Providing educational resources and opportunities for all individuals involved in book and book-related publishing.


ABM and BCC | Mallette Dean, A Printmaker and His Art

December 11, 2021

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. Speaker John Hawk will discuss Dean’s work and influence on the Book Club and its publications.

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. This publication is the Book Club of California’s 237th publication. It was published in two editions: a Deluxe Edition of 25 copies and a Standard Edition of 325 copies. Both are on display in the current exhibit.

Note: Proof of vaccination and photo ID are required for admission, and a mask will be required.

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


NEG | Editors of Color Coffee Hour

December 13, 2021

Are you an Editor of Color? Would you like to meet up with your fellow Editors of Color in a welcoming, intimate, online setting?

Starting in May, Jesi Vega, President of the Northwest Editors Guild and a Puerto Rican Jew from the Bronx, will be hosting a monthly Zoom coffee hour for editors who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC, bitches!).

During this virtual coffee hour — open to both Guild members and non-members — we will share experiences, explore the possibilities of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable editing profession, get to know each other better and, likely, laugh a lot.

Please spread the word to any Editors of Color you know. This is a rare opportunity to build community for our underrepresented group and we want to spread the word. If you have any questions, please email Jesi at

Note: Registration will close at 6 p.m. PST on the day prior to the meeting. Members will still be able to find the Zoom info at the above link.


PPN | Virtual Meetup

December 16, 2021

Mark your calendars and join us on December 16th at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time for our next virtual meetup. A great opportunity for connection, our virtual event via Zoom is open to anyone in the book-publishing industry. So, grab a drink and come catch up, share news, and get advice. Prost!

We plan to continue holding virtual meetups over Zoom on the third Thursday of each month for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, we are wistfully looking forward to in-person meetups again someday.


BABA | Monthly Meeting

December 16, 2021

Hosted/Organized by: Bay Area Book Artists Thu, December 16, 7:00pm – 8:45pm During the pandemic, all meeting will be held online via Zoom. (map) Carole leads the meeting. We’re meeting virtually on Zoom during pandemic. Members share books, work in progress and information about book events and resources.


ABM and BCC | A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children’s Picture Books in America

January 8, 2022

Picture books are a jewel in the crown of children’s literature. They are composed of words, illustrations, and the dramatically paced rhythm of pages turning in the reader’s hand. When these elements come together with creative mastery, a surge of mind or heart can occur, as with any form of fine art. At its most inspirational, a picture book can provide a transporting reading experience—punctuated by shimmering moments of joy—for the children and adults who journey inside its covers.

A Shimmer of Joy is an exciting and colorful presentation of children’s picture books published in – or imported to – America from 1900 to 2015. A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children’s Picture Books in America by Chris Loker, is the Book Club of California’s 239th publication. It was published in two editions: a Deluxe Edition of 50 copies and a Standard Edition of 200 copies. Both are on display in the current exhibit.

Chris Loker is the author of children’s books and books about children’s literature. She graduated from Stanford University and attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a former member of the board of the Book Club of California, and currently serves on the boards of the Grolier Club, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Bring Me a Book.

Note: Proof of vaccination and photo ID may be required for admission, as well as a mask.


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