Sunday 21 August, 3-5pm (free & open to all) Folsom Street Community Center 145 9th Street, Suite 105 San Francisco, CA 94103
Dark Room by Phyllis Christopher is coming home to San Francisco with a very special launch at the Folsom Street Community Centre on 21 August! It’s the first and possibly only IRL event with all of the contributors – Phyllis will be joined by Susie Bright, Laura Guy, Shar Rednour and Michelle Tea. The event will be hosted by Centre for Sex and Culture and hosted by Carol Queen.
Phyllis says (via her Instagram): ‘we’ll share stories, do a few readings…I’ll do a slide show talk with some never before seen out takes from San Francisco in the 90’s. As I’ve been hunting through my archive I’ve been thinking about how we build beautiful queer families and this book is a collaboration, a celebration of that…it’s a victory that it exists at all!’
Books will be available to buy at the event. Please wear a mask if you can.
Bookbinding for beginners – new evening class starting in September
Dates: Mondays from 19 September–7 November 2022 Time: 6.30–9.00 pm Cost: £275 per student
Book Works Studio
19 Holywell Row
London, EC2A 4JB
An eight-week course in bookbinding taught by Ina Baumeister. Students will have the opportunity to learn hand bookbinding techniques which can later be applied to their own work. The course will feature multi-section binding, exposed spine books, Japanese-style binding and a concertina binding. The final two weeks will include making a slipcase to contain the books made during the course.
The course will be for a maximum of 8 students and will be run at Book Works Studio. Book below, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
August Book of the Month: Katrina Palmer – The Fabricator’s Tale
Our book of the month for August 2022, with 30% off all month, is The Fabricator’s Tale by Katrina Palmer (2014).
This meta-narrative is punctuation by short, abstract, and often disturbingly violent stories, featuring nameless characters that expose the repressed tension between the animate and inanimate, the sick malaise of contemporary life, and the cracking points of human subjectivity.
Palmer’s misanthropic characters are embedded within their own obsession with objects, exposure, voyeurism, and the sexualised abuse of power. They appear to exist in a highly dysfunctional world, that parodies, and replicates both the conditions of art, and its place in contemporary society.
When the protagonist, the dysfunctional Reality Flickers, meets the psychotic Heart Beast (aka the fucker), death, sex and sculpture collide in the stories that form The Fabricator’s Tale.
Book Works is a leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books.
Established in 1984, we are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples.
The Book Works Studio offers a specialist bespoke service for a range of clients, from artists, designers, galleries, and businesses. We provide binding solutions, develop prototypes and specialise in unique book artworks, boxes, and portfolios. We have an extensive archive, and offer tailored educational events, and bookbinding courses. The Studio generates income from clients and is self-sufficient.
Book Works Publishing is dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects and include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an online archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops.
Our audience is vital to our work. The process of engaging and developing our audience is initiated with our commissioning programme, and driven through all aspects of our activities, particularly our public programme of events, our workshops, artists’ surgeries and education activities, and through our interest in collaborating with other organisations and libraries. Our programme of commissions is diverse, and reflects our commitment not just to work with cultural workers from all backgrounds, but to invest in networks and programmes that engage, and develop and create new artistic voices.
Include new projects with: Phyllis Christopher; Francesco Pedraglio; Sarah Tripp; Praneet Soi; Stuart Brisley; Nina Wakeford and Art on the Underground; Erica Scourti; Sophia Al-Maria; Bouchra Khalili; Laure Prouvost; Stephen Sutcliffe; Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan; Contact – a series guest edited by Hannah Black with Hamishi Farah, Momtaza Mehri and Derica Shields; and Interstices, a fiction series edited by Bridget Penney with Harun Morrison, Diana Georgiou and Licorice by Bridget Penney.
By supporting Book Works you will help support artists and writers at the emerging stage of their careers through our diverse commissioning programme of open submissions, guest editorships, public events, exhibitions and publications.
Book Works is a registered charity, dedicated to advance education for the benefit of the public in the visual arts, particularly books which may be recognised as works of art in their own right.
We have a board of trustees who input their range of diverse expertise and interests into our development:
Teresa Drace-Francis (Chair)
Gerrie van Noord