Category Archives: Book Collections

Physical/Digital: The (Changing) Art of the Book at Reed College

I tumbled straight out of my first year at Reed and into the San Francisco Center for the Book. At first glance, these two institutions may seem totally unrelated. as it turns out, though, they share more than I originally thought possible. Practically every Reed student knows the name Lloyd Reynolds. During his tenure at […]

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Zoe
Zoe
Zoe is a student at Reed College, and an amateur playwright. During the summer of 2013 she is a volunteer at SFCB contributing her time and wit to the library and her sorting talents to the California job cases in the print studio.

The Sketchbook Project II

Summer in San Francisco is freezing, and Sunday was no exception. That didn’t stop a hardcore group of book-lovers, artists, imagination-lovers, readers, and what have you (including myself) from gathering in the SFCB parking lot to get a look at the Sketchbook Project’s mobile library. Well, more specifically, at the 1,000 or so books that […]

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Zoe
Zoe
Zoe is a student at Reed College, and an amateur playwright. During the summer of 2013 she is a volunteer at SFCB contributing her time and wit to the library and her sorting talents to the California job cases in the print studio.

The Sketchbook Project @ SFCB!

Crowdsourcing is a big deal these days: maybe you crowdsource funds for your chick flick/vampire thriller movie, or you get a bunch of people to define words like “cutty” and “bropocalypse.” What about crowdsourcing art? That’s exactly what the Sketchbook Project does. The idea is simple: an artist (or heck, not an artist!) pays a […]

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Zoe
Zoe
Zoe is a student at Reed College, and an amateur playwright. During the summer of 2013 she is a volunteer at SFCB contributing her time and wit to the library and her sorting talents to the California job cases in the print studio.

The Legacy of Florence Walter: Celebrating a Century at the Book Club of California

The Legacy of Florence Walter:
 Celebrating a Century at the BCC April 29-September 2, 2013 Free and open to the public during Book Club hours Monday 10-7; Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 The Legacy of Florence Walter features forty-five fine design bindings that Walter’s family has treasured for many decades. Her working sketches, photographs, keepsakes, and other printed […]

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Ten Years of Organization and Printing: Pictorial Websters

The San Francisco Center for the Book is a big fan of the Pictorial Websters, so of course we were smitten with this mini-documentary on Vimeo Pictorial Webster’s: Inspiration to Completion From the discovery of the 1898 International Dictionary to Linotyping the entries to printing the last print on the Vandercook to cutting the fingertabs […]

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Featured in the SF Chronicle: Codex Fair Celebrates Fine Art of Books

Nancy Davis Kho is a freelance writer in Oakland. She wrote the following article which appeared in the SF Chroncile and on SFGate.com on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 and features a quote from our studio manager Rhiannon Alpers. See the San Francisco Center for the Book at the Codex International Book Fair. Click here for more […]

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Elsi Vassdal Ellis: Al-Mutanabbi I at San Francisco Center for the Book

The San Francisco Center for the Book is exhibiting fifty-four artist’s books from the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” project from February 01 – May 11, 2013. Elsi Vassdal Ellis is one of the artists in the exhibit. Her piece is titled Al-Mutanabbi I and we were delighted to discover a post from 23 Sandy Gallery […]

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Beau Beausoleil: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Beau Beausoleil is the founder and custodian of the Al=-Mutanabbi Street Coalition. He is a passionate speaker about the tragedy of the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street and it’s impact on the global family of poets, writers and artists. This video is a recording of a panel discussion regarding the broadsides from the Al-Mutanabbi Street […]

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SF Center for the Book at 2013 Codex International Book Fair

The CODEX 2013 INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR will be held at the beautiful waterfront Craneway Pavilion, located in Richmond at 1414 Harbour Way South. Craneway Pavilion is a world-class and sustainably designed event, concert and production facility located on 25 waterfront acres, Craneway Pavilion delivers awe-inducing views of the San Francisco skyline and surrounding environs. As […]

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the Bombing of Baghdad’s “Street of the Booksellers”

The San Francisco Center for the Book will be exhibiting fifty artist’s books from the “Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street” project starting on February 1, 2013. To accompany the exhibition, SFCB will be offering the recently published anthology of writings published under the title Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the Bombing of Baghdad’s […]

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