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San Francisco, CA

A close-knit group of hand bookbinders, with shared interests in creating and collecting fine bindings, joined together to promote hand bookbinding and related book arts and to exchange information and ideas. 

Bookish Events

Information about bookish events happening in the Bay Area and beyond. If you would like to add events to this calendar, please use the contact page and include the event title, date, time, cost and location. 

Art of the Book 2018 Exhibition Call for Entry
to May 1

Art of the Book 2018 Exhibition Call for Entry

Art of the Book 2018 is an international juried exhibition of members’ work, opening in British Columbia in fall 2018 and travelling for two years across Canada.

The Call for Entry is now available in PDF in both English and French

We hope you will consider entering your work in this exhibition. Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in October 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at looks forward to your questions or comments,
Jose Villa-Arce, Art of the Book 2018 Organizing Committee Chair

For questions or more information visit

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Call for Entries - Asheville Bookworks


The Call for Entries is soon to open for BookOpolis2017/Dream A Book - watch for details. Please scroll for details on our upcoming events and links to our website for complete information. 

BookOpolis 2017 – Upcoming Call for Entries

Dream a Book –BookOpolis 2017

Dream a Book is the title of BookOpolis 2017, a book arts exhibition at Asheville BookWorks, Asheville, NC, USA. The dates of the exhibition are February 18 – April 30, 2017. Deadline for entries is January 28, 2017.

Dream A Book is a book arts exhibition on the subject of dreams and dreaming. You can excavate your own dreams for imagery and narratives, consider how a book is like a dream, and how the creative process pertains to dreams and dreaming.

A PDF of the prospectus and details for application will be posted in February 2016.

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to Oct 16

California Chapter Guild of Book Workers Member Exhibition

California Chapter Guild of Book Workers
Member Exhibition
September 6, 2016 – October 16, 2016
Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego

Members in good standing with the Guild of Book Workers California Chapter who submitted an Intent to Enter Form by November 15, 2015, are now invited to submit up to three (3) works in any of the following categories: finely printed/limited editions, fine bindings, artist books, and boxes.


Entry Fee
A $20 non-refundable entry fee that covers up to three (3) works. In addition, membership dues to the Guild ($85) and the California Chapter ($10) must also be current from the date of the Intent to Enter up to the ends of the exhibition, Oct. 16, 2016. On-line payment will be made by credit/debit card. for complete information.

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23 Sandy Gallery’s 2016 Exhibition Opportunities - Portland, Oregon

Ever feel like there just isn’t nearly enough time to prepare new work for all of the terrific book art exhibition opportunities that abound these days? Me too! The good news, is that now that 23 Sandy Gallery has nearly 9 years of exhibition experience, we are finally getting better at planning our show calendar a little further in advance. As you may know, we organize two juried book arts exhibitions each year. Here are your 2016 show opportunities:

Submission Deadline: August 27, 2016
On View in the gallery: November 4 - December 17, 2016

A juried exhibition of hand bound pop-up and movable books. Our first pop-up show was way back in 2010 and was one of our most talked about shows ever! More info and a full prospectus will be posted here in early 2016. You can start the wheels turning by checking out the online catalog for our 2010 show here:

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to Jul 31

Workshop - Single Section Staple Binding in Stone

Single Section Staple Binding in Stone
Workshop taught by Coleen Curry
July 29-31, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Orange, CA

This three-day class will explore binding structures using real stone veneer in the techniques created by Sün Evrard. You will construct a modified historical structure with conservation principles in mind, using the stone veneer, wood and wire. The single-section staple binding is simple but is executed with a lot of care and attention to detail. The binding is sewn pamphlet style and then attached to the boards using copper wire, wood and parchment tackets as secondary sewing. We will decorate the bindings by cutting into the stone and painting with acrylic. Students will create one binding, and if time allows, we will explore uses of the stone as a decorative element for bindings or boxes.

Coleen Curry bound her first book in 2003 in Colorado. She then became a student of Monique Lallier at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) and graduated in 2009 with a diploma in Fine Binding. Coleen has studied with Eleanore Ramsey, Dominic Riley and Hélène Jolis. Coleen teaches at AAB and is also an assistant to Don Glaister. She is a Board member of the San Francisco Center for the Book and a past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. Coleen has exhibited internationally and her work is held in private collections.

Workshop Fees: GBW CA Chapter member $280.00, Non-member $325.00. Additional $40. material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop.

To Register:
Make checks payable to Guild of Book Workers. Mail payment and contact info (name, address phone numberand email address) to Barbara Wood, 3530 Mountain View, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Registration deadline is July 1, 2016
Cancellation: fees refunded in full if cancelled before July 1, 2016
For questions contact Marlyn Bonaventure at

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Lecture - The Hidden Waters of San Francisco

The Hidden Waters of San Francisco
Book Club of California
312 Sutter St #500, San Francisco, CA 94108

Monday, July 11, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

Everyone knows that San Francisco is surrounded on three sides by water. But few realize that live, running water bubbles up from the ground throughout the city, from Islais Creek in Glen Canyon, to a rivulet high up on Twin Peaks, to a spring in Alemany Farm. Gary Kamiya will look at the fascinating history of San Francisco’s lost waters and explore the surprising ones that still exist.
Gary Kamiya was born in Oakland, grew up in Berkeley and has lived in San Francisco since 1971. He is the author of the bestselling Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, which was awarded the 2013 Northern California Book Award in creative nonfiction.

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Exhibition - Almost 40 Years in Purgatory: Purgatory Pie Press

OPENING JULY 7 5:30 - 7pm
Almost 40 Years in Purgatory: Purgatory Pie Press
Purgatory Pie Press, located in New York City, is one of the longest running artist/presses in the world. Founder, Dikko Faust, named it in 1977 when he spilled (pied) a lot of very small type while studying with Walter Hamady. Instead of leaving town Faust chose to pay his dues in Purgatory sorting p's & q's (and b's & d's--and all the uppercase and lowercase letters and punctuation. Faust moved to New York City to work at Center for Book Arts and in 1980, Esther K Smith joined him. Their wedding invitation was their first print collaboration.

PPP has collaborated with more than 100 artists and writers--making limited editions and artist books. Always focusing on letterpress printing from hand-set wood and metal type and typographic elements-- but also making photoengravings as needed--and printing collagraph--from all kinds of substrates. Dikko's current series is hardware prints and mathematical moires. Before this, he made a series of prints from typographic elements--patterns derived from archeological and vernacular sources.

Artistic director Esther K Smith, after designing for theatre, chose to stitch books instead of costumes-- a less ephemeral medium. Smith became interested in the simple printers' bindings and pre-printing book structures. This led to her teaching a long-running artist books class at Cooper Union. And that led to her writing HOW TO MAKE BOOKS which has brought so many people into the field.

This anniversary exhibit is a survey/retrospective of their work from the very beginning thru the future of Purgatory Pie Press.

Magic Books and Paper Toys by Esther K Smith
Esther K Smith has published numerous books on the making of artist books including Magic Books and Paper Toys.

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to Jun 12

Workshop - Millimeter Binding

Edelpapband or Millimeter Binding workshop
a workshop taught by Andrew Huot
June 11-12, 2016, 9:00-5:00

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach CA 90803

The Millimeter Binding or Edelpappband is German in origin and makes a simple, elegant binding. With thin boards, edges of leather and decorated papers for the covers, it creates graceful detail on thin printed or blank books. The book is sewn, glued, and boards are attached to the text block. Then edges or corners are reinforced with leather before final covering in paper. Students will complete one Edelpappband binding during the class.

Andrew Huot, a bookbinder, conservator and book artist, is the proprietor of Big River Bindery in Davenport, Iowa. He exhibits his artwork widely, has worked as a Conservator at several institutions, including the Folger Shakespeare library, and teaches Conservation, Preservation and Bookbinding at the Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.

Workshop fees:   GBW CA Chapter member $225, non-members $250. Additional $30 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop.

To Register:  Make checks payable to Guild of Book Workers. Mail payment and contact info (name, address phone number and email address) to Barbara Wood, 3530 Mountain View, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Registration deadline is May 7, 2016


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23 Sandy Gallery’s 2016 Exhibition Opportunities in 2016 - Portland, Oregon

Ever feel like there just isn’t nearly enough time to prepare new work for all of the terrific book art exhibition opportunities that abound these days? Me too! The good news, is that now that 23 Sandy Gallery has nearly 9 years of exhibition experience, we are finally getting better at planning our show calendar a little further in advance. As you may know, we organize two juried book arts exhibitions each year. Here are your 2016 show opportunities:

Submission Deadline: March 19, 2016
On View in the gallery: May 27- July, 30, 2016

Our first juried show of 2016 is themed Wanderlust, a word that can mean many things. It's a German word, made from "wandern," which means walking, as in to take a walk, and "Lust," desire. It can also mean a strong desire to travel or discover new places. A full prospectus and call for entries for Wanderlust can be found here:

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Bodoni, the Face behind the Face

Bodoni, the Face behind the Face

with Valerie Lester

DATE: Wednesday, March  09, 2016
TIME: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
LOCATION:: Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch 

In her slide presentation, Valerie Lester will set Bodoni in the context of the places and the era in which he lived, and will present some rarely-seen images of his work. She will introduce the people with whom he worked and who influenced him, paying special attention to his father in Saluzzo; to Cardinal Spinelli in Rome; to Fournier; to his employers, the duke and duchess of Parma; to Guillaume du Tillot, the prime minister of Parma; to the Amoretti family of printers; to his talented and loving wife, Margherita Dall’Aglio; to the Didots; and to his two great patrons, Nicolás de Azara and Joachim Murat (Napoleon’s brother-in-law). And of course, she will not forget to describe the food he ate and the wine he drank.

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How Gold Leaf is Made

How Gold Leaf is Made | An Illustrated Talk by John Hastings

TIME: 5-7:00 PM
DATE: March 14, 2016
LOCATION: The Book Club of California in San Francisco, 312 Sutter St, Suite 500, San Francisco


In 1820, John Hastings’ great grandfather founded Hastings and Company, a gold leaf manufacturing company in Philadelphia. It went on to become the largest gold leaf manufacturing company in America, lasting nearly 150 years. In this illustrated talk, Hastings will describe the age-old craft and all the traditions, methods, and surprising facts surrounding it–for example, it takes one ounce of gold to make 175 square feet of gold leaf. Hastings will also discuss gold beating in Japan and Burma, various uses of gold leaf, and why the market for gold leaf collapsed, and he will show an 80-year-old film about gold beating.

John Hastings was the fourth generation to run his family’s business, Hastings & Co., which manufactured gold leaf in Philadelphia for 148 years. After the business closed in 1968, he spent twenty years at the archeological museum of the University of Pennsylvania, developing computer databases for archaeology, and also working on digs in France, India an Tunisia. He moved to the Bay Area in 2001 and lives in Orinda. In recent years he has written several books about gold leaf and his family’s genealogy.

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to Mar 28

Book Club of California Upcoming Exhibition: Calligraphy and Poetry

Calligraphy and Poetry: Thomas Ingmire in Collaboration with David Annwn.

This exhibition traces the collaboration between calligrapher/book artist Thomas Ingmire and the Anglo-Welsh poet David Annwn as they explore processes though which they create works in response to the texts and images of the other. As Bruce Nixon has written “Their collaboration, which began in the early 2000s, is based on ekphrasis, a rhetorical device from antiquity, in which one art medium is described by another, thus heightening its affect for viewers or readers. In this case, the poet sends a poem to the calligrapher, who answers it with an image, which is then returned to the poet to become the basis of another poem, and so on, back and forth, an evolutionary process which, from the calligrapher’s perspective, yields a dynamic exchange, provoking the visualization of the written word well beyond the safety of individual style. As a collaborative undertaking, it is at once conversational and deeply personal.” Over the last ten years, David and Thomas have collaborated on twelve one-of-kind books, innovative calligraphic and poetry experiments, and several printed books. Most of these works will be on display for this exhibition.

The Book Club of California - 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 • San Francisco, California 94108 • t. 415 781 7532

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Asheville BookWorks

January 23 – 24, 2016 Saturday – Sunday, 10 – 5 pm

Screen Print Basics Screenprinting is a fun and flexible process that allows you to easily print hand-drawn, photographic, and digital imagery on paper, fabric, and more. In this two-day introductory workshop you will learn to design and print one- or two-color images. Topics covered will include stencil creation, screen preparation, screen exposure, color mixing, registration, and printing on paper or fabric. Artists should bring ideas and/or images to the first session.

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The Book Club of California Event: British Influences on One Bookish American (With a Few California Intersections)

Monday, January 11, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

With the founding of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 1986, Minneapolis became a destination for touring practitioners of the book arts. In 1987, John Randle of the Whitington Press, en route to California, offered a workshop in which Gaylord Schanilec was a participant. Thus began a long and significant association between Gaylord Schanilec and the British printing scene.

Gaylord Schanilec, noted for his color wood engravings, established his own press, Midnight Paper Sales, in 1980. Since then, he has published more than twenty-five books under his imprint, as well as accepted numerous commissions including works for The Gregynog Press in Wales and the Grolier Club of New York.

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to Jan 18

Book Club of California Exhibition Opening: Holiday Cards - Monday, December 14, 2015, 5-7 p.m.

Exhibition Opening: Holiday Cards from William P. Wreden, Family and Friends. Monday, December 14, 2015, 5-7 p.m.

The Book Club’s pop-up holiday exhibition: Holiday Cards from William P. Wreden, Family and Friends features over seventy years of playful and festive fine press cards. Curator Bo Wreden will speak about the collection.
This exhibition features a selection of over seventy years of holiday, Christmas, and New Year cards sent and received by William P. and Byra J. Wreden, and their family and friends. The Wredens delighted in finding amusing anecdotes and stories for their holiday greetings. Among the fine printers and presses the Wredens commissioned to print their greetings are the Grabhorn Press, Bruce Wm. Bradley at the Bird in Hand Press, Sherwood and Katharine Grover at the Grace Hoper Press, Felicia Rice at Moving Parts Press, Susan Acker at the Feathered Serpent Press, Jonathan Clark at the Artichoke Press, Jack Stauffacher of the Greenwood Press, Patrick Reagh, and Richard Seibert. Also on display will be a few publications on holiday cards and some original source material.More information on the exhibition here.

The exhibition will be on view fromDecember 14, 2015-January 18, 2016

The Book Club of California   312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 • San Francisco, CA 94108 •
t. 415 781 7532

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to Feb 29

Asheville Bookworks - Ladies of Letterpress Book Signing and Exhibition

Opening reception: Saturday, December 5, 2015 4 – 6pm
On view: December 5, 2015through February 29, 2016
Exhibition is free and open to the public

Asheville BookWorks is opening a new print and letterpress exhibition featuring artist/members of Ladies of Letterpress. Jessica White and Kseniya Thomas, founders of LofL, have published a new book, The Ladies of Letterpress and Jessica will be onsite to sign books. Opening events also include letterpress demos and several artists will be on hand to discuss their work. The exhibition features prints by artists whose work is in the book. LofL remains on view at BookWorks through February 29, 2016.

Ladies of Letterpress, the newest book co-authored by Jessica White and Kseniya Thomas features works in letterpress by artists from across the USA. The book contains over 80 removable posters.

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