Upcoming Events

The Book Club of California is offering in-person and online programs and activities. Hybrid events with in-person attendance and a streaming element are also held.

In-person programs without a virtual component may be recorded for online viewing on our YouTube Channel after the event.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and take place at the Book Club of California located at 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 in San Francisco.

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.

Contempo Jo Mora

Monday, March 27, 2023, 6-7:15 PM (Pacific)
| In-Person and Virtual Presentation

5:30 PM Pacific – Reception
6:00 PM Pacific – Program

The creative career of Joseph Jacinto “Jo” Mora (1876-1947) was both compelling and diverse. A painter, muralist, sculptor, building designer, cartographer, actor, set designer, cowboy, and husband and father, Mora’s art work sprang from his interests in numerous subjects including Native Americans and cowboys, the American landscape, California history and its missions, the classics of Chaucer, and Mora’s love of animals.

The artistic legacy of Jo Mora continues to evolve. Upon Mora’s passing in 1947, his son Jo Jr. lovingly worked to spread the word about his father’s creative accomplishments. That endeavor has been passed along to Peter Hiller, the Jo Mora Collection Curator.

Join Peter as he shares how Jo Mora’s art has, and continues to, find its way into popular culture and the wider world in both traditional and surprising ways.

In in-person and virtual presentation by Peter Hiller, author, historian, and Jo Mora Collection Curator for the Monterey History and Art Association

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American Ingenuity and Innovation: Kitchen Appliance Instruction Manuals

Monday, April 3, 2023, 6-7:15 PM (Pacific)
| Exhibition Opening and Virtual Presentation

5:30 PM Pacific – Reception
6:00 PM Pacific – Program

From air conditioners to yogurt makers, kitchen appliance manuals—with step by step directions for achieving a desired outcome—are incredible examples of early technical writing. The instruction manuals on display reflect a wide range of American consumers and provide today’s bibliophiles and graphic artists the opportunity to study the typography, designs, and color combinations of product marketing from the past.

Exhibition opening and remarks by Liz Pollock, author, collector, and proprietor of the Cook’s Bookcase

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Mujeres Hispanas y Tipografía

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 6-7:15 PM (Pacific)
| In-Person Presentation

5:30 PM Pacific – Reception
6:00 PM Pacific – Program

Pasadena Heritage | The Blinn House | 160 N Oakland | Pasadena, CA 91101

Mujeres Hispanas y Tipografía (Hispanic Women and Typography) celebrates the talents and contributions of Hispanic women to design and typography. Showcasing four individual projects created by Laura Meseguer, Marina Garone, Sandra García, Dafne Martínez, and Jimena Gamio, this publication targets tangible topics, such as educational systems, endangered indigenous languages, and calligraphy.

Lavinia Lascaris and Ximena Amaya, graduates of ArtCenter Graphic Design, were chiefly responsible for the design and production of Mujeres Hispanas y Tipografía. They will be presenting their process in creating the catalog, as they endeavored to share the importance of Hispanic women’s voices and challenge the colonial and patriarchal narratives that have permeated contemporary typography and design.

An in-person and virtual presentation by Gloria Kondrup, professor, ArtCenter College of Design and director of Archetype Press, Lavinia Lascaris, exhibition and graphic designer at Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography, and Ximena Amaya, graphic designer and Typography Fellow at Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography.

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Continental Reckoning: The American West in the Age of Expansion

Monday, April 17, 2023, 5-6:15 PM (Pacific)
| Online Presentation via Zoom

In Continental Reckoning renowned historian Elliott West presents a sweeping narrative of the American West and its vital role in the transformation of the nation. In the 1840s, by which time the United States had expanded to the Pacific, what would become the West was home to numerous vibrant Native cultures and vague claims by other nations. Thirty years later it was organized into states and territories and bound into the nation and world by an infrastructure of rails, telegraph wires, and roads and by a racial and ethnic order, with its Indigenous peoples largely dispossessed and confined to reservations.

Unprecedented exploration uncovered the West’s extraordinary resources, beginning with the discovery of gold in California within days of the United States acquiring the territory following the Mexican-American War. As those resources were developed, often by the most modern methods and through modern corporate enterprise, half of the contiguous United States was physically transformed. Continental Reckoning guides the reader through the rippling, multiplying changes wrought in the western half of the country, arguing that these changes should be given equal billing with the Civil War in this crucial transition of national life.

As the West was acquired, integrated into the nation, and made over physically and culturally, the United States shifted onto a course of accelerated economic growth, a racial reordering and redefinition of citizenship, engagement with global revolutions of science and technology, and invigorated involvement with the larger world. The creation of the West and the emergence of modern America were intimately related. Neither can be understood without the other. With masterful prose and a critical eye, West presents a fresh approach to the dawn of the American West, one of the most pivotal periods of American history.

A virtual presentation by Elliot West, historian and author.

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Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West

Monday, April 24, 2023, 5-6:15 PM (Pacific)
| Online Presentation via Zoom

Even among iconic frontiersmen like John C. Frémont, Kit Carson, and Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger stands out. A mountain man of the American West, straddling the fur trade era and the age of exploration, he lived the life legends are made of. His adventures are fit for remaking into the tall tales Bridger himself liked to tell.

Born in 1804 and orphaned at thirteen, Bridger made his first western foray in 1822, traveling up the Missouri River with Mike Fink and a hundred enterprising young men to trap beaver. At twenty he “discovered” the Great Salt Lake. At twenty-one he was the first to paddle the Bighorn River’s Bad Pass. At twenty-two he explored the wonders of Yellowstone. In the following years, he led trapping brigades into Black-feet territory; guided expeditions of Smithsonian scientists, topographical engineers, and army leaders; and, though he could neither read nor write, mapped the tribal boundaries for the Great Indian Treaty of 1851. Enzler charts Bridger’s path from the fort he built on the Oregon Trail to the route he blazed for Montana gold miners to avert war with Red Cloud and his Lakota coalition. Along the way he married into the Flathead, Ute, and Shoshone tribes and produced seven children.

Tapping sources uncovered in the six decades since the last documented Bridger biography, Enzler’s book fully conveys the drama and details of the larger-than-life history of the “King of the Mountain Men.” Enzler tells the definitive story of an extraordinary life.

A virtual presentation by Jerry Enzler, historian and author.

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