Date & Time
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Editors Dan Meyer and Celia Hilliard discuss "Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image". They will be joined in conversation by executive editor at the University of Chicago Press, Timothy Mennel. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At the Co-op
About "Chicago by the Book": Despite its rough-and-tumble image, Chicago has long been identified as a city where books take center stage. In fact, a volume by A. J. Liebling gave the Second City its nickname. Upton Sinclair’s "The Jungle" arose from the midwestern capital’s most infamous industry. The great Chicago Fire led to the founding of the Chicago Public Library. The city has fostered writers such as Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Chicago’s literary magazines The Little Review and Poetry introduced the world to Eliot, Hemingway, Joyce, and Pound. The city’s robust commercial printing industry supported a flourishing culture of the book. With this beautifully produced collection, Chicago’s rich literary tradition finally gets its due.
"Chicago by the Book" profiles 101 landmark publications about Chicago from the past 170 years that have helped define the city and its image. Each title—carefully selected by the Caxton Club, a venerable Chicago bibliophilic organization—is the focus of an illustrated essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile.
About Celia Hilliard: Celia Hilliard is a cultural historian who has written and spoken extensively about Chicago’s diverse arts and social institutions. Her publications include "The Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago 1898-1998" (1999) and two issues of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Museum Studies, one on the Antiquarian Society, the museum’s oldest support group (2002), and the other on its early president and benefactor Charles L. Hutchinson (2010). She is a member of the Caxton Club’s Publications Committee.
About Daniel Meyer: Daniel Meyer is director of special collections and university archivist at the University of Chicago Library. He is coauthor of "Classic Country Estates of Lake Forest" (2003) and has curated exhibitions and digital collections, including "The University and the City" (1992); "American Environmental Photographs" (1999); "The First American West" (2002); "Our Lincoln" (2009); "Firmness, Commodity and Delight" (2011); and "Fermi, CP-1, and the Atomic Scientists’ Movement" (2017).
About the interlocutor: Timothy Mennel is executive editor at the University of Chicago Press where he acquires books in the areas of U.S. history and Chicago-area studies.