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

February Dinner

Wednesday, February 18, Newberry Library

Gala 120th Anniversary Celebration

The celebration of the Club’s anniversary features highlights of our last 20 years, including the return of many of our grant recipients and displays of their work, a showcase of our publications, a tribute to our symposia and exhibits, and a roll of honor for our many Caxtonian contributors. Our speaker will be Dan Crawford, our own Caxton Club expert. There will be a hearty buffet dinner with vegetarian options, a celebratory toast and anniversary cake, a commemorative bookmark, a take-away “goodie bag,” and the Caxton Club Bar we have learned to love at our annual Revels.

The evening begins at 5:00 pm with a social hour and an opportunity to see our grant recipients’ work and displays highlighting our last 20 years. This event REQUIRES reservations (and any cancellations) by 5:00 pm Monday, February 16. Dinner with toast is $48. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

March Luncheon

Friday, March 13, Union League Club

Neil Shapiro

“Shock and Delight: Herb Lubalin, Powerful Communicator”

Working with 26 letters, 10 numbers and a handful of punctuation marks, Herb Lubalin, graphic artist and typographer, significantly changed our perception of letters, words and language with a canvas that ranged from advertising to book jackets, from letterheads to cafeteria walls. In this profusely illustrated talk by Chicago artist, teacher and visual historian Neil Shapiro, you will learn how Lubalin single-handedly raised typography from a narrow craft to an art form that put important ideas SMACK in the public eye. You will hear about Lubalin’s years with Ralph Ginzberg’s publications: Eros, fact and Avant Garde. Indeed, sexuality was part of Lubalin’s pushing boundaries, but his story is much more than that. Shapiro will bring Lubalin material including U & lc (upper and lower case), a publication dedicated to the often riotous exploration of relationships between words, type and images. Herb Lubalin collaborated with scores of illustrators, designers, writers and publishers. Each was enriched by the experience of knowing him. You will be too.

March Dinner

We will meet March 18 at the Union League Club to hear John Neal Hoover, of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, talk on “Mississippi Mystery, Henry Lewis and the English Edition of One of the Greatest 19th-Century American Illustrated Books,” Das Illustrirte Mississippithal. Social hour at 5, dinner at 6, presentation to follow.