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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

Wednesday, June 21, Union League Club

Anna Chen

“Matter in the Margins of the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers”

Where does the beginning end, and the end begin? When does the draft conclude, and the finished work emerge? What does it mean for a poem to be finished? Spending time with someone’s personal archives tests our notions of finality and completion and the relationship between materiality and the self. The literary archives of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize, are now part of the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As it turns out, Brooks was an inveterate self-chronicler, recording her daily life, current events, memories and creative ideas on a wealth of Post It notes, hotel stationery, backs of photographs, fly leaves of note books, and in the margins of the letters she received or the books she read. Through these margins, Brooks destabilized the idea of finality; they transform seemingly finished, self-contained documents into ongoing conversations and works in progress. The lecture highlights the ways in which Brooks’ annotations bring attention to the margins as the space that matters.

Anna Chen is the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and has been the curator associated with the Brooks papers since their receipt at the university. This program is a salute to Gwendolyn Brooks as part of the State-wide tribute to Ms. Brooks on what would have been her 100th birthday in June. Gwendolyn Brooks was a member of the Caxton Club and as a part of our tribute we will be giving a Caxton keepsake created in December of 2000 as well as a new keepsake created just for this occasion.

This will be the last meeting of the Caxton Club 2016-2017 calendar year.

June Dinner, Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. The evening will follow this order: Social Gathering 5-6 PM. Program, 6 PM. Three course dinner immediately following the program. Program only is free and open to the public. Drinks $7-$10, Dinner $60. RESERVATIONS for either program or dinner program combination are REQUIRED. Reservations are to be made no later than NOON on June 19. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Members may also register and pay in advance online. (No online cancellations).