Offered in conjunction with the spring exhibit at Kennedy Library, Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California at 100, Science Café presents expert bookbinder Erin Zamrzla, author of At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials (Shambhala, 2011).

Watch Erin demonstrate simple Japanese bookbinding, then give it a go yourself in a hands-on workshop under her guiding eye. Erin will provide bookbinding kits, recycled materials and easy-to-follow directions that you can take home.

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Erin Zamrzla is a designer, bookbinder and artist with an MFA in graphic design. She began binding books over ten years ago and since then has developed her skills working with a variety of bindings and materials, creating hundreds of books. She particularly enjoys transforming old, used objects into something new and wonderful.

Her work has been featured in a variety of online and printed sources, including ReadyMade magazine,, Design*Sponge,,, and Her first instructional book on Japanese bookbinding, At Home with Handmade Books, was published in 2011. A second book in the series is expected next year.