| Update from the Book Club of California. |
| |The Book Club of California presentsA Kelmscott Chaucer for Our Times: Celebrating a New BindingDominic RileyBookbinder and Artist Monday, July 10, 5–7 PMHospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CAThe guest list is full and we are no longer accepting reservations.
If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected].
| We anticipate a full house on Monday as Dominic Riley joins us to discuss his rebinding of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, originally published by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press in 1896. Dominic will talk about the genesis of the design, from rough ideas to final execution, and the laborious process of building the binding for this iconic book. Learn more here. |
We encourage guests with reservations to arrive early to claim seats, as seating is limited. If you are unable to attend, fear not, as we are happy to report that the talk will be recorded and made avaliable on our website this summer.
| Save the Date |
Film Screening: Paris, Once Upon a Time by Leonard Pitt
Monday, July 31, 5–7 PM
Hospitality at 5 PM | Screening at 6 PM
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA
Seating is limited. Submit your RSVP here.
Paris, Once Upon a Time is a portrait of Paris in the early 20th century and is based on vintage postcards from filmmaker Leonard Pitt's private collection. The invention of the postcard in 1869 was a revolution in communication that changed the world and created a new industry that became a key to the French economy, with tens of thousands finding employment. During the Golden Age of the postcard, France produced one million postcards a day. Here was the first form of social networking ever devised. Human relations were greatly impacted and people’s view of the world changed. Every aspect of the fabled city that people had only heard about, the monuments, avenues, boulevards, cafes, and cabarets were now available to all for a only penny a piece. Postcards became such a mania that complaints were commonly heard of no one reading anymore. People just look at pictures. People don’t talk to each other any more, they just read and write their postcards. Here is a portrait of a Paris that has long since disappeared. Charm is not wanting.
Leonard Pitt was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1941. He traveled to Paris in January 1963 and stayed for seven years, during which he studied mime with Etienne Decroux for four years. He returned to the United States in 1970, settled in Berkeley, and opened a school of physical theatre. He has been teaching ever since. Leonard has performed and taught at theatres and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. He studied mask theatre in Bali in 1973, performed with his teacher in local villages and temple festivals, and returned to Bali in 1978 to study mask carving. He has written five books, including Walks Through Lost Paris (2002), Paris, A Journey Through Time (2008), and Paris Postcards: The Golden Age (2010). His fourth book, A Small Moment of Great Illumination, is about the life of the 17th century Anglo-Irish healer Valentine Greatrakes. His latest book, a memoir, My Brain on Fire, Paris and Other Obsessions, was released in March 2016.
Join us! Seating is limited. Submit your RSVP here.
| Upcoming Programs |
July–December 2017 Calendar
BCC members should soon be receiving the July–December 2017 calendar of events, designed and printed by The Prototype Press. You can also find a copy here. We hope that you join us for a program this summer, here are some highlights:
Mon, Aug 7
The University Library as Collector, Exhibitor, and Publisher
A panel discussion with Peter Koch, printer; Roberto Trujillo, Director of Special Collections, Stanford University; Becky Fischbach, Exhibits Manager & Designer of Special Collections, Stanford University; moderated by Anne W. Smith, BCC Past President.
Mon, Aug 14
Writing Satire in Barberini Rome: The Publication History of Gian Vittorio Rossi’s Eudemia
An illustrated talk by Jennifer Nelson, Reference Librarian, the Robbins Collection at UC Berkeley School of Law.
Co-presented by California Rare Book School.
Mon, Aug 21
The Book Club of California Celebrates the Summer of Love
An evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with remarks by David Lance Goines, designer and printer of the club’s 2017 commemorative poster.
Open to members and their guests.
Wed, Sept 6
From The Great Age of Scientific Voyages & Travels 1767–1890: Twenty Notable Explorers & Related Works, Ex Libris Peter Farquhar
Exhibition opening with remarks by curator Peter Farquhar, geographer and historian.
Mon, Sept 11
Early Printing in Gastronomy
An illustrated talk by Ben Kinmont, antiquarian bookseller.
Co-presented by the Northern California Chapter of the ABAA.
Stay tuned for program details and links to RSVP in upcoming announcements, and you can always check our website for similar information. We look forward to seeing you at a program soon!
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