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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Upcoming Caxton events

    • 10/02/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Glass Curtain Gallery Columbia College Chicago, 1104 South Wabash, First Floor

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    • 10/11/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    October Luncheon

    How do you fit the pill, Daniel Boone, Mark Twain, bird guano, synthetics, Daniel Burnham’s Chicago Plan and his lesser known tropical highlands project, the Beatles, standardized screws, bikinis, Theodore Roosevelt, Ian Fleming and the inspiration for Dr No, and much, much more into a page-turner of a book about a single country? Well, you write about a big country ... bigger than you might imagine. Far bigger.

    How To Hide an Empire is the book and it brims with sur-

    prises about America’s history, culture, cartography, and the remarkable expansion of what began as a group of small colonies clustered along the Atlantic coast. Our tour guide on this fascinating journey will be Northwestern professor and author Daniel Immerwahr. Perhaps you heard him interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. If you did, you will certainly want to come for the live version and, if you did not, you’ll want to come and see what you missed.

    Of course, there will be copies of How To Hide an Empire available for purchase and inscription!

    Buffet opens at 11:30am; program 12:30-1:30pm. Luncheon is just $35. The program is free, but please let us know you are coming. Reservations or can- cellations for lunch by noon Wednesday the week of the luncheon. Reserve at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail

    • 10/16/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, Union League Club, 65 West Jackson

    October Dinner

    There have been Caxton Club speakers on a wide variety of books, but none, so far, have been coloring books. The Smith- sonian’s Abecedarium takes a light- hearted medium to introduce the serious world of embellished letters and decorated initials with examples from six centuries of rare books of science and art from the Smithsonian’s treasures. With an essay on decorated initials, the book provides two versions of each letter of the alphabet – enlarged to color – with stories of their sources, artists, and historical contexts. Our two speakers, authors of the book, will share their scholarship behind these stories of an historically significant part of book design. Through their Abecedarium they will open up an inspiring – and colorful – way to experience centuries of art, science and culture.

    Lilla Vekerdy is Head of Special Collections at the Smithsonian Libraries with particular emphasis on the Dibner Library of History of Science and Technology. Morgan Aronson is Project Manager at the US Naval Observatory Library. Copies of Abecedarium will be available for sale and signing for $10.00 each.

    The Social Hour (5-6pm) and program (6pm) will be in the Union League Club Library, followed immediately by dinner in the Heritage Room. Beverages available for $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $66. Reservations are required and must be received no later than NOON, Monday, October 14. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. Reserve at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail

    • 10/21/2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60301, 708-386-2729

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

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710