Upcoming Events

*Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Book Club of California and are free and open to the public. Please refer to the description under each event.

Email programs@bccbooks.org for any questions, or call (415) 781-7532 ext. 3

Health Safety Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and well-being of our members, visitors, and staff continues to be our primary focus. In an effort to encourage social distancing to halt the spread of the coronavirus, we have made the decision to temporarily close our club rooms and cancel programs and events.

The club rooms are currently closed. Public events, exhibitions, and meetings at the Book Club are cancelled through April 30, 2020.

Many of our staff will be working remotely so please contact them by email or phone. Staff contact information can be found on our website.
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Fifty years from Wisconsin to Nepal through the eyes of Quelquefois Press
Monday, March 16, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

Mary Risala Laird has published letterpress books since 1969 as Quelquefois Press and as partner in Perishable Press Limited from 1969-84. Her teaching ricochets include San Francisco State University, Kala Institute, Naropa University, the San Francisco Center for the Book and most recently, Tibetan Handicraft Industries in Katmandu. She prints on a Vandercook Universal I. Poetry, jazz, painting, the mystics of all traditions, and long silent retreats lend meaning to her life and inspiration to her work. Her books may be found in collections across the U.S. and in London. She has three grown children and lives in Berkeley with her husband, John Malork.

An illustrated talk by Mary Risala Laird, printer, book artist, and teacher

Program to be rescheduled

Celebrating Florence S. Walter
Monday, March 23, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

An evening in celebration of the pioneering American Bookbinder with remarks by family members and the creative team behind the recently published tribute.

Program to be rescheduled

Twenty-Five Hours in a Day: The Life of Jo Mora
Monday, March 30, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Peter Hiller, author, historian, and curator for the Jo Mora Trust Collection

Program to be rescheduled

The Oscar Lewis Awards
Monday, April 06, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

Join us for a ceremony celebrating the recipients of the 2020 Oscar Lewis Awards in Western History and 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 the awards and a list of past recipients.

Reservations required. Limited seating is available.

Program to be rescheduled

The 2020 Book Arts Students Showcase
Monday, April 13, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:30 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:30 PM
Program 6:00 PM

A pop-up exhibition of work and presentations by selected students enrolled in Bay Area book arts programs

Program to be rescheduled

A History of the Menu as a Literary Document
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 5:30-7:30 PM
A Southern California Program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6:00 PM

A talk by Ted Gioia, writer and critic

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena,
160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Program to be rescheduled

Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History
Monday, April 20, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Monika Trobits, researcher, historian, and author

Program to be rescheduled

Three Tales of Iconic San Francisco Foods and the American Dreamers Behind Them
Monday, April 27, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Laura Borrman, Writer, and editor

Program to be rescheduled

Gutenberg’s World: The Rise of a New Technology in 15th century Mainz
Monday, May 04, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Alix Christie, novelist, printer, and journalist

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The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice
Monday, May 11, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Heghnar Watenpaugh, Ph.D., author and professor of art history at the University of California, Davis

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Visual Poetry
Monday, May 18, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:30 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:30 PM
Program 5:30-7:00 PM

Poets, scribes, printers have always taken advantage of the fact that poetry is both a visual and a verbal art. The layout on the page reflects not only how a poem should sound, but also how it should feel to the reader. This exhibit will look at how and why these artists create multi-sensory works.

An exhibition related talk by Elizabeth Newsom, librarian, Book Club of California

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Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children’s Picture Books in America
Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 5:30-7:30 PM
A Southern California Program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Chris Loker, author

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena,
160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

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How Do I Value My Collection?
Monday, June 1, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

A panel discussion with book collection and booksellers

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An Evening in the Library: A Harmless Drudge, a Pestilent Fellow: Lexicographers and Their Dictionaries
Monday, June 8, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

Dr. Johnson portrayed lexicography as a dull and humble practice. Ambrose Bierce cynically intimated that the very urge to define is Satanic. We’ll look at some of the library’s dictionaries and word-books including a 1475 copy of Giovanni Balbi’s Catholicon, leaves from first editions of Johnson’s and Webster’s dictionaries, and materials from our fine printing collection, and discuss the colorful figures behind their creation.

A members-only talk by Elizabeth Newsom, librarian, Book Club of California

Limited seating. Reservations required.

More information to come

Landscapes and Landmarks of the Great Central Valley
Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 5:30-7:30 PM
A Southern California Program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Pat Hunter, artist, and Janice Stevens, author

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena,
160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

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Book Club of California: In Conversation With
Monday, June 15, 2020, 5-7 PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

A conversation with the Hon. Bruce James, the 24th Public Printer of the United States and Director of the United States Government Printing Office (Ret.)

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Field Trip: Arion Press and M&H Type
Friday, June 19, 2020, 10 AM- 2 PM

A members-only field trip to Arion Press and M&H Type with a tour of the historic press and type foundry, Q&A with the production staff, and a hands-on printing activity. Ticketed event.

*At Arion Press, 1802 Hays Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

More information to come.

Inkworks Press Collective: Printing for the People!
Monday, June 29, 2020, 5PM -7PM

Members-only hospitality 5:00-5:45 PM
Non-member and general admission 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM

An illustrated talk by Grend Löfkvist, letter-press printer, teacher, and education director

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