Local Book Arts Organizations

Bay Area Book Artists (BABA)

BABA is a subgroup of the South Bay Area Women’s Caucus for Art (SBAWCA). Membership in BCWCA is $70/year. BABA’s members put together exhibitions and provide a support network for book artists in the South Bay. To join ZBAWCA, visit their website or email membership chairperson Ginni Savalli. This active and fun group is based in the Silicon Valley area. See the calendar for meeting dates.

Hand Bookbinders of California (HBC)

  • $30/year
  • P.O. Box 193216
    San Francisco, CA 94119

The HBC was started in 1972 for those with interest in creating and collecting fine bindings. The group offers workshops, lectures, social activities and exhibitions.

Mills College Center for the Book

Programs at the Center include publications, lectures and workshops by Resources and visiting book artists and historians, exhibitions, conferences and more.

Pacific Center for Book Arts (PCBA)

  • $35/year
  • 300 DeHaro Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

The PCBA offers workshops and exhibitions and sponsors fun events like the Book Arts & Printers Fair and an annual “Bind-Off.” The group also publishes the popular journal, Ampersand, as well as a newsletter, etc..

San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB)

The SFCB offers an amazing selection of book arts and related classes. Their classes are detailed on their website. They also host many exhibitions and other great events. Their website is very well-maintained and updated frequently.

Other Local Organizations

California Society of Printmakers (CSP)

CSP sponsors exhibitions, carries out educational activities and publishes a journal, The California Printmaker. Call or email for a membership application.

Friends of Calligraphy

  • $30/year
  • P.O. Box 425194
    San Francisco, California 94142-5194

Members receive two publications: Bulletin, a quarterly newsletter with information about classes, Resources and international events, book and workshop reviews, calls for entries and resources, and Alphabet, a journal of calligraphy published three times yearly which focuses on artists and their work.

Pacific Scribes

  • $30/year
  • P.O. Box 3392
    Santa Clara, CA 95055

San Jose based calligraphy guild which hosts 5-7 weekend workshops per year for members in calligraphy, book arts, paper decorating, and related arts. Members also receive the quarterly newsletter and can participate in independent study groups and local shows.

National Organizations

Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild (CBBAG)

  • 176 John Street, Suite 309
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada M5T 1X5
  • CBBAG is the Canadian national group for bookbinders.

Guild of Bookworkers

  • USA – $40/year
  • Student – $25 (2 years at this rate max.)
  • Resources Chapter – $10/year additional
  • 521 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10175
  • GBW is the national group for bookbinders. The hold a conference each year, publish standards, sponsor exhibitions and offer other events.

The Miniature Book Society

  • 620 Clinton Springs Avenue
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-1325
  • For collectors, publishers and dealers of tiny tomes under 3″. Lists the activities of the MBS and its 400 members worldwide.

The Movable Book Society

  • P.O. Box 11654
    New Brunswick, NJ 08906
  • Offers information regarding pop-up and movable books.