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

Books and Biography: A Case Study Based on Iliazd (Ilia Zdanevich)
Monday, October 21, 2019, 5-7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Ilia Zdanevich, known as Iliazd, was a Russian Futurist writer, typographer, and book designer who moved to Paris in 1921, published the first anthology of experimental visual and sound poetry in the late 1940s, and became a producer of livres d’artistes until his death in 1975. His books included collaborations with many celebrated modern artists—Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and others—and are much sought after by bibliophiles and collectors. But does appreciation of the books depend upon information about his life? And what are the practical and critical challenges in constructing a biography? What is the relationship between archival evidence and narrative? How do we read an individual life in relation to enormous forces and events of history (Revolution, world wars)? What taboos and lines of privacy need to be respected and when? What relation does the constructed persona of a biographical subject have to their work? The recently completed, Encountering Iliazd: Memoir of a Biographical Project, addresses these and other issues and forms the case study for considering these questions more broadly.

Johanna Drucker is a writer, scholar, and artist who began making books in the 1970s. Her work is represented in major collections and archives. She has published widely on topics related to the history of the book, visual poetry, digital humanities, and graphical forms of knowledge production. Titles include: The Century of Artists’ Books (Granary, 1994), The Alphabetic Labyrinth (Thames and Hudson, 1994), SpecLab (Chicago, 2009), Graphesis (Harvard, 2014), and Downdrift (Three Rooms Press, 2018).

A talk by Johanna Drucker, writer, scholar, and artist.

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The Bookseller as Amenity: Experiences in running downtown San Francisco’s last used bookstore in Trinity Place alley
Monday, October 28, 2019, 5-7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A talk by Natalia Kresich, writer and owner of 34 Trinity Arts & News, and Rick Wilkinson, owner of G.F. Wilkinson Books.

For the past eight years, the three gallery display windows at 34 Trinity Place in San Francisco’s financial district have been utilized as a fully operational used bookstore; first as GF Wilkinson Books, then as 34 Trinity Arts & News.

34 Trinity Arts & News was created in 2017 to preserve the legacy of GF Wilkinson Books, the last remaining used bookstore space in downtown San Francisco. 34 Trinity is a bookstore and art space that specializes in books and ephemera focusing on art, poetry, literature and counter-culture history, as well as film photography and poster art. 34 Trinity Arts & News curates and hosts poetry readings, book releases and music performances.

Located in what has come to be known as the epicenter of technological development, the bookstore advances the legacy of the physical bookstore space and the centuries-old intimacy of an individual’s relationship with a book. Their goal is continue to provide the bookstore as an amenity to San Francisco and support sustained access to affordable and unique reading materials for the public.

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Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West:
The Lore & Lure of Literature on Early Yosemite Tourism

Monday, November 4, 2019, 5-7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Following the first tourist party visit to Yosemite in 1855, literature–whether pictorial, photographic, or printed–enticed sightseers to visit the sublime Valley. Tracing the evolution of this relationship provides an insight into early Yosemite ephemera, books, and lithographs. The literary lure of tourists to the Valley has worked so well, that today Yosemite is painfully loved to death.

An illustrated talk by Dennis Kruska, author of Bibliography of Yosemite, the Central and the Southern High Sierra, and the Big Trees, 1839-1900 (1992) and James Mason Hutchings of Yosemite: a Biography and Bibliography, 2009.

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Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West:
The Lore & Lure of Literature on Early Yosemite Tourism

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
*A Southern California Program

Following the first tourist party visit to Yosemite in 1855, literature–whether pictorial, photographic, or printed–enticed sightseers to visit the sublime Valley. Tracing the evolution of this relationship provides an insight into early Yosemite ephemera, books, and lithographs. The literary lure of tourists to the Valley has worked so well, that today Yosemite is painfully loved to death.

An illustrated talk by Dennis Kruska, author of Bibliography of Yosemite, the Central and the Southern High Sierra, and the Big Trees, 1839-1900 (1992) and James Mason Hutchings of Yosemite: a Biography and Bibliography, 2009.

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*At Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

 

 

 

Pasadena Printmaker Frances Gearhart Celebrates California
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
*A Southern California Program

6:00 PM refreshments | 7:00 PM lecture | 8:15 PM book signing

As a Pasadena artist, Frances Gearhart (1869-1959) was embedded in the time, place and ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement. Her color block prints of the California landscape personifies a handcrafted aesthetic. She was bold in her use of color and powerful in the lines of keyblock. Seasons and times of the day captivated her. She celebrated the wintry day, the morning sun on the hills, the splendor of fall. Hence the title, “Behold the Day.”

An exhibition of Gearhart’s work and a talk by Susan Futterman, author.

Details to come.

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*At Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium
285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

The Artist and the Printer: The Book Club of California’s Quarterly and Two Lifetimes of Image Making
Monday, November 18, 2019, 5-7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A discussion with Michael Schwab, graphic artist, and Richard Seibert, letterpress printer

Details to come.

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Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California:
A Fair View of Progress: The Evolution of Innovations from the 1915 San Francisco Exposition

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30 PM
*A Southern California Program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

An illustrated talk by Laura A. Ackley, author of the award-winning book San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Details to come.

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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:
A Fair View of Progress: The Evolution of Innovations from the 1915 San Francisco Exposition

Monday, December 16, 2019, 5-7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6PM

An illustrated talk by Laura A. Ackley, author of the award-winning book San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Details to come.

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