Upcoming Events

Driven into Paradise? Lion Feuchtwanger and other German-speaking Exiles in Los Angeles, 1933-1945
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 5:30–7:00 PM

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Like many other German-speaking artists and intellectuals, German-Jewish novelist Lion Feuchtwanger had to flee his home country when Hitler and his Nazi party came to power. He and many of his friends and colleagues first went into exile in the South of France but soon had to escape Europe altogether as the Nazis drew closer.

The last station of Feuchtwanger’s exile should be Los Angeles, where he rebuilt his library of rare books for a third time and where he wrote many of his celebrated historical novels. The talk will provide an overview of Lion Feuchtwanger’s life and work, and will shed light on a time when Los Angeles was often called “Weimar on the Pacific”.

An illustrated talk by Michaela Ullmann, Exile Studies Librarian, University of Southern California Department of Special Collections.

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Photo provided by the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, USC.

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Charmain London

Smiling into Ruin: the Creative Life of Charmian Kittredge London
Monday, June 4, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Charmian Kittredge London married the bestselling American author, Jack London on a cold Chicago night, November 19, 1905, and immediately stepped into the critical, public eye. For the rest of Jack’s and Charmian’s lives, until Jack’s untimely death at the age of forty, reporters would follow their every move. She and Jack would travel the world exploring and writing together, but although the world remembers Jack London and his exploits, few know or understand the woman who was by his side, often driving him towards this adventure.

Charmian Kittredge London often collaborated with her husband. She wrote every day, only instead of writing fiction, she wrote books about her travels as well as sketches for inclusion in her husband’s books. But history hasn’t remembered Charmian Kittredge London in this way. For the past few years, Iris has been conducting extensive research and writing the first full-length biography about this complex and amazing woman. Come get to know the adventurous Charmian Kittredge!

A talk by Iris Jamahl Dunkle, author and poet laureate of Sonoma County.

Evening in the Library: Arnold Fawcus and the Trianon Press: a San Francisco Story
Monday, June 11, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 5:30 PM

This evening will focus on the Trianon Press, Arnold Fawcus, the remarkable books he published, and the technique of collotype or pochoir printing as seen in the volume on display, “The Poems of Thomas Gray illustrated by William Blake”, in the Book Club’s Sperisen library.

A members-only talk by John Windle, proprietor, John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller.

Field Trip: Sutro Library and the SFSU Historic Collections & Frank V. de Bellis Collection
Friday, June 15, 2018, 10 AM–2 PM

Join the Book Club in exploring the Sutro Library and the Historic Collections of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University! The guided trip will share insight into special collections at the Sutro Library and the samplings of fine press bookstores, artist books, and small press books published in California that are housed in the Historic Collections of the J. Paul Leonard Library. Many of the selections reveal San Francisco State’s enduring connections to the local literary and book printing community. The tour will be lead by Sutro and SFSU librarians.

Lunch will be provided. Only 15 spots available.

$15 admission fee for members, $20 admission fee for non-members.

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Revenants: the Memories of Books
Monday, June 25, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

In her current body of work, Revenants: Memories of Books, Meredith Miller, an artist and senior photographer, photographs what remains on the copy stand after she documents books and other material in her role as a photographer at Yale’s Beinecke Library. As they are photographed, the books often shed bits and pieces of their bindings and flecks of paper from their brittle pages. These remainders from rare works are at once precious and incidental. The resulting images are celestial–like with specks of white marking a black background and leave the imagination open to both the presence and absence of the object and in the process create abstract illusions. During her residency at the Weir Farm Art Center in Connecticut, she sequenced these images into a photobook. Presenting the work as a photobook returns the material back into its original form as codex.

An illustrated talk by Meredith Miller, artist and senior photographer at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Photographing Shakespeare: the Folger Shakespeare Library
Monday, July 9, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Founded in 1932, the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. For two years, photographer Robert Dawson and independent curator Ellen Manchester went behind the scenes to document its diverse, lively, and sometimes surprising culture. Their slide illustrated talk will offer a vivid look at life and work today at the Folger.

An illustrated talk by Robert Dawson, photographer, and Ellen Manchester, independent curator.

An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 South
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

The best loved and most spectacular drive in California is documented in a beautifully illustrated artistic and literary journey. Lavishly illustrated with over 130 original full-color Pat Hunter watercolors depicting gorgeous landscapes and architectural treasures, An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 South is a thinking person’s travel guide for people who want to explore the history, culture, and architecture of the Southern California Coast—as well as experiencing the best in dining, lodging, and unusual experiences along the route.

A personal memoir of the Hunter and Stevens’ personal journey along the great highway, An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 South records the authors’ explorations off the beaten path, their serendipitous discoveries, and their personal reactions to the places they encounter.

An illustrated talk by Pat Hunter, artist, and Janice Stevens, author.

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Let the Games Begin! The Cotswold Olympics Rebound
Monday, July 16, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

This lecture tells the story of the fascinating Dover Games — a festival of rural fun begun as a resistance to the Puritanism of the seventeenth century — and of one special book which celebrates them. But more than that, this lecture will show the conservation of the binding, carried out by a renowned book restorer.

Printed in 1636, Annalia Dubrensia — the Annals of Dover — is an exceptionally rare and valuable little book, which celebrates the famous Cotswold Olympics and their founder, Robert Dover, who is credited with inventing the modern Olympic Games in England in 1612. The games are still held each June on Dover’s Hill in Chipping Campden, and are organised by the Robert Dover’s Games Society.

This is a glimpse into two obscure worlds — the charmingly eccentric Cotswold Olympics, and the intriguing craft of book conservation.

An illustrated talk by Dominic Riley, bookbinder and artist.

Magnolia Editions: New Directions in Print and Papermaking
Monday, July 23, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A talk by Don and Era Farnsworth, proprietors, Magnolia Editions and The Magnolia Tapestry Project.

Details to come.

Skywatchers of the Millennial Kingdom
Monday, July 30, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

At hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of missions stretching from northern California to Peru, the winter solstice sun triggers an extraordinarily rare and fascinating event – something that Ruben discovered by accident and first documented in one California church nearly 20 years ago.

He has since trekked vast stretches of the U.S. Southwest, Mexico and Central America to document astronomically and liturgically significant solar illuminations in mission churches. In his talk, Ruben G. Mendoza, archaeologist and professor, will offer us insights into archaeology, cosmology and Spanish colonial history. They demonstrate the power of our instincts to guide us through the darkness toward the light.

A talk by Ruben G. Mendoza, PhD, RPA, archaeologist and professor at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Windle-Loker Lecture on the History of the Illustrated Book: Pre-Raphaelite/At Nouveau Book Illustration (19th Century)
Monday, August 6, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Illustrating Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince Then and Now
An illustrated talk by Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware.

Collecting the Illustrators of the 1890’s
An illustrated talk by Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press.

Details to come.

Vance Gerry: An Overview of a Life In the Arts
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by Robert Bothamley, author and collector.

Details to come.

Fair Warning – Auction Secrets Revealed
Monday, August 13, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Co-presented by the California Rare Book School.

An illustrated talk by Sharon Gee, president, PBA Galleries.

Details to come.

Exhibition Opening: Nautical Fiction, Covers, Colors, and Contents
Monday, August 20, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

With remarks by curator David Pettus, author and collector.

Details to come.

Consuming Identities: Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco
Monday, August 27, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Between the gold rush and the 1906 earthquake and fire, new forms of visual media emerged and came to constitute a central means by which people navigated the bewildering host of changes taking hold around them. University of Chicago History Professor Amy Lippert will explore the power and significance of imagery in San Francisco—a city in the vanguard of the modern era.

An illustrated talk by Amy Lippert, historian and professor at University of Chicago.

Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Los Angeles City Hall is among the most iconic buildings in America; some say, the world. A bold symbol of the ambition of America and its people, City Hall graces California as one of its most enduring landmarks. Now comes the definitive book chronicling its history, ​Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon ​by Stephen Gee.

In the pages of ​Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon, author Stephen Gee shares the dramatic saga of the building’s creation and showcases the architecture, artwork, and details that define City Hall in more than 200 lavish images, blueprints, and drawings—many of them never-before published. Gee also chronicles the effort to restore the building and the political fight that preceded its return to glory.

As Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti states in his Foreword: “So much history has been made beneath these muraled ceilings. So many people have walked these marble floors and transformed our city with their ideas, energy, and passion. And that work continues today…”

A talk by Stephen Gee, writer and television producer.

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Mallette Dean, A Printermaker and His Art
Monday, September 17, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by John Hawk, head librarian, Special Collections & University Archives at the University of San Francisco.

Details to come.

Meet Mr. Blake: A Presentation on the Life and Art of William Blake (1757-1828) and his Influence Worldwide to this Day
Monday, September 24, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by John Windle, proprietor, John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller.

Details to come.

Mallette Dean, a Printmaker and His Art
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by John Hawk, head librarian, Special Collections & University Archives at the University of San Francisco.

Details to come.

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Writing is Innocent: Chinese in the Age of Typewriting, Computing, and Beyond
Monday, October 1, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Chinese writing is character based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written language encountered presumed alphabetic universalism in the form of Morse Code, Braille, stenography, Linotype, punch cards, word processing, and other systems developed with the Latin alphabet in mind. In his recent book, Stanford historian Thomas S. Mullaney examines those encounters—in particular thousands of Chinese characters versus the typewriter and its QWERTY keyboard. He describes a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures, and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter.

He also looks the present-day and the future. Today, after more than a century of resistance against the alphabetic, not only have Chinese characters prevailed, they form the linguistic substrate of the vibrant world of Chinese information technology.

An illustrated talk by Thomas S. Mullaney, historian and professor at Stanford University.

An Introduction to the Field Atlas and the Polarizing of Geographic Literacy
Monday, October 8, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by Obi Kaufmann, book artist.

Details to come.

Rock N Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by Robert Landau, photographer.

Details to come.

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California
Monday, October 22, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Prints of the California Gold Rush
An Illustrated talk by Gary Kurutz, executive director, California State Library Foundation.

Details to come.

Evening in the Library: Felonious Folios: Books on Murder & Crime
Monday, October 29, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A talk by Elizabeth Newsom, librarian, Book Club of California.

Details to come.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West
Monday, November 5, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A Rare Book Rogue in Texas: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Johnny Jenkins
An illustrated talk by Michael Vinson, author and proprietor, Michael Vinson Americana.

Details to come.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:30–9 PM

A Rare Book Rogue in Texas: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Johnny Jenkins
An illustrated talk by Michael Vinson, author and proprietor, Michael Vinson Americana.

Details to come.

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

Joe De Yong: A Life in the West
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by William Reynolds, author and historian.

Details to come.

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Painted Pages
Monday, November 19, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

From designing Snoopy calendars to illustrating Gertrude Stein for The Yolla Bolly Press, the speaker has stumbled from one mistake to another, finally arriving at the production of paintings, sculpture, and one-of-a-kind, hand-painted books. The talk includes the wife of the governor of Nebraska describing the artist’s work as “the dirtiest thing you’ve ever seen;” remembrances of an afternoon spent with M.F.K. Fischer (while illustrating her Two Kitchens in Provence); and the recent accidental sale of his book of Trump quotations (Hate Is What We Need) to Chronicle Books. The talk is 30 minutes and the evening concludes with a book signing of Hate Is What We Need.

An illustrated talk by Ward Schumaker, artist and book-painter.

Exhibition Opening: The Joy of Giving: Christmas Chapbooks
Monday, December 3, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

With remarks by curator Alan Dye, proprietor, Noble Impressions.

Details to come.

A History of the Menu as a Literary Document
Monday, December 10, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A talk by Ted Gioia, writer and critic.

Details to come.

Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Prints of the California Gold Rush
An illustrated talk by Gary Gurutz, executive director, California State Library Foundation.

Details to come.

*At the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

 

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