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.
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From the Printed Work of Jo Mora

Monday, January 30, 2023, 6-7:15 PM (Pacific)
| Exhibition Opening and In-Person 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. In addition to being a painter, muralist, sculptor, building designer, cartographer, actor, set designer, cowboy, and husband and father, Mora was very involved with work on paper. It is his work as an illustrator, cartoonist, printer, and author that so closely parallels the work of the Book Club of California.

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. All of these subjects, including the Christmas holiday, found expression in his work and his lasting creative efforts can be seen throughout California and the West.

Exhibition opening and remarks by Peter Hiller, author, historian, and Jo Mora Collection Curator for the Monterey History and Art Association.


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Print Your Own Broadside Affair

Monday, February 6, 2023, 6-7:15 PM (Pacific)
| In-Person Event

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

Letterpress print your own broadside on the Book Club’s Columbian hand press with Li Jiang, Lemoncheese Press. A limited number of broadsides will be printed.


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Terrible! Thrilling! True! Collecting the Books, Brochures & Ephemera of the Donner Party

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6-7:15 PM (Pacific)
| In-Person Presentation

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

The Philosophical Research Society | 3910 Los Feliz Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90027

In the history of Westward Expansion, the Donner Party stands alone. Their story has been the inspiration for a bounty of books and pamphlets, both serious and some not so much. The literary history of the Donner Party runs the gamut from histories, biographies, fiction, epic poems, plays and even a cookbook!

After more than fifty years of collecting all things Donner Party, amateur historian and author Jim Hier joins us to share items from his collection and discuss the literary legacy of the Donner Party.

An illustrated talk by Jim Hier, historian and author.


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Cover Treasure — The Life and Art of Margaret Armstrong

Monday, February 27, 2023, 5-6:15 PM (Pacific)
| Online Presentation via Zoom

Lowell Thing, author of “Cover Treasure – The Life and Art of Margaret Armstrong,” describes how, beginning on the lawn of a library book sale, he began to discover and collect books from the “Golden Age” of American trade publishers’ decorated cloth bindings (1890-1915), especially those of one of its best-known artists. Over the next forty years, he was able to assemble almost all of Margaret Armstrong’s known designs and some that were unknown by the artist’s first discoverers, Charles Gullans and John Espey. In this talk, Lowell Thing shows highlights of his collection as well as previously unpublished photos of the artist and her family.

An illustrated talk by Lowell Thing, author and collector.


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