Kent Bicknell on Louisa May Alcott

Sponsored by The Grolier Club Bibliophile and historian Kent Bicknell will explore his Alcott Family Collection, winner of a recent collecting prize from the New England-based Ticknor Society. Among the highlights will be a fascinating 1876 Russian translation of Little Women; an account of Bronson Alcott’s famed Temple School in Boston; Louisa May Alcott’s annotated […]

FABS Living With Books Group

Sponsored by FABS All are welcome to join this lively discussion group that explores the pleasures and paraphernalia of home libraries (Acquisition; History of Collecting; Cataloging and Photographing of collection materials; Home libraries; Book furniture; Conservation and Storage, etc.) Meets 4th Tuesday of the month. To join the mailing list contact Jennifer Larson at

Jean Pfaelzer: California, A Slave State

Sponsored by The Book Club of California California owes its origins and sunny prosperity to slavery. Spanish invaders captured Indigenous people to build the chain of Catholic missions. Russian otter hunters shipped Alaska Natives—the first slaves transported into California—and launched a Pacific slave triangle to China. Plantation slaves were marched across the plains for the […]

Language, Decipherment and Translation

Sponsored by The Grolier Club Join Curator Deirdre Lawrence for a pre-recorded tour of her Grolier Club exhibition "Language, Decipherment, and Translation," followed by a Live Q&A via Zoom. The exhibition is on view in our Second Floor Gallery through May 11, 2024. Register here:

Manuscript Mondays: “The Original Wikipedia: Siku Quanshu”

Sponsored by  The Manuscript Society “The Original Wikipedia:  18th Century Chinese Emperor Qianlong’s Siku Quanshu Project” Free, Live Webinar Monday, May 6, 2024 – 8:00 PM Eastern, 5:00PM Pacific (U.S. and Canada) Presenter: Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP In 1772, Emperor Qianlong of China, a prolific poet, major art patron, and insatiable collector, ordered the largest encyclopedic compilation of […]

Aaron Pratt on Shakespeare and Spencer, Secondhand

Sponsored by The Caxton Club May Midday Program You probably misheard it over the radio. Barbra Streisand wasn’t singing about “Secondhand Rose” … she was belting out “Secondhand Prose.” Just think about some of the most precious volumes in your collection. The ones that you didn’t purchase fresh off the press, but found in a […]