Upcoming Events

  • SF in SF with Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland

    Please join us when perennial Bay Area favorites Cecelia Holland and Kim Stanley Robinson return to the American Bookbinders Museum, reading and in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Cecelia Holland is a grande dame of historical fiction who began writing at age twelve. Her first published work, The Firedrake, arrived in…

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

    Bound for Beauty Exhibit Lecture An illustrated talk by ABM Donor, Kathleen Roberts 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…

  • Bound for Beauty Reception

    Saturday, January 18th, 3:30-5:30 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. The reception will follow Kathy Roberts’s 2pm lecture: The Art and Social History of 19th Century Book Cover Design. Come…

  • Collector’s Tour, Led by ABM Donor, Kathleen Roberts

    Bound for Beauty Highlights of the Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers’ Bindings 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…

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

    Bound for Beauty Exhibit Lecture An Illustrated Talk by ABM Donor, Kathleen Roberts Adapted with Images of Miniature Bindings 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…

  • Collector’s Tour, Led by Kathleen Roberts

    Bound for Beauty Highlights of the Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers’ Bindings 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…

Past Events

  • SF in SF with Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders

    Please join us for an evening of reading and conversation with authors Hannu Rajaniemi and Christopher Brown, in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Charlie Jane Anders is the author of The City in the Middle of the Night  and the Nebula Award-winning All the Birds…

  • SF in SF with Garth Nix

    Please join us on a special night for an evening of reading and conversation with author Garth Nix in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. A chance to hang out with one of the most popular young adult novelists in the field!  Garth will read and…

  • ABM at the Creativity Festival

    Join us us to find your spark at the Children's Creativity Museum's Creativity Festival!  Want to bind a book to take home? Create something under the sea?  Experiment with Newton’s “musical” laws of motion and design vehicles powered by pushing, pulling, spinning, or the drop of gravity.  Use the energy…

  • Smithonian Museum Day at ABM

    Saturday, September 21, join the American Bookbinders Museum and other cultural institutions around the country for Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day. Download a ticket that provides free admission for two to the museum of your choice. But choose wisely! You can get one two-person admission ticket per email address (check out…

  • Culture for Community

    Mark your calendars! Thursday, Sep 19: free access to Yerba Buena neighborhood arts & culture institutions, including the American Bookbinders Museum, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the importance of intergenerational connections and stories. #CultureforGenerations #CultureforCommunity Participating Organizations 111 Minna American Bookbinders Museum California Historical Society Children's Creativity Museum…

  • SF in SF with Hannu Rajaniemi and Christopher Brown

    Please join us for an evening of reading and conversation with authors Hannu Rajaniemi and Christopher Brown, in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Hannu Rajaniemi was born in Finland and obtained his PhD in string theory from the University of Edinburgh. He is the author…

  • Opening Reception for Book Smart: Learning to Break the Rules

    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. In addition to the opportunity to see the works on…

  • He to She: The Challenge of Gender Change in Lurid 1950s to ’60s Pulp Cover Art

    Queer Voices Lecture Series He to She: The Challenge of Gender Change in Lurid 1950s to '60s Pulp Cover Art A conversation with Natasha Dennerstein, a local trans author, who will talk about "transvestite" and early trans pulp novels and their cover art. Natasha will explore the power of these…

  • SF in SF with Vylar Kaftan and Megan O’Keefe

    Please join us for an evening of reading and conversation with authors Vylar Kaftan and Megan O'Keefe, in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Vylar Kaftan writes speculative fiction of all genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and slipstream. She won a 2013 Nebula Award for…

  • SF LGBTQ+ Journalism in the Early Days of HIV/AIDS

    Queer Voices Lecture Series SF LGBTQ+ Journalism in the Early Days of HIV/AIDS A conversation with Randy Alfred, gay journalist who covered the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Times. Randy will discuss reportage of the terrifying and yet-to-be-named “gay plague” in 1981.…

  • When the Bar was the Only Place in Town

    Queer Voices Lecture Series When the Bar was the Only Place in Town Every city has its meeting places, where like-minded people go to socialize. For nearly a century in pre-Stonewall, pre-liberation San Francisco, bars were the only public places where gays and lesbians could meet openly. Those storefronts created…

  • Art Walk

    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…

  • Queer Voices Opening Happy Hour

    Join us and the GLBT Historical Society for a special Happy Hour to celebrate the  opening of ABM's new exhibit.  

  • SF in SF with Guy Gavriel Kay

    Please join us for an evening of reading and conversation with authors Guy Gavriel Kay and Ransom Stephens, and audiobook artist Simon Vance, in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Guy Gavriel Kay is the author of fourteen fantasy novels, including the just-published A Brightness Long…

  • SF in SF with Peter Beagle and Jaymee Goh

    Please join us for an evening and reading and conversation with authors Peter S. Beagle and Jaymee Goh, in conversation with Bay Area writer Cliff Winnig. PETER S. BEAGLE is the internationally bestselling and beloved, author of numerous classic fantasy novels and collections, including The Last Unicorn, Tamsin, The Line Between, Sleight of Hand, Summerlong, In Calabria,…

  • SF in SF with Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead

    Please join us for authors Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead, reading and in conversation with Tachyon Publications publisher Jacob Weisman. Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and…

  • long live the book! Lecture Series: Generations: Legacies of Five Influential Hand Bookbinders

    Why do you save every piece of an original binding and study the original binding’s structure to recreate it? Why does design binding reference the text in the cover design or use sculptural boards? Find out where many of the practices we take for granted today have their origins and…

  • Reception for Long Live the Book!

    Join us on Saturday, March 2nd at 5:30 pm for the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the participants of long live the book!, a look at the broad range of contemporary bookbinding in 2019. Wine, sweets, and good conversation will be served.  

  • long live the book! Lecture Series: Paper – History, Culture, and Contemporary Art

    Join Michelle Wilson for an hour of paper: its history and how it is made. She will talk about why paper is part of her creative process and how it defines her work. As a book and paper artist, Michelle incorporates papermaking into her pieces. The unique paper she creates…

  • SF in SF with Anya Martin and Nick Mamatas

    Please join us for an evening with authors Anya Martin and Nick Mamatas reading and in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Anya Martin is a fiction writer based in Atlanta. Sleeping with the Monster, her debut short story collection, was published by Lethe Press in autumn 2018. Publisher’s Weekly called Sleeping with…

  • long live the book! Lecture Series: Birthing a Book

    Do you know what it takes to make a book and the choices that need to made? Berkeley-based book artist, letterpress printer and poet, Mary Laird, will share her poetry, letterpress publishing and binding process with you. She prints her own poetry as Quelquefois Press and has taught  letterpress printing…

  • Book Talk and Reception for Codex

    Join us for a celebration of books and libraries hosted by Stanford Libraries and the Hand Bookbinders of California at the American Bookbinder’s Museum in San Francisco. Elizabeth Ryan, book conservator with the Stanford Libraries Conservation Department, will give a presentation on conservation approaches to scholarly significant book damage and previous…

  • SF in SF with Cecelia Holland, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Howard Hendrix

    Please join us when perennial Bay Area favorites Cecelia Holland and Kim Stanley Robinson are joined by author Howard Hendrix, reading and in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Cecelia Holland is a grande dame of historical fiction who began writing at age twelve. Her first published work, The…

  • Children’s Story Hour

    Join us every Saturday morning from November 17 - January 5 for story hour at the American Bookbinders Museum. Celebrating the new exhibit Of Wonders Wild and New, we'll share stories and activities with kids under 7 and their families. Each child can take a new book home!  

  • Children’s Story Hour

    Join us every Saturday morning from November 17 - January 5 for story hour at the American Bookbinders Museum. Celebrating the new exhibit Of Wonders Wild and New, we'll share stories and activities with kids under 7 and their families. Each child can take a new book home!  

  • Children’s Story Hour

    Join us every Saturday morning from November 17 - January 5 for story hour at the American Bookbinders Museum. Celebrating the new exhibit Of Wonders Wild and New, we'll share stories and activities with kids under 7 and their families. Each child can take a new book home!  

  • Children’s Story Hour

    Join us every Saturday morning from November 17 - January 5 for story hour at the American Bookbinders Museum. Celebrating the new exhibit Of Wonders Wild and New, we'll share stories and activities with kids under 7 and their families. Each child can take a new book home!  

  • Children’s Story Hour

    Join us every Saturday morning from November 17 - January 5 for story hour at the American Bookbinders Museum. Celebrating the new exhibit Of Wonders Wild and New, we'll share stories and activities with kids under 7 and their families. Each child can take a new book home!  

  • Children’s Story Hour

    Join us every Saturday morning from November 17 - January 5 for story hour at the American Bookbinders Museum. Celebrating the new exhibit Of Wonders Wild and New, we'll share stories and activities with kids under 7 and their families. Each child can take a new book home!  

  • Children’s Story Hour

    Join us every Saturday morning from November 17 - January 5 for story hour at the American Bookbinders Museum. Celebrating the new exhibit Of Wonders Wild and New, we'll share stories and activities with kids under 7 and their families. Each child can take a new book home!  

  • SF in SF with Nick Mamatas and Michael Marshal Smith

    Due to poor air quality in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area, this event has been postponed. Please watch for a new date!

  • Children’s Story Hour

    Join us every Saturday morning from November 17 - January 5 for story hour at the American Bookbinders Museum. Celebrating the new exhibit Of Wonders Wild and New, we'll share stories and activities with kids under 7 and their families. Each child can take a new book home!  

  • Opening Reception for Of Wonders Wild and New

    After the kids have gone home, please join ABM staff and Jennifer Crow of the Arne Nixon Center for Children's Literature for a reception to celebrate the exhibit with refreshments and conversation. This is a grown-up party, but it's okay to bring your inner child.

  • Family Party for Of Wonders Wild and New

    Help us celebrate the opening day of Of Wonders Wild and New, a new exhibit that explores the imaginative worlds of children’s books over three centuries. From the advent of children’s books in the early 19th century to today, picture books reflect our changing attitudes toward childhood, diversity, and inclusion.…

  • HBC Exhibit Talk

    A unique opportunity to meet some of the artists whose work is on display at the Hand Bookbinders of California show, and to view selected items outside of the cases.  Hear about the inspiration for the content, and about the decisions behind design choices. Tickets are $10

  • SF in SF with Rudy Rucker and Gregory Norman Bossert

    Please join us for an evening with authors Rudy Rucker and Gregory Norman Bossert reading and in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor. He received the Philip…

  • HBC Artists in Residence

    Members of the Hand Bookbinders of California will be on hand at ABM to demonstrate and discuss their work.

  • HBC Artists in Residence

    Members of the Hand Bookbinders of California will be on hand at ABM to demonstrate and discuss their work.

  • HBC Artists in Residence

    Members of the Hand Bookbinders of California will be on hand at ABM to demonstrate and discuss their work.

  • HBC Artists in Residence

    Members of the Hand Bookbinders of California will be on hand at ABM to demonstrate and discuss their work.

  • Opening Reception: Hand Bookbinders of California Exhibit

    Please join us to celebrate the return of the Hand Bookbinders of California to the ABM for their 46th annual exhibit of members’ work.

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