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Student Work from City College’s Bookbinding and Book Arts Courses

Saturday, June 2 – Saturday, June 16, 2018

The American Bookbinders Museum, in collaboration with City College of San Francisco’s Visual Media Design Department, is pleased to present an exhibition of student works from the Bookbinding and Book Arts courses.


Yerba Buena Art Walk

Saturday, June 9, 2018   2:30 – 6:00

Again this year the Bookbinders Museum will be open for ART WALK, a chance to sample the diverse cultural and artistic offerings of the Yerba Buena neighborhood with institutions like SFMOMA, the California Historical Society, 111 Minna Gallery, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Mirus Gallery, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. At ABM join us for a book-making activity for ages.


SF in SF with Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Meg Elison, and Ellen Klages

Sunday, June 10th, 6:30 – 8pm

Join us for another evening of readings and discussion with authors Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Meg Ellison, and Bay Area author and raconteur Terry Bisson.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe writes fiction and non-fiction for adults and for kids. Her most recent novel, The Evolution of Love, was published in May 2018.  She is the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and five other novels, including A Thin Bright Line and The Big Bang Symphony.  Her fiction has won the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, and many other awards.

Meg Elison is a Bay Area author and essayist. Her debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books for 2016. Her second novel, The Book of Etta, was published in 2017 by 47North. Elison lives in Oakland, and writes like she’s running out of time.

Ellen Klages‘s new novel, Out of Left Field, is a follow-up to The Green Glass Sea, (2006), which won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the Lopez Award for Children’s Literature, and the New Mexico State Book Award for Young Adult Literature. A sequel, White Sands, Red Menace (2008), won the California and New Mexico Book awards in the Young Adult category.

Her novelette, “Basement Magic,” won the Nebula Award in 2005, and her novella, “Wakulla Springs,” (co-authored with Andy Duncan) won the World Fantasy Award in 2014. The first  collection of her short fiction, Portable Childhoods (2007), was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Ellen lives in San Francisco in a house full of strange and wonderful things.

Doors and cash bar open at 5:30 – Program begins at 6:30. 

$10 donation at the door (no one is turned away for lack of funds). As always Borderlands Books will be on hand with copies of the authors’ work.

We hope to see you here. 


The Joy of Cookbooks

Saturday, June 23 – Saturday, August 25, 2018

The cookbook is a snapshot of its time, its culture, and its owner. Omnivore Books and the American Bookbinders Museum are delighted to present The Joy of Cookbooks, drawing from Omnivore’s shelves as well as from the collection of Omnivore owner Celia Sack. Come see why, after 2000 years, the cookbook is still going strong. 


Hand Bookbinders Annual Members Exhibition (HBC 46)

Tuesday, September 11 – Friday, October 26, 2018

Each year the Hand Bookbinders of California sponsors an Annual Members Exhibition.  The works displayed reflect the varied interests of HBC’s diverse membership, and can include design bindings, fine press, artists’ books, calligraphy, conservation, box-making, historical structures, and paper decoration. In addition to a full-color catalog created for the exhibition, HBC and the American Bookbinders Museum will host a number of Saturday events, including a bookbinding class, and demonstrations. These events will be open to HBC members and the public, and will be designed to expand the knowledge of, and participation in, handmade books to a larger audience.