimonthly Meetup! Look for the PPN sign at one of the patio picnic tables and you’re there.

This informal event will be held at Drake’s Dealership in Oakland, conveniently located just 10 minutes from the 19th Street BART station. This will be a fun evening of catching up with old friends and meeting new friends and colleagues.

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SF CENTER for the BOOK | Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival

September 22, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: The San Francisco Center for the Book

The San Francisco Center for the Book’s 15th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, 50 arts and crafts vendors, art gallery and studio tours, and more.

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SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY at ABM

September 21, 2019

Sponsored/Organized by: Smithsonian Magazine

Saturday, September 21, join the American Bookbinders Museum and other cultural institutions around the country for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day.

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NEG | Red Pencil Conference 2019: Voice & Voices

September 21, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northwest Editors Guild

Red Pencil conferences are hosted biennially by the Northwest Editors Guild as a learning and networking forum for its members, colleagues, and friends in the editing community. It is the largest conference specifically for editors on the West Coast. Over 200 editors participate from the Pacific Northwest, California, Canada, and beyond.

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UCAAB | 13th Annual Fall Into Fiction

September 21, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB)

One of the primary goals of UCAAB is to bring book lovers and authors together on the west coast. We accomplish this by hosting our annual Fall into Fiction literary event. This is just one of the ways we get the attention of publishers, so they will begin to include California on all of their authors’ book tours.

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NCIBA | Fall Discovery Show

September 20, 2019 to September 21, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northern California Independent Booksellers Association

TWO DAYS PACKED WITH EDUCATION, AUTHORS, REP PICKS, PUBLISHER EXHIBITS, AND CAMARADERIE. DON’T MISS OUT!

The NCIBA Trade Show is a two-day annual event, which brings together over 300 booksellers from Northern and Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona with publishers, authors and other members of the book community.

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BCC | Vance Gerry: An Overview of a Life in the Arts

September 16, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: The Book Club of California

Vance Gerry was an artist who applied his creative talents to many different interests and pursuits. Perhaps best known for his successful career at Walt Disney Productions, Vance also operated various presses during his lifetime. Although he produced stunningly beautiful books and ephemera, Vance remains largely unknown and undervalued as a fine printer. Please join us for a glimpse into the private life of Vance Gerry, one of Southern California’s premier fine press printers.

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BOOKSTORE & CHOCOLATE CRAWL SF

September 15, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bookstore & Chocolate Crawl

Support Bay Area bookstores, eat chocolate, and hang out with other cool bibliophiles.

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ABM | Book Smart: Learning to Break the Rules

September 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: American Bookbinders Museum

Join the American Bookbinders Museum in celebrating the opening of Book Smart: Learning to Break the Rules, a joint exhibition of works by instructors and students at San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College, and Oregon College of Art and Craft.

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BAIPA | Launch Your Book Like a Pro

September 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

Sell More Books with Beta Readers, Pre-Sale Campaigns, and Amazon Ads

Many writers publish their books without realizing how important it is to have a marketing plan ready before the book is released into the wild. Avoid this mistake with your next book by planning a launch campaign that gets big results.

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ARTS MISSOULA | Montana Book Festival

September 12, 2019 to September 15, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Arts Missoula

The Montana Book Festival strives to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant, compelling forum for the literary arts that celebrates diversity.

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BAWiP | Happy Hour: Alchemist Bar and Lounge

September 11, 2019

Hosted/organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our September 2019 happy hour.

All women in the publishing industry who are interested in attending are welcome. Please RSVP by September 10th, so we can reserve space accordingly. Please note that this is a no-host bar and you will be responsible for your own tab.

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BAEF | Workshop: How to Run a Freelance Editing Business

September 7, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Editors’ Forum

Learn to translate your editing skills into a thriving business. Study the basics of building a successful freelance practice, including office setup, client retention, fees, and tax documentation. Explore vital business topics you may not have considered before, such as defining your scope of work, dealing with difficult clients, and choosing a cost-effective employment model. Instructors David Couzens and Jill O’Nan designed this comprehensive workshop for professional-minded editors through UC Berkeley Extension. They have now adapted their content for a one-session BAEF workshop at our request.

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AIGA SF | 219 Design Studio Tour

September 5, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

219 Design is best known as a product development partner with interdisciplinary expertise. Our new San Francisco Studio is the home base of our Mechanical Engineering team and workshop. Join us on Thursday September 5th for drinks, snacks, and a behind the scenes view of our team’s work – including prototyping in VR, 3D Printing, laser cutting, and a gallery of our work with clients like DuPont, Panasonic, Vantage Robotics, BMW and more.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Japanese Typography, Lettering, and Commercial Art in the Early Twentieth Century

September 5, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

In September, Tokyo will host the annual conference of ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale). Letterform Archive’s Editorial Associate Florence Fu will give a short presentation about a set of Japanese periodicals in our collection.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | The Book Is Not a PDF

August 27, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Celebrated Dutch designer Irma Boom specializes in making books. And every book she makes is special. Through her innovative manipulation of content, her use of unconventional materials, and her mastery of production techniques, she pushes the boundaries of book design, making each a sculptural object that can be manufactured at scale.

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LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE | 2019 Book Fair

August 24, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Leimert Park Village Book Fair

“VOTED ONE OF LA’S 5 BEST ANNUAL BOOK FESTIVALS”

This year we will celebrate our 13th Anniversary and we have wonderful plans in store for commemorating this special occasion.

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INTERNATIONAL PRINTING MUSEUM | Letterpress Wayzgoose Surplus Sale

August 24, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: International Printing Museum

Enjoy a day of Letterpress Printing Demonstrations, including on our newest, the 1900 Heidelberg Cylinder Press, as well as demos on Windmills, hand presses, platen presses, Linotype, and Ludlow typecasting, etc.

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AIGA SF | Type Builds Character: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting

August 21, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

This workshop will challenge you to build your skills on both the macro- and micro-typographic level. You will learn how to wrangle your favorite typefaces into the most beautiful, interesting, and readable layouts. You’ll also get some insider tips on how to choose typefaces and how to combine two (or more!) of them, learn some techniques for creating clarity within typographic systems, and find out how to fine-tune long passages of text with multi-level hierarchies (oh, my!).

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HAND BOOKBINDERS OF CALIFORNIA | Gallery Talk

August 18, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Hand Bookbinders of California

Join us to hear a handful of talented hand bookbinders describe their work, which appears in the 47th Hand Bookbinders of California Members’ Exhibition.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | WordPress Bootcamp: Creating a WordPress Website and How to Use It

August 17, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics’ Institute and San Francisco Writers Conference/San Francisco Writers Foundation

We will be covering the basics of using a WordPress built website, logging in, the dashboard, themes and menus, how to write and publish a blog post, adding tags or keywords and categories, how to correctly title your blog posts, search engine optimization basics, and more.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | The Author Website: Building a Site That Works

August 17, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics’ Institute and San Francisco Writers Conference/San Francisco Writers Foundation

We’ve all heard that we need a website and a social media presence as authors. Have you ever wondered what’s involved in building a website? What is web hosting? How to buy and use domain names?

In this session you’ll receive information about how to get started online with a website, a blog, and other social media outlets, as well as valuable information about web hosting and choosing domain names.

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WNBA | Mixing It Up at the Mechanics Institute Library: WNBA-SF Gala

August 16, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Women’s National Book Association

Please join WNBA-SF members and friends for a get together at the beautiful beaux arts building in downtown San Francisco. Start the weekend off right with members of both our Women’s National Book Association Chapter as well as Mechanics Institute Library, and more!

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WNBA | Author Lunch – A Novel Plan: The Art of Outlining Your Fiction

August 16, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Women’s National Book Association

What are the secrets to success for novels? At least one of them is structure and our esteemed WNBA-SF member authors will share the approaches that have garnered them bestseller status, awards and rave reviews.

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IDEEC | International Design Education Expo & Conference

August 16, 2019 to August 18, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Graphic Design Program: Department of Design, San Jose State University

The IDEEC will be held at Hammer Theater in downtown San Jose from August 16th to August 18th. This 3-day event will be a combination of international speakers and an exhibition.

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BAWiP | Happy Hour: The Trappist

August 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our next happy hour. This month we will be meeting on August 14th at The Trappist from 6pm to 8pm. They have put aside room for us in the back bar, so look for our signs there and come hang out with awesome women for networking and camaraderie. All women in the publishing industry are welcome, so please feel free to bring a colleague! And don’t worry about driving, this location is super close to public transit.

Please RSVP by August 13th, so we can reserve space accordingly. Please note that this is a no-host bar and you will be responsible for your own tab.

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AIGA-SF | Salesforce UX Mentorship Night: Summer Edition

August 13, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA-SF

Meet the design team of Salesforce UX—they’re hiring! You’ll get a chance to hear from our special guests, network with designers from all over, receive career guidance and have your portfolio reviewed by someone from the design or recruiting team. Dinner will be served. Please arrive on time so that there is enough time to sign our NDA and pick-up name badges. No walk-ins! Ticket holders only and all attendees must register by 4 pm on August 12, 2019.

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BAIPA | Help Your WOW Target Audience Find You and Stay with You

August 10, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

So often we feel like we have to try to appeal to everyone out there, to figure out the magical combination of keywords that will get our books found on Amazon and elsewhere. We struggle to find the tactics that will sell more books – promotions, giveaways, contests, social media, press releases, presentations… and the list goes on. We’ve heard about super fans – but how do we find them and what do we do with them once they have found us? What if someone could show you how to figure out how to find your WOW fans and to keep them with you?

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Exhibition Reception for 2019 Type West Graduates

August 9, 2019

Sponsored by/Hosted by: Letterform Archive

Get out your cap (height) and gown! The Type West Graduation Exhibition and Reception is almost here. Join us to celebrate San Francisco counter-culture at its best! Type West at Letterform Archive is the only postgraduate certificate program in type design on the West Coast. Come meet the graduates of the 2019 class and see their typefaces.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Touchy Feely

July 30, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

This crunchy, slurpy, brainy type talk explores how designers can engage the human body in the experience of reading and communication. “Ocularcentrism” is the dominance of vision over all other senses in modern society. The empire of the eye excludes people who touch, hear, or smell but do not see. Inclusive design practices range from eyes-free interaction design and audio description to typographies and topographies of touch. Opening up typography to our other senses not only includes more people but reveals new possibilities for visual design as well. Ellen Lupton co-curated The Senses: Design Beyond Vision at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2018.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Branding with Type: A One-Day Workshop

July 28, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive 

Use your senses as inspiration by developing a visual system for your own highly personal line of ice cream. Create a menu of visual elements and apply them to a unique product family. Use typography, color, and graphic elements to express sensory delight and explore personal culinary themes (heritage, nostalgia, health, futurism, feminism, and more). Use this one-day workshop to spark your creativity, find new inspiration, and create a chill portfolio piece.

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PPN BIMONTHLY MEETUP | July 2019

July 25, 2019

Let’s Catch Up! Come join us for the July PPN Bimonthly Meetup! Look for the PPN sign in the bleacher section and you’re there. This informal event will be held at Drake’s Dealership in Oakland, conveniently located just 10 minutes from the 19th Street BART station. This will be a fun evening of catching up with […]

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EFA | A Summer Evening of Art and Chatting

July 25, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Editorial Freelancers Association

Come when you can to spend as much time as you’d like at the SFMoma. Some people like to spend hours and others like to stroll around a little bit, then move on. If we are done around 8-9, we can regroup near the ticket area and head over for a drink at Dada bar.

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WILD + AIGA SF | Gender Neutral Design

July 24, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

Stereotypes and gender biases are ever present in our lives. We’re stereotyped for the clothes we wear, foods we eat, and even the media we choose to consume. Design stereotypes and biases are no different. As designers, it’s our responsibility to overcome these biases of what we unconsciously believe is “feminine” or “masculine.”

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Writers Lunch: A Mixer to Fill and Form Writers’ Groups

July 19, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics’ Institute

Are you interested in joining a writers’ group or connecting with other MI writers? Come to this networking hour and learn about the writers’ groups that are currently looking for new members and meet other writers that are interested in forming a group.

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SF ART BOOK FAIR


July 19, 2019 to July 21, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Minnesota Street Project, Colpa, and Park Life

The SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications. The event is FREE and OPEN to the public and features artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples.

The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate

July 16, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

A graphic designer’s search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man’s fate during WWII.

During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin. His beautiful looping cursive carried tender words of love along with testimony about day-to-day survival inside the camp. Sixty years later, graphic designer and type designer Carolyn Porter found Marcel’s letters at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota, and began to transform his handwriting into a modern computer font.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Look Closely: Elevate Your Typography

July 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Kerning is the process of adjusting the space between letters to achieve a visual harmony and optimize legibility. Though kerning adjustments may be small, they are a critical finishing touch. Through a variety of hands-on exercises and group critiques, you’ll develop critical observation skills and learn to see type in a new way. In addition to kerning, this one-day workshop will address leading, line length, placement of punctuation and other finishing details that will transform your typography from functional to beautiful. This workshop is geared for non-designers who work with type but have never studied kerning and type detailing, or graphic designers who want to sharpen observation skills.

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BAIPA | Best Practices with KDP and IngramSpark

July 13, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

Speaker: Ruth Schwartz, Book Midwife and Self-Publishing Consultant

How to get the most self-publishing juice out of using both KDP and IngramSpark efficiently and in the right order.

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SF CENTER for the BOOK | Calligraphies In Conversation: Artists In Discussion

July 12, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

Join curator Arash Shirinbab and Calligraphies in Conversation artists for an evening of stories and inspiration.

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BAWiP | Happy Hour: 21st Amendment Brewery

July 10, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our July 2019 Happy Hour.

We will be meeting on July 10th at 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco from 6pm to 8pm.

All women in the publishing industry who are interested in attending are welcome. Please RSVP by July 9th, so we can reserve space accordingly. Please note that this is a no-host bar and you will be responsible for your own tab.

Come out for a drink, and meet some truly awesome women from our industry. We hope that you’ll find the connections and camaraderie energizing and fun. We look forward to seeing you!

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BAIPA | Advertising Your Book on Amazon: How to Succeed

July 1, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

Webinar Presented By: Bob Heyman & David Kudler

During this two-session webinar series (Monday, June 24 and Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m.), we will look at one of the most powerful tools for marketing your book—Amazon Ads.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Happy Birthday Walt Whitman! A Bicentennial Celebration

June 29, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics Institute

Featuring readings, music, performance and song at DADA Bar.

Mechanics’ Institute salutes American’s literary hero Walt Whitman for his 200th Birthday during Pride Weekend! The event includes a complete reading from the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass (Song of Myself) and other selected works.

Be there at 6:00 pm for birthday cake and a Walt Whitman look-alike contest! Readings and performance start promptly at 6:30 pm. DADA Bar provides a gracious, charming Old World atmosphere for this community gathering and celebration.

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SF DESIGN WEEK | Digital Revolution: Designing in the ‘90s

June 27, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Design Week

The ’90s forever changed design. It was the rise of internet, faster and more powerful computers, new software and the start of rapid prototyping. Design was now digital.

To celebrate Astro Studios’ 25th anniversary, join us for a collaborative exhibit of works from Astro’s early years and Letterform Archive’s collection. From brand identity and advertising to products and packaging, the selection will illustrate the impact technology had on this transformative decade. The show will examine the evolution of processes from analog to early digital and how the design industry shifted over time.

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SF DESIGN WEEK | Type Builds Character: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting

June 27, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: SF Design Week

This workshop will challenge you to build your skills on both the macro- and micro-typographic level. You will learn how to wrangle your favorite typefaces into the most beautiful, interesting, and readable layouts. You’ll also get some insider tips on how to choose typefaces and how to combine two (or more!) of them, learn some techniques for creating clarity within typographic systems, and find out how to fine-tune long passages of text with multi-level hierarchies (oh, my!).

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THE BOOK CLUB of CALIFORNIA | M&H Type Foundry: A History

June 24, 2019

Hosted/organized by: The Book Club of California

M&H Type Foundry: A History

A talk by Brian Ferrett, typecaster, Arion Press. Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

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BAIPA | Advertising Your Book on Amazon: How to Succeed

June 24, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

Webinar Presented By: Bob Heyman & David Kudler

During this two-session webinar series (Monday, June 24 and Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m.), we will look at one of the most powerful tools for marketing your book—Amazon Ads.

 

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NCBR | Northern California Book Awards 2019

June 23, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Northern California Book Reviewers

The 38th Annual Northern California Book Awards honor the work of northern California authors and translators and recognize exceptional service to the community by northern California writers and literary leaders through the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award and NCBR Recognition Award.

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MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE | Create a Professional Literary Resume

June 22, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Mechanics Institute

Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion? Whether you have a long list of publication credits or just a few, you need a literary resume that both adheres to professional standards and encourages panelists, editors, and reviewers to learn more about your work.

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EFA | A Summer Evening of Art and Chatting

June 21, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Editorial Freelancers Association

Come when you can to spend as much time as you’d like at the SFMoma. Some people like to spend hours and others like to stroll around a little bit, then move on. If we are done around 8-9, we can regroup near the ticket area and head over for a drink at Dada bar.

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AIGA SF | Taking Your Design from Concept to Manufacturing: Step-by-Step

June 20, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

Are you a designer with a product idea but are not sure what to do next? This instructional event will walk you through the step-by-step process of taking a product from concept to manufacturing, with all the considerations along the way.

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AIGA SF | SF Design Week

June 20, 2019 to June 28, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: AIGA SF

San Francisco Design Week is an essential week-long city-wide festival that showcases the unique intersection of ideas, design, business & entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future.

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CONSULATE GENERAL OF IRELAND | Annual Bloomsday Celebration

June 16, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Friends of the Consulate General of Ireland

Eat, Read, Drink and Walk on the Wild Side of Dublin! The event begins with a special Bloomsday tea with lively Irish music and song.  This is a community reading of Ulysses by James Joyce—so, bring your book and be ready to read and share your favorite short passages!  Bloomsday attire is welcome! Advance Reservations Required! Limited Seating.

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ABM | 12th Annual Yerba Buena Art Walk

June 15, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: The American Bookbinders Museum

Join the American Bookbinders Museum and the Yerba Buena Alliance in celebrating the 12th Annual Yerba Buena Art Walk! Start at 1pm with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. At 2pm come to the ABM where we’ll host the pre-Art Walk reception. And from 3-6pm sample some of SOMA’s most fascinating museums with free admission. As you go, collect stamps in your “passport” for chances to win prizes at the After-Party from 6-7:30pm. It’s a great day to enjoy the beautiful Yerba Buena neighborhood!

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BAWiP | Happy Hour: Temescal Brewing

June 12, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our next happy hour. This month we will be meeting on June 12th at Temescal Brewing from 6pm to 8pm.

Hang out with awesome women for networking and camaraderie. All women in the publishing industry are welcome, so please feel free to bring a colleague! And don’t worry about driving, this location is super close to public transit.

Please RSVP by June 11th, so we can reserve space accordingly. Please note that this is a no-host bar and you will be responsible for your own tab.

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MILLS COLLEGE | Summer Institute for Book and Print Technologies 2019

June 7, 2019 to June 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Mills College

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Summer Institute taking place June 7-14, 2019 with instructors Suzanne MooreClifton MeadorBéatrice Coron, and Barb Tetenbaum.

Mills College has a long history of teaching book art at the college level, starting with the founding of the Eucalyptus Press in 1930. In the 1980s, the first separate graduate degree-granting program in Book Art in the nation was developed at Mills. Today, the Mills College Book Art Program includes an MFA program in Book Art and Creative Writing as well as one of the most comprehensive undergraduate programs in the country.

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AMERICAN BOOKBINDERS MUSEUM | Queer Voices Opening Happy Hour

June 1, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: American Bookbinders Museum

Join the American Bookbinders Museum and the GLBT Historical Society for a special Happy Hour to celebrate the opening of ABM’s new exhibit, “Queer Voices: Paperbacks and Periodicals Forging Community”.

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PPN BOOK SHOW | Call for Judges

June 1, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: PPN

Book show judging takes place over the course of one day and usually lasts between 6 and 8 hours, depending on the number of entries. Judges are assigned to categories and are responsible for scoring each entry within those categories. Judges are asked to recuse themselves from any project that they worked on or that their company submitted.

For 2019, judging will be held at Chronicle Books (680 2nd Street, San Francisco) on Wednesday, October 9.

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BOOKCON

June 1, 2019 to June 2, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: BookCon

A Celebration of Storytelling

BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life. Join us and watch storytelling and pop culture collide surrounded by a welcoming community of book lovers just like you!

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SAN FRANCISCO CENTER for the BOOK | Typewriter Jam (B.Y.O.T.)

May 31, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

Calling all typewriter fans! Grab your typewriter or borrow one from a friend and bring it to the Typewriter Jam at the San Francisco Center for the Book. This isn’t a presentation; it’s just a casual evening of typewriter appreciation, typewriting fun, and making new friends.

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WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION | Productivity Hacks for Authors

May 31, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Women’s National Book Association (SF Chapter)

Better than Caffeine: Healthy Habits for High Energy Writing

As writer’s we are expected to wear many hats, sometimes balancing day jobs with writing on the side. Authors must go from introvert to extrovert at the drop of a hat and be ready for interviews and public speaking, after spending months of solitary hours at the computer. The simple tools you will learn in this workshop will help you to be more alert, alive and inspired. You will notice the difference in your writing, creative process and focus.

 

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SACRAMENTO BLACK BOOK FAIR: Creating a Legacy

May 31, 2019 to June 1, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Blue Nile Press

Blue Nile Press presents the 6th annual Sacramento Black Book Fair 2019 at the historic center of Oak Park, Sacramento. This two-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among our featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each writer listed in the program, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more.

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Salon Series 16: Judging Books by Their Covers

May 30, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Join us for our Salon Series, where Letterform Archive staff invite you to experience materials related to a specific topic of interest to the Collection.

Book covers are a bellwether of graphic design. Over the last 100 years they evolved from relatively straightforward protection and communication to the key marketing factor in an extremely competitive environment.

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BAEF / EFA | Celebrate the Release of The Copyeditor’s Handbook

May 30, 2019

Co-Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Editors’ Forum and the Editorial Freelancers Association

We’re celebrating publication of the revised The Copyeditor’s Handbook from the University of California Press:

Amy Einsohn and Marilyn Schwartz, The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, 4th ed. Revised, Updated, and Expanded

Erika Bűky, Marilyn Schwartz, and Amy Einsohn, The Copyeditor’s Workbook: Exercises and Tips for Honing Your Editorial Judgment

Come at 6:00 pm to chat and snack with friendly fellow members. Who knows, you may win a fabulous door prize. Discussion starts at 6:30 pm.

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PPN BOOK SHOW | Call for Entries

May 29, 2019

48th ANNUAL BOOK SHOW CALL FOR ENTRIES

Enter your best book designs in our highly acclaimed Book Show competition. Winners receive free entry to PPN’s 50th Anniversary Celebration & Book Show and are featured in our Book Show catalog and in PPN Facebook and web postings.

It’s easy to enter: Entry Form

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NEW YORK RIGHTS FAIR

May 29, 2019 to May 31, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: New York Rights Fair

The 2019 New York Rights Fair, the international adult and children’s content and licensing marketplace will run concurrently with Book Expo, making the two fairs the biggest and most important U.S. publishing event of the year. Together, these two shows impact every part of the book business, in every corner of the globe.

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BOOK EXPO AMERICA

May 29, 2019 to May 31, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Expo America

BookExpo is carefully crafted with content and experiences for all those that play a part in the publishing industry. It’s 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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PPN BIMONTHLY MEETUP | May 2019

May 23, 2019

Let’s Catch Up! Come join us for our second FREE Bimonthly Meet up. This informal event will be held at Drake’s Dealership in Oakland, conveniently located just 10 minutes from the 19th Street BART station. This will be a fun evening of catching up with old friends and meeting new friends and colleagues. Optional Conversation […]

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SISTERS in CRIME NORCAL CHAPTER | A Is for Anthology: The Creators of Fault Lines Talk About Writing and Publishing Short Stories

May 21, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Sisters in Crime NorCal Chapter

The Sisters in Crime NorCal chapter is proud to announce its first anthology in its 25-year history.

Join us at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 21, for a behind-the-scenes look at how anthologies are created. Five panelists from Sisters in Crime will read brief samples and answer questions about Fault Lines, a new collection of 19 outstanding mystery, crime, and thriller stories by Northern California writers.

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BAY AREA WOMEN in PUBLISHING | Inclusiveness Throughout

May 15, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Inclusiveness Throughout: How Publishers Use the Power of Editorial, Production, Cover Art, and Marketing to Create Inclusive Books that Change the World

In publishing, we have the honor of creating the books that people read, so how do we create books that build respect and create empathy for diverse people and cultures?

In this panel, we will be talking about inclusion throughout the entire process of creating a book: from the initial acquisition, through production, cover art, and finally marketing the title.

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BOOK CLUB of CALIFORNIA | 2019 Next Generation Printers Showcase

May 13, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Book Club of California

A presentation and pop-up exhibition of work by emerging Bay Area fine printers.

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BAY AREA WOMEN in PUBLISHING | Happy Hour at Wine Down

May 8, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our May 2019 happy hour. Come network with other women who are leading publishing forward!

Our San Francisco event will be meeting on May 8th at Wine Down from 6pm to 8pm.

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YALLWEST | YA & Middle Grade Book Festival

May 4, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Yallwest

Over 100 authors and presenters including New York Times Bestsellers along with local and acclaimed young adult and middle grade writers, plus notable TV, film, video game, and comic creators.

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BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL

May 4, 2019 to May 5, 2019

Hosted/Organized by 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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EAT CAKE CREATE | Tinker Tailor Artist Maker

May 1, 2019 to May 6, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Eat Cake Create

Join us in May 2019 to encounter new experiences, have inspiring conversations and create with like minded individuals.

Start your day with Hello World morning sessions, consummate speakers, panel sessions and entertainers. World class Studio Sessions with skilled Mentors, Masters and Educators from across the USA, Canada and Australia.  PLUS introducing  the Creator Show featuring artists, makers, and vendors – coinciding with Silicon Valley Open Studios.

Tinker Tailor Artist Maker is the event that brings together a creative collective from across the USA, Canada and Europe.

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SALESFORCE | Salesforce UX Mentorship Night: Spring Edition

April 30, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Salesforce

Meet the design team of Salesforce UX—they’re hiring! You’ll get a chance to hear from our special guests, network with designers from all over, receive career guidance and have your portfolio reviewed by someone from the design or recruiting team. Dinner will be served. Please arrive on time so that there is enough time to sign our NDA and pick-up name badges.

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LATINO LITERACY NOW | Multicultural Book & Family Festival

April 28, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Latino Literacy Now & CSU San Bernardino

As part of the Inland Empire Festival 2019, the Multicultural Book & Family Festival will be held at California State University San Bernardino at the Santos Manuel Student Union.

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SAN JOSE PRINTERS’ GUILD | 2019 S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair and Wayzgoose

April 27, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: San Jose Printers’ Guild

The S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose is coming to San Jose’s History Park on April 27, 2019. Print a jumbo wood type poster and peruse the marketplace. Free! Sponsored by the San Jose Printers’ Guild, this event celebrates letterpress printing, typography, book arts, ephemera, fine paper, printmaking, and allied arts. Print enthusiasts, students, educators, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers new or old will enjoy the demonstrations, tours, and array of vendors and exhibitors. All ages are welcome!

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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | Salon Series 15: CCA Students Present Type History

April 25, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Join us for our Salon Series, where Letterform Archive staff invite you to experience materials related to a specific topic of interest to the Collection.

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SAN FRANCISCO CENTER for the BOOK | Write on 2019

April 19, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

April is National Letter Writing Month and to celebrate San Francisco Center for the Book is participating in the Write On Campaign!

In 2014, Egg Press and Hello! Lucky began the Write On Campaign in order to connect with friends and loved ones. The project has grown over the years and evolved into a global movement. Participating venues organize events, activities, and demonstrations throughout the month of April to highlight letter writing, get creative, and skill share with others.

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BOOK CLUB of CALIFORNIA | 2019 BOOK ARTS STUDENT SHOWCASE

April 15, 2019

Organized/Hosted by: Book Club of California

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

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

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THE LOS ANGELES TIMES | Festival of Books

April 13, 2019 to April 14, 2019

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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PRINTED MATTER | LA Art Book Fair 2019

April 12, 2019 to April 14, 2019

Hosted/Organized by: Printed Matter

LA Art Book Fair is a 4 day event being held from 12-14 April 2019 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, United States Of America. This event showcases product from Book industry. This event showcases products like books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines associated with this field etc. In the Gifts & Handicrafts, Education & Training industries etc.

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BAY AREA WOMEN in PUBLISHING | BAWiP Happy Hour: Arthur Macs

April 10, 2019

Organized/Hosted by: Bay Area Women in Publishing

Spring has sprung! Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing on April 10th from 6–8 pm at Arthur Macs, located kitty corner to MacArthur Bart at 4006 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland. Arthurs Macs is very excited to host and has reserved us a space on their beautiful, warm, and weather-proof patio (so we are covered if Winter returns). Join us and 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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PPN Bimonthly Meetup | March 2019

March 21, 2019

Come join us for our first PPN Bimonthly Meetup! This informal event will be held at 83 Proof in San Francisco, conveniently located near the Embarcadero BART station. We have reserved the mezzanine at this cozy and friendly bar for an evening of catching up with old friends and meeting new friends and colleagues. Please […]

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Happy Hour | Bay Area Women in Publishing

March 13, 2019

Happy hour at the Alchemist, San Francisco, 6 to 8 p.m., no-host bar

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Word Week 2019 | Friends of Noe Valley

March 8, 2019 to March 16, 2019

From the Friends of Noe Valley Word Week 2019 starts Friday, March 8 with our celebration of International Women’s Day and ends Saturday, March 16 with San Francisco Shakespeare. See the event link for a full list of all nine events.

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HIRING AN INCLUSIVE TEAM

February 27, 2019

At Bay Area Women in Publishing, we believe that inclusion is the best way to have a vital, relevant publishing community. Still, we all have work to do to create a truly inclusive workspace. Please join us to learn best practices, critical milestones, and even where to start in creating an inclusive team at your publishing […]

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47th Annual PPN Book Show and Design Panel

January 23, 2019

Spend an evening networking with colleagues over some of the best book designs to be published on the West Coast and beyond.

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Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival

September 23, 2018

Hosted by the San Francisco Center for the Book About the Festival The San Francisco Center for the Book’s 15th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, 50 arts and crafts vendors, art gallery and studio tours, and […]

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2018 Writers World

September 8, 2018

Hosted by the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association Vendors • Workshops • Raffle Prizes • Fun • Surprises Bay Area Independent Publishers Association members and guests will have a unique opportunity to find the support services they need at this event. You will be able to get up close and personal with representatives from: regional […]

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Social Happy Hour

August 8, 2018

Hosted by the Bay Area Women in Publishing Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our next happy hour. This month we will be meeting on August 8th at Temescal Brewing from 6pm to 8pm. Hang out with awesome women for networking and camaraderie. All women in the publishing industry are welcome, so please […]

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PPN Board Meeting

July 23, 2018
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2018 PPN Conference

April 27, 2018

Join us for a full day of plenary and keynote speakers, professional development sessions, and interactive roundtables. We expect spots to fill up by April 1, 2018, so don’t delay. Register now!

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14th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival

September 17, 2017

Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival 2017 About the Festival The San Francisco Center for the Book’s 14th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, 50 arts and crafts vendors, art gallery and studio tours, and more. About Steamroller Printing […]

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BAWiP Happy Hour at Steins Beer Garden

August 24, 2017

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our happy hour. Come network and optimize your career goals with other women who are leading publishing forward! Bay Area Women in Publishing meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month in various locations around the Bay. All women in the publishing industry who are interested in attending […]

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BAWiP Happy Hour at Temescal Brewing

August 9, 2017

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our happy hour. Come network and optimize your career goals with other women who are leading publishing forward! Bay Area Women in Publishing meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month in various locations around the Bay. All women in the publishing industry who are interested in attending […]

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46th Annual Book Show Call for Entries

August 1, 2017

Your best book designs deserve to be recognized!  Click here to enter! Achieve visibility for your most beautiful books from the 2016 publishing season by entering them in our highly acclaimed book show competition! Books, covers, jackets, ebooks, and product catalogs across genres are accepted, and the entry process is simple. Submissions will be displayed at our […]

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Summer Social & Networking Gathering / Editorial Freelancers Association

July 26, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association Summer Social & Networking Gathering Join us for shop talk, networking, and Bananagrams with local freelancers at a mellow neighborhood bar just a half block from the Glen Park BART station. You don’t need to be an EFA member to attend our gatherings. If you’d […]

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BAWiP Happy Hour at Temescal Brewing

June 14, 2017

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our happy hour. Come network and optimize your career goals with other women who are leading publishing forward! Bay Area Women in Publishing meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month in various locations around the Bay. All women in the publishing industry who are interested in attending […]

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Empower Yourself: Find the Right Publishing Job for You​

May 17, 2017

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Andres Barba in conversation with Yiyun Li

April 25, 2017

Andres Barba discusses his new novel, Such Small Hands, with Yiyun Li, followed by a party sponsored by Transit Books. Learn more: http://www.greenapplebooks.com/event/andres-barba-and-yiyun-li

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2017 PPN Conference

April 21, 2017
Job or Vocation? ​Publishing as a Way of Life Join us for a​ full day of plenary and keynote speakers, professional development sessions, and interactive roundtables.​ ​We expect spots to fill up as early as March 15, 2017, so don't delay and register now! Read more...

Oakland Happy Hour at Lost & Found Beer Garden

April 12, 2017

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for our monthly happy hour on April 12, 2017 from 6-8pm in Oakland at the Lost & Found Beer Garden at 2040 Telegraph Avenue. It’s a great opportunity to meet some truly awesome women for networking and camaraderie. All women in the publishing industry are welcome, so please […]

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PubDate Oakland

March 16, 2017

Bring your friends who write, edit, design, or publish things!

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Bay Area Women in Publishing Happy Hour

March 8, 2017

Free, but RSVP is required: http://www.bayareawomeninpublishing.com/upcoming-events

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The Book Industry Environmental Council’s Fall 2016 Meeting

April 10, 2016

The Book Industry Environmental Council, is a small, but dedicated group consisting of publishers, printers, paper merchants and mills that are passionate about examining the environmental impacts of the publishing industry, and educating ourselves and our industry colleagues about these issues. Please join us for the October 4th speaker presentations. Come learn more about the latest […]

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