Upcoming Events

*Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Book Club of California and are free and open to the public. Please refer to the description under each event.

Email programs@bccbooks.org for any questions, or call (415) 781-7532 ext. 3

Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California
Monday, October 22, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

The California Gold Rush of 1849 took place at a time when the visual means of mass communication progressed at a rapid pace. Lithographs and wood engravings gave visual credence to the wonderful news that poured out of California. The presentation will highlight the feverish rush to the golden land, mining scenes, and early birds-eye views of cities and towns. Scenes of humor and satire will be included. The program will also feature pictorial letter sheets and color plates from Gold Rush books and rare modern prints by artists Barry Moser and Rik Olson.

Prints of the California Gold Rush
An Illustrated talk by Gary Kurutz.

To RSVP, please complete this form.

Evening in the Library: Felonious Folios: Books on Murder & Crime
Monday, October 29, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 5:30 PM

Murder, betrayal, cannibalism, and theft come to life through the fine press collections of the Albert Sperisen Library. Explore the darker side of letterpress-printed and finely bound books that hold tales of famed criminals, tragedies of eras past, and dangerously coveted volumes. From Shakespeare to the Donner Party, join us for an evening of intrigue and gallows humor as we tour these unique materials.

A members-only talk by Lesya Westerman, Membership Director, Book Club of California.

Members must RSVP here.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West
Monday, November 5, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A Rare Book Rogue in Texas: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Johnny Jenkins
An illustrated talk by Michael Vinson, author and proprietor, Michael Vinson Americana.

To RSVP, please complete this form.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:30–9 PM

*A Southern California program

A Rare Book Rogue in Texas: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Johnny Jenkins
An illustrated talk by Michael Vinson, author and proprietor, Michael Vinson Americana.

At the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Rothenberg Hall
Steve S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center
1151 Oxford Road San Marino, Ca 91108

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Joe De Yong: A Life in the West
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

*A Southern California program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Joe De Yong: A Life in the West is the story of a passionate cowboy’s life in the America West during the first part of the last century. Over ten years of research has revealed the life of a relatively unknown artist/illustrator who started out to be “just a cowboy.” Joe De Yong touched the lives many in the western art world of the 1920s through the late 1960s. His was a life of challenges, including overcoming cerebral meningitis in 1913 that left him totally deaf. De Yong went on to become the only protégé of his artistic hero – the legendary Montana artist, Charles M. Russell. He also made a life in the movie business working with Cecil B. DeMille and many others.

An illustrated talk by William Reynolds, author and historian.

At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

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Painted Pages
Monday, November 19, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

From designing Snoopy calendars to illustrating Gertrude Stein for The Yolla Bolly Press, the speaker has stumbled from one mistake to another, finally arriving at the production of paintings, sculpture, and one-of-a-kind, hand-painted books. The talk includes the wife of the governor of Nebraska describing the artist’s work as “the dirtiest thing you’ve ever seen;” remembrances of an afternoon spent with M.F.K. Fischer (while illustrating her Two Kitchens in Provence); and the recent accidental sale of his book of Trump quotations (Hate Is What We Need) to Chronicle Books. The talk is 30 minutes and the evening concludes with a book signing of Hate Is What We Need.

An illustrated talk by Ward Schumaker, artist and book-painter.

Exhibition Opening: The Joy of Giving: Christmas Chapbooks
Monday, December 3, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

With remarks by curator Alan Dye, proprietor, Noble Impressions.

Details to come.

Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

*A Southern California program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Prints of the California Gold Rush
An illustrated talk by Gary Kurutz, executive director, California State Library Foundation.

At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

To RSVP, please complete this form.

 

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