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San Francisco Art Book Fair returns this week after years-long hiatus

San Francisco Art Book Fair returns this week after years-long hiatus
Photo: Courtesy of San Francisco Art Book Fair
By Matt - Published on July 12, 2022.

Coming off a two-year hiatus spurred by the pandemic, the San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) at Minnesota Street Project (1275 Minnesota Street) debuts this Thursday, July 14, to the public — allowing local, national, and international publishers to exhibit their works to an estimated 50,000-plus visitors over the course of four days.

There's been a recent string of beloved local events coming off their pandemic-spurred hiatuses lately. (Corgi Con, for example, made its serotonin-filled return on June 26 as hundreds of corgis and thousands of humans descended on Ocean Beach for the first time in three years.) Now adding to that list of happenings coming back into the fold is the SFABH, which was launched in 2016 as a joint collaboration between Colpa Press, Minnesota Street Project, and Park Life Store and Gallery to celebrate and support the Bay Area's art publishing community.

The fair is now expanding its offerings to include more programs at three different on-site venues and new exhibits from world-renowned artists. The four-day annual event features a unique selection of artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, and more printed mediums; some 130 publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, and galleries from the Bay Area and around the world are expected to be in attendance for this year's SFABH.

Also this year, the SFABF will have an outdoor Zine Tent that will house some 38 publishers that are helping make bookmaking accessible, all while bringing down the financial ceilings usually associated with it. For 2022 too, SFABF will host its first-ever outdoor programming session Tennessee Street, which will feature work from artists from Southeast San Francisco, as well as a string of performances over the weekend.

During the course of the fair’s four-day-long events — which include author readings and signings, a looped library of short videos inside the Media Room, podcast tapings, industry conversations with notable publishing figures, and more —refreshment and food options from outside food trucks Sam's Chowdermobile, Mozzeria, Tacos, San Buena, and Yummi BBQ will be served. And to heed concerns around increased case numbers of Covid-19, organizers are asking exhibitors and the general public to wear masks at all times; they are also expected to control crowd attendance, ensure proper air circulation for indoor settings, and regularly clean surfaces; a quarter of SFABH’s exhibitors have now been moved outside to prevent crowding.

For more information on SFABGH, including on-site vendors and publishers — as well as a full schedule of events — visit sfartbookfair.com.

SFABH is free and open to the public starting Thursday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; fair hours Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.