Our Director of Programming is David Senior.
To download the 2024 SFABF program guide, click here.


Friday, July 19

Citizen Printer, with Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. and Kelly Walters
Through the use of bold language, graphic typography, and colorful layers, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.’s letterpress prints embody an intensity that catches the eye and provokes the mind. Curated by Fridaydesigner and author Kelly Walters, Citizen Printer, a solo exhibition at Letterform Archive includes a wide variety of printed artifacts such as broadsides, maps, church fans, handbills, and oversized posters produced throughout Kennedy’s career. Walters joins Kennedy for a special conversation at the SF Art Book Fair on Friday. Then join us on Saturday, July 20 for a reception at the Archive. See for details.

Unfolding Duplications: Contemporary Risograph Publishing.
Zach Clark, National Monument Press with Amy Burek, Awkward Ladies Club
Lindsay Buchman, Seaton Street Press, Erica Wilk, Moniker Press, Rodrigo Alasua, SARA
Within the last decade, Riso has shifted from a niche method for printing low cost underground ephemera to a fully embraced and ubiquitous method for creating artist publications. Unfolding Duplications: Contemporary Risograph Publishing is a panel discussion featuring the curators and a selection of participating artists from the show of the same name, opening this weekend at the San Francisco Center for The Book. This talk and the corresponding exhibition present multiple points of view around what makes Risograph publishing exciting and important at this moment in time. Presented by National Monument Press.

What is a book? with Alan Sobrino
"Everything is a book. Books are books. A building is a book. The last kiss is a book. The deepest part of the pool is a book. A map is a book about books. A scream in the shower is a book. Palm trees are books. Almonds are also a book. I am a book." Books are typically approached in a straight timeline that tries to capture all of its forms. "What is a book?" will explore the book as a social object, peeling its layers and reflecting the possibilities, forms, and shapes a book can achieve. Presented by Errant Press.

From Handmade to Big Trade: Language Barrier + Auspicious Books Discuss Different Publishing Channels and How to Find Them.
Trinie Dalton and Abby Banks will discuss their personal histories of making artists’ books and handmade publications starting in the 1990’s, particularly within frameworks of shaping indie projects into trade editions for commercial publishing houses. Through examples of some favorite zines and unconventional book-making tools, they’ll share histories of their designs highlighting eras and renovations of fun antique reproduction techniques like xerography and analog photography.

In Community, with Pia Camill
In celebration of Pia Camil: Friendly Fires, Inventory Press invites you to join artist Pia Camil for a talk & cabaret-inspired performance with local collaborators.

Saturday, July 20

Forty Creeks in Forty Minutes: an audiovisual tour of the San Francisco-San Pablo Bay system
Join the Society of Submerged Culture's Lauren Hartman and Jon Fischer on an audiovisual tour of the San Francisco-San Pablo Bay system. This guided tour will traverse the network of creeks that drain the entire Bay Area, from mountainous redwood forests to some of the most urbanized parts of California. It will coincide with the release of "The Forty Creeks Project," a limited edition box set that includes screen-printed art objects and a new atlas commemorating the essential creeks of the San Francisco Bay Area watershed.

The Evanesced [Tarot Deck] with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle a.ka. Olomidara Yaya will be performing a live reading from The Evanesced [Tarot Deck + Guidebook]. This new artist's book is inspired by Hinkle/Yaya's The Evanesced Series, an expansive body of work featuring hundreds of drawings and paintings that the artist calls un-portraits, along with a suite of site-specific performances. The project interrogates the erasure of Black womxn historically and presently, standing in solidarity with #SayHerName and various intersections of what it means to be femme, especially Black and femme. Presented by KACH Studio Press and Sming Sming Books.

REAL AND MAKE BELIEVE, with Craig Steely
To celebrate the release of REAL AND MAKE BELIEVE, the 40th effort of LAND AND SEA, Craig Steely will discuss,amongst other things,  his ideas in relation to common hierarchical notions of architecture. REAL AND MAKE BELIEVE- as an object, collects Craig's sketches, models and finished homes and presents them in a non-hierarchical frame- equally championing  the idea, the magic, the spark, and the process, as well as finished dwellings.. Presented by LAND AND SEA.

LIVING ARCHIVES: how book arts community refuses complete burnout, with Kate Laster
The practice of keeping records may be associated with institutional control or private comfort but it continues to also be an act of survival. What happens when burnout burns out? This visual studies lecture explores the history and present of cycles of burnout and endurance in book, print and movement work. From scanner beds, printing zines to studios in the woods producing accessible protest art: our radical art ancestors have taken up space in book margins, founded alternative presses, gathered at meetups, made counter-monuments and rallied in community. The process of persistence is embedded in a vast bibliography far outside of the canon: this is the future of collective liberation.

Anonymous Objects: Inscrutable Photographs and the Unknown, with Kim Beil and Alexander Nemerov
Join Kim Beil in conversation with Alexander Nemerov on the mysteries of found photographs. Attendees who buy a copy of Anonymous Objects: Inscrutable Photographs and the Unknown will receive their own mysterious vintage photograph selected by the author. Beil teaches art history at Stanford University and her writing on photography appears in the Atlantic, the Believer, Cabinet and the New York Times among other publications. Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford and is the author, most recently, of The Forest: A Fable of America in the 1830s, as well as Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York. Presented by Park Life.

“Hi Babe, It’s Me. You.”— Sam McGuire and MARBIE in conversation on the intersection of queer identity, creativity, and skate.
To celebrate photographer Sam McGuire’s debut monograph “Hi Babe, It’s Me. You” (Paragon Books), the author joins contemporary artist MARBIE in conversation about their experiences navigating and finding success beyond the skate industry as queer creatives. Sam left his small Iowa hometown to spend a decade on the road documenting professional skaters, driven by a desire to find himself and explore the exotic locations he saw in magazines. He found success working for Nike, Adidas, and Converse, yet struggled with the fear that his career could be ruined if he ever came out. MARBIE also faced challenges in seeking queer representation in skateboarding. A severe leg injury pushed her out of the skate world, but with the rise of queer and women-centered skate crews like Unity Skateboarding, MARBIE returned to find support and a growing audience for her visual art. Presented by Paragon Book and Hashimoto Contemporary.

Sunday, July 21

Organizing Power: Unionizing for Arts Workers
All working people have rights, whether we work at an art museum, a bookstore, or a school. Nationwide, arts workers have begun to unionize—they’ve enhanced their rights and improved their workplaces. But it can be difficult to know how to get started. Organizing Power is a series of Risograph-printed booklets which provide tools for union formation tailored to arts workers. Join artist Jessalyn Aaland and Bay Area arts and nonprofit workers to learn about their union experiences at institutions like SFMOMA, CCA, and the Oakland Museum of California. Presented by Current Editions.

Handle with Care with Art Handlxrs*, a book launch event and conversation with Bay Area based art handlxrs
This panel will explore the future of art handling and the importance of care, organizing, and diversity in the art world. The conversation will feature Charlene Tan, Yoni Asega, and the Co-Founders of Art Handlxrs* Marcel Pardo Ariza and Ambrose Trataris with a focus on uplifting individual and collective efforts that improve the conditions and sustainability of the industry. Join this event to celebrate and learn more about this new publication by Art Handlxrs* with editions profiling art handlxrs in San Francisco, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and New York. 

Working together, talking together with Lynn Marie Kirby, Jordan Stein, and Tanya Zimbardo
On the occasion of the new X Artists’ Books (XAB) publication Time & Place: on the work of Lynn Marie Kirby, XAB co-presents with / (Slash) a trialogue with Kirby, Jordan Stein and Tanya Zimbardo.This book explores Kirby’s work through a collection of newly commissioned writing and previously published essays by Etel Adnan, Barbara McBane, Charlie Hewison, Glenn  Phillips, Etienne Kallos, Lynne Sachs, Jordan Stein, Jalal Toufic, Carolina Magis Weinberg, Tanya Zimbardo, and interviews with Kirby and Lissa Gibbs, Alexandra Grant, Megan Kiskaddon, Rachel Ralph, and Trinh T. Minh-ha. In lieu of standard photo documentation, the book includes Kirby’s black & white “scans.”   

Mondo Vision with Bart Nagel and R.U. Sirius
Join us for a talk about Mondo 2000, the iconic cyberculture magazine published from 1984-1998. The discussion will feature co-founder and editor R.U. Sirius and art director Bart Nagel, moderated by Dr. J. Christian Greer. Mondo Vision: A Pictorial Survey of Mondo 2000 is a new publication by Colpa Press.

Ongoing - LOOP

Some time, some place
presented by Lynn Marie Kirby and X Artists’ Books
This looping program features the work of contributors to Time & Place: on the work of Lynn Marie Kirby, X Artists’ Books’ most recent publication. Artists include: Kirby, Etienne Kallos, Lynne Sachs, Jeffrey Skoller, Jalal Toufic, and Carolina Magis Weinberg.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts / San Francisco Arts Commission

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of the Chicano, Central and South American, and Caribbean people. MCCLA is a multicultural, multidisciplinary arts organization committed to the collaborative vision of Latino art forms and to making the arts accessible as essential to the community's development and well-being.

The project space is organized in collaboration with the San Francisco Arts Commission and in conjunction with the exhibition Una Voz Publica: A Public Voice on view at City Hall through September 27, 2024. 

Eames Institute

The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity is a nonprofit public charity that advances the dynamic legacy of Charles and Ray Eames. By sharing the things the Eameses made and loved, along with their joyful and rigorous approach to life and work, we seek to inspire creative problem-solving that positively shapes our world. The Eames Institute holds one of the most significant and comprehensive collections of Eames designs and related ephemera in the world—the majority of which originates from the Eameses themselves, and their office at 901 Washington Boulevard in Venice, California. The collection encompasses early correspondence and artwork that predate their meeting, unique prototypes and process materials, industrial products, printed communications, and even treasured personal effects. During SFABF the Institute will bring the collection to life through artifacts, photography, and a new series of printed catalogs.


Friday, July 19
Table E10 -  12pm - Dark Entries Editions - DARK ENTRIES COLLECTED MUSIC GRAPHICS by Eloise Leigh, published by Dark Entries Editions - Signing and Launch.
Table A21 -  1pm - Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, EarthLabSF - Assuming the Ecosexual Position—The Earth as Lover - Signing.
Table D01 -  2pm - Documerica Books & Light Squared Media - Course of the Empire, published by Steidl & Midnight La Frontera, published by TBW. Signing.
Table D05 -  4pm - SUPER LABO - City Confessions #3 PARIS by Ed Templeton, published by SUPER LABO. Signing.

Saturday, July 20
Table G08 - 11am-1pm - Deep Time Press -  Madeline Cass poster signing.
Table A22 - 1pm - azulejo arte impressa - The settler’s town is a well fed town. Its belly is always full of good things. by Amanda Teixeira. Launch.
Table D10 - 1pm - Datz Press - This Earthen Door by Amanda Marchand & Leah Sobsey, published by Datz Press - Signing.
Table E10 - 2pm - Dark Entries Editions - by daniel case, published by Dark Entries Editions. Signing.
Table A06 - 2pm - Perimeter Editions - Refuge by Lenard Smith, published by Perimeter Editions. Signing.
Table D10 - 3pm - Datz Press - Paper Constructs by Diane Pierce, published by Datz Press. Signing.
Table A20 - 3pm - TBW Books - Juggling Is Easy by Peggy Nolan, published by TBW Books. Signing.
Table D09 - 3pm - Nazraeli Press -  ATL and other Mark Steinmetz titles published by Nazraeli Press. Signing.
Table D09 - 4pm - Nazraeli Press - The End Sends Advance Warning and other titles by Todd Hido, published by Nazraeli Press. Signing.


Saturday, July 20, 12-1:30pm
Make a Zine! (Ages 13 & under)
With Irrelevant Press and People I’ve Loved
Start them young. Create a zine or mini art book (parents welcome!) with different supplied materials and formats. With nothing off the table see what can be created. Saturday, 12-1:30pm. Drop-ins OK.

Saturday, July 20, 2-4pm
Diego Vázquez Airbrushing Experience, BBPRESS with TercerMundo aka Diego Vázquez.


Join us Thursday, July 18, 6-10pm for our opening night preview of the 2024 SFABF. Music and DJs provided by Fault Radio


Friday, July 19
SFABF AFTER PARTY  - BAR PART TIME - 496 14th St. San Francisco, CA 94103 - 9pm - 1:30am

Join us at Bar Part Time to celebrate the 7th edition of the San Francisco Art Book Fair. Free admission. DJ Jeremy Castillo on the decks. 

Saturday, July 20 
DARK ENTRIES ANNIVERSAY PARTY - 900 Marin St. San Francisco, CA 94124 - 9pm
Celebrate one of our exhibitors, Dark Entires, at their 15 year anniversary party at the Midway. Tickets available here. Featuring music by Bill Converse, Group Rhoda, Dax Pierson, Carlos Souffront, and Pre Op Trans.