2013-2014 Schedule


Letter Forms as Content

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, September 19

  • MCBA
  • 1011 Washington Av S.
  • Minneapolis

Russel Maret on the obscure and fascinating sciece of Letterforms as content.

Maret, a printer and bookmaker since 1989, is the proprietor of Kuboaa, a samll press which produces fine letterpress editions and one-of-a-kind books.


Terrance Williams: An Unheralded Ampersander;
Publisher of Sixties Zine Poetry

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 17

"Before he retired, Williams was a librarian by profession, and his passion for words and stories has remained a constant in his life. [A]s a young man in the late 1950s, he was an apprentice to an antiquarian bookseller in Palo Alto, California, just a stone's throw from San Francisco.

"He once dated a six-foot tall Icelandic woman who smoked cigars; he housed the peace-activist folk-rock band The Fugs for a couple of days in the 1960s. And he counted Allen Ginsberg among his friends, remembering the poet as a man he knew to be 'genuinely humble and kind and generous' -- words one might also use to characterize Williams himself." - mnartists.org, Courtney Gerber


The Literary Renaissance

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

  • Campbell family home
  • 2401 Pillsbury Ave. S.
  • Minneapolis

Rain Taxi Editor and Executive Director Eric Lorberer discusses exciting trends in the world of contemporary literary publishing. He sees writers and publishers embracing all sorts of tactile methods of production, inclding the making of Chapbooks

"Eric holds a B.A. in English Literature and Humanities from Washington College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has published poems, essays, and criticism in numerous magazines and has been awarded a SASE/Jerome Fellowship for his writing." - Raintaxi.com


Ampersand Holiday Party

7:00-10:00 p.m. - Saturday, January 11

See Printed Invitation for Location & Directions

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.


Show & Tell

Tuesday, February 18

The Ampersand Club’s occasional Show and Tell meeting. Bring your favorite recent book acquisition and share its story.

(please note this veers from our Thursday night meeting day)


Birds of America

Thursday, March 6

A visit to the Audubon exhibit at the Bell Museum of Natural History and a talk by curator Don Luce on the publication of the epic work, Birds of America.
"The new exhibit features several newly conserved prints of Audubon’s paintings which were drawn lifesized, measuring 40 inches x 30 inches. Works from across America have been gathered for this exhibition." - Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis

"[T]he Audubon prints will be accompanied by works by other important natural history artists whose lives spanned the 18th through early 21st century. These include predecessors such as Mark Catesby, contemporaries including Alexander Wilson, Francois Levaillant, and John Gould, and later artists such as Francis Lee Jaques, Roger Tory Peterson and Charley Harper. The exhibition offers an excellent opportunity for visitors to see the works of many different artists together in one location." - Minniesland.com


The book sellers and book artists
of Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, April 24

"The Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art is an artist cooperative located in the historic Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis" - Traffic Zone

"Current TZCVA artist-members include Harriet Bart, Kristie Bretzke, Perci Chester, David Collins, Lisa Colwell, James Conaway, Jim Dryden, Jil Evans, Bette Globus Goodman, Bonnie Heller, Bruce Hudson-Bogaard, Vesna Kittelson, Paul Ka Yin Kwok, Lisa Nankivil, Jon Neuse, Howard Oransky, Steve Ozone, Rebecca Pavlenko, Patrick Kemal Pryor, Jodi Reeb, Wilber H. Schilling, Harold B. Stone, and Jantje Visscher.

"Commercial and non-profit building tenants include Artspace Projects, Inc., Graywolf Press, Indulgence Press, James & Mary Laurie Booksellers, Pro-Choice Resources, among others." - Wikipedia


Annual Dinner with guest speaker
Monika Zagar

6:00 p.m. - Tuesday, May 13

Cash Bar 6:00 p.m. — Dinner at 7:15 p.m.

  • Jax Cafe
  • 1928 University Ave NE
  • Minneapolis

Monika Zagar has a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies from UC Berkeley and is a Professor at the U of M, affiliated with the German, Scandinavian and Dutch department as well as the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies department. - U of M

Her undergraduate course titled Blood on Snow "tackle[s] the question why Scandinavian crime fiction has become so popular during the past few decades domestically and abroad. Why is Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, for instance, one of the most popular international literary police detectives of his generation? Why is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a worldwide success? This phenomenal popularity stands in stark contrast to the Nordic countries' low crime rates and their peaceful social-democratic welfare states."

Her students "analyze, discuss, and compare literary texts and films from the Nordic countries against their cultural and political backdrops." The course also considers "[b]oth national and international dimensions of the material..., especially in comparing Scandinavian and American versions of such stories as Insomnia or The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. " - U of M