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

 

 

 

Pasadena Printmaker Frances Gearhart Celebrates California
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
*A Southern California Program

6:00 PM refreshments | 7:00 PM lecture | 8:15 PM book signing

As a Pasadena artist, Frances Gearhart (1869-1959) was embedded in the time, place and ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement. Her color block prints of the California landscape personifies a handcrafted aesthetic. She was bold in her use of color and powerful in the lines of keyblock. Seasons and times of the day captivated her. She celebrated the wintry day, the morning sun on the hills, the splendor of fall. Hence the title, “Behold the Day.”

An exhibition of Gearhart’s work and a talk by Susan Futterman, author.

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*At Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium
285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

The Artist and the Printer: The Book Club of California’s Quarterly and Two Lifetimes of Image Making
Monday, November 18, 2019, 5-7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A conversation with graphic artist, Michael Schwab, and letterpress printer, Richard Seibert. Moderated by Amos Klausner, Schwab and Seibert will discuss this year’s Quarterly covers as well as their experience over two lifetimes of image making.

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Exhibition Opening: A Shimmer of Joy: Children’s Picture Books in America
Monday, December 2, 2019, 5-7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Remarks at 5:30 PM

Remarks by Chris Loker, author.

A Shimmer of Joy
One Hundred Children’s Picture Books in America

Picture books are a jewel in the crown of children’s literature. They are composed of words, illustrations, and the dramatically paced rhythm of pages turning in the reader’s hand. When these elements come together with creative mastery, a surge of mind or heart can occur, as with any form of fine art. At its most inspirational, a picture book can provide a transporting reading experience—punctuated by shimmering moments of joy—for the children and adults who journey inside its covers.

A Shimmer of Joy is an exciting and colorful presentation of children’s picture books published in – or imported to – America from 1900 to 2015. The children’s books on exhibit are some of those featured in the Book Club of California’s 239th publication A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children’s Picture Books in America by author Chris Loker.

This publication is available in two editions: a Deluxe Edition of 50 copies and a Standard Edition of 200 copies. More information on this publication can be found at bccbooks.org.

Publication available Monday, December 2, 2019
Exhibition on view December 2, 2019 – January 13, 2020

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Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California:
A Fair View of Progress: Half a Century of Innovation at 20th Century Expositions

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30 PM
*A Southern California Program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by Laura A. Ackley, author of the award-winning book San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

International Expositions, also called World’s Fairs, have showcased innovation since their inception. The major American World’s Fairs in the 50 years between 1915 and 1965 displayed leaps forward in areas including transportation, communication, entertainment, and even recommendations on how Americans should live. Some of these new concepts were unqualified successes, while some proved perilous missteps.

Those decades took aviation from potentially lethal, hand-built aircraft to space flight. They saw communications evolve from the first transcontinental telephony to early video-phones, and entertainment from giant dioramas to audio-animatronics.

The odyssey will start with the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and conclude with the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65, with visits to the important intervening World’s Fairs in the United States.

Laura Ackley will transport us through half a century of significant advances shown at U.S. World’s Fairs, discussing how they stood the test of time.

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

Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California:
A Fair View of Progress: Half a Century of Innovation at 20th Century Expositions
Monday, December 16, 2019, 5-7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6PM

An illustrated talk by Laura A. Ackley, author of the award-winning book San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

International Expositions, also called World’s Fairs, have showcased innovation since their inception. The major American World’s Fairs in the 50 years between 1915 and 1965 displayed leaps forward in areas including transportation, communication, entertainment, and even recommendations on how Americans should live. Some of these new concepts were unqualified successes, while some proved perilous missteps.

Those decades took aviation from potentially lethal, hand-built aircraft to space flight. They saw communications evolve from the first transcontinental telephony to early video-phones, and entertainment from giant dioramas to audio-animatronics.

The odyssey will start with the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and conclude with the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65, with visits to the important intervening World’s Fairs in the United States.

Laura Ackley will transport us through half a century of significant advances shown at U.S. World’s Fairs, discussing how they stood the test of time.

To RSVP, please complete this form.

 

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