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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 Luncheon

Friday, February 12, Union League Club

“Collecting Ghosts”: Audrey Niffenegger in Conversation with Paul Gehl

It might not be just the cold that could have you shivering this February. Fortunately, the room will be well lit as Paul Gehl interviews fellow Caxtonian Audrey Niffenegger about her newest book, Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories, which includes classics by Poe and Munro, contemporary pieces from authors like Neil Gaiman, a new story of her own, and a spooky jacket she designed.

They’ll discuss the process of creating the anthology — how she got the idea for the book, found and selected the stories, and what the ghost story means today. During this animated and illus-trated conversation Paul will also invite her to tell us about the ghostly presences in her earlier visual works and fiction –all those skeletal hands, winged or spectral figures, and the mirror-image twins in her 2009 novel Her Fearful Symmetry.

Audrey Niffenegger is an acclaimed artist, teacher, and author whose works include The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Night Bookmobile. At the Newberry Library Paul Gehl is responsible for one of North America’s largest collections on printing history, calligraphy, and design.

February 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. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

February Dinner

Wednesday, February 17, Union League Club

“Caxton Club Book Binders Initiative”

The Caxton Club Book Binders Initiative celebrates the conclusion of our 120th Anniversary with the creation of three unique fine bindings for our Club history, The Caxton Club 1895-1995. This meeting will allow the bookbinders - Samuel Feinstein, Karen Hanmer, and Scott Kellar - to introduce their bindings. A detailed account of this project appeared in the January Caxtonian. (Information about the binders can be found on their websites: samuelfeinsteinbookbinding.com, karenhanmer.com, and skkellar.com.) Following their presentations Paul Gehl will host a discussion on their approaches to the task, their choices they made along the way, the challenges posed by the materials they chose, and how they view the “added value” of the binding. Paul is an enthusiastic “devil’s advocate,” so his questions will probe the art and inspiration of fine binding for this project and generally. The bindings will be on view starting at 4:30. These finely-bound copies of our Caxton Club history will be auctioned on March 7 at the Newberry’s Towner Lounge (details about that event are in the February issue of the Caxtonian).

This is the close of our 120th Anniversary, and an Anniversary Bookmark will be given to each attendee.

February Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering: 5:00-6:00 pm. Program: 6:00 pm. Three-Course Dinner to Follow the Program. Program only: Free. Dinner: $60.00.

Reservations are essential for either the Program only or the Program/Dinner combination. Reservations MUST be received by no later than NOON Monday, February 15, 2016. Dinner cancellations or no-shows made after this time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255-3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org.

The Great Caxton Bookbinding Auction

Wednesday, March 9, Towner Lounge of the Newberry Library

5:30 to 7 pm

Three exquisite bindings of the Caxton Club history were created to mark the Club’s 120th Anniversary, while celebrating bookbinders and their craft. But now, alas, it’s time to say good-bye – or perhaps “good buy” – to these beautifully- crafted volumes, bound by Sam Feinstein, Karen Hanmer, and Scott Kellar.

Admission: $10 includes one drink coupon. (Additional drink $5.)
Bar and light hors d’oeuvres.
Lift a toast to these unique and beautiful expressions of art and history.
And feel free to: Buy a bound volume for your personal collection; or form a team and buy for a special library or club – maybe even the Caxton Club!

RSVP to Dan Crawford at caxtonclub@newberry.org.

Auction Details: Bindings will be available for preview on March 2 from 2-4 pm at the Newberry Library. See front desk for room assignment. There is a reserve for each binding of $750. No bids under the minimum will be accepted. Written bids may be submitted to Dan Crawford. Bids must indicate the bidder’s name, contact information, the specific binding being bid upon, and the bid amount. All written bids must be received by Dan Crawford by 5 pm, Tuesday, March 8. Buyer bears all delivery costs. The bindings will not be delivered until full payment is processed.

March Luncheon

Friday, March 11, Union League Club

“The Real March Madness: Creative Caxtonians on Inside Stories of Limited Editions”

Don’t fill out your March brackets until you’ve seen this quintet of Caxtonians take the floor with an impressive lineup of generously illustrated presentations. We’re bringing together an unbeat-able team of five talented individuals to regale and entertain you in one luncheon program. Starting at one guard is William Hesterberg who will tell the tale of a 2,000 year old fable dis-covered at the bottom of a box. It’s as fresh as today, now that it has been brought to life in a beautiful letterpress limited edition. Another guard is Caryl Seidenberg, with a stunningly designed and printed ode to the challenges and joys of raising children: Late Summer: Circa 1970.

At center, John Roberts will feature Western Journeys, a beautifully executed compilation of sto-ries drawn from his own research and travels that took him to places such as Monument Valley, home to John Ford’s classic western films.

At one forward is Craig Jobson, with an epic publication of transgression, retribution, reconciliation and dominos. It’s a story as big as the state of Texas! And rounding out the lineup at another forward is John Blew and his tale of researching and producing one of the great stories of book collecting.

All this and for many lucky attendees, a free page of letterpress printing, suitable for framing!

March 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. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

March Dinner

March 16 at the Union League Club, Susan Jaffe Tane, noted Edgar Allen Poe collector, will provide some candid insights into her auction house experiences. This is a unique Caxton “Members Only” event.

No April Luncheon

As is our custom, there will be no luncheon in April. Watch for information about the May and June luncheon programs.

April Dinner

April 20 at the Union League Club, Marvin Taylor, the Director of New York University’s Fales Library & Special Collections since 1993. He will speak on “the archive as art.”