With this exhibition, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries celebrate the Caxton Club's recent publication, Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image (University of Chicago, 2018). Founded in Chicago in 1895, the Caxton Club is a society of booklovers committed to promoting and supporting the art of the book. Chicago by the Book profiles 101 landmark publications about Chicago that have helped define the city and its image. While these books mainly document the history of the city, several also served as agents of change.
Many of the works featured in Chicago by the Book are held in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' extensive 130-year-old collection. From the construction of the museum’s Michigan Avenue building during the 1893 Columbian Exposition to the present day, the Art Institute is both a product of the city’s evolution and a contributor to its history. The selections from the library and archival collections on display in this exhibition highlight defining moments in the city's growth and illustrate how the museum is deeply entwined in Chicago's past.
Follow the link for more details: https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/9088/chicago-by-the-book-pivotal-works-that-changed-chicago
CAXTON CLUB On the Move
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.
This presentation is an event of the American Writers Museum (americanwritersmuseum.org) 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; or register and pay online at https://caxtonclub.org. 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.
The story is among the most filmed and parodied ever written, but lost among Boris Karloff’s grunts and Gene Wilder’s rendition of Puttin’ On The Ritz is another, perhaps even more astonishing tale. Imagine a young woman, just 18, and the remarkable literary circle that inspired her to begin a novel that is has been in print for (just) more than 200 years.
That’s the story you’ll hear as Mark Canuel presents Frankenstein and the Famous Circle. Mark is a professor of English and director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Much published, his books include The Shadow of Death: Romanticism, Literature, and the Subject of Punishment.
Professor Canuel will invite you into a house near Geneva, on a cold and rainy afternoon during the midst of the terrifying “year without summer”, as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and others gathered and were challenged to write a horror story.
Mary was galvanized (and perhaps you’ll learn why galvanized is just the right word), wrote a story, expanded it to a novel, and launched an enduring tale of terror.
We’re a little late for the novel’s publication anniversary, but that won’t stop us from having cake for dessert. There will be cake!
February 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 caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail email@example.com .
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 caxtonclub.org; 312-255-3710; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
c/o The Newberry Library60 W. Walton StreetChicago, IL 60610
Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710