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MEETINGS & SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

 

March Luncheon

Friday, March 10, Union League Club

Sarah Lindenbaum

“On The Trail of Frances Wolfreston”

Enjoy a good detective story? How about a good English detective story? One that offers a captivating clue? Let’s set it in a library, with a rare 17th century volume lying on the table, opened to reveal this: “frances wolfreston hor bouk”. Oh, but let’s go one better. Imagine that said volume is the only first edition copy of Shakespeare’s poem, Venus and Adonis.

What? A woman marked this copy as her book during the 1600’s? Who was she? How large a library did she amass and what was in it?

For the answer, join us for a fascinating and generously illustrated presentation by ace detective and rare book cataloger at the U of Illinois, Sarah Lindenbaum. She’s been on Wolfreston’s trail - painstakingly identifying the answers to those intriguing questions and will share the results of fresh research that she has just brought back from across the pond.

March 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).

March Dinner

Wednesday, March 15, Union League Club

John Wilkin

“Beyond Caxton’s Printing Press: From the Short Title Catalogue to an Open Access High Fidelity Collection of Early English Books”

The early publishing history of Great Britain is the fertile ground upon which some of the most remarkable coordinated bibliographic work has flourished. Several individuals exhaustively catalogued and reproduced British literature from 1473-1700, producing a wonderful bibliography on microfilm and digital files. Wilkin will discuss the efforts of Wing, Pollard and Redgrave in creating the English Short Title Catalogue, the subsequent efforts creating the ESTC microfilm and Early English Books Online (EEBO) digital projects, and the Text Creation Partnership, a worldwide consortium of libraries creating a searchable full EEBO text. Wilkin will also briefly discuss the deficiencies of the current online images and ways access can continue to be improved.

John Wilkin is the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously he served as executive director of the HathiTrust and Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Technology at the University of Michigan.

March Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West 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. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON Monday, March 13. 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).

During April The Caxton Club Luncheon Will Be On Spring Break

That’s right. The Caxton Luncheon will be down in Ft. Lauderdale for spring break, crammed into a motel room with 5 other bibliographic societies’ luncheons, where it will forget to wear sunblock, cruise the local libraries, binge read until it can’t walk straight, and wake up with strange paperbacks strewn around the room. But after blowing off some winter steam, it will be back for …


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.

April Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West 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. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON Monday, April 17. 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).

May Luncheon

Friday, May 12, Union League Club

Leonard Kniffel

“On Reading With The Stars”

Mr. Kniffel, an author who served as editor-in-chief of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, will celebrate books and libraries by drawing on interviews he has conducted with well known figures such as Barack Obama, Julie Andrews, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Gates, Laura Bush, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Mamet, and Oprah . He may even tell us about traveling across Paris in a cab with Olivia de Havilland. It’s never to early to reserve your place at the May luncheon!

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
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.