Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events.
Methods for sharing them are being explored.
Friday, September 11, Union League Club
“The Thieves of Book Row”
For a fascinating tale of libraries and larceny, plan to attend the September 11 luncheon,
where Travis McDade, author of
Thieves of Book Row,
will reveal how New York
booksellers recruited practiced pilferers to loot libraries large and small of their
treasures … and of how library detectives emerged to stop them.
The 1920’s were a golden age of book buying and selling, fueled by the record-setting
auction of composer Richard Kern’s remarkable collection. Outside the auction houses
and the estate sales another group was at work, beguiling librarians, gaining access to
stacks, and stuffing their specially designed overcoats’ pockets with libraries’ treasures.
Who done it and who stopped them will be the subject of a fast-paced and generously
illustrated talk by Travis McDade, author, curator
of law rare books at the University of
Illinois in Urbana, and a leading expert on crimes against rare books, maps, documents,
and other printed cultural heritage resources.
Oversized coats, outsized characters, and the art of catching book thieves in the days
before electronic surveillance and tracking will make for a crackling good story.
September 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations suggested by noon Wednesday for
Wednesday, September 16, Union League Club
James N. Green
“Looking for a Good Book Shop in Colonial America.”
James N. Green, Librarian of the Library Company of Philadelphia, will explore six of the best early American book shops from Boston to Williamsburg. He’ll describe their shop keepers, the books they offered and what their stories reveal about Colonial America’s book buyers and culture. Mr. Green, formerly with the Department of Special Collections at the University of Chicago, has authored essays for The History of the Book in America, co-authored Benjamin Franklin, Writer and Printer and serves on the board and teaches at Rare Book School. He holds degrees from Oberlin, Yale and Columbia.
September Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. The evening, per previous announcement, will follow this order:
Social Gathering: 5:00 – 6:15 PM
Club Announcements and Program: 6:15 PM
Dinner Immediately to Follow
Program Only: Free, but please reserve so we can prepare appropriate seating.
Dinner: $60; reservations are required and must be received or cancelled no later than September 11 at close of business. Drinks, $5-9.
For reservations call 312-255-3710 or e-mail email@example.com.
Discounted Parking available at Union League garage after 4:00 PM for $10.
There are two upcoming Caxton On the Move Events: scheduled: "Treasures of the Maclean Collection"
on Monday, September 28, and "Caxton On The Move joins Arts on Elston for
the Gala Opening of Words/Matter" on Tuesday, October 6.
Are there just two kinds of people:
those who’ve read Proust and those
who feel that they should? October
9th’s luncheon is for both. Caxtonian
Caroline Szylowicz, rare book
curator at the U. of Illinois will share
an illustrated talk about Proust and
what he read. Mark your calendar so
you’ll have a remembrance of things
before they’re past!
On October 21 at the Union
League Club, Anna Sigridur
Arnar will discuss her book,
The Book as Instrument:
Stéphane Mallarmé, the Artist’s Book,
and the Transformation of Print
Culture, and her current research on
contemporary book arts.
November 13th will be revolution-
ary! Ellen Clark is library director of
The Society of the Cincinnati. She’ll
talk about the role printing played in
the American Revolution and reveal
why so many collectible materials
from the era are striking in content
but not appearance.
November 18, at the Union League,
Mark Dimunation, Chief of the
Rare Book and Special Collections
Division at the Library of Congress,
will discuss the 10 seminal moments
of his professional career.