Upcoming Events


Design Matters: The Creation of Contemporary Fine Bindings. An Illustrated Talk by Dominic Riley.
Monday, July 28, 2014 5-7 pm

With the advent of the Arts and Crafts movement bookbindings became works of art in themselves. Dominic is one of a small number of bookbinders working today who create unique Design Bindings for collectors. This lecture shows a range of these contemporary bindings, explaining how each design grew from a response to the text and illustrations of the printed book.

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned bookbinder and teacher, having won over twenty prizes for his unique fine bindings, made either for exhibitions, competitions, or for commission. His work is in many public and private collections worldwide including the British Library, the Grolier Club and the Bodleian in Oxford. In June 2013 he won the Sir Paul Getty award for the best binding in the International Bookbinding Competition. He is currently on a whistle-stop tour of ten European and Asian countries as the exhibition travels the world.



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.


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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