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

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.

October Luncheon

Friday, October 9, Union League Club

Caroline Szylowicz

“Proust and What He Read”

A popular features in the NY Times book review section is a column that asks authors about their reading preferences. and influences. Unfortunately, it would take a time machine to interview Marcel Proust, whose In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past is considered one of the 20th century’s best novels.

We may not have a time machine, but we do have the next best thing; an engaging and entertaining scholar who has read the many books about the books Proust read, and who can share how we know which books he read, how he read them, and what became of the books themselves. Whether you’re a Proust enthusiast or novice, or just enjoy a great literary detective story, this generously illustrated talk is for you.

Presenting will be Caxtonian Caroline Szylowicz, Associate Professor, Kolb-Proust Librarian and Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois in Urbana. You’ll want to attend the luncheon to learn about her own six degrees of separation connection with Proust (not to mention Dumas.) Here’s a hint: she was born near Paris, studied Music and Literature at the Sorbonne, and received her library training at the Catholic University of Paris.

October 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.

October Dinner

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 Luncheon

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 Dinner

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.

December Luncheon

Roosevelt Redux! The December 11 luncheon features the eagerly awaited sequel to Joseph Ornig’s talk about Teddy Roosevelt, our most prolific presidential penman. Join us for an illustrated journey with Roosevelt the explorer to experience his exciting and harrowing river journey through Brazil’s spectacular rainforests.