Upcoming Events

 

A Kelmscott Chaucer for Our Times: Celebrating a New Binding by Dominic Riley
Monday, July 10, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

When it was produced in 1896, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press was hailed as the greatest book of its age. Designed by Morris and lavishly illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones, 425 copies were printed (one of which resides at the Book Club of California). Some are still in their original bindings and others are in extremely fine bindings done since, leaving a few in poor bindings in need of a new cover. In 2012, Dominic Riley was commissioned to rebind such a copy, with a view to create a contemporary fine binding for it.

In this lecture, Dominic will talk about the genesis of the design, from rough ideas to final execution, and the laborious process of building the binding for this iconic book, which is being donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Dominic Riley is one the most renowned bookbinders working today. His design bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the St Bride Library, the Rylands in Manchester, the National Library of Wales, the Grolier Club, and the San Francisco Public Library. He has created over seventy design bindings to date, and when he is not making contemporary artistic bindings he restores antiquarian books and teaches.

Seating is limited. RSVP here.

Film Screening: Paris, Once Upon a Time by Leonard Pitt
Monday, July 31, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Paris, Once Upon a Time is a portrait of Paris in the early 20th century and is based on vintage postcards from filmmaker Leonard Pitt’s private collection. The invention of the postcard in 1869 was a revolution in communication that changed the world and created a new industry that became a key to the French economy, with tens of thousands finding employment. During the Golden Age of the postcard, France produced one million postcards a day. Here was the first form of social networking ever devised. Human relations were greatly impacted and people’s view of the world changed. Every aspect of the fabled city that people had only heard about, the monuments, avenues, boulevards, cafes, and cabarets were now available to all for a only penny a piece. Postcards became such a mania that complaints were commonly heard of no one reading anymore. People just look at pictures. People don’t talk to each other any more, they just read and write their postcards. Here is a portrait of a Paris that has long since disappeared. Charm is not wanting.

Leonard Pitt was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1941. He traveled to Paris in January 1963 and stayed for seven years, during which he studied mime with Etienne Decroux for four years. He returned to the United States in 1970, settled in Berkeley, and opened a school of physical theatre. He has been teaching ever since. Leonard has performed and taught at theatres and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. He studied mask theatre in Bali in 1973, performed with his teacher in local villages and temple festivals, and returned to Bali in 1978 to study mask carving. He has written five books, including Walks Through Lost Paris (2002), Paris, A Journey Through Time (2008), and Paris Postcards: The Golden Age (2010). His fourth book, A Small Moment of Great Illumination, is about the life of the 17th century Anglo-Irish healer Valentine Greatrakes. His latest book, a memoir, My Brain on Fire, Paris and Other Obsessions, was released in March 2016.

Seating is limited. RSVP here.

Evening in the Library with John Crichton: Henry Evans and the Peregrine Press
Monday, July 24, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 5:30 PM

Discover the work of Henry Evans and the Peregrine Press, 1950–1962, one of the progenitors of the small press movement on the West Coast.

John Crichton is proprietor of the Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco and twice past president of the Book Club of California.

This program is for members only. Stay tuned for a link to RSVP.

The University Library as Collector, Exhibitor, and Publisher
Monday, August 7, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Join us for a panel discussion with:
Peter Koch, printer
Roberto Trujillo, Director of Special Collections, Stanford University
Becky Fischbach, Exhibits Manager & Designer of Special Collections, Stanford University
Moderated by Anne W. Smith, Past President of the Book Club of California

Stay tuned for details and a link to RSVP.

Writing Satire in Barberini Rome: The Publication History of Gian Vittorio Rossi’s Eudemia
Monday, August 14, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by Jennifer Nelson, Reference Librarian, the Robbins Collection at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Stay tuned for details and a link to RSVP.

The Book Club of California Celebrates the Summer of Love
Monday, August 21, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Join us for an evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with remarks by David Lance Goines, designer and printer of the club’s 2017 commemorative poster.

Stay tuned for details and a link to RSVP.

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