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February 2020 Bulletin

Members & Friends Meeting
Charles Library
Temple University
Thursday, February 27, 2020
6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Visit the new Charles Library at Temple University for the Philadelphia Center for the Book’s first Members and Friends Meeting of 2020. Join PCB members, book artists, librarians, and book enthusiasts for light snacks and conversation and an introduction to the book arts collections at Temple’s Special Collections Research Center. Enjoy the current library exhibit highlighting the SCRC’s artists’ book collection and tour the new state of the art Charles Library.

Registration requested.
Artists' Working Group
Sunday, March 29, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

PCB offers members a chance to join a critical community of artists and peers, approximately every other month, to share ideas and feedback about works in progress or in conception.

University of the Arts
333 S. Broad St., 6th floor Bindery

RSVP Required.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Room 132, Parkway Central Library
Registration Opens February 25, 12:00 PM

Stab binding is a family of book binding techniques used for over two thousand years in Japan, China, and Korea. Both cathartic and simple, stab bindings are an efficient way to produce elegant books. Using thread to wrap around the spines, Japanese stab bindings are an ideal way to bind loose sheets of paper together securely. The workshop begins by learning the basic foundation 4 hole stitch (yotsume toji) with the noble (kangxi) corner variation in order to make a thin, soft cover book. We will then create models to learn the hemp leaf (asa-no-ha toji) and tortoise shell (kikko toji) bindings. This set of bindings is ideal for beginners.

After a taste of simple glue based bookbinding in high school, Teresa Silva began to teach herself how to bind books from books she borrowed from the library. After a brief interlude of learning to bind books properly from professionals (but not really becoming better at glue), she began to focus on exposed spine, non-adhesive bindings as well as Japanese stab bindings that can be made using simple tools, all sorts of easily procured materials, and could be sewn almost anywhere.Find her @

Materials will be provided, but participants may bring their own tools. Registration is required and will open February 25 at 12:00pm.
Edible Book Festival
Saturday, March 28, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Soapbox Community Print Shop and Zine Library
4700 Kingsessing Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143

The Philadelphia Center for the Book is partnering with The Soapbox Community Print Shop and Zine Library to host the Edible Book Festival, an event celebrated by bibliophiles and gastronomes alike. The International Edible Book Festival is held worldwide, around the beginning of April, in part to celebrate the birthday of French Gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), and to celebrate the fun of eating your own words! An edible book can be simply defined as an edible object that somehow relates to books. It may integrate text, illustrate literary titles or content, or represent book form. You can read more about edible books at the official festival website,

Join us for refreshments, bookmaking activities, and of course, edible books! Prizes will be awarded to the most delicious book, the best book structure, the punniest book, and the audience favorite! All books will be eaten by the attendees at the end of the day. You do not need to make a book to attend, but are encouraged to flex your literary and culinary muscles to celebrate our two favorite things: Eating and Reading!

Journal submission
Toho Journal 
Deadline: April 9, 2020
Cost: $3.00
Accepting submissions of Art & Photography, Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

Toho Journal publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (and some art and photography too!).  While we focus on Philadelphia, writers of all stages and geographies are invited to apply.

For more information visit

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