2015-2016 Schedule

May 2016

Guest speaker Greil Marcus

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 26

  • Jax Café
  • 1928 University Ave NE
  • Minneapolis

Our speaker this year is Greil Marcus, an American music journalist, cultural critic and the author of over fourteen books on the subject, with a career spanning almost 50 years, during which he has paid particular attention to the music and life of Bob Dylan.

Preregistration is required. Members will be receiving registration notices.

April 2016

Hennepin County Library
Minneapolis Anthenaeum & Hennepin County Library Special Collections
Presented by Bailey Diers

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21

Special Collections Librarian Bailey Diers will share highlights from the Minneapolis Athenaeum and the James K. Hosmer Special Collections. Exceptional illustrated works from the Heffelfinger Aesop’s Fables Collection, Book Arts & Fine Press Collection, and Spencer Natural History Collection in particular highlight centuries of beautiful books in the public library collection.

Volume II of John James Audubon’s Birds of America will also be on view. This magnificent work is the only bound copy in the state of Minnesota (the Bell Museum at the UofM has a disbound set).

March 2016

Peat Bogs, Mysteries, & Manuscripts
Presented by Erin Hart

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 22

  • The Campbell Residence
  • 2401 Pillsbury Avenue South
  • Minneapolis

Presenting to us this evening will be mystery writer Erin Hart, who will be speaking about a medieval manuscript book, The Faddan More Psalter, which has inspired her latest crime novel, The Book of Killowen.

She will show images of the book as originally found in an Irish bog, and follow the process of its conservation to its preserved state at the National Museum of Ireland.

The Book of Killowen grew out of her wonderings about the whereabouts of the monk/scribe who was carrying the psalter. The novel also treats the role of books in preserving knowledge, the mysteries of written language, and questions (then and now) about how we define & describe this thing that is a book.

February 2016

The history of the Ampersand Club
Presented by John Harris

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 22

John Harris, Ampersander & author, will discuss researching two articles he authored. One concerning the history of The Ampersand Club, the other its invitations & keepsakes. The articles appear in the recent issues of Hemmepin History Magazine and The Ephemera Journal.

His talk will focus largely on topics and details which did not make it into the final drafts of either article. Also, if you feel you have an Ampersand historical note to share we encourage you to add to the discusson.

January 2016

Annual Winter Party

7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Saturday, January 9

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.

November 2015

Show and Tell:
Ampersand Club Member Roundtable

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

This is our Bi-annual Member Roundtable Show & Tell. This year our host is Margit Wilson, Ampersand Member and Assistant Librarian at the Walker Art Center. She will be providing a brief talk to update members about the library, and what she calls "the perfect new gift to the collection."

Members are encouraged to bring a recent acquisition. Of particular interest are the stories regarding what motivated the acquisition, as well as how it fits in with other items in your collection.

October 2015

The history of papermaking in Mexico
Presented by Olga Ricalde

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 22

  • MCBA
  • 1011 Washington Avenue South
  • Minneapolis

Olga Ricalde will be speaking on the history of paper in México from the 15th to the 19th century.

"In Pre-Hispanic times a fiber called amatl, made out of tree bark, was used to write the Aztec and Mayan codices and was also utilized to ornate ceremonial places and burials. After the Spanish conquest, paper brought from Spain became widely used, and in the 16th Century the first paper mill in America was built in Culhuacan, a small town near Mexico City." - COPAL

The "indigenous papermaking tradition...survives in the small village of San Pablito." - Paperslurry

September 2015

The Tretter Collection
Presented by Lisa Vicoli

6:00 p.m. - Wednesday, September 9
[NOTE: entrance doors are locked after 7:00 p.m.]

The U of M Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection of GLBT literature, visual and performing arts and historic items; collecting in the midst of the GLBT civil & human rights movement.

"Transgender Studies houses over 3,000 linear feet of material about the GLBT experience. It includes published material, organizational records, personal manuscripts, informational files, films, music, textiles, posters, and other items. The collection is international in scope and has materials in approximately 58 languages." - U of M

August 2015

da Vinci's Codex Leicester
Presented by Alex Botolot

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, August 13

"This rare exhibition presents one of Leonardo’s original notebooks, a vital tool in his creative process, and examines how his renaissance thinking is shared by some of today’s most visionary artists, engineers, and designers." - Minnespolis Institute of Art

"'It’s not a simple document that records his thought processes; it is a very messy document in which he develops his ideas,' said Alex Bortolot, the show’s Minneapolis curator." - StarTribune

"The Codex Leicester primarily focuses on Da Vinci's thoughts relating to water — tides, eddies and dams — and the relationship between the moon, the Earth, and the sun. - Bussiness Insider

See Poussin, Hear Lorraine
Hosted by Carter Clapsadle and Julie Baugnet

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, August 6

  • Bluestem Cottage
  • 1292 Fairmount Avenue
  • St. Paul

You are invited to a garden party that presents the idea of the literary landscape. Look into allegory and metaphor realized within the 17th century English landscape. Historical references of Greek & Roman mythology, two French painters, and the 21st century renewal by the Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay will be discussed. Specifically, we will look at how the inspirational garden of the poet Ian Finlay's Little Sparta inspired their garden using topography and literary references.