Upcoming Events


The Magnificent Library of Abby Ellen Pope
Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Beginning as a young single woman in Chicago in the 1880s, Abby Ellen Pope rose from obscurity to build a book collection of surpassing rarity, including treasures now housed in some of the greatest libraries in the world. She was on track to become one of the great book collectors of her generation. Yet despite her stunning successes, few traces of her extraordinary life remain. Her books are dispersed, house and library demolished, papers gone, and even her portrait has vanished. This talk explores her life and reconstructs her collection to provide a glimpse into a lost library.

Join us for this illustrated talk by Emiko Hastings, Curator of Books and Digital Projects at the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.

Seating is limited. RSVP here.

The Poet and the Printer: Trading Eights
Monday, March 13, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Dana Gioia, Poet Laureate of California, and Richard Wagener, book artist and wood engraver, in conversation. More details to come.

Reservations required. RSVP here.

Exhibition Opening: The Working Library: Clifford Burke and Fine Printing
Monday, March 20, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Exhibition opening, with remarks by George Fox and others. More details to come.

The 2017 Oscar Lewis Awards
Monday, March 27, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Join us for a ceremony celebrating the recipients of the 2017 Oscar Lewis Awards. This year, the Book Club of California honors Robert Bringhurst for his contributions to western history, and Kitty Maryatt for her contributions to the book arts.

The Book Club of California established the Oscar Lewis Awards in 1994 in honor of the prolific and popular San Francisco writer-historian who served as Book Club secretary from 1921 to 1946. Two awards are presented annually to outstanding individuals for their achievements in western history and the book arts. Please find more information about the awards and a list of past recipients here.

Seating is limited. RSVP to programs@bccbooks.org.

Radiant with Color and Art: McLoughlin Brothers and the Business of Picture Books, 1858-1920
Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Laura Wasowicz, Curator of Children’s Literature at the American Antiquarian Society, is delighted to return to the Book Club of California to share her recent research on New York picture book publisher McLoughlin Brothers. Rising from the gritty printing district of lower Manhattan, McLoughlin Brothers blew the international picture book trade wide open with its embrace of cutting edge technologies like chromolithography, and branding techniques that are still strikingly modern today. Drawn from the two great repositories of McLoughlin archives, the AAS and the Fox Collection at San Francisco Public Library, this presentation will also illuminate the little known partnership in foreign language picture book publishing shared by McLoughlin Brothers and D. Appleton & Company. Some of the stunning pieces discussed will be on display at New York’s Grolier Club as part of a major exhibition on McLoughlin opening in December 2017.

Seating is limited. RSVP here.

The Fourth Annual Bay Area Book Arts Programs Student Showcase
Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Pop-up (one-night-only) exhibition of work and presentations by select students enrolled in Bay Area book arts programs. More details to come.

Photographing Libraries
Monday, May 8, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

“Robert Dawson’s work is an irrefutable argument for the preservation of public libraries. His book is profound and heartbreakingly beautiful.” – Toni Morrison

Robert Dawson will discuss his twenty-three year interest in photographing libraries throughout the United States and now globally. Starting with his eighteen-year survey of American public libraries he will also show work from his more recent projects in Stockton and San Joaquin County, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC and his most recent Global Library project.

Seating is limited. RSVP here

The Second Annual Next Generation Printers Showcase
Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

A presentation and pop-up exhibition of work by emerging Bay Area fine printers. More details to come.

The Space Within
Monday, June 12, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

An illustrated talk by Karen Kunc, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Founder of Constellation Studios. More details to come.

Seating is limited. RSVP here.

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