Upcoming Events

*Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Book Club of California and 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. 3

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 Southern California Program

A Rare Book Rogue in Texas: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Johnny Jenkins

John Jenkins was found shot in a river in Texas in 1989. Before his death he was one of the premier antiquarian booksellers in America, known fro his bibliographies, for catching mafia thieves who had stolen audubon plates, and for winning high-stakes poker games in Las Vegas. The dark side of his life showed itself in the many forgeries that passed through his hands and the arsons of his businesses which the ATF investigated.

An illustrated talk by Michael Vinson, author and proprietor, Michael Vinson Americana.

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

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

*A Southern California program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Joe De Yong: A Life in the West is the story of a passionate cowboy’s life in the America West during the first part of the last century. Over ten years of research has revealed the life of a relatively unknown artist/illustrator who started out to be “just a cowboy.” Joe De Yong touched the lives many in the western art world of the 1920s through the late 1960s. His was a life of challenges, including overcoming cerebral meningitis in 1913 that left him totally deaf. De Yong went on to become the only protégé of his artistic hero – the legendary Montana artist, Charles M. Russell. He also made a life in the movie business working with Cecil B. DeMille and many others.

An illustrated talk by William Reynolds, author and historian.

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

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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.

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

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

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

The chapbook is a form of popular literature printed, starting in early modern Europe, from the 16th century forward. Early versions were cheaply printed and varied from a couple of pages to a few dozen pages. Usually used to print short stories, political or religious tracts, or poetry, they became a favorite mechanism for publishing limited runs of personal poetry, family history, or short stories for limited distribution.

This exhibition will focus primarily on those produced by letterpress printers in the last century, featuring works from the permanent collection of the Book Club of California, as well as from the personal collection of the curator and several companions of the Moxon Chappel who have graciously agreed to loan from their personal collections.

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

Details to come.

Street Democracy: San Francisco Poster Syndicate
Monday, December 10, 2018, 5–7 PM

A Co-presentation by the American Printing History Association Northern California Lecture

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

The SFPS is a group of artists and activists who, in the spirit of generosity and in order to make political action more enjoyable, print posters which they distribute for free. They use the silkscreen process in real-time and on-the-street during protests and actions. Some of their work has responded to issues related to the crisis in higher education; making a living wage; homelessness; and the death penalty. Hazelwood will discuss his work with the San Francisco Poster Syndicate.

An illustrated talk by Art Hazelwood, artist

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

*A Southern California program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

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

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

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