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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.

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Events of Interest

Upcoming Caxton events

    • 02/20/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Newberry Library - Ruggles Hall
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    2019 is the bicentenary year for Herman Melville, the author of Moby-Dick and other classics of American literature. Will Hansen, curator of the Newberry Library exhibition “Melville: Finding America at Sea,” will share some of the fascinating stories behind a few of his favorite books in the exhibition. From fine press to pulp paperbacks, from seafaring to self-taught artists, and from black tulips to white whales, this presentation promises to have something for every collector. The evening will begin with a curated tour of the exhibition.

    February Dinner: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton. Nearby parking available. The evening will follow this order: Curated tour/Social gathering 5-6:15 pm; program at 6:15 pm; three-course buffet dinner immediately to follow. Beverages available with coupon, $2-5. Three-course buffet dinner with vegetarian options, $63. The program is free and open to the public.

    Reservations for program only or program dinner combination must be received no later than NOON on Monday, February 18. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. Reserve at; 312-255-3710; or

    • 02/25/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
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    CAXTON On the Move

    Chicago by the Book:
    How Literature Changed Chicago

    Join us at the American Writers Museum for a panel discussion about Caxton Club's latest publication, Chicago by the Book:  101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image.  Some of the editors and contributors behind the book will talk about the iconic authors, artists, and activists who influenced the city.

    Caxton Club Publications Committee Co-Chair Susan Rossen will moderate the discussion; other panelists are Liesl Olson and Dominic Pacyga.

    The reservation price for Caxton Club members (and their guests) who register for this On the Move event is $8 per person, which includes museum admission and attendance at the panel discussion.

    This presentation is an event of the American Writers Museum ( and is open to the public.  Caxton Club members who attend without  member reservations will be subject to the Museum's space limitations and admission price.

    Register for this On the Move event with Event Coordinator Jackie Vossler by phone or email:  (312)266-8825;; or register and pay online at  Your login ID is your e-mail address of record. Reservations are required no later than January 28, at which time a guest list will be supplied to the Museum. 

    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).

    January 30 On the Move:  Guests will meet at the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.  Program begins at 6:30 pm.

    • 03/08/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    We’re going out on a limb here, to guess that a least two or three Caxtonians have at some point tuned into WTTW on their televisions. When they did, they may have caught the popular program called Chicago Tonight — and seen interviews, features, or reporting by Paris Schutz. Perhaps they even dialed in to watch the Chicago Tonight interview about our own publication, Chicago By The Book. That was Mr. Schutz facilitating the conversation.

    At our March luncheon he will be live and full size to describe influential books about Chicago politics that influenced him and his reporting, as well as to reveal how these classics are reflected in current events.

    Schutz grew up in River Forest but headed into the city to attend high school at St. Ignatius before going to Syracuse’s highly regarded radio, television, and film school. His performance there won him an internship at WTTW — where he earned a spot on Chicago tonight (and even co-wrote the program’s theme song.)

    Come to hear about the rough and tumble politics, aldermanic misdeeds, scandals, wiretaps and more that are all on his beat … as well as the books that inspired him to cover them.

    March 8 Luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Buffet opens at 11:30 am; program 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 the week of the luncheon. Reserve at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail .

    • 03/20/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club

    John Crichton will share with us the story of Anton Roman and his Midas touch. Coming to California from Bavaria in 1849, Roman found gold and traded that success to become one of the most prosperous booksellers in the American West. Soon he was one of its most distinguished publishers, releasing the early works of Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and many others who migrated to California during its formative years. Through his publications Roman promoted the resources and culture of California, taking its story East and romanticizing and mythologizing the Golden State in America’s imagination. John has his own Golden State bookshop, The Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of Rare Book School. He has been the president of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America and the Book Club of California and vice president of the Bibliographical Society of America.

    March 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 $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $63.00. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON, Monday, March 18. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. To reserve call 312-255-3710 or e-mail


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

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710