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.

On the Move: Visiting a Rare Book Library
Entertaining Mellon Fellows

Read the current

Upcoming Caxton events

    • 09/13/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    September Luncheon

    Your luncheon team confesses that they were unaware of a literary globetrotter named Mary Hastings Bradley, Smith ‘05. Somehow they had managed to miss the four (collectible) namedropping novelettes she had written about Chicago. Didn’t know that she’d been a WWII correspondent who had reported on women serving in the European theater. Hadn’t been aware that as the war ended she had seen and written about the horrors of concentration camps. Did not realize that she had written revealing travel books about Egypt and the Belgian Congo — some of which inspired films. Missed completely that she composed noted short stories and published a number of mysteries. Failed to notice that many of her works are still in print nearly a century after they were first published.

    Whether you are similarly situated or are a Mary Hasting Bradley fan, you are sure to enjoy Peggy Glowacki’s wonderfully illustrated talk about this remarkable traveler and writer. Glowacki is a popular instructor and Special Collections librarian at UIC. An accomplished speaker, she has appeared on WTTW and has been featured in the local press. Reserve today!

    September 13 Luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Buffet opens at 11:30 am; program 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is just $35. Program free but please let us know you’re coming. Reservations or cancellations for lunch by noon Wednesday the week of the luncheon. Reserve at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail .

    • 09/18/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, Union League Club, 65 West Jackson

    September Dinner

    The Caxton Club, through members such as John McCutcheon, has proud connections to political cartooning. Indeed, a political cartoonist’s wife was the first woman to attend a Caxton Club meeting. Now Dr. Tim Benson will show us the history and evolution of political cartoons from a British perspective. His illustrated talk will display examples of the greatest cartoons of the 20th Century, some of which created their own history and even offended Winston Churchill. He will also discuss the evolving relationships between cartoonists and their editors and, in light of recent American developments, address whether cartoonists have a right to offend while holding those who govern us to account. Dr. Benson runs the Political Cartoon Gallery and Café in London and is Britain’s leading authority on political cartoons. He edits the annual “Britain’s Best Political Cartoons” series and has published numerous books on cartoon history including Churchill in Caricature and The Cartoon Century: Modern Britain Through the Eyes of Its Cartoonists. Copies of his books David Low Censored and Drawing the Curtain: The Cold War in Cartoons will be available for sale and signing.

    September Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering 5-6 pm; program at 6 pm; dinner immediately to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Beverages available for $7-$15. Three-course dinner: $66.00. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON, Monday, September 16. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. To reserve call 312-255-3710 or e-mail

Events of Interest

Future Lunches

Future Dinners


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

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710