2014-2015 Schedule


May 2015

From a Secret Location on the Lower East Side

6:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 14

  • Jax Café
  • 1928 University Ave NE
  • Minneapolis

"Steven Clay, publisher of Granary Books, is an editor, curator, and archivist specializing in the American art and literature of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. He is the author, with Rodney Phillips, of A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing 1960-1980 (1998) and editor, with Jerome Rothenberg, of A Book of the Book: Some Works & Projections about the Book & Writing. He lives in New York City." - Granary Books

"A Secret Location on the Lower East Side, based on a 1998 exhibition at The New York Public Library, documents the confluence of the New American Poetry with the mimeo revolution. The various strains identified in Donald Allen's watershed anthology The New American Poetry, 1945-1960 (Grove, 1960)--Beat, Black Mountain, New York School, San Francisco Renaissance, and others--extended into and evolved throughout the 60s and 70s, finding expression in "underground" magazines and presses." - New York Public Library


April 2015

Recent projects at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 16

Bill Moran is a letterpress printer, graphic designer and a professor of printing history at the University of Minnesota. He will discuss recent projects undertaken by the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

"The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. The Museum, at 45,000 square feet, is no doubt one of the largest fully functional workshops in the world." - HWT&PM

Hamilton Ink Spot "features Hamilton merchandise for sale, as well as a co-op space for Twin Cities artists to print and exhibit their work. The 2200-square-foot studio offers gallery space, a retail shop, working letterpress and screen printing studio, and a classroom venue." - HWT&PM


March 2015

Gaylord Schanilec -
Presenting his new publication, Lac Des Pleurs

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, March 19

Ampersander and artisan Gaylord Schanilec will speak about his newest publication, Lac Des Pleurs. "The 76-page 'Lac Des Pleurs' features his intricate and time-intensive engravings of [Lake Pepin] and its wildlife, accompanied by his original verse and the notes of European explorers of the area.

"The book also opens with an exquisitely detailed, multicolored 2-by-3-foot map of Lake Pepin on handmade Moriki kozo paper that can be unfolded and laid flat. Based on a pocket-fishing map and United States Geological Survey materials, it took more than 500 hours just to carve into wood. Mr. Schanilec suggests that the map is the largest multiple-color wood engraving ever printed, and Mr. Dimunation of the Library of Congress said it was the largest one he could recall from recent years." - New York Times


February 2015

Irish Studies Publishing:
A Global Project with a Minnesota Connection

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

Jim Rogers will speak on the history and development of Irish Studies journals in Ireland and abroad, as well as his work in the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

Current and historic journals will be shared. Jim Rogers edits the UST quarterly New Hibernia Review, and is a past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.


January 2015

Ampersand Holiday Party

6:00-10:00 p.m. - Saturday, January 10

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.


December 2014

Irish Studies Publishing:
A Global Project with a Minnesota Connection

NOTE: Canceled Due to Illness


November 2014

You Don't Say

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, November 20

L. K. Hanson; writer, artist, and Ampersander will talk to the club about his current exhibit in NE Minneapolis at 2001 A Space

In addition, he'll present a show-and-tell, and discuss his background and how he ended up working for the StarTribune for nearly thirty years.


October 2014

"Past and Present Minnesota Natural History"
presented by John Moriarty

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 16

John Moriarty is senior wildlife manager at Three Rivers Park District and will be speaking to the club about past and present Minnesota natural history with an emphasis on reptile and amphibian books.

John Moriarty recently co-authored "Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota". The book "is a full-color guide to the state’s 22 species of frogs, toads and salamanders, 17 species of snakes, 11 species of turtles and three lizards — including those skinks that can sacrifice their tails to save their lives." - StarTribune


September 2014

The World of Lerner Publishing

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, September 18

Harry Lerner and Patricia Stockland will talk to the club about the publishing company and Harry's career in publishing.

Founded in 1959 by Harry Lerner, "Lerner Publishing Group...is one of the largest independently owned children's book publishers in the United States. With more than 3,500 titles in print, Lerner Publishing Group offers nonfiction and fiction books for grades K-12." - Wikipedia