Upcoming Events



In the Library: William Saroyan at the Grabhorn Press.
Monday, August 25, 2014 5-7 pm

A closer look at the BCC collection, on the last night of the Grabhorn exhibition.

More information coming soon. RSVP to georgie@bccbooks.org


Exhibition Opening: Food & Wine & Good Design: The California Fine Printers’ Legacy
Monday, September 15, 2014, 5-7 pm

With a talk by exhibition curator Randall Tarpey-Schwed.

More information coming soon.




Take Things Always by Their Smooth Handle and Give Them a Good Turn. Reflections on Life and Libraries with Christian Dupont
Monday, November 3, 2014, 5-7 pm

Presented by the California Rare Book School

In 2006, Rare Book School director Terry Belanger invited Christian Dupont to give a talk about his experiences and “advices” as the newly appointed director of special collections at the University of Virginia. He naturally turned to Thomas Jefferson, and drew upon his “Decalogue of Canons,” a series of ten aphoristic expressions of practical wisdom—some more common, some more obscure—like “take things always by their smooth handle.” Applying this maxim to his own career soon led Christian to join a library software development company to create the first automated system for managing special collections library services. And now it has led him back. In his talk, Christian will reflect on what he has learned about life and libraries and whether Mr. Jefferson would approve.

Following a six-year stint with Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, Christian Dupont was recently appointed as Burns Librarian at Boston College. Formerly director of special collections at the University of Virginia and Syracuse University, he embarked on his service to libraries while completing his doctorate in theology at the University of Notre Dame. His research and publication interests range widely from Dante to continental philosophy and the history and management of libraries.


Traditional Book Collecting of the 21st Century, or How an Old-Fashioned Bibliophile Now Hunts for Rare and Early Books: An Illustrated Talk by Andrew T. Nadell, M.D.
Monday, November 10, 2014, 5-7 pm

More information about this talk coming soon!

Image: Erasmus, Desiderius (1466-1536), Enchiridion militis Christiani, (Antwerp: Michael Hillenium, October 1523), bound with his Institutio principis Christiani, Cologne, August 1523. These famous works are humanistic manuals on how to be a Christian knight, and a Christian prince. Addressed to two young men destined for major Renaissance occupations–an anonymous soldier and the future Emperor Charles V–they offer broad instruction for an honorable and faithful life. Both title pages are signed by the Parisian surgeon and bibliophile, François Rasse des Neux, 1548; the binding is contemporary decorated ca



Poetry at the Edge: Five Contemporary California Poets. Featuring Kay Ryan, Michael Hannon, Martha Ronk, Joseph Stroud, and Gary Young.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 5-7 pm

Celebrate the publication of BCC publication number 232. With remarks by editor and designer Carolee Campbell, and readings by the five poets featured in the book.

More information about the event and the publication coming soon.

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