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The Caxton Club brings together a diversified group of authors, binders, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, scholars, and other interested individuals; into a community who share a love of books and provides them a forum to learn about their history, production, and preservation; to heighten their appreciation of outstanding content, design and production; and to share in the joys of fine books.

Caxton Club Dinner Meeting
Our Newest Publication
On the Move: Visiting a Rare Book Library
Entertaining Mellon Fellows

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Upcoming events

    • 09/21/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    Phil Brown:
    Mailbox Secrets, An Insider’s View

    Luncheon: Friday, September 21, Union League Club

    It may be the greatest challenge to writer and designer. It hides in plain sight. It has only a fleeting moment to catch your attention. You answer it when it calls to you and despise it when it misses the mark. 

    It’s direct mail and you’ll never look at it the same way again after author and RR Donnelley veteran Phil Brown shares his wonderfully engaging presentation. Phil brings decades of experience in the direct mail trenches and a lively presentation style to a topic about the printing everyone loves to hate — except when it raises money for their favorite cause, inspires them to join a cultural institution, or brings them a can’t-miss-it deal.

    Why did a printer intentionally ruin a typeface for a client? When did copperplate knock it out of the park? What’s a control? What makes an envelope leap out of the mailbox while others languish in the recycle bin? 

    Sharing secrets from his book of Rules, Reckonings, And Tales Told From The Mailbox, Phil Brown may just convince you never to use the “j words” again. (That’s “junk mail”.)

    It’s so easy to make your reservation. Why not do it right now?  

    September 21st luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard.
    Buffet (Lincoln dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30.
    Luncheon is $35. Program free but please let us know you’re coming.
    Reservations or cancellations for lunch by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org .

    • 09/25/2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Union League Club (assemble in the Library, 4th Floor)
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    CAXTON CLUB On the Move

    Union League Club's Art and Archive of the Chicago Columbian Exposition

    The Union League Club’s remarkable art collection is second in Chicago only to that of the Art Institute, and in no area can that more clearly be seen than in the collection of paintings from artists of the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

    Caxtonians will enjoy presentations by the Union League Club docents, led by Dr. Sally Metzler, Director of the Art Collection.  They will reveal the details of the Club’s Columbian Exposition art holdings and the captivating stories of the paintings and the painters from the fair of 1893.

    Following the art tour we will have the opportunity to join Union League Club Librarian and Caxtonian Cheryl Ziegler as she displays portions of the Union League Club’s Columbian Exposition archives.

    Guests will assemble at 5:30 pm in the ULC Library on the 4th Floor. 

    Attendance is open to Caxton Club members and their guests only.  The cost is $45 per person; heavy appetizers and a glass of wine are included.  Additional beverages will be available for purchase.

    Reserve for this special event with Event Coordinator Jackie Vossler by phone or email:  (312)266-8825; jv.everydaydesign@rcn.com; or reserve and pay online at https://caxtonclub.org.  Your login ID is your e-mail address of record.

    Please note that reservations for this event are NOT being taken through the Caxton Club's usual reservation channels, you MUST reserve online or with Jackie Vossler (phone number and e-mail address above).

    Space is limited. Reservations are required no later than September 20.

    • 10/11/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Library (4th Floor) of Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard

    • 10/12/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


    Luncheon: Friday, October 12, Union League Club

    Maybe you used to shop there. Or maybe you wish you could jump into a time machine and travel back to Michigan Avenue when Stuart Brent Books was a landmark destination for bibliophiles.

    We’re sad to report that the time machine is down for repairs but delighted to report that we have the next best thing … a rollicking trip through daughter Amy Brent’s experiences Growing Up In A Bookstore. Come to discover which famous book title Stuart Brent gave to a Chicago author … what happened on live TV five days a week … and who Amy wound up talking to when she asked her father about studying overseas and he said, “Ask him,” then handed the phone to a guest.

    Perhaps you saw Amy Brent on WTTW in Amy’s Book Hunt. She’s a bookseller, five time national champion in karate (she’s sure to receive an especially respectful introduction), and an entertaining speaker.

    Whether you remember Stuart Brent Books or just love great stories about bookselling in Chicago, this program is for you, no time machine required!

    It’s so easy to make your reservation. Why not do it right now?  

    October 12th luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard.
    Buffet (room 820) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30.
    Luncheon is $35. Program free but please let us know you’re coming.
    Reservations or cancellations for lunch by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Register online at caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

    • 11/28/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    Michèle V. Cloonan on “The Monumental Challenge of Preservation: The Past in a Volatile World”


    Presentation of the Caxton Club Book Arts Awards and Recognition of Past Book Arts Grant Recipients.

    Dinner: Wednesday, November 28, Union League Club

    Monuments—movable, immovable, tangible, and intangible—of the world’s shared heritage are at risk. War, terrorism, natural disaster, vandalism, technological obsolescence, and neglect make the work of preservation a greater challenge than it has been since World War II. In her most recent book, The Monumental Challenge of Preservation, Michèle Cloonan makes the case that, at this critical juncture, we must consider preservation in the broadest possible contexts. Preservation requires the efforts of an increasing number of stakeholders. Michèle will give examples of dilemmas presented by monuments ranging from the Book of Kells to the Vietnam Memorial and the Bamiyan Buddhas. She will also discuss the role of collectors in cultural heritage preservation. Every day we make preservation decisions, individually and collectively, that have longer term ramifications than we might expect.

    Michèle V. Cloonan studied humanities at Bennington College (A.B.) and the University of Chicago (A.M). She has an M.S. and a PhD in library and information science from the University of Illinois. She was a conservator at the Newberry Library, a preservation administrator at Brown University libraries, and a rare book curator at Smith College. At UCLA she was associate professor and chair of Information Studies. She is a professor at Simmons University in Boston, where she was dean from 2002-2012. Her previous book, Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age, was awarded the 2016 Society of American Archivists’ Preservation Publication award.

    November Dinner: Union League Club 65 West Jackson. The evening will follow this order: social gathering 5-6 pm, award presentation and program 6-7:30, three-course dinner immediately to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Dinner $63. Beverages $6-$12.

    Reservations must be received by NOON on November 26. Dinner cancellations after this time and no-shows will require payment.  To reserve go on line to www.caxtonclub.org, email caxtonclub@newberry.org, or phone 312-255-3710.
    • 12/07/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    Karen Christianson:
    A Manuscript Sandwich

    Luncheon: Friday, December 7

    Join the Newberry Library’s Karen Christianson as she explores the creation and construction of medieval manuscripts, using a particularly seasonal example in this fascinating presentation. Mark your calendar now; this luncheon is December 7th, the first Friday of the month. 


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710