Step inside some of the great book stores here in NYC, like Desert Island Comics in Williamsburg, Brooklyn or Book Culture right here near the Columbia University campus, and it's pretty easy to see that print publishing is alive and well. From carefully constructed mini-comics to the elaborate letter-pressed poetry chapbooks, book-making persists as a lively and evolving artistic practice.


In August, we hosted a PD here at Teachers College about all things book-making. Participants learned how to make and bind all sorts of books and, importantly, garnered how book-making can be used for purposes of building students' literacy, making curriculum relevant and fresh for students, and centering students' voices and creativity in the classroom.


And because we're lucky to be in NYC, there's tons of book-making resources and inspiration to be had: One of our favorite Fall events, the New York Art Book Fair, will display some rare art-book finds and also lots of small press, activist-oriented work. And there's also The Sketchbook Project, a brick-and-mortar and digital library of artists' sketchbooks.


Happy book-making and browsing!



The New York Art Book Fair

September 22-24, 2017

Preview: September 21, 6-9pm

September 22, 1-7pm

September 23, 11am-9pm

September 24, 11-am-7pm


22-25 Jackson Avenue

Long Island City, NY 11101


Printed Matter presents the twelfth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 22 to 24, 2017, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. This year’s NY Art Book Fair will included an ever-growing variety of exhibitors – from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history, plus Friendly Fire, a collective of presses focused on the intersections of art and activism. The fair will host an array of programming and special events, including: The Classroom, a curated engagement of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led interventions, for the eighth year running, as well as The Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference (CABC), in its tenth year, featuring two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture.


Classroom Resource

Want to teach your students how to make and bind their own books? This Pinterest page is a collection of artist Paula Beardell Krieg's easy one-page tutorials on how to make books. You'll find easy instructions on how to create all kinds of books, small and large: There are books bound with pipe cleaners, accordion books, and mini-books made from a single sheet of paper. Print out these tutorials for students or use them to teach yourself how to make a simple book. Author of a blog about bookmaking, Krieg makes works-on-paper, teaches book arts, and thinks about math. She teaches workshops to students in schools in schools in and around Saratoga Springs, schools in the Adirondacks, and schools near Albany, NY.


Raising Consciousness

The Sketchbook Project is a crowd-sourced library that features 36,074 artists' books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. Brooklyn Art Library is the storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where The Sketchbook Project collection is on view to the public. The Sketchbook Project began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. Since that time, the organization has grown into a worldwide community of more than 70,000 artists. By focusing on the intersection of hands-on art making and new technology, The Sketchbook Project nurtures community-supported art projects that harness the power of the virtual world to share inspiration in the real world.


Good Reads

Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt's devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. From the James Beard Award-winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman, Hot Dog Taste Test dishes out five-star laughs as Hanawalt keenly muses on pop culture, relationships, and the animal in all of us. Hanawalt lives in Los Angeles, CA and has worked on illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, murals, textile patterns, and exhibits her work in galleries. She writes and draws a quarterly, James Beard Award-winning food column for Lucky Peach Magazine, and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller.