Upcoming Events


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

Author and photographer 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 share his more recent work from projects in Stockton and San Joaquin County, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., and his Global Library Project. His book The Public Library: A Photographic Essay was published in 2014.

Seating is limited. RSVP here


John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller presents Voice from the Fire by Betsy Davids and James Petrillo
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

This event is not sponsored by the Book Club of California. Please contact (415) 986-5826 for more information.

In celebration of his new Blake Gallery, John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller will sponsor a performance of Voice from the Fire by Betsy Davids and James Petrillo. In Voice from the Fire, storytellers Jim and Betsy evoke the life, love, work and visions of William and Catherine Blake, accompanied by projected images from Blake books and prints. Voice from the Fire has had a long performance history, beginning in the 1980s. Some of you recently saw Betsy perform an excerpt; this will be the full-length version, slightly revised and thoroughly renovated, performed by both Betsy and Jim with plentiful Blake images.

Place: The Book Club of California  312 Sutter Street, 5th floor San Francisco (From Montgomery BART, walk two blocks up Sutter St  to Grant. The BCC is a few doors past Grant, on the right, same entrance as the World Affairs Council.  The Sutter/Stockton garage is on the same block)

Time: 5:00 to 6:00pm snacks and drinks (and seat selection! early arrival recommended); 6:00 to 7:00pm performance

Cost: $10 at the door

Evening in the Library with Kathleen Walkup
Monday, May 15, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

What do the Titanic, a frisky colt, and a Greek priestess have in common? Find out at the May 15th Evening in the Library, when we will spend time with some of the illustrious women whose work is part of the club’s collection. We’ll explore the work of actor-printer Gloria Stuart and the irrepressible Jane Grabhorn, as well as bindings by a charter member of the Book Club, Belle McMurtry Young, and its first woman president, Florence Walter. We’ll examine a facsimile that features Diotima, a type designed by Gudrun Zapf, along with many other gems, around the club’s long library table.

This program is for members only and seating is limited. Email programs@bccbooks.org to make a reservation or for more information. 

Postponed: Next Generation Printer’s Showcase
Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Please note that the Next Generation Printer’s Showcase scheduled for Monday, May 22 has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for news on a possible new date, as well as information on upcoming programs in the summer and fall. 

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

Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of “strange beauty.” Kunc is Willa Cather Professor of Art at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has taught since 1983. She has received numerous awards for her work, including Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship. Her works have been shown in exhibitions worldwide and are held in numerous private, public, and university collections. She has taught workshops in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, and Iceland, and has lectured as a visiting artist as over 200 institutions. In 2014, she opened Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska as a creative worksite for print, paper, and book, inviting artists for residencies, workshops, collaborations, and exhibitions.

Join us for this illustrated talk, in which a poetic metaphor leads to an associative understanding of influences, tactility, and meaning in the bookworks of artist Karen Kunc.

Seating is limited. RSVP here.

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