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

November Dinner

Wednesday, November 18, Union League Club

Mark Dimunation

“Life in the Stacks”

Dimunation has been Chief of the Rare Book and Manuscript Collections Division of the Library of Congress since 1998. He oversees the management and development of the Library’s rare book collection, the largest in North America.

Mr. Dimunation’s responsibilities include not only antiquarian materials such as the effort to reconstruct Jefferson’s library but also the selection of fine press and artists’ books. Educated at St. Olaf College, Christ Church College Oxford, and the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Diminution pursued a career in rare books at Berkeley, Stanford and Cornell before joining the Library. He teaches a popular course on book history at Rare Book School and is past chair of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the American College and Research Libraries. His presentation will discuss the seminal moments of this rich career.

This evening will also feature the award presentation of the 2015 Caxton Club grants and welcome back past grant recipients.

November Dinner: Union League Club , 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Social gathering 5:00 - 6:00 pm; Club announcements and program 6:00 pm; Dinner immediately to follow.

Program only: free, but please reserve so we can prepare appropriate seating. Dinner: $60. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Reservations are required and must be received or canceled no later than noon on November 16. Drinks $5 - $9. Discounted parking available at Union League garage after 4 pm for $10.

December Luncheon

Friday, December 11, Union League Club

Joseph Ornig

“Theodore Roosevelt’s Harrowing Journey of Discovery”

Roosevelt redux! Here’s the sequel to Joseph Ornig’s wonderful and wonderfully attended presentation about our most prolific presidential penman. This time, Mr. Ornig will take us along on Teddy’s taxing and terrifying journey through Brazil, and reveal the astonishing writing output that came out of the ordeal. Roosevelt wrote a 120,000 word book of travel and natural history based on the adventure and posted home a canoe load of magazine articles on the social, economic and political life in Brazil.

Mr. Ornig has written and lectured on Theodore Roosevelt's remarkable experiences as a journalist, writer, wilderness explorer and naturalist. Ornig's book, My Last Chance to be a Boy, provided the first full, unvarnished account of TR's near-disastrous expedition to Brazil in 1914, where he sought to explore the uncharted River of Doubt.

There’s no doubt that you’ll want attend the December luncheon!

December 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. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Reservations suggested by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch.

December Dinner

Wednesday, December 16, the Newberry Library

17th Annual Caxton Club Revels

with dinner, a live and a silent auction, and so much more

Save the date, and donate a treasure.