2004-2005 Schedule


Mark Rosheim - Leonardo's Lost Robots

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 21

Mark Rosheim is a Minneapolis robotics expert. He is the author of two standard books on robots, and he holds over eighteen patents.

He has written a series of papers reconstructing Leonardo da Vinci's robots. Currently he is at work on a book entitled Leonardo's Lost Robots.

Mr. Rosheim will speak about the robot Knight from the Da Vinci Code; the Robot Lion, and the Bell Ringer.


Larry Millett - Strange Days, Dangerous Nights

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, November 11

Larry Millett will speak about his recent book Strange Days, Dangerous Nights.

Strange Days, Dangerous Nights "celebrates the work of St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch photographers who covered the city day and night between 1941 and 1966..." - MARY ANN GROSSMANN, Pioneer Press, Sun, Oct. 17, 2004


Winter Party

7:00 p.m. - Friday, January 14

  • Refer to printed invitation

Other than the annual dinner this is often the most well attended Ampersand event of the season. If you have not been to an event for a while this would be your chance to see some familiar faces, as well as those that spark a dim recollection from last years holiday party or annual dinner.


"Familiar Quotations" by Michael Hancher

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, February 10

  • University of Minnesota, Walter Library
  • Upson Room (Room 102)
  • Minneapolis, MN

An account of the compilation of the first edition of John Bartlett's Handbook of Familiar Quotations (Cambridge, Mass., 1855) - a book that reached its seventeenth edition, as Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, in 2002.

Michael Hancher, professor and chair of the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, has published several studies of eighteenth and nineteenth century dictionaries and related reference works. Curriculum vitae (PDF)


Richard Sveum - Arthur Conan Doyle

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 24

The Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library constitute the world's largest gathering of material related to Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The presentation by Richard Sveum will feature a rare manuscript by Doyle.

"The Collections consist of over 15,000 items including books, journals, and a wide variety of other forms through which the transformation of the Holmes character from the printed page to a cultural icon can be traced." -U of M Collections & Rare Books


Suzanne Moore, calligrapher

Monday, April 11

  • Open Book
  • Performance Hall
  • 1011 Washington Ave. So.
  • Minneapolis, MN

Suzanne Moore, calligrapher and designer will talk about her role on the St. John's Bible project as well as her own work.

"The Saint John's Bible is rich with imagery, from calligraphy to illumination to marginalia." (gallery of images)

"By commissioning a handwritten Bible, Saint John's revives a tradition and affirms its commitment to the study of scripture, to the book arts and to educational, artistic and spiritual pursuits." - St. John's Bible Project.


ANNUAL DINNER — Elmer Anderson Book & The 75th Anniversary of The Ampersand Club

6:30 Social Hour, 7:15 Dinner - Thursday, June 23

A celebration of the Ampersand Club's 75th Anniversary publication On Book Collecting by Arne Kjelsberg (aka Elmer Andersen)

Also, readings from On Book Collecting, surprise guests & celebratory toasts.

The deadline for dinner reservations is June 16. Be sure to return your invitation with payment.