• 03/02/2021
    • 4:00 PM (CST)
    • 3/2/2021 4:00 PM CST/5:00 PM EST Via Zoom. Advance registration required via Newberry website.

    The Newberry presents

    This program is sponsored by the Caxton Club

    To download/print the flyer for this program, click here.


     Matthew Carter


    Snell Roundhand is one of the most popular typefaces around, but few are acquainted with its fascinating history. In this program, Snell Roundhand designer Matthew Carter will discuss the origins of this gorgeous typeface in a seventeenth-century script, his work transforming this script into a modern-day font, and the ways type design has changed since the mid-twentieth century.

    Snell Roundhand is based on the penmanship of the English writing-master Charles Snell (1667–1733), who advocated a simple style of writing in contrast to his “brother quills,” the competing writing-masters of his day, whose excessively elaborate and flourished hands he deplored.

    In this discussion with the Newberry’s Jill Gage, Carter will discuss the exciting evolution of Snell’s seventeenth-century script into a twentieth-century typeface.

    For more information and to register click here.

    • 03/12/2021
    • 12:30 PM (CST)
    • 3/12/2021 | 12:30 PM CT/1:30 PM ET via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.
    • 438

    March Daytime Program


     Carl Smith


    October 1871. Drought. Barn. Fire. Chaos. Destruction. That’s the story that has been told and told again about this signal event that is remembered with one of those stars on Chicago’s flag. But noted historian Carl Smith is going to share a much more specific tale, one crafted especially for Caxtonians. He’ll answer the question, “What did the fire and its aftermath mean for books, authors, publishers, and libraries?” Smith, an emeritus professor from Northwestern University is well known to Caxtonians; he has two essays in the Club’s most recent publication,

    Chicago 101. Join us for this remarkable story about The Great Fire’s impact on all things printed!

    • 03/17/2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • 3/17/2021 | 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.

    March Evening Program


     Silvia Beltrametti


    The graphic satire of Georgian London has been much explored in recent scholarship. Almost entirely neglected, however, is its provincial counterpart. This talk addresses the implications of the absence of copyright law in nineteenth-century Ireland, by discussing examples of caricatures produced by Dublin publisher William McCleary. Until now commentators have been quick to argue that the absence of a vigilant copyright regime enabled rampant piracy, and that most engravers and publishers in Georgian Dublin, including McCleary, were doing little more than pirating the work of famous London satirists such as James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson and George Cruickshank. This was both for internal consumption in Ireland and for export back to Britain to undercut the mainland market. Despite the fact that many such prints owe their compositions to pre-existing models, McCleary produced work that was is in several ways distinctive, and that he used his position on the periphery to dynamic and innovative effect. His work reflects the paradox at the core of much Irish art which Toby Barnard characterizes as “distinctive and derivative” whereby metropolitan models were given an Irish twist, or flavor.

    • 03/24/2021
    • 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • 3/24/2021 | 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.

    March Evening Program

    Kinohi Nishikawa

    Over the past 15 years, the Black Arts movement has undergone a much-needed critical reassessment in literary and cultural history. Once typed as a propaganda arm of the Black Power movement, Black Arts today is recognized as a diverse coalition of collectives that broke from mainstream institutions in order to reframe cultural production around Black people themselves. Yet even this revised understanding of the movement has lacked a bibliography that can shed light on how Black Arts collectives went about building alternative institutions. In presenting new bibliographic findings, this paper suggests book design played a vital, if still overlooked, role in manifesting the movement’s commitment to black readers. For poets and publishers alike, design held the key to situating literature on a continuum of arts-making and to tracking the ephemerality and dynamism of a movement that was constantly in flux.

    Kinohi is Associate Professor of English and African American studies at Princeton where his work focuses on twentieth century African American literature.

    • 05/14/2021
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • 5/14/2021 | 12:30 PM CT/1:30 PM ET via Zoom. Advance registration required via website.
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    May Daytime Program

    Sara Quashnie

    We’re stepping pretty far out onto the limb with this presentation. Really, how likely is it that these will resonate with Caxtonians?

    • Stories about books, maps, documents, ephemera
    • Tales of people who collected, sold, and cataloged them
    • Generous illustrations featuring rare and important materials
    • The resources of one of the great university Americana collections
    • Introductions to women and men whose stories are fresh as they are intriguing

    Yes, it’s a risk. But we’re taking the chance and inviting Sara Quashnie, who coedited Americana Is A Creed for the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. This wonderful book includes autobiographical sketches and essays about thirty two people whose stories are remarkable and impacts are lasting.

    Sara Quashnie is old enough to have collected history and MSLIS degrees, to be on staff at the Clements, and to have coedited our featured volume … but young enough to be at home on Zoom — where she is frequently a featured presenter on the library’s virtual Bookworm programs. Why not take a chance and register today?

Past events

02/25/2021 Brian McCammack and Courtney Joseph on Landscapes of Hope
02/17/2021 Shauna Collier, Head Librarian of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Library
02/12/2021 Craig Fehrman on Author In Chief
02/09/2021 Marcia Walker-McWilliams, on "The Black Metropolis Research Consortium: Fifteen Years of Documenting and Sharing Black Chicago's History”
02/03/2021 Michelangelo Sabatino and Susan S. Benjamin on Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929–75
01/19/2021 Rebecca Romney and Heather O’Donnell on “Building The Future of Rare Books: Two Booksellers’ Experiences in Outreach”
01/08/2021 Miles Harvey — Interviewed on The King of Confidence
12/16/2020 Making Our Mark: Celebrating 125 Years
12/11/2020 Ann Durkin Keating on Juliette Kinzie
11/19/2020 Neil Harris on “Chicago Apartments: A Century and Beyond of Lakefront Luxury”
11/18/2020 Panel Discussion: “Artists’ Books, The Institutional Perspective”
11/13/2020 Dwight Cleveland on Movie Posters
11/10/2020 Neil Harris on “Chicago Apartments: A Century and Beyond of Lakefront Luxury”
10/21/2020 Simon Loxley on “In Search of Emery Walker”
10/09/2020 Bonnie Mak Opens a Cabinet of Curiosities
09/16/2020 Nick Basbanes on “Henry and Fanny Longfellow: Palm Branches and Passion Flowers”
09/11/2020 Jennifer Hain Teper on “Conservation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
08/10/2020 Lazy Days of Summer Sale
06/12/2020 Mary Wisniewski on Nelson Algren
06/04/2020 ABAA Virtual Book Fair
06/01/2020 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize Applications due June 1
05/20/2020 Annual Meeting/State of the Club
03/18/2020 CANCELLED - Jennifer Gunter King and Nick Twemlow on Emory’s Raymond Danowski Poetry Library
03/13/2020 CANCELLED - Marcy Dinius on Radical Types In American Antislavery Print
02/19/2020 Lia Markey on “The Nova Reperta and Renaissance Representations of Invention and Globalization”
02/14/2020 On The Move | Open House | SAIC Letter Press Studio
02/14/2020 Cara Bertram on The American Library Association Goes To War
02/14/2020 On The Move | Round Table Discussion | Letterpress Printing in Chicago: Its Current State, History, and Legacy
02/13/2020 Art Happens: Amazing Women
01/15/2020 Audrey Niffenegger on Make No Small Plans – The Quest for an Artist Book House
01/10/2020 James Hagy on Fair Tricks: Magicians at the Columbian Exposition
01/08/2020 Miles Harvey — Interviewed on The King of Confidence
12/18/2019 Revels: Our Annual Holiday Event of Magic, Fellowship, Music, and Book Auction
12/13/2019 Nina Barrett on Leopold & Loeb
12/11/2019 Books that Built Chicago
12/08/2019 Chicago by the Book: Ethical Humanist Society Panel Discussion
12/03/2019 Firelines: Midwestern Praire Restoration | Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman
11/15/2019 Frederic Goudy & H.G. Wells: The Time Traveler's Typeface | A Conversation with Artist Rex Parker
11/08/2019 Libby Hill on The Chicago River
10/21/2019 Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image
10/16/2019 Lilla Vekerdy and Morgan Aronson their ABECEDARIUM from Rare Smithsonian Volumes
10/11/2019 Daniel Immerwahr on How To Hide An Empire
10/07/2019 Cocktails & Conversations with Nina Barrett on "The Leopold and Loeb Files"
10/02/2019 Let's Do It: Twenty-three Years of Book and Paper
09/18/2019 Dr. Tim Benson on Political Cartoons from a British Perspective
09/17/2019 Political Cartoons: Then and Now with Panelists Tim Benson, Anthony Mourek, and Scott Stantis
09/13/2019 Peggy Glowacki on Mary Hastings Bradley
09/11/2019 Corr-Proust: A New Digital Edition of Marcel Proust's Correspondence
06/25/2019 Course | The Chicago School of Urban Sociology Past and Present | Clinton E. Stockwell M.A; M.L.A.; Ph.D.
06/19/2019 Dinner Program | Bruce Kennett on “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design”
06/15/2019 Chicago Book and Paper Fair
06/15/2019 Volunteer Opportunity | Channel Your Inner Bookseller, Meet Fellow Bibliophiles | Chicago Book and Paper Fair
06/08/2019 Chicago by the Book: Writing that Defines a City with contributors Nina Barrett, Neil Harris and Tim Lacy | Printers Row Lit Fest
06/07/2019 Luncheon Program | The Opening Kickoff | Dave Revsine
06/06/2019 Caxton on the Move | Tour and Dinner | Everyone's Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground
05/21/2019 "The Chicago Tradition" -- ULCC History and "Chicago by the Book" | Kim Coventry, Carl Smith, and Will Hansen
05/21/2019 The Caxton Club is Invited by U of C Library Society and Court Theatre | The Adaptations of Augie March and The Adventures of Augie March
05/15/2019 Dinner Program and Annual Business Meeting | Lynne M. Thomas on “Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman”
05/10/2019 Luncheon Program | Preserving The Legacy or Digitizing Dime Novels | Matthew Short
05/04/2019 Panel Discussion | Four Views on Chicago by the Book | David Buisseret, Teri Edelstein, Bob Karrow, and Susan F. Rossen
05/04/2019 Volunteer Opportunity | Channel Your Inner Bookseller, Meet Fellow Bibliophiles | Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair
05/01/2019 First Printing of Chicago by the Book Available at May Meetings
04/25/2019 Caxton on the Move | Panel Discussion | Chicago by the Book: The Federal Writers Project’s Illinois Unit
04/24/2019 "Rosenwald" a film by Aviva Kempner | Presented by ULCC Archives Subcommittee
04/17/2019 Dinner Program | Eric White on “The Gutenberg Bible”
04/11/2019 Architecture Lecture Series | Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image
04/10/2019 Cocktails & Conversations with Alex Kotlowitz & Ben Austen
04/02/2019 Course | The Chicago Tradition of Literary Naturalism | Clinton E. Stockwell M.A; M.L.A.; Ph.D.
03/20/2019 Dinner Program | Anton Roman, The Pioneering Bookseller and Publisher of the American West | John Crichton
03/08/2019 Luncheon Program | Lost Restaurants of Chicago | Greg Borzo
03/07/2019 Luncheon | Celebrating Women of Illinois: Past, Present and Future | Rebecca Sive
02/10/2019 Panel Discussion | Celia Hilliard, Dan Meyer & Timothy Mennel - Chicago by the Book
02/08/2019 Luncheon Program | February 8
02/07/2019 Panel Discussion | Susan Rossen, Nina Barrett, Dominic Pacyga, and Garry Wills on Chicago by the Book | Bookends & Beginnings
02/07/2019 On The Move | Curated Tour and Private Dinner | Chicago by the Book: Pivotal Works That Changed Chicago
01/30/2019 RESCHEDULED: On the Move | American Writers Museum
01/16/2019 January 2019 Dinner Program
01/14/2019 Exhibition Ending March 22 | Chicago by the Book: Pivotal Works that Changed Chicago
01/11/2019 January 2019 Luncheon Program
12/12/2018 December Dinner: Revels 2018
12/07/2018 December 2018 Luncheon Program
11/28/2018 November 2018 Dinner Program - One Week Later
11/09/2018 Stranger Than Fiction presents Kim Coventry & Susan F. Rossen on AuthorsVoice.net
11/09/2018 November 2018 Luncheon Program
11/06/2018 Eye of the Beholder: Visitor Experience at 19th-Century World Fairs A Lecture by Ruth Slatter
10/12/2018 October 2018 Luncheon Program
10/11/2018 Clare Asquith: Shakespeare and the Resistance
09/25/2018 On the Move: September 25, 2018
09/21/2018 Sept 2018 Luncheon Program
09/13/2018 Bruce Rogers, Modern Design, and Chicago’s Caxton Club
09/12/2018 Sept 2018 Dinner Program
06/20/2018 June 2018 Dinner Meeting
06/08/2018 June 2018 Luncheon Meeting
05/16/2018 May 2018 Dinner Meeting
05/11/2018 May 2018 Luncheon Meeting
04/18/2018 April 2018 Dinner Meeting
03/21/2018 March 2018 Dinner Meeting
03/09/2018 March 2018 Luncheon Meeting
02/21/2018 February 2018 Dinner Meeting
02/09/2018 February 2018 Luncheon Meeting
01/17/2018 January 2018 Dinner Meeting
01/12/2018 January 2018 Luncheon Meeting
01/04/2018 Caxton Club - Chicago Map Society Joint Event
12/13/2017 December 2017 Revels - Dinner
12/08/2017 December 2017 Luncheon Meeting
11/15/2017 November 2017 Dinner Meeting
11/10/2017 November 2017 Luncheon Meeting
10/18/2017 October 2017 Dinner Meeting
10/13/2017 October 2017 Luncheon Meeting
10/06/2017 Caxton On the Move October 2017
09/20/2017 September 2017 Dinner Meeting
09/08/2017 September 2017 Luncheon Meeting
06/21/2017 June 2017 Dinner Meeting
06/13/2017 Caxton Club On the Move June 2017
06/09/2017 June 2017 Luncheon Meeting
05/17/2017 May 2017 Dinner Meeting
05/12/2017 May 2017 Luncheon Meeting
04/19/2017 April 2017 Dinner Meeting
03/15/2017 March 2017 Dinner Meeting
03/10/2017 March 2017 Luncheon Meeting
02/15/2017 February 2017 Dinner Meeting
02/10/2017 February 2017 Luncheon Meeting
01/18/2017 January 2017 Dinner Meeting
01/13/2017 January 2017 Luncheon Meeting
12/14/2016 December 2016 Dinner Meeting
12/09/2016 December 2016 Luncheon Meeting
11/16/2016 November 2016 Dinner Meeting
11/11/2016 November 2016 Luncheon Meeting
10/19/2016 October 2016 Dinner Meeting
10/14/2016 October 2016 Luncheon Meeting
09/21/2016 September 2016 Dinner Meeting
09/09/2016 September 2016 Luncheon Meeting
06/15/2016 June 2016 Dinner Meeting
06/10/2016 June 2016 Luncheon Meeting
05/18/2016 May 2016 Dinner Meeting
05/13/2016 May 2016 Luncheon Meeting
04/20/2016 April 2016 Dinner Meeting
03/11/2016 March 2016 Luncheon Meeting
03/09/2016 The Great Caxton Bookbinding Auction
02/17/2016 February 2016 Dinner Meeting
02/12/2016 February 2016 Luncheon Meeting
01/20/2016 January 2016 Dinner Meeting
01/08/2016 January 2016 Luncheon Meeting
12/16/2015 December 2015 Dinner Meeting
12/11/2015 December 2015 Luncheon Meeting
11/18/2015 November 2015 Dinner Meeting
11/13/2015 November 2015 Luncheon Meeting
10/21/2015 October 2015 Dinner Meeting
10/09/2015 October 2015 Luncheon Meeting
09/16/2015 September 2015 Dinner Meeting
09/11/2015 September 2015 Luncheon Meeting
06/17/2015 June 2015 Dinner Meeting
06/12/2015 June 2015 Luncheon Meeting
05/20/2015 May 2015 Dinner Meeting
05/08/2015 May 2015 Luncheon Meeting
04/15/2015 April 2015 Dinner Meeting
03/18/2015 March 2015 Dinner Meeting
03/13/2015 March 2015 Luncheon Meeting
02/18/2015 February 2015 Dinner Meeting
02/13/2015 February 2015 Luncheon Meeting
01/21/2015 Janurary 2015 Dinner Meeting
01/09/2015 Janurary 2015 Luncheon Meeting
12/17/2014 December 2014 Dinner Meeting
12/12/2014 December 2014 Luncheon Meeting
11/19/2014 November 2014 Dinner Meeting
11/14/2014 November 2014 Luncheon Meeting
10/15/2014 October 2014 Dinner Meeting
10/10/2014 October 2014 Luncheon Meeting
09/17/2014 September 2014 Dinner Meeting
09/12/2014 September 2014 Luncheon Meeting
06/18/2014 June 2014 Dinner Meeting
06/16/2014 Special Event for Caxtonians in June
06/13/2014 June 2014 Luncheon Meeting
05/21/2014 May 2014 Dinner Meeting
05/09/2014 May 2014 Luncheon Meeting
04/16/2014 April 2014 Dinner Meeting
03/19/2014 March 2014 Dinner Meeting
03/14/2014 March 2014 Luncheon Meeting
02/19/2014 February 2014 Dinner Meeting
02/14/2014 February 2014 Luncheon Meeting
01/22/2014 January 2014 Dinner Meeting
01/10/2014 January 2014 Luncheon Meeting
12/18/2013 December 2013 Dinner Meeting
12/13/2013 December 2013 Luncheon Meeting
11/20/2013 November 2013 Dinner Meeting
11/11/2013 November 2013 Special Event
11/08/2013 November 2013 Luncheon Meeting
10/16/2013 October 2013 Dinner Meeting
10/11/2013 October 2013 Luncheon Meeting
09/18/2013 September 2013 Dinner Meeting
09/13/2013 September 2013 Luncheon Meeting
06/19/2013 June 2013 Dinner Meeting
06/14/2013 June 2013 Luncheon Meeting
05/15/2013 May 2013 Dinner Meeting
05/10/2013 May 2013 Luncheon Meeting
04/17/2013 April 2013 Dinner Meeting
04/06/2013 2013 Caxton/Newberry Symposium
03/20/2013 March 2013 Dinner Meeting
03/15/2013 An Extra Dinner for March 2013
03/08/2013 March 2013 Luncheon Meeting
02/20/2013 February 2013 Dinner Meeting
02/08/2013 February 2013 Luncheon Meeting
01/16/2013 Janurary 2013 Dinner Meeting
01/11/2013 January 2013 Luncheon Meeting
12/12/2012 December 2012 Dinner Meeting
12/07/2012 December 2012 Luncheon Meeting
11/14/2012 November 2012 Dinner Meeting
11/09/2012 November 2012 Luncheon Meeting
10/17/2012 October 2012 Dinner Meeting
10/12/2012 October 2012 Luncheon Meeting
09/19/2012 September 2012 Dinner Meeting
09/14/2012 September 2012 Luncheon Meeting
06/20/2012 June 2012 Dinner Meeting
06/08/2012 June 2012 Luncheon Meeting
05/16/2012 May 2012 Dinner Meeting
05/11/2012 May 2012 Luncheon Meeting
04/18/2012 April 2012 Dinner Meeting
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03/21/2012 March 2012 Dinner Meeting
03/09/2012 March 2012 Luncheon Meeting
02/15/2012 February 2012 Dinner Meeting
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01/18/2012 January 2012 Dinner Meeting
01/13/2012 January 2012 Luncheon Meeting
12/14/2011 December 2011 Dinner Meeting
12/09/2011 December 2011 Luncheon Meeting
11/11/2011 November 2011 Luncheon Meeting
11/09/2011 November 2011 Dinner Meeting
10/19/2011 October 2011 Dinner Meeting
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09/21/2011 September 2011 Dinner Meeting
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06/15/2011 June 2011 Dinner Meeting
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05/13/2011 May 2011 Luncheon Meeting
04/08/2011 April 2011 Luncheon Meeting
03/18/2011 March 2011 Symposium Dinner
03/11/2011 March 2011 Luncheon Meeting
02/16/2011 February 2011 Dinner Meeting
02/11/2011 February 2011 Luncheon Meeting
01/19/2011 January 2011 Dinner Meeting
01/14/2011 January 2011 Luncheon Meeting
12/15/2010 December 2010 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
12/10/2010 December 2010 Luncheon Meeting
11/16/2010 November 2010 Dinner Meeting
11/12/2010 November 2010 Luncheon Meeting
10/20/2010 October 2010 Dinner Meeting
10/07/2010 October 2010 Luncheon Meeting
09/15/2010 September 2010 Dinner Meeting
09/10/2010 September 2010 Luncheon Meeting
06/17/2010 June Dinner
06/11/2010 June Lunch
01/20/2010 January Dinner Meeting
12/16/2009 December 2009 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
04/04/2009 2009 Caxton/Newberry Symposium on the Book
12/10/2008 December 2008 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
12/05/2008 December 2008 Luncheon Meeting

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