Archive for the ‘Book Fairs’ Category

Oak Knoll pictures posted

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

I’ve finally managed to post and share the pictures I took at Oak Knoll. There are the pictures of one item from every table at the fest (except my own–I forgot). And then there are the ones of the speakers at the Friday symposium and the morning speakers on Saturday and Sunday. While you’re at it, why don’t you just “like” the whole FPBA area on Facebook, and start posting? Look for it by searching on Fine Press Book Association.

–Bob McCamant

Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, October 28-30

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Toronto Antiquarian Book FairAs the only international antiquarian and collectible book fair in Canada, the 2011 TIABF will bring booksellers and bibliophiles together for a three day event. Among the exhibitors will be many of the top Canadian antiquarian booksellers and an outstanding group of their international colleagues from Europe and North America. They will bring a wide ranging selection of books, maps, prints and manuscripts for your perusal and purchase–including travel and exploration; natural history, science and technology; children’s and illustrated; fine press and limited editions; modern first editions and signed volumes; antiquarian and incunabula; as well as interesting and unusual books of all kinds. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of Canada. It will be held at the Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Details.
–Bob McCamant

Oxford Book Fair Applications Due March 11

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Links to forms have been posted here.

–Bob McCamant

PCBA Book Arts and Printers’ Fair in San Francisco, May 15

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

PCBA Book Arts and Printers’ Fair

Saturday, May 15
9:00 to 3:00 pm
Fort Mason, San Francisco

The event is free and open to the public. Come see bookbinders, printers, book artists, calligraphers, paper dealers and more at this annual event. For more information about the PCBF, see their website. Thinking of exhibiting? Download a registration form here. See a pdf of the fair poster here.

About PCBA

The Pacific Center for the Book Arts exists to provide support for the development of their members in the various fields of the book arts, including typography, printing, calligraphy, illustration, bookbinding, conservation, papermaking and printmaking; to provide social activities for the member community; to encourage the development of professional practices in the various book arts through exhibits and educational programs; to create opportunities to promote the work of their members; and to engage other activities necessary or incident to the above.

Their office is located within the San Francisco Center for the Book (, an organizational friend of PCBA’s which hosts many PCBA-sponsored events and activities.

Fine printing from California? Where can I learn more about that?

For those interested in fine printing’s Bay Area connection, the fall issue of Parenthesis (the journal of the Fine Press Book Association) will be a special California-focused issue. It will feature articles on early bookmaking, contemporary printers, a Hollywood legend turned printer, and new fine press books coming from the Golden State. Plus: A gallery of rare prints showing California’s stunning food and fine-printing connection. (We recommend you have a voluptuous Napa Pinot standing by.) Parenthesis is free to FPBA members. membership is surprisingly inexpensive. Get details here.

— Paul Razzell

This Weekend: Book Arts Show in Ottawa

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

This coming Saturday, June 13th, the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) will present its 2009 Book Arts Show and Sale at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario. The fair is from 10:30-4 and admission is free.

There will be speakers/demonstrations about bookbinding, book collecting, printing woodcuts, and much more. You can get more details, see a list of participants, and download a pdf of the program at the CBBAG-OVC site.

— John Russell

Oak Knoll goes every-other-year

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Regular Oak Knoll exhibitors received the note below recently from Bob Fleck.

Dear friends,

I have read your many emails to me and thank you for all the nice things you have said about the Fest and Oak Knoll. I also appreciate your honesty with me about the hard economic times and the travel money used up by the Codex Foundation fair and the upcoming Oxford Fair.

I have decided to continue Oak Knoll Fest but run it every other year starting in 2010. We at Oak Knoll are determined to make that Fest the best one so far. Please reserve the first weekend in October, 2010 (1st, 2nd, 3rd), for Oak Knoll Fest XVI. We will also be running a workshop for private customers and private presses on the Friday proceeding the Fest as that proved to be very popular with our librarian attendees.

Thanks for your past and continuing support


CBBAG Ottawa Book Arts Show & Sale

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Mark your calendars:

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild will be holding a show and sale on Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 10:30am to 4pm. The event is free and will be held at the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

For further information, contact

book art object

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

The Codex Foundation is publishing a catalogue/commemorative volume of the First Codex Foundation Book Fair and Symposium. book art object, edited by David Jury with transcripts from the speakers as well as five additional essays from book artists from around the world, is expected to be published in November. Keep an eye on the publication website for further details (though Parenthesis 15 has an article by David Jury that notes that 1500 copies have been [will be?] printed, with the books retailing for US $75 and a prepublication price, including postage, of US $65).

Readers will also want to keep in mind that the Second Codex Foundation Book Fair and Symposium will be held February 8-11, 2009 in Berkeley, California. Tickets are $225 and registration for both the book fair and the symposium now appear to be open. See the Codex 2009 web page for more information.

A Living Chapter in the History of the Book in Canada

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

From Rollin Milroy:

An Evening Celebrating Six Decades of Work by
Typographer, Designer and
Private Press Printer
Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Friday 16 November, 2007

Happily coinciding with his 80th birthday, an evening celebrating the influence and scope of Robert Reid’s typography, graphic design and letterpress publishing will be the focus of this year’s Yosef Wosk – Simon Fraser University – Alcuin Society lecture.

In collaboration with the event, a new Web site chronicling his career, illustrated with many of his books, has just been launched at

The featured speaker at the Nov. 16 event will be renowned West Coast artist TAKAO TANABE, who was introduced to Reid in the early 1950s by Joe Plaskett. Tanabe and Reid collaborated on a variety of printing and design work through the decade, and both taught at the Vancouver Art School. In the early ’60s Tanabe’s own Periwinkle Press further established his reputation as an innovative typographer and graphic designer. Other speakers will be Heavenly Monkey publisher Rollin Milroy, who will start the evening with an illustrated overview and highlights of Reid’s publishing work; and librarian Peter McNally, who will speak about Reid’s work as designer for McGill University Press. The evening will conclude with a talk by Robert, focusing on some of the people who’ve had particular influence on his career.

Starting in the 1950s, Robert established a reputation as the leading typographer and book designer on the West Coast. In the 1960s he moved to Montreal and McGill University Press, where he oversaw design for all of the academic publications and a number of special, limited editions. In the 1970s he moved to New York and spent the next 25 years packaging over a million books for major publishers. In 1998 he returned to Vancouver, and over the past decade has published a number of limited edition books on a variety of topics. Details and images of many of these books can be seen at the site.

The Robert Reid lecture is followed on Saturday 17 November by the third biannual Alcuin Society wayzgoose fine press fair, also in Vancouver. Work from two dozen letterpress publishers and book artists will be on display at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.

Both events are free and open to the public. Please forward this message along to anyone interested in graphic design, typography, publishing and the history of the book in Canada. Details and updates can be found at the News page of the Robert Reid site, or the Alcuin Society site.

Fine Press Appreciation Day at Kingdom Books

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

This Friday, August 18, from 2 until 8 pm, Kingdom Books in lovely Waterford, VT will be hosting a “Fine Press Appreciation Day.” The store will feature a number of Vermont- and New England-based printers and their work, including our good friend Dean Bornstein and his Perpetua Press, Greg Joly’s Bull Thistle Press, and featuring Bob Walp (Chester Creek Press). There’s a lot of good fun to be had, so do yourself a favor and take a nice trip up to the Northeast Kingdom – it’s lovely up there, you can chat with friendly printers, maybe find a cool stream to dip a toe into … who could resist?

Here are more details (provided by Beth Kanell, co-owner):

CHESTER CREEK PRESS: Bob Walp was studying at Vermont College, with Sarah Bowen of Peacham, Vermont, as his advisor in the senior year. She noted his interest in bookbinding, but at the time, he declined her offer to introduce him to nearby printer/designer Dean Bornstein. He headed instead to Alabama, where he studied book arts with Steve Miller (founder of Red Ozier Press, then of Red Hydra Press at the University of Alabama). In the broader program, he discovered an interest in all the book arts, and when someone offered him his own press, he became hooked. His first production was a 12-copy edition of eight poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay that he now calls “almost respectable.” Bob now uses two tabletop platen presses and a Vandercook proof press. He did eventually meet Dean Bornstein, who kindly gave him the necessary tips to move into more finished work. He attended the Paper and Book Intensive (PBI), and also stays in touch with fellow U of A student Daniel Urban, who apprenticed with Sam Hamill at Copper Canyon Press and is now working with Tuttle Press in Rutland, Vt. Bob just finished his MA and his thesis project, a cased volume of Jody Gladding’s poems, is here, with several other items.

PERPETUA PRESS: Dean Bornstein’s design work for the Stinehour Press in Lunenburg, Vt., from 1993 to 1997 led him into his own press work. A design and printing studio now occupies the small, neat barn at his Peacham, Vt., home. Some of his pieces are principally type (see the wondrous Eric Gill item); others, especially in conjunction with photographer Gregory Spaid, have led him into large-format black-and-white photo projects. Dean’s earlier background included work for Ron Gordon at Oliphant Press (NY); Ron in turn drew from experience at Joseph Blumenthal’s Spiral Press (NYC). Note that this connection too circles back to Vermont, as Blumenthal’s nephew, Chris Morrow, is the current owner of Northshire Books in Manchester, Vt.

LUCKY DOG PRESS: Lucy Swope’s luck in fine press came when she was “artist in residence” in poetry at a local high school, when she spotted a platen press seeking a new home. In 1993 she completed her first book, “The Story of I-Am-A-Dragon.” Rich with wood engravings and fantasy, it’s a story her son told her when he was 4 years old. (He’s now 35.) Lucy’s line of books features cats, dogs (lucky ones, of course!), even horses. Early items bear the Elizabeth Farm Press imprint; her move to West Fairlee led to Lucky Dog, a folk art imprint entirely hers.

BRIDGE PRESS: Brian D. Cohen learned engraving on the job as a teacher at the Putney School, and has collaborated with poet Chard deNiord in many of the broadsides and folios issued through his Westminster Station, Vt., press. The most recent offering of the press is a collaboration with his wife and is called The Bird Book; it includes 26 hand-tinted bird engravings, boards of bird’s-eye maple, and title crafted by book artist Julie Chen (Flying Fish Press).

BULL THISTLE PRESS: Political, passionate, precise, and perfectly wonderful to see and hold: These are the broadsides and very limited books from Greg Joly of Jamaica, Vt. Linked artistically and politically with Bob Arnold of Longhouse Press, Ed Rayher of Swamp Press, and Gary Metras of Adastra Press, Bull Thistle began in 1990 with a 600-pound New Champion foot-treadle cast iron platen press (c. 1895). Expect surprises.

We also have nice collections from Brooding Heron Press; Toothpaste Press; and of course The Stinehour Press and David R. Godine.

DIRECTIONS: From The Stinehour Press, turn right onto Route 2 west, and go 21 miles to East St. Johnsbury village. (Just before the village you pass Don’s Wayside Furniture on the right; as you enter the village, Rod’s Cars is on the right.) Take the only left in the village, across a small cement bridge. Bearing right, go directly uphill on East Village Road for half a mile; we are on your left, 283 East Village Road, a cinnamon-brown house with large BOOKS flag. Refreshments provided. We will remain open until at least 8 p.m., and until the last guest retires. (From downtown St. Johnsbury, we are 4.5 miles east on Rt. 2; take the right just after the post office, over the bridge)

For more info, contact:

Beth and Dave Kanell
Kingdom Books
283 East Village Road
Waterford VT 05819
802/748-5488 and