Upcoming Events


Art Made Tongue-Tied by Authority: Scenes from the Censorship of Shakespeare’s Plays
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

The Book Club of California is honored to present a special event for members only. Seating is limited. RSVP to programs@bccbooks.org or call (415) 781-7532 to receive priority seating.

The Book Club of California is honored to host a true leader in the field. Michael F. Suarez, S.J. has served as Director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia since 2009, where he is also Professor of English, University Professor, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections. RBS is a mainstay of bibliographical education in the United States and the English-speaking world. Since 2010, Suarez has served as Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online. His recent books include The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume V, 1695–1830 (Cambridge University Press, 2009), co-edited with Michael Turner, and The Oxford Companion to the Book (Oxford University Press, 2010), a million-word reference work co-edited with H. R. Woudhuysen.

Lu Jingren: Master of Chinese Book Design
Monday, February 6, 2017, 5–7 p.m.

Attendees of the CODEX International Book Fair will join members and friends of the Book Club of California for a talk by Lu Jingren, in conjunction with our ongoing exhibition, Lu Jingren: Master of Chinese Book Design.

Please find more information on our exhibition here.
Please find the CODEX schedule of events here.

Provenance and the Zen of Collecting
Monday, February 13, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Eugene Flamm has been an academic neurosurgeon for over 50 years. He has been Professor of Neurosurgery at New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and has served as Vice Chairman and Chairman at these institutions for 30 years. He has also served as a Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He is the immediate past president of the Grolier Club and former board member of the Bibliographical Society of America. He is currently Vice President of the Association internationale de Bibliophilie.

Dr. Flamm will speak on the reasons one collects books with provenance, and how this has been a focus of his own collecting in the areas of early medicine and bibliography.

The Magnificent Library of Abby Ellen Pope
Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Beginning as a young single woman in Chicago in the 1880s, Abby Ellen Pope rose from obscurity to build a book collection of surpassing rarity, including treasures now housed in some of the greatest libraries in the world. She was on track to become one of the great book collectors of her generation. Yet despite her stunning successes, few traces of her extraordinary life remain. Her books are dispersed, house and library demolished, papers gone, and even her portrait has vanished. This talk explores her life and reconstructs her collection to provide a glimpse into a lost library.

Join us for this illustrated talk by Emiko Hastings, Curator of Books and Digital Projects at the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.

The Poet and the Printer: Trading Eights
Monday, March 13, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Dana Gioia, Poet Laureate of California, and Richard Wagener, book artist and wood engraver, in conversation. More details to come.

RSVP to programs@bccbooks.org or call (415) 781-7532.

Exhibition Opening: The Working Library: Clifford Burke and Fine Printing
Monday, March 20, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Exhibition opening, with remarks by George Fox and others. More details to come.

The 2017 Oscar Lewis Awards
Monday, March 27, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Join us for a ceremony celebrating the recipients of the 2017 Oscar Lewis Awards in Western History and the Book Arts. The Oscar Lewis Awards were established by the Book Club of California in 1994 in honor of Oscar Lewis (1893-1992), San Francisco author, historian, and Book Club secretary from 1921-1946.

Please find more information about the awards and a list of past recipients here.

RSVP to programs@bccbooks.org or call (415) 781-7532.

Radiant with Color and Art: McLoughlin Brothers and the Business of Picture Books, 1858-1920
Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

An illustrated talk by Laura Wasowicz, Curator of Children’s Literature at the American Antiquarian Society. Co-sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society. More details to come.

The Fourth Annual Bay Area Book Arts Programs Student Showcase
Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Pop-up (one-night-only) exhibition of work and presentations by select students enrolled in Bay Area book arts programs. More details to come.

Photographing Libraries
Monday, May 8, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

“Robert Dawson’s work is an irrefutable argument for the preservation of public libraries. His book is profound and heartbreakingly beautiful.” – Toni Morrison

Robert Dawson will discuss his twenty-three year interest in photographing libraries throughout the United States and now globally. Starting with his eighteen-year survey of American public libraries he will also show work from his more recent projects in Stockton and San Joaquin County, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC and his most recent Global Library project.

Mr. Dawson’s work has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Work Fund grant, a Graham Foundation grant, a National Endowment For the Arts Fellowship, and a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. His books include Robert Dawson Photographs (1988); The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland (University of California Press, 1993); Farewell, Promised Land: Waking From the California Dream (UC Press, 1999) and A Doubtful River  (University of Nevada Press, 2000).  His latest book is The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014). The Library of Congress recently purchased the entire Public Library project for their permanent collection. Mr. Dawson’s photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution); the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is founder and co-director of the Water in the West Project. He has been an instructor of photography at Stanford University since 1996.

The Second Annual Next Generation Printers Showcase
Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

A presentation and pop-up exhibition of work by emerging Bay Area fine printers. More details to come.

The Space Within
Monday, June 12, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

An illustrated talk by Karen Kunc, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Founder of Constellation Studios. More details to come.

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