Free and open to the public, the two fairs are among the leading international gatherings for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community.


09/06- 09/10


1275 Minnesota Street  San Francisco, CA 94107

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SF Art Book Fair

Provide more examples of differently fabricated books that use unique textures and different binding forms and color. We want to give people a tactile experience that will motivate them to read.


Fair Hours

September 6–10   

(Opening Night)

Thursday, September 6th: 8 pm–10 pm

Friday, September 4th: 11 am–5 pm

Sunday, September 5th: 11 am–5 pm

Monday, Sunday 6th: 11 am–5 pm



2020 SF ART BOOK FAIR Booklet

Art book fair Booklet -issuu-0519 cover.

Inform readers of the value

of print books.

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Here are some other related events that are being held around the same time as Sf Art Book Fair.

Virtual Event

September 6th, Thursday

Printer At Play: Marie Dern & the Magic of Letterpress

Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM PDT

Watch as Studio Director Chad Johnson prints a letterpress postcard keepsake inspired by Marie Dern’s artist book book "William Caslon's Typographic ABC (1991)” at SFCB's print studio. Registered attendees to this event will be mailed a postcard keepsake printed during the event. (Limit one postcard per attendee.) "Printer At Play: Marie Dern and the Magic of Letterpress" is co-hosted by the Bolinas Museum and San Francisco Center for the Book in honor of Bolinas Museum’s current exhibition Marie Dern: The Art of Handmade Books on view by appointment through September 6, 2020.

Short Book Book Club

Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM 

The Short Book Book Club meets each term and reads books no longer than 200 pages. All College members are welcome to attend.


The event will take place online via Microsoft Teams. Kellogg Dean Dr Tara Stubbs, will send you a link to the meeting beforehand (you do not need to set up an account).


December's book is Train Dreams by Denis Johnson.

Robert Grainier is a day labourer in the American West at the start of the twentieth century - an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainier struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West - its otherworldly flora and fauna, its rugged loggers and bridge-builders - Train Dreams captures the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life.

Bookbinding Workshop

Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 12:30-3:30 PM 

Volumes invites you to experience a hands-on exploration of the physical structure and metaphorical possibilities of the book form. This workshop will include a brief introduction to the history of artists’ books and Printed Matter, as well as three styles of bookbinding: Hidden Book, 3-hole Pamphlet and Long Stitch. The workshops will be led by Volumes staff Chang Yuchen, an artist, experienced bookmaker, and co-author of Book Book. While we will try to accommodate all those interested, there are a limited amount of spaces available. Bookbinding tool sets will be provided a list to your e-mail for all participants.

September 7th, Friday

An Excess of Quiet: A Conversation with Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué and Jarrett Earnest

Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 2:30-4:30 PM 

Please join us for a conversation between Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué, co-editor of  An Excess of Quiet: Selected Sketches by Gustavo Ojeda, 1979–1989 , and writer, curator, and critic Jarrett Earnest. The book presents a selection of over 200 never-before-seen sketches by Cuban American painter Gustavo Ojeda, best known for the lush and meditative urban nightscapes of 1980s New York City that he created prior to his death from AIDS-related complications in 1989. This event brings Earnest’s work with queer archives, most recently in his exhibition The Young and Evil, into dialogue with Ojeda-Sagué’s recuperative construction of Gustavo Ojeda’s archive, which led to the publication of the artist’s sketches in An Excess of Quiet. Ojeda-Sagué and Earnest will discuss queer archives, the subject of “private work,” horizontal approaches to art history, and the reconstitution of artistic lineages and legacies.

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