Upcoming Events


The 2015 Oscar Lewis Awards
Monday, March 30, 2015, 5-7 pm

Join us for a ceremony celebrating the recipients of the 2015 Oscar Lewis Awards, Dr. Gray Brechin for his contributions to Western History, and Harry and Sandra Reese for their contributions to the Book Arts.

The Oscar Lewis Awards were established by the Book Club of California in 1994 in honor of Oscar Lewis (1893-1992), San Francisco author, historian, and Book Club secretary from 1921-1946.

Please click here for more information about this year’s awards and a list of past recipients.


Pop-Up Exhibition: Bay Area Book Arts Programs, Student Showcase
Monday, April 13, 2015, 5-7 pm

5 pm: Exhibition & Hospitality
6 pm: Presentations

A one-night-only exhibition of work by students enrolled in the book art programs at Academy of Art University, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, and City College of San Francisco, with presentations by the students.

Free and open to the public. More information coming soon.


You’ve Got Pirates! An Illustrated Talk by David Levy
Monday, April 20, 2015, 5-7 pm

5 pm: Hospitality
6 pm: Presentation

We all know the phrase “according to Hoyle” and likely grew up with a nearby edition of Hoyle’s Games. In this illustrated talk, David Levy will take us back to the beginning—the 1742 publication of Edmond Hoyle’s A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist and its troubled history. The book was quickly pirated and the owner of the copyright, bookseller Francis Cogan, took extraordinary, desperate steps to combat the pirates. Emerging from Cogan’s battle are some rare and unusual books and broadsides, and a Hoyle brand that has survived for more than 250 years. In his talk, David Levy will bring this tale to life with images of rarities from his personal collection, including piracies and works autographed by Hoyle to ensure authenticity, as well as contemporary source material: literary quotations, newspaper advertisements, business records, and a mid-eighteenth century decorative object that strangely provides bibliographical evidence of a Hoyle publication that has not otherwise survived.

David Levy is a collector and scholar of printed books about card and board games, with a focus on the writings of Edmond Hoyle. His Hoyle collection is second in scope only to that of the Bodleian Library. He maintains a blog, Edmond Hoyle, Gent, with more than a hundred essays on the bibliography and history of gaming literature, and is working on a descriptive bibliography of Hoyle’s work, an early version of which appears on his website.

Image: The Laws of Whist according to Hoyle

 View of rooms from the front door 

In the Library: Clifford Burke’s Cranium Press
Monday, May 11, 2015, 5-7 pm

Join us for an informal gathering in the library to view works from the Book Club’s collection.

Free and open to the public but seating is limited. RSVP to georgie@bccbooks.org


Exhibition Opening: Alice in Bookland, Fine Press Editions
Monday, May 18, 2015, 5-7 pm

5-6 p.m.: Hospitality
6-7 p.m.: Presentation by Mark Burstein, curator of the exhibition

Celebrate the opening of our summer exhibition.


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