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BC Island Chapter
at The Word on the Street
Sept.2011, Vancouver

CBBAG Word on the Street Toronto
GTA Chapter
at The Word on the Street
Sept.2011, Toronto

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Bookbinding I

Photo: Brian F. Summers

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Wrapped Pocket Notes
Rob Richards
The Art of the Book '03

Photo: Thomas Moore

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Making Books
with Children

Photo: Brian F. Summers

Since 1983 the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has worked to support the development of the book arts. This web site is dedicated to that effort. The book arts include bookbinding, artists' books, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing & typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, restoration, and conservation. A Brief History of CBBAG

Here you can find the answer to two frequently asked questions: "What is bookbinding?" and "Are there jobs in this field in Canada?", which includes a brief Recommended Reading List & a brief Suppliers List.

If you are looking to have a book restored/repaired, you'll find the answers to some frequently asked questions on the subject, as well as some information on How to Find Someone to Repair a Book.

Featured Activities:

CBBAG Volunteer Recognition: At CBBAGs Annual General Meeting on June 10, 2014, CBBAG president Mary McIntyre announced that Edna Hajnal has been appointed a life member of CBBAG. A long-time CBBAG members, Enda served one the CBBAG board of directors as secretary from 1994 to 1999 and again from 2004 - 2005. Since 2001 she has chaired the Publication Distribution Committee, working with the committee's other volunteers to mail out the CBBAG magazine (and formerly the newsletter) to the members.

Lisa Isley has been an an active member of the Calgary Chapter since its inception and, until recently, a member of the CBBAG board of directors and chair of the Exhibitions Committee. She is being recognized as CBBAGs member of the year, for her work with Art of the Book 2013 and the CBBAG conference held in Calgary in July 2013 in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit.

Click here to download the CBBAG 2013 Annual Report.

Art of the Book 2013: This sixth juried travelling exhibition of members' work marks CBBAG's 30th Anniversary. Catalogues from the exhibition are available at the CBBAG publications page (the order form is near the top of the page).

An onine version of the catalogue is now available in English and French.

February - May 2015
Harriet Irving Library
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Register Now for Fall 2014 In-Studio Workshops, listed on the CBBAG Workshop Page, including visiting artist Gabrielle Fox's workshop on October 18 & 19: Two Variations in Miniature: Full Leather With and Full Leather Over- An Exposed Spine.


Home Study Marbling: A guide to the craft of watercolour marbling by Shelagh Smith is one of seven home study titles available for purchase.

Online Gallery Exhibition: Guylaine Couture + Cécile Côté Artist's Books + Fine Binding

Community Exhibition Available to Galleries, Museums, Libraries, and Schools:
A Book Arts Mosaic
Curated by Canadian book artist Lise Melhorn-Boe, this exhibition features twenty-six works by thrity-three Canadian book artists from across Canada. It is presented in a box portfolio and is available for loan by exhibition venues (small galleries, museums, libraries, schools).

CBBAG gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council for CBBAG's programmes. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Ontario Arts Council


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