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Litquake Presents: The Heydey of Malcolm: A Tribute to Malcolm Margolin Monday, October 13, 2014, 5:30 pm

5:30 pm: Reception
6:30 pm: Talks begin

No one has impacted the storied history of Bay Area publishing more than Malcolm Margolin, publisher of Heyday Books, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Margolin is an icon of alternative publishing, with hundreds of titles to his credit focusing on Native Americans, nature, politics and more. Tonight we pay tribute to a man the National Endowment for the Humanities called a “national treasure.” With surprise guests to be announced. Featuring Kim Bancroft, L. Frank, Andrew Lam, Rebecca Solnit, Oscar Villalon, Charlie Winton, and Paul Yamazaki. More information available here.

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In the Library: Gastronomy in Print Monday, October 20, 2014 5-7 pm

A closer look at the Club’s collection. More information coming soon. Space is limited. RSVP to georgie@bccbooks.org
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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.

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Doctors and Lawyers, Artists and Knights, Philosophers, Princes and Priests: Collecting Early Books and Manuscripts on Professions & Metiers in the 21st Century. An Illustrated Talk by Andrew T. Nadell, M.D. Monday, November 10, 2014, 5-7 pm

This is a story about building a collection on a subject seemingly too broad: professions, occupations, high offices of state and church, the nobility, the arts, trades, and crafts–the ways educated and skilled people have spent their lives.

As a young man full of completist drive, Dr. Nadell collected works related to the single profession of medicine: thousands of books, pamphlets, and documents on doctors, medical schools, ethics, and quackery. The enlarged subject of all professions offers far more objects to hunt. But age, perhaps wisdom, and especially traditional bibliophilic values–beauty, importance, bindings, provenance–make the captured prey far more select and fine, and the scope is narrowed to the medieval and early modern periods.

For centuries, collectors have lamented the paucity of good old books on the market. Dr. Nadell posits that we are living in a new golden age of collecting. The internet and other technological advances have provided book collectors with unprecedented access to all the sources in the world, every day. Ours is the first generation that has more books to choose from than the generations before.

Andrew T. Nadell left Duke University after four years with three degrees: Doctor of Medicine from Duke, Master of Science in Sociology from the University of London, and Budding Book Collector advised by Professor of Medical Bibliography G. S. T. Cavanagh. This collection on Professions is the result.

Dr Nadell is in private practice, taught on the Stanford clinical faculty, and served as chairman of psychiatry at Mills Peninsula Medical Center. He is the United States national delegate to the International Society for the History of Medicine, and a member of the Grolier Club, the Association Internationale de Bibliophile, and the Société Royale de Bibliophiles et Iconophiles of Belgium.

Image: Erasmus, Desiderius (1466-1536), Enchiridion militis Christiani, (Antwerp: Michael Hillenium, October 1523), bound with his Institutio principis Christiani, Cologne, August 1523. These famous works are humanistic manuals on how to be a Christian knight, and a Christian prince. Addressed to two young men destined for major Renaissance occupations–an anonymous soldier and the future Emperor Charles V–they offer broad instruction for an honorable and faithful life. Both title pages are signed by the Parisian surgeon and bibliophile, François Rasse des Neux, 1548; the binding is contemporary decorated calf.  

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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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One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature: An Illustrated Talk by Chris Loker Monday, December 15, 2014, 5-7 pm

Book Club member Chris Loker will talk about the landmark exhibition One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature, on view at the Grolier Club in New York City from December 10, 2014 – February 7, 2015. She will compliment her talk with numerous photographs of the “famous” books in the exhibition, and will share the 300-page exhibition catalogue, expected to be a watershed publication in the world of children’s literature, in its West Coast debut.

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.

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A City Built on Books: Pedro de Mendoza and the Founding of Buenos Aires. An Illustrated Talk by Alberto Manguel
Monday, February 9, 2015, 5-7 pm

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.

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