Saturday, October 13 | FREE | noon-8 pm

Throughout the day

  • Curated series of DJ sets including Johnny Stevens (Soulelujah)
  • Holy Crow | Palm Readings
  • A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine | Interactive Screen-printing
  • Flux Factory | Button-making workshop
  • Nakia Hill | Book Signing of Water Carrier by Nakia Hill and Poetry
  • Handwriting Activity: Ode to Self-Care

Events in the Program Salon

1 pm | Publishing as Practice as Resistance | Talk and Publication Launch by Paul Soulellis
Launching at the Boston Art Book Fair, Printed Web 6 ( is the final issue of Printed Web, a series edited and published by Paul Soulellis since 2013. It’s an urgent act of publishing that closes out one archive to begin a new one—queer, radical, and as yet, unnamed. It’s an assembling of queer methodologies, with a particular view towards network culture, failure and refutation. Contributors: American Artist, Somnath Bhatt, Jeffrey Cheung and Gabriel Ramirez (Unity Press), Demian DinéYazhi’, Jack Halberstam, shawné michaelain holloway, Nora Khan, nicole killian, Be Oakley (Genderfail Archive), Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Nate Pyper and Sal Randolph.

2 pm | Creating Space | Panel discussion moderated by Jameson Johnson, founder and editor in chief of Boston Art Review, and Ellen Shakespear, co-founder of Spaceus
This panel will explore the spaces, organizations, and publications currently working in Boston to make room for art engagement in the city.

3 pm | Localized Vernacular Name Writing: Text on the American Landscape | Talk and Historical Contextualization by Alex Lukas
Using images and content from his Written Names zine series—names written in nails in 1969 and 1970 along a now-abandoned stretch of train tracks in Cambridge, names written in stones outside a California ghost town and more—artist/publisher Alex Lukas talks about his investigation into localized vernacular name writing traditions. Looking at graffiti historically as a tool of both empowerment and colonialism, Lukas presents examples ranging from Pompey’s Pillar in Montana (the last physical remnant of the Lewis and Clarke Expedition) through WWII’s iconic “Kilroy Was Here” (purportedly started in a Quincy, MA shipyard), into the development of pseudonym-based style writing in the late 1960s. As part of his larger examination of text on the larger American landscape, Lukas will focus on Boston’s street art and graffiti subculture, coupling their development with histories of gentrification and urban redevelopment, the legacy of school desegregation, and larger social histories of the city.

4 pm | Abdul Fattah Ismail/Extended Syllables | Sound and spoken word event with Abdul Fattah Ismail
Extended Syllables is the debut poetry book collection of Abdul Fattah Ismail, who uses the medium to explore key topics of our lives. He will perform selections from the book together with members of a live jazz jam band, followed by a book signing.

5 pm | HIGHSNOBIETY | Street Culture and Print: Panel Discussion

6–8 pm | Premiere Boston Screening of Art21 “Johannesburg” followed by Talkback and Audience Q&A
Boston Art Book Fair 2018 is pleased to host an Art21 Screening Society screening event, in support of the upcoming ninth season of the Art in the Twenty-First Century television series.

With each new season, Art21 invites a wide variety of partners—schools, universities, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, galleries, arts and cultural spaces, community centers and more—to screen one of the new episodes from the series. We will be screening the episode “Johannesburg,” which focuses on social activism with a narrative about marginalized communities, and features artists David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi and Robin Rhode. The screening will be followed by reflections and an audience Q & A led by Autumn Ahn and Lynne Cooney.

Book Signings and Table Events

12 pm | The Monacelli Press | Book signing of Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism by Cassim Sheppard

2:30–3:30 pm | School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts | Demonstration and talk by Sephora Bergiste on building a protective book enclosure.
The SMFA Library’s participation in the 2018 Boston Book Festival includes a presentation and workshop on library style enclosures, to be conducted by Sephora Bergiste. These enclosures include the varying types of Four-Flap, Clamshell, and “French Tray” that can be used to house and protect special collection items. The demonstration will cover the basics of properly measuring, cutting and assembling the various types of enclosures. Sephora Bergiste is an alumna of the SMFA and is currently Bookbinding student at the North Bennet Street School.

3 pm | Robert C. Vose III Publisher | Book signing of Tales of an Art Dealer

3–4 pm | +Kris Graves Projects | Book signing for LOST: Calcutta by Laura McPhee

4–5 pm | +Kris Graves Projects | Book signing for A Bleak Reality by Kris Graves

Sunday, October 14 | FREE | Noon-5 PM

All day in the Cyclorama

  • Curated series of DJs
  • Holy Crow | Palm Readings
  • A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine | Interactive Screen-printing
  • Flux Factory | Button-making workshop
  • Nakia Hill | Book Signing of Water Carrier by Nakia Hill and Poetry Handwriting Activity: Ode to Self-Care

Events in the Program Salon

12 pm | Publication Studio Hudson | Maine-based artists Douglas W. Milliken and Scott Sell present a combined reading and musical event, reading and performing from the book/album collaboration In the Mines published this fall by Publication Studio Hudson.

1 pm | Zinemaking Workshop with Lily Xie of MOON EATERS
Come hear about the Boston self-published zine community and learn how to fold and assemble your own zine to take home.

2 pm | Book Binding Workshop with harlequin creature
Meghan Forbes of harlequin creature (a 501(c)3 not-for-profit small press imprint, based in New York) will offer a book binding workshop, appropriate for all levels and ages (small children should be accompanied by an adult). Participants will learn to make a three-hole pamphlet stitch book, which involve some measuring, folding and simple sewing. The book can be decorated on the spot to create a final product, or can be used as a notebook to be filled in later. All materials will be provided.

3–5 pm | Demo Radio | Live radio broadcast oscillating between music and conversation, organized by Cierra Michele Peters
Demo Radio is a social research project dedicated to archiving subcultures, and is organized by Cierra Michele Peters, Delande Justinvil, Johan Urrea, Simon Remiszewski and Tameka Eastman-Coburn.

At Boston Art Book Fair 2018, Demo Radio presents a two hour live broadcast featuring music and a roundtable style discussion on radical self organizing, cultural democracy, social change and community. Throughout the broadcast, Demo Radio creates a space for active dialogue between the live audience and a panel of practitioners who have expanded the possibilities for self-run arts organizations and collectives. The broadcast will be recorded and preserved in Demo Radio’s online archive through SoundCloud and their website.

Book Signings

2–3 pm | +Kris Graves Projects | Book signing for Lost: Boston by Michael Cardinali

Friday, October 12 | Ticketed Preview Party

Celebrate with over 100 artists, publishers, independent presses, zines, bookmakers, creative print projects and more while enjoying DJ sets by YVNG PAVL and Lunamariposa, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. This event is 21+.