Welcome to Bona Fide Books, an independent press in Meyers, CA.

Our mission is to publish and support new voices, to help writers find their readers, and to build community through art and story. We also have a nifty print shop and community mercantile.

Letterpress Class

Interested in learning letterpress? Sign up for our class! $50 for a six-hour introductory session, and it comes with open studio time at the Bona Fide print shop. Classes are led by letterpress printer Steve Robison. Saturday, May 7, 10-4 pm.

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Writing a memoir? Join Suzanne Roberts for "Writing a Memoir That Matters." Thursday, May 19, 6-9 pm, $45/$35


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Learn to make handmade paper with Carol Brown. Students will learn how to prepare a vat of pulp, pull sheets of paper with a mould and deckle, "couch" the sheets of paper and press it to dry. Take home a stack (post) of your own paper! Sunday, May 15, 11-3 pm, $35

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Julia Shipley (THE ACADEMY OF HAY, Bona Fide Books, 2015) is kicking off 2016 right. See a wonderful review of The Academy of Hay in "The Washington Independent Review of Books"; and check out two essays penned by Julia in the esteemed Gettysburg Review and Orion magazine. Go, Julia!


Sierra Valley Farms has a new look and new dates for Dinners in the Barn and Food, Blues, and Views. Gary Romano (WHY I FARM and the forthcoming JULY & WINTER: GROWING FOOD IN THE SIERRA, see sidebar) is working hard to showcase his lovely neck of the woods. Plan a day at the farm now!

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