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

Meet Mr. Blake: A Presentation on the Life and Art of William Blake (1757-1828) and his Influence Worldwide to this Day
Monday, September 24, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Sing along, recite along, and enjoy the Blake you know and love as well as some surprising facts you maybe didn’t know, with John Windle and a cast of thousands.

An illustrated talk by John Windle, proprietor, John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller.

A co-presentation with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America Northern California Chapter.

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Mallette Dean, a Printmaker and His Art
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6-8 PM

*A Southern California program

Hospitality at 6 PM | Presentation at 6:30 PM

A major figure in the history of the fine press book in California, H. Mallette Dean (1907-1975) was a prolific artist whose career as a printmaker, painter, muralist, illustrator, and letterpress printer spanned several decades. He designed, illustrated, and printed several titles for the Book Club of California and contributed initials and ornaments to dozens of books published by eminent California presses. In the tradition of other distinguished titles published by the Book Club of California, Mallette Dean, A Printmaker and His Art is a foundational bibliography and an important chapter in the history of printing in the West.

An illustrated talk by John Hawk, head librarian, Special Collections & University Archives at the University of San Francisco, and past president of the Book Club of California.

At the Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Cosponsored with the Los Angeles Public Library

Writing is Innocent: Chinese in the Age of Typewriting, Computing, and Beyond
Monday, October 1, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Chinese writing is character based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written language encountered presumed alphabetic universalism in the form of Morse Code, Braille, stenography, Linotype, punch cards, word processing, and other systems developed with the Latin alphabet in mind. In his recent book, Stanford historian Thomas S. Mullaney examines those encounters—in particular thousands of Chinese characters versus the typewriter and its QWERTY keyboard. He describes a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures, and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter.

He also looks the present-day and the future. Today, after more than a century of resistance against the alphabetic, not only have Chinese characters prevailed, they form the linguistic substrate of the vibrant world of Chinese information technology.

An illustrated talk by Thomas S. Mullaney, historian and professor at Stanford University.

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Member Exhibit: California the Wonderful
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 5-6:30 PM

Hospitality and viewing at 5 PM | Remarks at 5:30 PM

This exhibit showcases California books in decorated publisher’s bindings from the 1880’s to 1920’s – books about the Golden State from the Golden Age of book cover art. The books in the collection vary in subject matter, they describe California’s “… romantic history, her picturesque people, her wild shores, her desert mystery, her valley loveliness, her mountain glory, […] her varied resources, her commercial greatness, her intellectual achievements, her expanding hopes” – as Edwin Markham so modestly states in the subtitle to his book “California The Wonderful”!

Ulrich Hacker has been a reader and book collector from an early age on; as his interests widened he began to appreciate books not just for their content, but also as objects of art and design – “handsome books”. This collection will contain several cover variants: variations in color scheme and gilting, titling, layout, borders, etc.

An exhibition of books on California with remarks by collector and Book Club member Ulrich Hacker.

An Introduction to the Field Atlas and the Polarizing of Geographic Literacy
Monday, October 8, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Written by artist and naturalist Obi Kaufmann, the bestselling California Field Atlas incorporates equal parts art and analysis in its loving prose, bright paintings, and unique, cartographic portrayals of the state. The book has been awarded the 2016 James D. Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation, the 2017 Book of the Year award from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, and the 2017 Gold Medal for Significant Contribution to Publishing by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.

With its unique structure and feel, and with hundreds of hand painted maps and wildlife renderings in watercolor, the California Field Atlas has found popularity with not only Californians already in love with their state’s superlative natural-world, but those who have yet to be introduced. The author describes the work as not only a love story, but “a manual of conservation, a handbook to furthering geographic literacy as a baseline towards a much larger plan for California and its collective, ecological resiliency.” Having spent decades hiking and painting California’s backcountry, Obi’s intimate and nuanced presentation where nature is the main character, resounds with love and hope, describing those systems of earth, air, fire and water that feed the deep well of California’s persistent yet endangered biodiversity.

Obi Kaufmann brings his book to the Book Club of California with an introductory lecture describing its purpose and structure. He will walk through the process of the book’s conception and creation and present a bit of what is next for both the author and for California.

An illustrated talk by Obi Kaufmann, book artist.

Rock N Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:30–7 PM

*A Southern California program

Hospitality at 5:30 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

“Before YouTube and social media, rock acts had to work harder to make a visual impact. One way to do it was through billboards on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood: Advertisements for albums that were gorgeous hand-painted rock dreams above the traffic. Photographer Robert Landau grew up in L.A. and, starting as a teenager, documented the large-scale images. Now his book, Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip, tells the history of rock iconography that shone through the Hollywood smog.” – Gavin Edwards, Rolling Stone

An illustrated talk by Robert Landau, photographer.

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

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Left Photograph: The Beatles, 1969 by Robert Landau.

The Bonanza King: John MacKay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West
Monday, October 15, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Born in 1831, John W. Mackay was a penniless Irish immigrant who came of age in New York City, went to California during the Gold Rush, and mined without much luck for eight years. When he heard of riches found on the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1859, Mackay abandoned his claim and walked a hundred miles to the Comstock Lode in Nevada.

Over the course of the next dozen years, Mackay worked his way up from nothing, thwarting the pernicious “Bank Ring” monopoly to seize control of the most concentrated cache of precious metals ever found on earth, the legendary “Big Bonanza,” a stupendously rich body of gold and silver ore discovered 1,500 feet beneath the streets of Virginia City, the ultimate Old West boomtown.

Gregory Crouch tells Mackay’s amazing story—how he extracted the ore from deep underground and used his vast mining fortune to crush the transatlantic telegraph monopoly of the notorious Jay Gould. When Mackay died in 1902, front-page obituaries in Europe and the United States hailed him as one of the most admired Americans of the age. Featuring great period photographs and maps, The Bonanza King is a dazzling tour de force, a riveting history of Virginia City, Nevada, the Comstock Lode, and America itself.

A talk by Gregory Crouch, author of The Bonanza King.

A co-presentation by the 2018 Litquake Literary Festival and Green Apple Books.

Complete your RSVP with Litquake here.

Paul Robertson Endowed Lecture on the History, Art, and Literature of California
Monday, October 22, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

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

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Evening in the Library: Felonious Folios: Books on Murder & Crime
Monday, October 29, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 5:30 PM

A talk by Lesya Westerman, Membership & Operations Director, Book Club of California.

Details to come.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West
Monday, November 5, 2018, 5–7 PM

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

A Rare Book Rogue in Texas: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Johnny Jenkins
An illustrated talk by Michael Vinson, author and proprietor, Michael Vinson Americana.

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

To RSVP, please complete this form.

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

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

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. The talk is 30 minutes and the evening concludes with a book signing of Hate Is What We Need.

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

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

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

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

Details to come.

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

*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

To RSVP, please complete this form.

 

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