Meetings and Speakers Schedule

Upcoming Events

Caxton Club on the Move:

On Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, 2017, we are traveling to join our many friends at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. For details, see the flyer (PDF).

Past events:

Caxton On the Move:

Introduction to the American Writers Museum

Explore Chicago's newly-opened American Writers Museum:

  • After-hours access
  • Guided tour
  • Presentations
  • Reception with wines and heavy appetizers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave.

Cost for this event: $35 inclusive. Reservations are required, and must be received by June 11.

Reserve by phone at: (312)266-8825

Or online registration for members only: thecaxtonclub.onefireplace.com/event-2554725

Caxton On the Move:

Selling Design: 27 Chicago Designers 1936-1991

The 27 Chicago Designers, founded in 1936 and continuing to 1991, was dedicated to promoting the work of its members: illustrators, typographers, photographers, and designers. Among this group were several Caxtonians (Hayward Blake, Susan J. Keig, etc.). In its 55-year history this collaborative effort featured both professional and personal work of each member and produced 84 books. These books may well have been the first source books for design in the United States. The extensive exhibit at UIC features the 125 cumulative members of the group.

Our hosts for this private tour and presentation will be Jack Weiss, Laura Allison, Peggy Glowacki, and Linda Naru.

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Timing: Arrival 5:30. Presentations 6:00. Reception and Refreshments immediately to follow.

Location: UIC Special Collections & University Archives

Richard J. Daley Library

801 South Morgan Street, 3rd floor South

Directions and Parking: www.uic.edu/about/visit-directions

We have arranged some parking across the street for a nominal $8 charge, but this is limited. So please let me know about your travel plans when you reserve.


The Caxton Club with Columbia College and the University of Iowa Center for the Book host:

Caxton On the Move:

“Words Matter: a Book Arts Library”

Social Reception with Wine and Appetizers

Words Matter: a Book Arts Library

Thursday, October 13, 2016

6 pm Social Reception
7 pm Speakers:
  Hannah Batsel, Teresa Pankratz, Jose Resendiz, Jamie Weaver, and Don Widmer

3446 N. Albany, Chicago, IL 60618

$20 charge for members

RSVP by Monday, October 10, to .

Simon Barcham Green

“A Personal View of Paper History: An Illustrated Talk”
Friday, October 7, 2016

4 to 5 PM, Q & A to follow presentation

Columbia College
623 South Wabash
Rm 203

Admission: Free

Simon Barcham Green is the sixth generation of the family that ran Hayle Mill in the “Paper City,” Maidstone, Kent, from 1812 to 1987.

This presentation will be an abridged tour of 2,000 years of papermaking from the former owner of Hayle Mill, England’s last full-scale, commercial, handmade paper mill. The presentation will include numerous Hayle Mill images dating back to the 19th century and recollections of major Californian book projects of the late 20th Century using Hayle Mill papers including those for the Arion Press, the Press in Tuscany Alley and the Allen Press.

Mr. Green has a BSc in Paper Science from the University of Manchester and worked in a half-dozen machine mills before joining the family business where he introduced the first alkaline- sized, mould-made watercolor papers and hand-made papers in the world. He developed many new papers for conservation purposes and worked closely with leading private presses to produce bespoke papers including special watermarks. He has visited hundreds of paper mills in recent years providing consultancy services to many in India, Bhutan and the Philippines. He is now the Business Manager of the Institute of Conservation and a member of the British Association of Paper Historians. This presentation will be the first time he has appeared in Chicago since 1987.

Caxton on the Move:

An Exclusive “Art of the Book” Auction Preview

Saturday, April 30, 5-7 pm

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

1338 West Lake Street, Chicago

(Parking Available on Ada Street)

A wine and hors d’ oeuvres reception and an exclusive presen- tation at 6 PM by renowned artist and critical writer Buzz Spector. Spector is an eminent figure in the artists’ book and book arts communities. This private preview of the May 5 Hindman auction of fine books and manuscripts featuring Spector’s collec- tion of artists’ books and the Siegal Collection of Livres d’Artistes and Russian constructivist children’s literature from the University of Chicago. This event is sponsored by fellow Caxtonian Mary Kohnke. Please RSVP to Jackie Vossler at or 312-266-8825 so we can give our gracious hostess some idea of how many guests to expect.

See the interview in the April issue of The Caxtonian.

Caxton on the Move: Brunch plus Rockwell Kent at the Breakers with the Art Deco Society

Rockwell Kent: A Documentary, by Frederick Lewis, is a detailed, visually rich portrait of the artist as a complex, compelling, and contradictory force of nature. Kent was a charismatic reflection of his era and a vital part of the world of books, art, and politics. This film was shot on location in Alaska, Newfoundland, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, and Greenland.

Enjoy brunch followed by Frederick Lewis introductions and the film. March 20, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. The Breakers, Garden Terrace, 5333 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago

Cost: $20

Free Parking

RSVP to Jackie Vossler 312-266-8825 or

Brunch sponsored by The Breakers. Cohosted by the Chicago Art Deco Society

[Frank J. Piehl Caxton Club history book bindings photos by Robert McCamant]

The Great Caxton Bookbinding Auction

Wednesday, March 9

(Preview Wednesday, March 2)

Thursday, December 3, 2015 — Caxton On The Move to the Art Institute of Chicago
Ancient Sculpture, Early Prints, Wreathed Lions ​ and a Dionysian Feast!(PDF)

Caxton On the Move Event

Monday, September 28 2015

Treasures Of The Maclean Collection

Caxton Club members will be treated to a guided tour of the MacLean Collection, which includes rare manuscripts, maps, lavish books, and ceramics These treasures have originated from all parts of the world, from ancient Tibet to the studios of modern-day book artists. Portions of this collection have appeared at such major museums as the Art Institute of Chicago, the V & A, and the Metropolitan in New York. Because we anticipate that many members will not want to drive to Lake Forest, we have arranged for a bus. It will depart from the Newberry Library promptly at 3:45 PM and return by 8:00 PM.

Bus transport, tour, buffet dinner and wine with our hosts: $60.00 per person

For those driving to this event (map will be provided): $35.00 per person

Reservations are required by no later than september 21. Email or phone 312-266-8825.

Caxton On the Move Event

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Caxton On The Move joins Arts on Elston for the Gala Opening of Words/Matter

The evening will feature a panel discussion on “Book Arts – Chicago” with panelists Melissa Jay Craig, Shawn Sheehy, Marnie Galloway and Jennifer Farrell. Enjoy an exhibition of their work with the work of other young Chicago book artists including some recent Caxton grant recipients. A wonderful chance to meet Chicago book artists and, with them, explore their work. Location: 3446 N. Albany. Corner of Albany and Elston. Street parking available.

Time: 6 – 8 PM.

Reception includes hors d’oeuvres and wine.

Cost: $20 per person.

Reservations by October 2, 2015 to jv.everdaydesign@rcn.com or 312-266-8825.

Book art from top Melissa Jay Craig and Shawn Sheehy.

2015 Symposium on the Book
Preserving the Evidence: The Ethics of Book and Paper Conservation
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Our annual Symposium returns to the Newberry this year, as it does in all odd-numbered years. This time, the topic is “The Ethics of Book and Paper Conservation,” and the speakers include Jeanne Drewes of the Library of Congress, Marcia Reed of the Getty Research Institute, and Michele Cloonan of Simmons College. A concluding panel includes Bruce McKittrick, Paul Ruxin, Scott Kellar, and Russ Maki. Saturday (April 18) is without charge and open to the public, no reservations required, though if you wish a box lunch (instead of going out to lunch) you will need to reserve.

For those who can spare time on Friday, there are two additional opportunities: an all-day bus tour will take you to see conservation in action at the Art Institute, the University of Chicago Library, and Graphic Conservation Company. The day will cost $68 and requires reservations. Then on Friday evening, there will be a social hour and dinner at the Newberry Library (including a tour of the Newberry’s conservation facilities) for $60. Reservations are required by Monday, April 13.

The Caxton Club, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and the Cliff Dwellers are joining forces to support the worldwide celebration of: UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, April 23, 2015. Event details (PDF)

Caxton on the Move: Iowa City, Thursday, April 30, 2015 through Saturday, May 2, 2015

See page 11 of the April 2015 Caxtonian for details.

Nicholas A. Basbanes lecture, “On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History,” Monday, March 31, 6 pm

2014 Symposium on the Book, “Bibliography, Collections & the History of Science,” Saturday, April 26th, in Madison, Wisconsin

The 2013 Caxton Club / Newberry Library Symposium on the Book:"Outsiders: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing,”

The 2011 Caxton Club / Newberry Library Symposium on the Book: Other People's Books: Collecting Association Copies

2009 Caxton Club/Newberry Library Symposium on the Book:
Pillage, Punishment, and Provenance: Books as Victims of Crime

2008 Caxton Club/Newberry Library Symposium on the Book:
Rare Books and The Common Good: American Perspectives

2007 Caxton Club/Newberry Library Symposium on the Book:
Remodeling the Tower of Babel: The Translator's Role in a Shrinking World