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

April Dinner

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Union League Club

Richard Wagener

“Not a Hoover” — An Engraver's Journey into the World of Fine Press Books

Wood engraver Richard Wagener's art conveys an intimate personal contact with his subjects through the technical expertise that makes his work so sought after. Educated in biology and based in northern California, Wagener creates work with regional focus and strong connections to the natural world. These themes appear in recent collaborations with The Book Club of California on California in Relief and The Sierra Nevada Suite. His works have wide appeal. They are in Grolier and Huntington collections, and the Houghton and British libraries. His presentation to us will show the highlights of his work, including pieces just released in mid-March in Australia, and explore Wagener’s journey from painting to print making, wood engraving, and fine press books.

THIS WILL BE A REVERSE PROGRAM: to accommodate students and nonmember collectors, the schedule will be: drinks at 5, talk at 6, and dinner at 7.

Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org. Please reserve by noon Friday for Wednesday dinner.

2014 Symposium on the Book

Saturday, April 26th, in Madison, Wisconsin

Bibliography, Collections & the History of Science

May Luncheon

Friday, May 9, 2014, Union League Club

Tom Staley

“Remarkable Stories: Furthering the Collection at the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas”

Already recognized, the Harry Ransom Center became, under the recent 23 year Directorship of Staley, a behemoth in library scholarship circles, leading Frank M Turner, Director of Yale's Beinecke Library to recently state that "the Harry Ransom Center....has become one of the most distinguished institutions for scholarship...in the world". Under Staley the endowment rose from 1 million to 30 million. Current contents include: 42 million manuscript pages, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, 100 million works of art and major holdings in film and performing arts. Part of Staley's stories pertain to the 100 author archives' acquired including Nobel Laureates J.M.Coetzee and Doris Lessing, and authors Dilillo, Malamud, Mamet, Mailer, Stoppard, Osborne, more of Joyce and the acquisition of the Watergate tapes. A renowned raconteur, come and join Staley as he tells about the unique people he has met, the attics he has crawled through and the negotiations he has engaged in. Finally, Staley will introduce his friend, Malcolm O'Hagan, a retired Irish/American businessman who will speak briefly about his dream becoming reality: an American Writers Museum to be opening in Chicago in 2016!!!

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 $30. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org. Please reserve by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch.

May Dinner

May 21 at Union League, Paul Needham, who is Scheide Librarian at Princeton, on “The Gutenberg Bible that Did Not Come to Chicago.”

June Luncheon

We will conclude our spring luncheons with Martha Chiplis and fellow author Cathie Saunders talking about their book, For the Love of Letterpress. June 13 at the Union League Club.

June Dinner

John Neal Hoover, Director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, will speak on June 18, with topic to be announced.