Welcome Fellow Bookbinders and Book Artists

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


Le Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (la Guilde canadienne des relieurs et des artistes du livre) soutient le développement des arts du livre au Canada depuis 1983.  Notre site web est un élément important de cette démarche. Les arts du livre comprennent la reliure d’art, les livres d’artistes, la fabrication de papier, la calligraphie, l’impression typographique, la gravure sur bois, la décoration du papier, la restauration et la conservation.

What's Happening Now 

Upcoming Online Workshops

The Crisscross Binding with Marilyn Book, presented by the CBBAG Southwestern Ontario Chapter

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. Easter time, ONLINE using Zoom

Members $45/non-members $105. The class is full: click here to join the wait list.

Cerealis: A Limp Binding

with Stuart Hill, presented by the GTA Chapter

Sunday, May 9, 2021, 1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. Easter time

ONLINE using MS Teams

Members; $45/non-members $105.

Limp bindings have been used for centuries as simple and effective structure for storage of records.  Cerealis is based on an actual 18th century record of expenditures for wheat. The old technique for tackets is used extensively in the construction of the cover and attachment of the textblock. The textblock sewing is a very simple method that includes attachment of leather endbands. The paper-lined cloth cover incorporates at flap that is held closed with leather thongs.


CBBAG Special Meeting of Members and Annual General Meeting

A Special Meeting of Members, followed immediately by the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, will be held on

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 5.30 p.m. Eastern/2.30 p.m. Pacific


The Special Meeting of Members will deal with four changes to the CBBAG by-law (see attached PDF for details).


The AGM will be held for the purpose of receiving and approving the 2020 financial statements;

the election of officers and directors; and other business that may arise.


These meetings will be held by Zoom. All current members are entitled to attend via Zoom. All members also have the opportunity to participate by submitting their proxy in lieu of attending the Zoom meetings in person (see attached PDF for details).


If you plan to participate via Zoom, please send an e-mail to cbbag_zoom@cbbag.ca by Monday, April 26, 2021

A link with a password for the meetings and the meeting agendas will be sent to you by reply e-mail on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

CBBAG Annual Report

The CBBAG 2020 fiscal year Annual Report is now available online - click here for a PDF version of the report.

CBBAG Aprons Available for Sale

Natural cotton aprons with front pocket are available for sale:

Canada - $20 each plus $10 postage; US - $20 each plus $15 postage; Overseas - $20 each plus $18 postage

All prices in CDN funds.

Please contact cbbag@cbbag.ca for postage costs for more than one apron.

To order, please send an e-mail to cbbag@cbbag.ca and an online invoice will be e-mailed to you to pay by credit card (please include your name and mailing address in your e-mail).


Payment accepted by e-transfer - please send an e-mail to cbbag@cbbag.ca with your name, mailing address, and the answer to your security question.


The  BC Islands, Greater Toronto Area, Saskatchewan, and SW Ontario chapters also have aprons available for sale to members in their chapters.

Art of the Book 2018 exhibition catalogues are available for sale.

      Alleppo: Tragedy Unfolding by Geraldine Slater

Click here for ordering information.

Catalogues for several other CBBAG exhibitions (Bookbinding Materials and Techniques 1700-1920A Book Arts Mosaic; and The Art of the Book '08) are also available for sale.

GTA In-Studio Workshops

Currently GTA In-Studio Workshops are suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but online workshops are available.

For other chapter workshops and courses across Canada, visit the individual regional chapter pages.

CBBAG Home Study Programme

CBBAG continues to offer bookbinding education through its Home Study Programme during the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit the Home Study page to find out more information.


The CBBAG GTA chapter is now on Instagram!  Follow along and learn about upcoming events, workshops, and other chapter news all relating to Book Arts and Bookbinding!  GTA Chapter Instagram handle: @cbbag_gta

(Login to instagram.com, search CBBAG's handle  @cbbag_gta  and then click 'Follow').

Facebook Pages

CBBAG has a Facebook group page, which is private to Facebook users only. This group allows for community interaction and discussion and is a great way to network and see what other bookbinders are up to!

CBBAG also has a public Facebook page. This will be a source of news and information related to CBBAG and to the bookbinding world.

In addition, several CBBAG regional chapters have Facebook pages with information on those chapter activities. Please visit the Regional Chapters page and click on the link for the chapter you are interested learning more about.

CBBAG DVD Loan Programme

 The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has a lending library of DVDs available to CBBAG members for the cost of postage (outgoing and return) only. For information on how to borrow DVDs and the catalougue of DVDs available to borrow, visit the Book Arts DVD Loan Programme page under Resources.

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