Archive for the ‘Book Fairs’ Category

CODEX Foundation Book Fair & Symposium

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Peter Koch has spearheaded a new organization, The CODEX Foundation, to “preserve and promote the art and craft of the book.” As part of that charge, CODEX is sponsoring a Book Fair & Symposium Feb. 13-15, 2007 on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The theme for the symposium is “The Fate of the Art, The Hand Printed Book in the 21st Century.” The list of speakers is interesting: Robert Bringhurst, Breyten Breytenbach, Sarah Bodman, Felipe Ehrenberg, and Dr. Stefan Soltek; the list of presses (with a few dealers mixed in) that will be at the book fair is also quite impressive. I’d love to go, but it doesn’t seem like a financial possibility (however, if someone would like to sponsor me, I’d be eternally grateful). I hope that it’s a great success (and that someone will provide post-event details for Fine Press News or for Bibliographica)!

Registration is limited to 200 people (the capacity of the hall where the symposium is being held). I’ll duplicate here some of the registration details:


To register, please print and complete the registration PDF and mail it with a check for the appropriate amount to:

The Codex Foundation
2203 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710


Exhibitor tables at the Book Fair are $500. Each table includes one ticket for the symposium and two complimentary tickets to the Book Fair.

The Symposium is $200.00 per person and includes admission to the book fair for both days.

The GALA Book Fair and CODEX Symposium closing dinner at the The Berkeley Faculty Club will be on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for $55 per person.

Public events:

The price of admission to the fair for the general public for both days is $15. A single-day ticket is $10. A two-day ticket for students (with I.D.) is $5.

Tickets for the Opening preview of the Book Fair on Tuesday evening are $50.


Questions or requests for further information can be directed to:

(510) 849-0673

The Codex Foundation
2203 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Book Arts Fair in Ottawa

Monday, June 5th, 2006

The following announcement comes via Grant Wilkins of The Grunge Papers. 

17 June 2006, 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Free to the Public
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St., Room A Ottawa, Ontario

Come b(u)y and see

On Saturday, June 17, 2006, the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild will present a Book Arts Fair at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Room A, Ottawa, Ontario. The fair is open to the public and admission is free.

This unique event will present a wide variety of work, including unique artist books, letter-pressed broadsides and publications, livres d'artiste, binding supplies – both for exhibit and for sale. Exhibitors include Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild members, such as book artists Lise Melhorn-Boe, North Bay, Ontario; Jacques Fournier, Montreal, Quebec; Norma Frolander , Pembroke Ontario; Peter Sramek, Toronto, Ontario; bookbinders Terry Rutherford, Port Moody, British Columbia; Janet Jancar, Ottawa, Ontario; papermaker Audrey Hollinger, Waterloo Ontario; paper marbler Lucie Lapierre, Chateauguay, Quebec; fine printers: Grace Notes Press, Burlington, Ontario; the Ottawa Press Gang: Rick Coxford, Holly Dean and Larry Thompson, Susan Globensky, April Flanders, Roberta Huebener, Britt Quinlan and Grant Wilkins. As well, Firefly author and artist George A. Walker will be at the Fair, showing new work and signing his book The Woodcut Artist's Handbook.

Library and Archives Canada will exhibit a sampling of its collection of fine press books and livres d'artiste during the CBBAG Book Arts Fair. This exhibition, located in the lobby of Library and Archives Canada, will include a selection of recent acquisitions by book artists and fine presses from across the country. In addition, the exhibition will feature CBBAG's newest collective work, A Book Arts Mosaic. The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild is a not-for-profit, charitable, volunteer-run organization which organizes exhibitions, workshops, a bindery and open studio, public lectures, a quarterly newsletter, a biennial suppliers list, an audio-visual lending library, and many other activities. Visit the CBBAG website at for further details or email the Guild at

For more information contact: Randall Ware, Public Programs Officer, Library and Archives Canada; Telephone: (613) 992-0057.

Alcuin Society Wayzgoose

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

The Alcuin Society announces it’s annual Alcuin Wayzgoose 2005: A Letterpress Book Fair to be held Saturday, October 22 from 10am-4pm at the Vancouver Public Library (the one in British Columbia, Canada). Featured presses include Barbarian Press, Pie Tree Press, Heavenly Monkey, and others (do at least go to the Wayzgoose page and check out the web pages for the presses to be present – there’s a lot of interesting printing going on). For further information contact Eric L. Swanick at 604.291.4626 or

Oak Knoll Fest XII

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Mark your calendars (as if you haven’t already): Oak Knoll Fest XII will be held October 1-2. This year’s theme is leaf books, influenced by the big leaf book exhibition at The Caxton Club of Chicago:

The theme of Oak Knoll Fest Twelve is “The Private Press and Leaf Books, a Noble Tradition?” Joel Silver, Curator of Books at the Lilly Library and recent contributor to the Caxton Club’s Disbound and Dispersed, the Leaf Book Considered will speak on Saturday morning at 10am giving us a history of the leaf book with a glimpse as to why the private press world was chosen to do them. The panel discussion on Sunday at 10am will consider not only the practical but also the ethical side of the leaf book. Joel Silver will moderate the panel which will be composed of Jerry Kelly of Kelly-Winterton Press, John Randle of the Whittington Press, Michael Thompson, President of the Caxton Club and an attorney with a special interest in the ethical side of leaf books; other participants will be named later.

Now that Oak Knoll has posted the first rumblings of Oak Knoll Fest, my favorite time of year has arrived. I’ll constantly go back to the site to see which printers/presses have signed up, gleefully counting down the days until October – this probably sounds pathetic, but Oak Knoll Fest is so much fun! If you’ve never been, you really must go. Where else can you look at so many fine press books and talk to so many printers? Well, there is the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, but for those of us on this side of the Atlantic, Oak Knoll is it.

“The Changing Book” at the University of Iowa

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

The Changing Book: Transitions in Design, Production & Conservation is a conference/fair being held at the University of Iowa from July 22-25, 2005. The focus is on book structures/binding, but there’s lots of other interesting things to do as well. The event coincides with an exhibition honoring the bookbinder Bill Anthony (at the University of Iowa Museum of Art).