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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.

October Dinner

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Newberry Library

Jill Gage

“Creating Shakespeare”

Jill Gage, Newberry Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing and Bibliographer for British Literature and History, will give us the curator’s tour of the Newberry exhibition “Creating Shakespeare,” the story of Shakespeare’s prolific life and afterlife from the 16th century to the 21st. The exhibit explores the myriad ways Shakespeare has been defined and reinvented during the 400 years in which he has become the Bard for the ages. Gage will reveal the challenges of creating a Shakespeare exhibit that brings fresh and scholarly insights to this grand story. The dinner will feature an English menu, the promise of a full bar and English session beer, and a treasure from the vault.

October Dinner: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. The evening will follow this order: Shakespeare exhibit open for viewing at 4:30 pm. Social gathering in Towner Lounge: 5-6:00 pm. Program: 6:00 pm. Three-course dinner following the program. Program only, free. Dinner, $60. Reservations are required for either the program only or the program/dinner combination. Reservations MUST be received no later than NOON Monday, October 17. Dinner cancellations or no-shows after this time will be billed. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

November Luncheon

Friday, November 11, Union League Club

William Tyre

“The the 50th Anniversary of Glessner House Museum and the Saturday Morning Reading Club”

Oh yes,there will be cake!

The Glessner House Museum is a Prairie Avenue gem, taking visitors to the Gilded Age and beyond. This year marks its 50th anniversary as a museum and we’ll be celebrating with a generously illustrated presentation by executive director and curator Bill Tyre.

John Glessner made his fortune in the farm implement business and was a key figure in the mega-merger that formed a Chicago company that took the name of International Harvester.

The building comes to life as much more than an touchstone Chicago architectural landmark. That’s because Mrs. Frances Macbeth Glessner - bright, engaging, and deeply supportive of the arts — was a faithful diarist, whose writing transports us to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Pioneering educator William Rainey Harper at the University of Chicago approached her in 1893, asking if she could help better to involve faculty wives in the life of the city. In response, Frances began the Saturday Morning Reading Club, which she hosted for nearly 40 years. Fresh research now reveals what these women read and discussed.

Join us, as Bill Tyre takes you inside the home, inside the lives of its residents, and inside this one-of-a-kind reading circle. And did we mention … there will be cake?

November 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.

Schedule of further upcoming meeting programs for 2016-2017

November 16, 2016, Union League Club

Mindy Dubansky, Librarian at the Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Blooks: The Art of Books that Aren’t. This evening also will announce 2016 Caxton Club grant recipients and host past winners.

December Luncheon

Mr. Bumble’s cry that “the law is an ass” and the suggestion to kill all the lawyers reflect the role law plays in life and literature. Emily Kadens, a specialist in premodern European legal history, will open Northwestern’s remarkable collection of rare law books to tell the fascinating story of how volumes dating to the 13th century influence our lives.

December Dinner
December 14, 2016, Newberry Library

On December 14 (note that this is the second Wednesday of the month), we’ll meet at the Newberry Library for our annual holiday revels including a fund-raising auction. Get your auctionable materials to Dan Crawford at the Newberry!

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

Sarah M. Pritchard, Dean of Libraries and Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian, Northwestern University on The Chicago Collections Consortium: Connecting Resources, Enhancing Access, and Preserving History.

February Dinner
February 15, 2017, Union League Club

Speaker to be announced

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.