Parenthesis is the Association’s journal and deals broadly in fine and private press printing as well as bookbinding, typography, collecting, publishing and related areas. Richly illustrated in full color, it is published twice a year and is available free to FPBA members.
While it is best known for its insightful reviews of fine press books, the magazine publishes essays, commentary, news, how-to articles and profiles of presses and personalities shaping the fine printing community. Its many contributors have included Barry Moser, Denise Brady, John Randle, Michelle Cloonan, Bruce Whiteman, Caren Heft, Sebastian Carter, Jane Rodgers Siegel, Crispin Elsted, Inge Bruggeman, Alan Powers, Mark Dimunation, Paul W. Nash, and Kenneth Auchincloss.
Each issue of Parenthesis comes in two forms: standard and deluxe. Standard copies are soft back with a wrapper. Deluxe copies consist of a case-bound copy of the standard form and a portfolio of printed ephemera from presses around the world, the two items held in a slipcase; special papers are generally commissioned to cover the case-bound copy and the slipcase.
To bring vitality and variety to Parenthesis, its production alternates between North America and Europe. In North America, Nina Schneider brings out the Fall issue, while the Spring issue is edited by Sebastian Carter in the UK.