Upcoming Events

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Holiday Card Exhibition & Tea
December 31, 2015, 2-4 pm

View our temporary exhibition of holiday cards from the collection of the Book Club of California and its members and friends. Featuring early Victorian Christmas cards, Chinese New Year’s greetings, contemporary letterpress calendars, poems, carols, and more–designed and printed by some of California’s finest printers, past and present. December 15-January 12.

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Exhibition Opening: A Circle of Friends: Ward Ritchie, Lawrence Clark Powell, and Gloria Stuart
January 26, 2015, 5-7 pm

With a talk by Henry Snyder, BCC librarian and exhibition curator.

More information coming soon.

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The Book Club of California at the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair
February 6-8, 2015

This event is being held in conjunction with Rare Book Week West.

More information about the book fair is available here.

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A City Built on Books: Pedro de Mendoza and the Founding of Buenos Aires. An Illustrated Talk by Alberto Manguel
Monday, February 9, 2015, 5-7 pm

This event is being held in conjunction with Rare Book Week West.

In 1536, Pedro de Mendoza arrived in South America and founded a city on the banks of a wide and muddy river. Mendoza named the city Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre, a name that the centuries would abbreviate to Buenos Aires. Five years later, due to the resistance of the natives and Mendoza’s own shortcomings, the city was abandoned, to be founded again in 1580 by Juan de Garay. Mendoza had brought with him a small collection of books that in a secret way define perhaps the city that he had imagined. Perhaps all cities are founded with a library in mind.

Alberto Manguel was born in Buenos Aires in 1948 and is now a Canadian citizen. He is the author of A History of Reading and The Library at Night. His latest book is Curiosity, to be published in March 2015 by Yale University Press.

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The Book Club of California at CODEX V
February 8-11, 2015

This event is being held in conjunction with Rare Book Week West.

More information about the book fair is available here.

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