Mary Risala Laird & Quelquefois Press | Classes & Events
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2017 Classes at San Francisco Center for the Book


375 Rhode Island Street / 415-565-0545
All classes begin at 9:30 am and finish at 5:30 pm
Sign up for SFCB classes here


  • Letterpress Chapbooks: January 16, February 26, April 23, May 22, July 16
  • Letterpress Camp for Teens: June 19-23 (Monday-Friday)
  • Cylinder Core 1:  Experience Letterpress, March 11
  • Cylinder Core 2: Power of the Broadside, March 19
  • Cylinder Core 1-4: 4-Day Intensive, July 31-August 3 (Monday-Thursday)

Classes at Mary’s home in Berkeley

Multiple Signature Link-Stitch with Sewn Boards

Saturday, November 11 / 10 AM – 4:30+ PM

My favorite structure! 8 holes, lays open flat, revealed sewing on spine! Makes a great journal sheets are blank, as ours will be!

Letterpress printed covers provided for front and back, Stonehenge or BFK Rives. You get to choose 2 vintage book-in-a-day covers from my collection. Text paper is Holcomb Mohawk. Eight signatures of five folios sewn with waxed linen thread.

Covers are stuffed with boards. Book measures 9 ½ x 6 ½ inches x ½ inch finished.


Fee $150, includes materials. Limit 4 to a class and please bring your own lunch!



Write, Set, Print & Sew! — A Spontaneous, Collaborative 8-page Pamphlet

Saturday, September 23 / 10 am – 4:30 pm

Learn how to set type, print letterpress, and deal with kiss-off, dingbats & paper grain. And how to read a pica ruler, pull proofs, make corrections, print, and then to distribute type and spacing. First we vote on a book title and press name for this occasion. Then we work together on a half-title, title, text page, colophon and cover. Finally, we collectively pamphlet stitch our copies. Each participant gets 4 books.


Fee: $150, includes materials. Limit 4 to a class. Please bring your own lunch.

Tutoring for Hire!


Mary Risala loves teaching. If you are interested in private lessons for a group of 3-4, binding or printing, please give her a call. If you are a poet looking to take lessons in setting your own manuscript with intent to print, she may take on private students. Be forewarned that even small books take upwards of a year to complete.