Upcoming Events



A Personal View of Paper History: An Illustrated Talk by Simon Barcham Green.
Monday, October 3, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute

Hospitality: 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

Simon Barcham Green, former owner of England’s last full-scale commercial handmade paper mill, presents a guided, selective, and very abridged tour through the last 2,000 years of papermaking. Illustrated with a wide variety of images, including many from the Hayle Mill collection dating back to the nineteenth century and also other English Mills, the presentation will also include recollections of major Californian book projects of the late twentieth century using Hayle Mill papers, including projects for the Arion Press, the Press in Tuscany Alley, and the Allen Press.

Simon Barcham Green belongs to the sixth generation of the family that ran Hayle Mill, Maidstone from 1812 to 1987. After obtaining a BSc in Paper Science from the University of Manchester, he worked in half a dozen machine mills before joining the family business, where he introduced the first alkaline sized mold-made watercolor and handmade papers in the world. Green developed many new papers for conservation purposes and worked closely with some of the leading private presses to produce bespoke papers, including special watermarks. He has visited hundreds of paper mills in recent years and provided consultancy services to many in India, Bhutan, and the Philippines. Now Business Manager of the Institute of Conservation and a member of the British Association of Paper Historians, Green is in continuous correspondence with people around the world on papermaking matters.


Litquake Presents: Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders.
Monday, October 10, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

Hospitality: 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

When Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras set out to write Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire our sense of wonder (after all, when you can buy a plane ticket and be in Borneo in less than a day, the world can feel awfully small). The extraordinary result is an utterly unique guide that combines compelling descriptive writing with arresting full-color photographs, maps, and charts to share over 700 of the most unusual, fascinating, and mysterious bucket-list destinations across all eight continents. From the secret apartment Gustave Eiffel built high atop the Eiffel Tower, to the spectacular New Zealand caves lit by glowworms, to the World’s Quietest Room, each entry in the book includes location information, GPS coordinates, and tips on when and how best to get there—and how much to bribe the guard to get you inside. An arresting cabinet of curiosities that inspires wonderlust as much as wanderlust, Atlas Obscura proves that the world is vast and there are marvelous treasures behind every corner—if you just know where to look.

For more information, please visit the Litquake event page here.

Little Pop-up Books: Deconstructing Miniature Movable Structures.
Monday, November 7, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

Click on the image, left, for a larger view:  “A Book for Ian” © Left Coast Press, by Dorothy A. Yule, June 2006, edition of 10, showing portrait ovals and rose-petal necklace.

Hospitality: 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

For those among us who are not paper engineers, pop-up books can seem magical and mysterious. For more than twenty years, Dorothy Yule has been exploring the world of pop-up and movable structures and learning how to use them in miniature books. Examining her own books as examples and using enlarged models of the structures, she will show how the mechanisms that create the illusions function.

Dorothy A. Yule started making books in primary school and eventually earned a Masters in Book Arts from Mills College. Her books tend to be small in size, written in verse, and often incorporate pop-ups. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally, and awarded several prizes, including the Meggendorfer Prize for Artists Books from the Movable Book Society in 2014 and a Hedi Kyle Award from 23 Sandy Gallery in 2015.

What Yesterday’s Buildings Say About Today’s San Francisco.
Monday, November 14, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

Click on the image, left, for a larger view:  The building at 178 Townsend Street  in Clarence Alley in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, September 15, 2012. Photo credit: Liz Hafalia/The Chronicle.

Hospitality: 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

San Francisco’s beloved older buildings aren’t simply treasures to be preserved, they’re lenses through which we can view how this city and its cultures continue to evolve. Join the Book Club of California and John King for an eye-opening look at what the landmarks around us reveal about where we might be going next, and how our treatment of the past can alter San Francisco’s future. The talk will be illustrated with plenty of images – some buildings you’ll recognize, and others that will make you look twice.

John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic, where he casts his sharp eye on everything from the design of major towers to the value of rooftop public spaces. In 2016, he embarked on “Rising Reality,” a multi-part look at how sea level rise will alter Bay Area waterfronts and present both challenges and opportunities that we must begin planning for now. He has two books published by Heyday: Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings and Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco.

Ansel Adams: A Son’s Perspective.
Monday, December 5, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

Hospitality: 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

Michael Adams will give an illustrated talk about Ansel Adam’s life and legacy, including the photographer’s youth in San Francisco, his exposure to music, and his relationship to the landscape of Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada, and the Southwest. The talk will be accompanied by a slideshow of some of Ansel Adam’s most beloved photographs.

Michael Adams was born in the Yosemite Valley and was educated at Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and Stanford University. He received a B.A. in Geography from Fresno State College, and his M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine. In addition to his private medical practice, Michael has also served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force and the California Air National Guard in Japan and New Mexico, and as a flight surgeon/pilot physician in Germany and Fresno, California. He retired from the USAF and Air National Guard in 1993, as a Major General and from duty as Deputy Surgeon General of the USAF for the Air National Guard.

Michael is Chairman of the Board of the Ansel Adams Gallery, now in its 114th year of operation in Yosemite Valley. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Medical School, Department of Medicine, and teaches in the UCSF Fresno Residency Training Program. Michael has been an advisor to the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where the Ansel Adams photographic archive is located. He is a Council member of the Yosemite Conservancy.


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