Chris Loker is a San Francisco bookseller specializing in antiquarian children’s books from 1750 – 1950. Her focus is on antique books with charm, character and color for young children and early adolescents, including alphabets, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, primers, pop-up and movable books, books of education and virtue, as well as traditional picture books and story books. Besides a member (and past board member) of the Book Club, Chris is a member of the Grolier Club and the curator of its One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature. She is a member (and past board member) of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, and serves on the board of the children’s literacy organization Bring Me A Book. Chris is married to bookseller (and Book Club board member) John Windle.
This event is being held in conjunction with Rare Book Week West.
In 1536, Pedro de Mendoza arrived in South America and founded a city on the banks of a wide and muddy river. Mendoza named the city Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre, a name that the centuries would abbreviate to Buenos Aires. Five years later, due to the resistance of the natives and Mendoza’s own shortcomings, the city was abandoned, to be founded again in 1580 by Juan de Garay. Mendoza had brought with him a small collection of books that in a secret way define perhaps the city that he had imagined. Perhaps all cities are founded with a library in mind.
Alberto Manguel was born in Buenos Aires in 1948 and is now a Canadian citizen. He is the author of A History of Reading and The Library at Night. His latest book is Curiosity, to be published in March 2015 by Yale University Press.