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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 Luncheon

Friday, November 14, 2014, Union League Club

Cathy Jean Maloney

“World's Fair Gardens—Shaping American Landscapes”

Join Cathy Jean Maloney—an award-winning author of horticultural history books, magazine editor, and frequent writer for national and regional newspapers and magazines—as she transports us through time and season to the stunning and influential gardens that were laid out for nine World's Fairs. These remarkable landscapes forever changed America' major urban green spaces and private backyards. November's grey skies and chill temperatures grow bright and warm as Cathy Maloney tells—and illustrates—stories that include Frederick Law Olmsted's lauded work at Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition and the dream team of landscape artists who came together to create the outdoor spaces for the 1940 New York World's Fair. Her fascinating and lavishly illustrated book that provides the underlying text, World's Fair Gardens, was recognized with an American Horticultural Society National Book Award.

November 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. Beginning in September the Union League Club has increased the luncheon charge to $32. Please reserve by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch.

November Dinner

Wednesday November 19, 2014 Union League Club

Michael F. Suarez

“The Print that Changed the World: The Description of the Slave-Ship Brookes

This lecture investigates one of the first non-religious images to “go viral” in the Anglo-American world, the slave-ship Brookes (London, 1789). In a richly illustrated talk, Suarez will trace the slave-ship’s subsequent appearances in a remarkable array of printed forms. Seeking to understand the proliferation of this abolitionist image and the modification of its pendant text over time, we will examine publications from England, the U.S., France, and Switzerland to establish the documentary history of a work that was a major historical agent in its multiple and varied textual appearances.

Michael F. Suarez, S.J. is University Professor and Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, where he leads the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography. The holder of research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, he is the Honorary Curator of the University of Virginia’s special collections and Professor of English. Additionally, he is the 2014-2015 J.R. Lyell Reader in Bibliography at Oxford University. His recent books include The Oxford Companion to the Book (2010, co-edited with H.R. Woudhuysen), a million-word reference work on the history of books and manuscripts from the invention of writing to the present day. This work was highly acclaimed by both The [London] Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-General Editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online, one of the largest digital humanities projects extant today. Prof Suarez’s two 2014 publications are The Dublin Notebook of Gerard Manley Hopkins (co-edited with L.J. Higgins) and The Book: A Global History (co-edited with H.R. Woodhuysen). Copies of The Book will be available for signing after the event. Cost per book is $30 for this special event.

This dinner meeting will also announce the 2015 Caxton Club Grant recipients.

November dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. This will be a Reverse Program. Timing: spirits at 5:00, program at 6:00, dinner to follow. Reservations are essential to attend either the Program Only or the Program and Dinner. The program is free, dinner is $48, drinks are $5 - $9. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org. Please reserve by no later than Friday , November 14, 2014.

December Luncheon

Friday December 12, 2014, Union League Club

Doug Fitzgerald

“You're Invited: A Party Celebrating RR Donnelley's 150th Birthday. Yes, There Will be Cake!”

After 10 years at RR Donnelley, mostly as Executive Vice-President of Communications, Caxtonian Doug Fitzgerald knows what he’s talking about as he draws on his carefully curated collection of company-related materials to highlight exciting moments from the organization’s illustrious past. Using meticulous research, Doug will illuminate this great Canadian/American success story. You will learn why RR’s inlaws did not want their daughter to marry him, which political convention was influenced by Donnelley’s printing, how many goat skins it took to produce 30,000 sets of reference books, what the Donnelley Comfort Club was and much more. There will be a “pass-the-100-year-old-stuff-around-the-room” fun fest not to miss. Doug will also chronicle the advantageous Caxton/Donnelley Connection, started in 1895, the year of our founding and not yet finished with 3 Donnelleys and company employees as Caxtonians today.

December Dinner

Our annual Revels, including fundraising auction, will take place at the Newberry Library on Wednesday, December 17. Get your auction items to Dan Crawford at the Newberry!