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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    • 11/20/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, Union League Club, 65 West Jackson

    November Dinner

    Two venerable institutions – one exciting event – The ULCC Leighton Library is pleased to partner with the Caxton Club to welcome British scholar, Edward Wilson-Lee as he leads you into the strange and wonderful world of Hernando Colón, younger and illegitimate son of the explorer Columbus, who set out to equal and surpass his father's achievement by building the greatest library the world had ever known. Hernando played many roles during his life--companion on his father's final and fateful expedition, chronicler of his father's life, cartographer, lexicographer, courtier and botanist--but his true passion was for books, which he collected on a scale previously unimagined. Hernando's life was not just a voyage into the new and rapidly expanding world of print, though: it was also a race against time, to complete his knowledge engine and rescue his father's memory before it was too late.

    “The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books” will be on sale for signing during the cocktail hour and after the dinner for $18. Books can be pre-ordered when making a reservation.

    To celebrate Caxton Club’s 17 years of grant giving for book arts, bibliography, zines, and print culture studies, the following Chicago book artists will be displaying their work during the cocktail reception starting at 5:00 pm in the George N. Leighton Library:

    Hannah Batsel | Ben Blount | Melissa Jay Craig | Jennifer Farrell | Ken Gerleve | Karen Hanmer | Craig Jobson | Audrey Niffeneger | Mardy Sears | Jamie Weaver | Don Widmer

    The cocktail reception (5-6pm) and program (6pm) will be followed immediately by dinner. Beverages available for $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $66. Reservations are required and must be received no later than NOON, Monday, November 18. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. Reserve at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail

    • 12/08/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie IL 60076

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    • 12/11/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Phone 773-235-2523

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    Free tickets are required and available by clicking here starting November 1, 2019

    • 12/13/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    December Luncheon

    The Chicago press labeled it the crime of the century and breathlessly reported about the eyeglasses, the typewriter, and the interrogations that solved it. Editorialists used it to decry Jazz Age excesses. A playwright drew on it and Hitchcock’s Rope brought it to the screen. Ira Levin’s Compulsion was inspired by it.

    But we are going to hear about a different detective story, one that began in Northwestern’s Special Collections, with a trove of documents that in the normal course of events might have been lost to fire, flood, mildew, or bureaucratic carelessness. Instead, out of the linear feet of letters, court pleadings, transcripts, psychological evaluations, and more, the real tale emerges.

    Join Nina Barrett, whose book The Leopold & Loeb Files is on the shelf at her store down the alley in Evanston, and whose work at the Deering Library brings Darrow for the defense and more to life so vividly.

    And of course, you will be able to purchase books and have them signed!

    December 13 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 and pay at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail

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

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710