Dinner Program | Bruce Kennett on “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design”

  • 06/19/2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Union League Club


  • Speaker and speaker's guest; event administrator, A/V technician
  • Student volunteers - logo project
  • Program only, does not include the meal.

Registration is closed

Join us for book designer and photographer Bruce Kennett’s lushly-illustrated presentation on W.A. Dwiggins (1880-1956), educated in Chicago at Frank Holme’s School of Illustration. His wide-ranging talent, from designing legendary typefaces to puppetry, required the then-new term “graphic designer” to define him. But beyond the talent, Bruce will share his favorite aspect of the man: Dwiggins’ whimsy and wit. “WAD” believed that humor and satire were far more effective ways to bring about change than lecturing and finger-wagging. Bruce has plentiful examples of WAD’s output in this vein. June 19th is Dwiggins’ birthday, and Bruce promises a rollicking good time celebrating a man who just plain loved to have fun. Copies of Bruce’s book W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design (Letterform Archive, 2017) will be available for sale and signing for $80.

This will conclude the Caxton Club 2018-2019 year and be the last meeting before our summer break.

June 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, June 17. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. To reserve go to the website at caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

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

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710