Virginia Center
for the Book

Uniting communities of readers, writers, artists, and book lovers through year-round programs and partnership initiatives


Our Next Block Night is on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Join us for Block Night on Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30 PM at the Center. Membership is not necessary for Block Night! Everyone interested in the arts and crafts of book/printmaking are welcome to attend.


Science + Literature: Nature’s Poetry & Peril

April 25, 2024 7PM – 8PM

Join National Book Award Winner Arthur Sze in conversation with Brian Teare on how poetry can help save our planet.


Memento Fabric Book Workshop w/Lotta Helleberg

April 13–14, 2024 10AM – 4PM

In this two-day class, we will create a soft fabric book filled with meaning and intention, inspired by our own collection of fabric pieces. We’ll create the folios from simple layered and stitched fabric collages. In the process, we will explore different hand-sewing and embroidery techniques, and we will discuss different ways to stabilize the pages and the book cover for added structure and rigidity. We will also learn different ways to edge the fabric pages and how to create a variety of closures.


Artist’s Talk: Aaron Cohick Explores Collagraph and Pressure Printing

April 19, 2024 5:30PM – 7PM

During this artist’s presentation, Aaron Cohick will discuss his work illustrated with projected images and actual pieces. After that, he’ll demonstrate collagraph and pressure printing and introduce the basic concepts of the next day’s workshop.


Collagraph and Pressure Printing w/Aaron Cohick

April 20–21, 2024 10AM – 4PM

Learn this unique printing technique during our Artist’s Talk followed by a two-day workshop. Pressure printing and collagraph lie somewhere between painting, collage, drawing, and printmaking. When they are combined with the versatility of a Vandercook press they become simple, direct, loose, and inexpensive processes to explore the full potential of letterpress printing.


Book Binding Core Workshops I-IV (Spring 2024 Session)

May 16–19, 2024 10AM – 4PM

Join us at the Center for our Signature Introductory Book Binding Workshop. This four-part Bookbinding Core Series prepares participants to undertake a wide range of projects and additional classes in intermediate and advanced bookbinding techniques and book structures.

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Did you know that the Virginia Center for the Book offers reading recommendations, workshops on bookmaking and letterpress, literacy resources across the Commonwealth, and virtual events throughout the year?

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