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Friday luncheon meetings and lectures, unless otherwise noted, are held on the second Friday of September through June of each year.

Wednesday dinner meetings and lectures are generally held on the third Wednesday of September through June of each year.

Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events. Methods for sharing them are being explored.

September Luncheon

Friday, September 9, Union League Club

Luigi Mondini

“Fakes, Forgeries & Frauds”

Manuscripts, documents, antiquarian books, and letters written by popes and kings. All in a modest home in suburban Berwyn. All stolen. Thirteen art masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. All stolen. A letter from Thomas Jefferson, documents dating to the American revolution, and a cache of valuable materials from the Second World War. All stolen.

Come to our September luncheon, where Special Agent Luigi Mondini of the FBI Art Crime Team will reveal the fascinating story of art and cultural property theft. He will draw on case files to explain how the FBI investigates these unique crimes to recover and repatriate stolen items. Some are tales that screenwriters would be hard pressed to invent and others are the stuff of nightmares for curators, collectors, and dealers.

Agent Mondini’s own career is as fascinating as his subject. A graduate of American University, where he studied constitutional history, he became a police officer and then an FBI agent. He has battled organized crime and been involved in investigations that involved wise guys with nicknames such as The Hatchet, The Bomber, and No Nose. Now as a member of the Art Crime Team he will share stories of how even terror organizations are selling looted cultural properties to finance their operations. Book your reservation today!

September luncheon: Union League Club, 65 West 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.

September Dinner

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Union League Club

Valerie Lester

“Bodoni, the Face behind the Face”

Lester’s new book Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World is the first substantive book about the ambitious and talented Italian printer to be written in English and the first comprehensive exploration in almost 100 years. This talk sets Bodoni in the contexts of place, time, and relationships and explores the impact these elements had on his elegant typefaces.

Valerie Lester is an independent scholar, translator and author of Phiz, the Man Who Drew Dickens, a biography of her great-grandfather and Dickens’ principal illustrator, Hablot Knight Browne, and a history of Pan American Airways, Fasten Your Seats Belts! History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin. She translated Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes (The Magnificant Meaulnes).

Copies of Giambottista Bodoni: His Life and His World, published by David Godine, will be available for signing for $24.00. Cash, check and credit card will be accepted for book purchases.

September Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering: 5-6:00 pm. Program: 6:00 pm. Three-course dinner following the program. Drinks are $5-$9. Program Only, free. Dinner, $60.00. Reservations are required for either the program only or the program/dinner combination. Reservations MUST be received no later than NOON Monday, September 19, 2016. Dinner cancellations or no-shows after this time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

October Luncheon

Friday, October 14, Union League Club

Henry Bienen

It publishes the oldest monthly dedicated to verse in the English speaking world. Hosts a robust schedule of events. Curates a library of more than 30,000 volumes dedicated exclusively to poetry. It was the recipient of a massive gift that dramatically changed its trajectory. It’s Chicago’s own Poetry Foundation and our speaker will be its president, Henry Bienen, who previously led Northwestern University for 14 years. You’ll want to hear this presentation, chapter and verse!