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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.

December Luncheon

Friday, December 9, Union League Club

Emily Kadens

Why should legal scholars at Northwestern whistle “Gary Indiana” from The Music Man as they peruse the school’s stunning collection of rare law books?

You’ll learn that and more as Northwestern professor and gifted speaker Emily Kadens reveals important developments in the history of legal education in a beautifully illustrated talk. Drawing on a top collection of rare continental European and English law books - many with gorgeous hand-drawn lettering, painted illuminations, and lavish woodcuts - she will even highlight some odd illustrated books designed to teach younger students.

A prize-winning writer and lively speaker, she brings a rich academic background, with a JD from the U of C complemented by a PhD in history from Princeton and a degree in medieval history from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. She speaks fluent Dutch and also fluent Texan, having been on the faculty at UT Austin. Whether you’re a lawyer, ever watched a courtroom drama, or just love great stories about rare books, this luncheon’s for you!

December 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.

December Dinner

Wednesday, December 14, Newberry Library

Our Annual Holiday Revels Including a Fund-raising Auction of Things Bookish


Join our festive Holiday Revels with the camaraderie of your fellow book lovers, libations and our own Tom Joyce and Bob Karrow auction team. The evening will feature drinks, dinner, music, drawings, and the chance to find out what Caxtonians have had on their shelves as we bid for silent and live auction items. Bring your friends. All are welcome to participate in the bidding. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted for payment. Enjoy this Club tradition and fun-filled evening.

Contact Dan Crawford at the Newberry to arrange to drop off your auction items. Deadline for inclusion in the catalog is December 2, but items will be accepted until December 12.

Pre-dinner festivities with silent auction, cocktails and appetizers begin at 5:00 pm. Buffet dinner begins at 6:15. The silent auction will close at 6:00, reopen at 7:00, and finish at 7:15. Live auction and drawings will begin at 7:30. Cost for this event, which includes appetizers and a dinner with wine, is $60. Please join us for this festive fund-raiser for the Club.

Reservations required; call 312-255- 3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org. Please reserve by noon, December 9, 2016. This event requires catering; cancellations not received before 5:00 pm December 12 will require payment.

Schedule of programs in 2017

January Luncheon
Opening Davy Jones Locker

Actually, he goes by David Jones, and his is a virtual locker, stuffed with fascinating works and stories about the paper arts. He’s executive director or the Center for Book, Paper and Print at Columbia College, so his beautifully illustrated talk will take you to exhibitions and studios and even reveal the inside scoop about a new paper arts partnership to take culture behind the cheddar curtain!

January Dinner
January 18, 2017, Union League Club

January 18, 2017, at the Union League Club, Sarah Pritchard, Dean of Libraries and the Charles Deering University Librarian at Northwestern will discuss “The Chicago Collections Consortium: Connecting Resources , Enhancing Access and Preserving History.” This program will also present the “Explore Chicago Collections” online portal which allows collectors, scholars, and the public access to the archives of Chicago’s top institutions.

February Dinner
February 15, 2017, Union League Club

February 15, 2017, at the Union League Club, Jim Akerman, Curator of Maps at the Newberry with a program designed to intrigue both map and book collectors. Full details to follow.

March Dinner
March 15, 2017, Union League Club

John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, on Beyond Caxton’s Printing Press: From the Short Title Catalog to an Open-Access, High-Fidelity Online Collection of Early English Books.

April Dinner
April 19, 2017, Union League Club

Richard P. Minsky, founder of the Center for the Book Arts, New York City, on American Decorated Publishers’ Bindings.

May Dinner
May 17, 2017, Union League Club

Speaker to be announced

June Dinner
June 21, 2017, Union League Club

Anna Chen, curator of rare books and manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and chair, Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Planning Committee, on Gwendolyn Brooks: A Year of Celebration.