San Francisco Beer: A History of Brewing by the Bay

The story of beer in San Francisco is as old as the city itself. San Francisco had its first commercial brewery by 1847, two years before the gold rush, and went on to reign as the major brewing center in the American West through the nineteenth century. From the 1930s to the early 1950s, iconic […]

Scott Borchert on Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America

Hosted by the Caxton Club. Starving authors. The Federal Writers’ Project. All 48 states plus territories, cities, and even rivers. Stories beyond numbering. Books tucked away next to a chimney in an attic. Jim Thompson, Zora Neale Hurston, John Cheever, Studs Terkel, Vardis Fischer, Ralph Ellison and the House Un-American Activities Committee. All of these […]

What If? Writing Short Fiction for Fun and Profit | Elaine Togneri

Hosted by the Florida Bibliophile Society. Elaine has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, but she is best known for her mystery stories, which have been published on the Web, in anthologies, and in major magazines. This event is virtual, with an in-person gathering at the Seminole Community Library. To receive a Zoom Meeting link call […]

The Durchslag Haggadah Collection: A Magnificent Scholarly Collection Reflecting Personal Connections and a Collector’s Passion.

Sponsored by the Chicago Jewish Historical Society and the Caxton Club Join the Caxton Club and the Chicago Jewish Historical Society as we co-host Stephen Durchslag to discuss his vast Haggadah collection. This collection of Passover texts began in 1984 when Steve saw a 200-year-old volume in a bookstore and was reminded of family celebrations […]

Reid Byers on The Private Library: A History of the Architecture and Furnishing of the Domestic Bookroom

Sponsored by The Book Club of Washington The Book Club of Washington is pleased to present Reid Byers speaking about his remarkable book on private libraries (Oak Knoll Press, 2021), with emphasis on how the architecture and furnishings have evolved. Online Sunday, January 23, 2022, 2 p.m. PST Open to the public. RSVP here:

Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History

Hosted by The Book Club of California. 5:30 PM PST - Member and guest social 6:00 PM - PST Live presentation & Livestream via Zoom Webinar San Francisco was booming in the mid-nineteenth century, and along with adventurers seeking their fortunes came sacks of green coffee beans. The old Yerba Buena Cove swiftly filled with […]

BSA Zoom Lecture: Materialities of Tibetan Buddhist Texts

Sponsored by CABS-Minnesota and the Bibliographical Society of America Within the diverse traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the power of books—both printed and hand-written—lies not only in their contents, but also in their materiality as objects. While these texts primarily transmit the words of the Buddha(s), the teachings of Buddhist masters, and the commands of Buddhist […]

Collecting Sherlock Holmes. Grolier Club member Nicholas Basbanes in conversation with Glen Miranker, curator of the exhibition “Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects.”

Sponsored by the Grolier Club. Collecting Sherlock Holmes. Grolier Club member Nicholas Basbanes in conversation with Glen Miranker, curator of the exhibition "Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects." Tues Jan 25, 4:00-6:00 EST Open to the public: register at