Past Events

The First Annual Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West: Anton Roman: San Francisco’s Pioneering Bookseller & Publisher
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:30 PM

This is an encore of the original presentation that took place at the Book Club of California on October 30, 2017.

Presentation at 7:30 PM | Reception at 8:30 PM

John Crichton presents the story of San Francisco bookseller and publisher Anton Roman (1828–1903), who came to California from Bavaria in 1849 to make his fortune in the gold fields. He converted his gold into books and became one of the most important and successful bookseller-publishers in the history of the book trade in California and the West. Roman published seminal California and Western American texts; he founded the Overland Monthly; and he connected California to the East.

At the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Rothenberg Hall, Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 

Reservations are not required but you can submit your RSVP here.

Divine Madness: the Visions of William Blake
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An evening of poetry, music, and visual art envisioned by composer Graham Treacher. A Blake devotee since childhood, he explores his profound relationship to Blake’s poetry and visual art through his striking musical compositions, as well as those of John Milton Sr., and influential Tudor era composer Orlando Gibbons. These movements alternate with excerpts from Blake’s penultimate poem Milton, as well as his masterpiece Jerusalem, and serve to elucidate Blake’s obscure mythology. Anyone who has pondered the mysteries of Blake’s great Giant Albion, his visions and his prophecy of the “Great Harvest,” will enjoy seeing his story unfold. Originally performed at Kings Place, London in November of 2016, with two soloists and six instrumentalists, the piece will be recreated from professional recordings and accompanied, as in the original, by some of Blake’s most thought provoking images. This unique event was critically acclaimed in the UK and will be recreated in its entirety for one night only.

Hosted by John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller. RSVP to john@johnwindle.com or (415) 986-5826.

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