Upcoming Events

Evening in the Library with John Crichton: Henry Evans and the Peregrine Press
Monday, July 24, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 5:30 PM

Discover the work of Henry Evans and the Peregrine Press, 1950–1962, one of the progenitors of the small press movement on the West Coast.

John Crichton is proprietor of the Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco and twice past president of the Book Club of California.

For members only. Submit your RSVP here.

Film Screening: Paris, Once Upon a Time
Monday, July 31, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Paris, Once Upon a Time is a portrait of Paris in the early 20th century and is based on vintage postcards from filmmaker Leonard Pitt’s private collection. The invention of the postcard in 1869 was a revolution in communication that changed the world and created a new industry that became a key to the French economy, with tens of thousands finding employment. During the Golden Age of the postcard, France produced one million postcards a day. Here was the first form of social networking ever devised. Human relations were greatly impacted and people’s view of the world changed. Every aspect of the fabled city that people had only heard about, the monuments, avenues, boulevards, cafes, and cabarets were now available to all for a only penny a piece. Postcards became such a mania that complaints were commonly heard of no one reading anymore. People just look at pictures. People don’t talk to each other any more, they just read and write their postcards. Here is a portrait of a Paris that has long since disappeared. Charm is not wanting.

Leonard Pitt was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1941. He traveled to Paris in January 1963 and stayed for seven years, during which he studied mime with Etienne Decroux for four years. He returned to the United States in 1970, settled in Berkeley, and opened a school of physical theatre. He has been teaching ever since. Leonard has performed and taught at theatres and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. He studied mask theatre in Bali in 1973, performed with his teacher in local villages and temple festivals, and returned to Bali in 1978 to study mask carving. He has written five books, including Walks Through Lost Paris (2002), Paris, A Journey Through Time (2008), and Paris Postcards: The Golden Age (2010). His fourth book, A Small Moment of Great Illumination, is about the life of the 17th century Anglo-Irish healer Valentine Greatrakes. His latest book, a memoir, My Brain on Fire, Paris and Other Obsessions, was released in March 2016.

Seating is limited. Submit your RSVP here.

 

The University Library as Collector, Exhibitor, and Publisher
Monday, August 7, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Stanford University is a model for incorporating artistic content into its libraries, encouraging a slow paced consideration of fine arts and fine printing sans today’s tendency to tether the library to current technological innovations. Printer Peter Koch joins Stanford University’s Roberto Trujillo and Becky Fischbach for a panel discussion, moderated by Anne W. Smith, past president of the Book Club of California, to examine the intricate process of the library as collector, exhibitor, and publisher. Topics include how the library identifies artists, how it generates access to curated exhibit collections, and how it publishes beautifully crafted catalogs and bibliographies. The Green Library’s 40-year retrospective honoring Peter Koch offers a case study of how and why such exhibits happen, especially as they pertain to the world of bookmaking

Seating is limited. Submit your RSVP here.

Writing Satire in Barberini Rome: The Publication History of Gian Vittorio Rossi’s Eudemia
Monday, August 14, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

The Baroque period in Rome is perhaps best exemplified by visual artists and writers such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Giambattista Marino, who pushed the boundaries of their respective mediums beyond the strictures determined by Renaissance aesthetic. Running parallel to these more experimental impulses was an active and vibrant community of adherents to Classical humanism who continued to write and publish in Latin, taking as their models ancient Roman authors who represented the pinnacle of literary achievement. It is in this context that Gian Vittorio Rossi composed Eudemia, a somewhat risky endeavor that made fun of the cultural program endorsed by one of Rome’s most powerful families.

Join us for this illustrated talk by Jennifer Nelson, Reference Librarian, the Robbins Collection at UC Berkeley School of Law. Co-presented by California Rare Book School.

Seating is limited. Submit your RSVP here.

The Book Club of California Celebrates the Summer of Love!
Monday, August 21, 2017, 5:30–7:30 PM

Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with remarks by David Lance Goines, designer and printer of the club’s 2017 commemorative poster.

For members and their guests. Stay tuned for details and a link to RSVP.

Exhibition Opening: From The Great Age of Scientific Voyages & Travels 1767–1890: Twenty Notable Explorers & Related Works
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

The Book Club of California’s fall exhibition showcases first and early editions of books, engravings, and maps from the voyages and travels of Bougainville and La Pérouse, Mungo Park and von Humboldt, Darwin and Franklin, Livingstone and Stanley, Burton and Speke, and ten other notable explorers in-between. Exhibition on view September 6–November 27, 2017.

Join us for the exhibition opening with remarks by historian, geographer, and curator Peter Farquhar.

Seating is limited. Submit your RSVP here.

Early Printing in Gastronomy
Monday, September 11, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Join us for an illustrated talk by Ben Kinmont, antiquarian bookseller. Co-presented by the Northern California Chapter of the ABAA.

Stay tuned for details and a link to RSVP.

Evening in the Library with Thomas Schwartzburg: The Bindings of Florence Walter
Monday, September 18, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Discover the work of Florence Walter with Thomas Schwartzburg, bookbinder and collector.

For members only. Stay tuned for a link to RSVP.

 

Acts of Devotion and the Spread of Printing
Monday, September 25, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Join us for an illustrated talk by Deborah Rudolph, Curator, Fong Yun Wah Rare Book Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley

Stay tuned for details and a link to RSVP.

 

Evening in the Library with John McBride: Stanley Morrison: His Studies of the Fell Types
Monday, October 2, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 5:30 PM

Discover the work of British typographer Stanley Morrison with John McBride, editor and publisher of Invisible City.

For members only. Stay tuned for a link to RSVP.

Litquake Literary Festival at the Book Club of California
Monday, October 9, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Details to come. Presented by Litquake.

 

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West: Anton Roman: The First California Bookseller-Publisher
Monday, October 30, 2017, 6 PM

Inaugural lecture by John Crichton, proprietor of the Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco and twice past president of the Book Club of California.

Reservations required. Stay tuned for a link to RSVP.

An encore of this program will take place at the Huntington Library in Pasadena on January 17, 2018.

 

The Beauty and Threat of an Evolving Reading Brain
Monday, November 13, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A talk by Dr. Maryanne Wolf, Professor of Citizenship & Public Service, Department of Child Study & Human Development, and Director, Center for Reading & Language Research, Tufts University.

Stay tuned for details and a link to RSVP.

 

Franciscan Frontiersmen: How Three Adventures Charted the West
Monday, November 27, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by Robert Kittle, journalist and historian.

Stay tuned for details and a link to RSVP.

Fourth Annual Holiday Card Exhibition Opening: Treasures from the Book Club’s Collection
Monday, December 4, 2017, 5–7 PM

This year’s holiday card exhibition will feature highlights from the Book Club’s very own collection of cards sent, received, and collected over the years. Join us for a festive exhibition opening and holiday celebration!

 

Bookplates: A Contemporary Art Form
Monday, December 11, 2017, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by James Keenan, Director of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers. Co-presented by the Northern California Chapter of APHA.

More to come! Please check back for updates or subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest information on events, exhibitions, and publications. See a copy of our letterpress printed July–December 2017 calendar here.

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