I started Save Your Books as the resource I wish existed 25 years ago...

Back then, I worked at Anthony’s Bookshop in Minneapolis MN. I had just left my job at the University of Minnesota’s Library Re-bindery and thought I would try bookselling. It was while working at Anthony’s that I realized that all I wanted to do was fix up the books so they could find good homes.

Since then, I have concentrated on learning everything I could to not only save books physically but also to preserve their value. The resources I found in books and online were either overly technical and assumed you had a bindery full of tools or else they were meant for librarians whose goal is to circulate books a maximum number of times. Save Your Books promotes simple archival book repairs designed from a conservation perspective.

Sophia S.W. Bogle

She's an enlightening, inspiring presenter and more than one student has gotten interested in the book restoration field from her talks. If you ever get a chance to hear her, don't miss it.”

Edwin Battistella, Professor of English, Southern Oregon University

Credentials

  • Over 25 years of hands-on experience restoring books
  • Founded Save Your Books (formerly Red Branch Restoration) in 2000
  • Bench trained in the English tradition
  • Diploma in Book Conservation 2009 from the American Academy of Bookbinding
  • Events Co-Chair since 2014 for the Northwest Chapter of the G.B.W.
  • B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota
  • Author of Book Restoration Unveiled published May 2019
  • Portfolio of many hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of book restorations including first editions of Darwin's Origin of Species, The Kelmscott Chaucer, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Past Presentations

  • 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

Sophia in the Media

Sophia outside her studio in Ashland, Oregon
Sophia outside her studio in Ashland, Oregon