Upcoming Events

The Book Club is working to preserve and promote the history of the book and the book arts even though our daily lives have been changed dramatically because of the COVID-19 health crisis.

As we start to emerge from months of solitude and seclusion, the volunteers and staff at the Book Club are beginning the process of re-opening our offices, library, and club rooms.

We don’t expect in-person programming to begin just yet but we are hoping to host events and activities soon. Until we re-open, we will continue to bring you virtual programs so you can enjoy the dynamic speakers and the educational and entertaining presentations you have come to expect at the Book Club of California.

Please consider joining us for a live online program listed below.

Unless otherwise noted, all events 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

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.

A Journey into Steinbeck’s California

Monday, September 20, 2021, 5-6:15 PM
*A live online presentation

This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck’s creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guide literary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently in Steinbeck’s work, tourists can visit the same buildings that he lived in and wrote about, and historians will appreciate the engrossing perspective on daily life in early and mid 20th-century California. Offering an entirely new perspective on Steinbeck and the people and places that he brought to life in his writing, this edition includes a wonderful variety of photographs, sketches, and paintings, including some from private, rarely seen collections. The book features a discussion on Steinbeck’s ecological interests and activities, and an extended exploration of his many travels to Mexico. Readers will find delight in this depiction of the symbiotic relationship between an author and his favorite places.

A live online presentation by Susan Shillinglaw, author and professor of English at San Jose State University

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Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art

Monday, September 27, 2021, 5-6:15 PM
*A live online presentation

Arthur Szyk often said “Art is not my aim, it is my means.” Yet, his contemporaries praised him as the greatest illuminator-artist since the 16th century. He saw himself as a fighting artist, enlisting his pen and paintbrush as his weapons against hatred, racism, and oppression before, during, and after World War II. As the leading anti-Nazi artist in America during the war, Szyk also created the important and widely circulated art for the rescue of European Jewry. His Passover Haggadah has been acclaimed as “worthy of being considered as one of the most beautiful books ever produced by the hand of man.” The presentation Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art will expose the viewer to the breadth and depth of the power, purpose, and persuasion of the great artist and the great man.

A live online presentation by Irvin Ungar, author, bookseller, and founder, Historicana

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