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MEETINGS & SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

 

May Luncheon

Friday, May 12, Union League Club

Leonard Kniffel

“Reading With The Stars”

Here’s a luncheon that celebrates books and libraries as Leonard Kniffel talks about his book Reading With The Stars. Kniffel, an author who served as editor-in-chief of American Libraries, the maga-zine of the American Library Association, will draw on interviews he has conducted with people such as Barack Obama, Julie Andrews, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Gates, Laura Bush, Kareem Ab-dul-Jabbar, David Mamet, and Oprah. His generously illustrated presentation may even include a story about traveling across Paris in a cab with Olivia de Havilland.

In addition to Reading With the Stars, Chicagoan Leonard Kniffel has written Musicals on the Silver Screen and a memoir titled A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American’s Journey Home. Join this gifted writer, blogger, storyteller, and speaker for the Caxton luncheon in the merry month of May!

May luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $32. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Members may also register and pay in advance online. (No online cancellations).

May Dinner

Wednesday, May 17, Union League Club

Adam Hooks

“Printed and Posthumous: Shakespeare’s Monumental Book”

Shakespeare was buried with a spare gravestone. Seven years later, a more elaborate memorial appeared with the first posthumous collection of his texts, William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. This book, now known as the First Folio, has become a monument to the Bard. The volume itself may be seen as a memorial to him, although it is also a commercial endeavor of its compilers, editors, printers, and publishers. This talk will explain why and how the First Folio achieved its fetishized importance, and why we should continue to tell the stories of the other books that comprise Shakespeare’s legacy. Adam G. Hooks is an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa. His most recent book is Selling Shakespeare: Biography, Bibliog- raphy, and the Book Trade (Cambridge, 2016).

May dinner: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering, 5-6 pm; program, 6 pm; dinner immediately to follow. Drinks, $7-$10. Dinner, $60. Program is free and open to the public. Res- ervations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combi- nation. Reservations must be received no later than NOON Monday. Dinner cancellations and no shows made after that time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Members may also register and pay in advance online. (No online cancellations).

June Luncheon

Friday, June 9, Union League Club

Donald Terras

“On A Far Seen Light - Confessions of a Pharologist”

Nope. Don’t come expecting to hear about the rulers of ancient Egypt. Instead, you’ll be joining Donald J. Terras, Director of Evanston’s Grosse Point Lighthouse National Landmark and author of Lighthouses of Chicago Harbor and The Grosse Point Lightouse. He will take you on a generously illustrated excursion through time as he reveals the history and lore surrounding one of the North Shore’s most recognizable structures from Illinois’ often forgotten maritime past. Drawing on more than 34 years of award-winning writing, teaching and interpreting, he’ll intersperse his presentation with personal anecdotes (hold it, you live in a lighthouse?) … making this particularly illuminating luncheon a genuine keeper!

June luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $32. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Members may also register and pay in advance online. (No online cancellations).


June Dinner
June 21, 2017, Union League Club

Anna Chen will offer a “ Tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks,” highlighting the holdings at the University of Illinois. Attendees will receive a keepsake from the Caxton Club inventory in memory of Ms. Brooks.