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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.

September Luncheon

Friday, September 9, Union League Club

Luigi Mondini

“Fakes, Forgeries & Frauds”

Manuscripts, documents, antiquarian books, and letters written by popes and kings. All in a modest home in suburban Berwyn. All stolen. Thirteen art masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. All stolen. A letter from Thomas Jefferson, documents dating to the American revolution, and a cache of valuable materials from the Second World War. All stolen.

Come to our September luncheon, where Special Agent Luigi Mondini of the FBI Art Crime Team will reveal the fascinating story of art and cultural property theft. He will draw on case files to explain how the FBI investigates these unique crimes to recover and repatriate stolen items. Some are tales that screenwriters would be hard pressed to invent and others are the stuff of nightmares for curators, collectors, and dealers.

Agent Mondini’s own career is as fascinating as his subject. A graduate of American University, where he studied constitutional history, he became a police officer and then an FBI agent. He has battled organized crime and been involved in investigations that involved wise guys with nicknames such as The Hatchet, The Bomber, and No Nose. Now as a member of the Art Crime Team he will share stories of how even terror organizations are selling looted cultural properties to finance their operations. Book your reservation today!

September 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.

September Dinner

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Union League Club

Valerie Lester

“Bodoni, the Face behind the Face”

Lester’s new book Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World is the first substantive book about the ambitious and talented Italian printer to be written in English and the first comprehensive exploration in almost 100 years. This talk sets Bodoni in the contexts of place, time, and relationships and explores the impact these elements had on his elegant typefaces.

Valerie Lester is an independent scholar, translator and author of Phiz, the Man Who Drew Dickens, a biography of her great-grandfather and Dickens’ principal illustrator, Hablot Knight Browne, and a history of Pan American Airways, Fasten Your Seats Belts! History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin. She translated Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes (The Magnificant Meaulnes).

Copies of Giambottista Bodoni: His Life and His World, published by David Godine, will be available for signing for $24.00. Cash, check and credit card will be accepted for book purchases.

September Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering: 5-6:00 pm. Program: 6:00 pm. Three-course dinner following the program. Drinks are $5-$9. Program Only, free. Dinner, $60.00. Reservations are required for either the program only or the program/dinner combination. Reservations MUST be received no later than NOON Monday, September 19, 2016. Dinner cancellations or no-shows after this time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

October Luncheon

Friday, October 14, Union League Club

Henry Bienen

It publishes the oldest monthly dedicated to verse in the English speaking world. Hosts a robust schedule of events. Curates a library of more than 30,000 volumes dedicated exclusively to poetry. It was the recipient of a massive gift that dramatically changed its trajectory. It’s Chicago’s own Poetry Foundation and our speaker will be its president, Henry Bienen, who previously led Northwestern University for 14 years. You’ll want to hear this presentation, chapter and verse!

The dinner program committee is pleased to announce the

Schedule of Planned Dinner Speakers for 2016-2017

October 19, 2016, Newberry Library

Jill Gage, Newberry Custodian of the Wing Foundation on the history of printing and Bibliographer for British Literature, on The Curator’s Tour of the Newberry exhibition “Creating Shakespeare.” The story of Shakespeare’s life and afterlife, from the 16th century through the 21st. Dinner will feature an English menu, the opportunity for a full bar and English session beer, and a treasure from the vault.

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 14, 2016, Newberry Library

Revels: the annual Caxton Club holiday dinner, fund-raiser, and auction.

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 15, 2017, Union League Club

Speaker to be announced

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 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 17, 2017, Union League Club

Speaker to be announced

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.