Upcoming Events

The Book Club is working to preserve and promote the history of the book and the book arts even though our daily lives have been changed dramatically because of the COVID-19 health crisis.

As we start to emerge from months of solitude and seclusion, the volunteers and staff at the Book Club are beginning the process of re-opening our offices, library, and club rooms.

We don’t expect in-person programming to begin just yet but we are hoping to host events and activities soon. Until we re-open, we will continue to bring you virtual programs so you can enjoy the dynamic speakers and the educational and entertaining presentations you have come to expect at the Book Club of California.

Please consider joining us for a live online program listed below.

Unless otherwise noted, all events 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. 2

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.

The Klondike and Alaska Gold Rushes: A Descriptive Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets Covering the Years 1896-1905

Monday, October 25, 2021, 6-7:15 PM
*A live streaming YouTube event

A live online presentation to celebrate the release of the Book Club of California’s 241st publication The Klondike and Alaska Gold Rushes by Gary F. Kurutz. A decade in the making, this essential reference work is devoted to the last of the great gold stampedes driven by individual miners rather than corporate mining companies. Remarks by the author and others. Members can pre-order this publication now. This event will be live streamed on YouTube.

Click here to register and you will receive a link to the livestream.

Exhibition Opening: Standard/Deluxe/Design: Bindings of the Book Club of California

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 4:30-6:30 PM
* A live, in-person event at the American Bookbinders Museum

The Book Club of California has played a major role in the history and preservation of the arts of fine printing in California for over a century. Its books are carefully conceived, thoughtfully designed, and attractively printed in limited editions, often by the foremost fine press printers in the country. Standard/Deluxe/Design looks at the bindings of these finely made books, displaying covers from the publication history of the Book Club of California, its new tradition of deluxe editions, and a selection of Book Club publications with unique covers created by noted California bookbinders. Remarks by Elizabeth Newsom, librarian, Book Club of California.

On view: November 13, 2021 through February 26, 2022

American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Click here to register for this event.

The Reva and David Logan Collection of Photographic Books

Monday, November 15, 2021, 5-6:15 PM
* A live, online presentation

The Reva and David Logan Collection of Photographic Books at The Bancroft Library at University of California, Berkeley is an outstanding collection of roughly 1,500 books and periodicals about photography in all its forms.

Amassed over several decades by Chicago-based philanthropists (and art lovers) Reva and David Logan, the Collection is particularly strong in “fine art” photography by such masters as Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and others; documentary photography and photojournalism in the United States and Europe; portraiture; and early photographic manuals.

The Logans were also interested in the early history of the medium. They acquired rare, mint-condition editions by some of photography’s earliest practitioners, including Thomas Annan, Peter Henry Emerson, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Eadweard Muybridge.

Many of these books are first editions, signed by the artists themselves. Periodicals form another strength of the Collection, which includes over 50 serials and journals. These range from long runs of well-known photographic magazines such as Aperture and U.S. Camera to scarce journals such as Photo Notes and Minority Photographer’s Newsletter. This talk will provide an overview of this wonderful collection and highlight some favorites.

A live online presentation by Christine Hult-Lewis, PhD, curator of the Logan Collection and the interim curator of the Pictorial Collection at The Bancroft Library.

Click here to register for this event.

Your Collection: Deaccessioning Strategies

Monday, November 22, 2021, 5-6:15 PM
* A live, online presentation

*** Part of the Book Club’s series for Book Collectors ***

Collectors are custodians. The materials that make up their collections are, in most cases, temporarily orbiting around the ideas that ground the collection.

A Collection’s Coda deals directly with late stage collecting and available strategies for those considering “what’s next” for their collections based on the contents, intentions, and time frames available.

We will explore when one is ‘ready’ to consider these questions and what one must do to prepare for the process.

A live online presentation by Spencer W. Stuart, collections advisor

Click here to register for this event.

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