This is the resource I wish existed when I was starting to learn book repair …
Meet our expert book restorer, Sophia, a seasoned professional with over 30 years of dedicated experience in the field. Sophia holds a diploma in book conservation, showcasing a commitment to the craft that goes beyond mere passion. Her journey into book restoration began at Anthony’s Bookshop in Minneapolis, MN, where Sophia discovered a profound desire to focus solely on restoring books to ensure they would be desirable.
Throughout her extensive career, Sophia has immersed herself in learning every facet of book restoration, aiming not only to save books from deterioration but also to preserve their value. This education taught her that most resources for learning about book repair are either overly technical, assuming access to a full bindery of tools, or geared towards librarians with a focus on maximum circulation.
In response to this, Sophia founded Save Your Books, an educational platform that promotes simple archival book repairs from a conservation perspective. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for ensuring the survival of books into the future, Sophia is dedicated to helping individuals learn the art of book repair and preservation. Whether you’re a novice, book dealer, or book collector, Sophia is here to share their expertise and empower you to take care of your beloved books, ensuring they endure for generations to come.
- Over 30 years of hands-on experience restoring books
- Founded Save Your Books in 2000
- Bench trained in the English tradition
- Studied with Don Etherington at the American Academy of Bookbinding
- Diploma in Book Conservation 2009 from the American Academy of Bookbinding
- Author of Book Restoration Unveiled published May 2019
- Portfolio of completed book restorations including first editions of Darwin’s Origin of Species, The Kelmscott Chaucer, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Some Past Presentations and In-person Classes
- University of Nevada Reno 2023: Archival Book Repair for Circulating Library Collections
- Powell’s City of Books June 2019: Portland, OR: Build Your Book Collection (one of 4 speakers from the Cascade Booksellers Association)
- Oregon Books and Games: July 2019: Archival Book Repair
- Magers & Quinn Booksellers: October 2018: Mpls, MN: Be A Book Hero
- Guild of Book Workers at the Seattle School of Visual Concepts: April 2017: Book Repair Basics
- Southern Oregon University: History of Publishing Class
- On Book Restoration
- Practical Book Repair
- Historical Context of Book Restoration and Book Collecting
- Cascade Booksellers Association:
- Identifying Restorations, Sophistications and Outright Frauds
- Book Repair for Book Dealers
- Medford Library: Simple Book Repairs
Articles and Interviews about Sophia
- Open Culture: Article about Sophia Jan 9, 2023
- Wired Obsessed: Feature about Sophia
- Behind the Bookshelves: Blog Inverview August 14, 2019
- Literary Ashland Blog: Interview by Ed Battistella, June 1, 2019
- Literary Ashland Blog: Interview by Ed Battistella, July 29, 2013
- Prowling Dog: Cool Things issue 184, June 16, 2018
- Rare Book Cafe : Live YouTube TV