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

Health Safety Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and well-being of our members, visitors, and staff continues to be our primary focus. In an effort to encourage social distancing to halt the spread of the coronavirus, we have made the decision to temporarily close our club rooms and cancel programs and events.

The club rooms are currently closed. Public events, exhibitions, and meetings at the Book Club are cancelled through June 30, 2020.

Many of our staff will be working remotely so please contact them by email or phone. Staff contact information can be found on our website.
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An Evening in the Library: A Harmless Drudge, a Pestilent Fellow: Lexicographers and Their Dictionaries
Monday, June 8, 2020, 5-7 PM
*Postponed/to be rescheduled

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

Dr. Johnson portrayed lexicography as a dull and humble practice. Ambrose Bierce cynically intimated that the very urge to define is Satanic. We’ll look at some of the library’s dictionaries and word-books including a 1475 copy of Giovanni Balbi’s Catholicon, leaves from first editions of Johnson’s and Webster’s dictionaries, and materials from our fine printing collection, and discuss the colorful figures behind their creation.

A members-only talk by Elizabeth Newsom, librarian, Book Club of California

Limited seating. Reservations required.

Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley
Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 5:30-7:30 PM
A Southern California Program
*Postponed/to be rescheduled

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Pat Hunter, artist, and Janice Stevens, author

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

 

How Do I Value My Collection?
Monday, June 15, 2020, 5-7 PM
*Postponed/to be rescheduled

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

A panel discussion with book collection and booksellers

Field Trip: Arion Press and M&H Type
Friday, June 19, 2020, 10 AM- 2 PM
*Postponed/to be rescheduled

A members-only field trip to Arion Press and M&H Type with a tour of the historic press and type foundry, Q&A with the production staff, and a hands-on printing activity. Ticketed event.

*At Arion Press, 1802 Hays Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

Inkworks Press Collective: Printing for the People!
Monday, June 29, 2020, 5PM -7PM
*Postponed/to be rescheduled

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Grend Löfkvist, letter-press printer, teacher, and education director

Details to come. Please check back for updates or subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest information on events, exhibitions, and publications.

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