2016-2017 Schedule


May 2017

The Ampersand Club Annual Dinner

6:00 p.m. - Friday, May 19

Our guest speaker will be Ampersander, Joe Sitter who will present his well-illustrated talk entitled "Hitting the Road! The Art of the American Roadmap and the Lure of the Great American Road Trip", a discussion of his collection of vintage gas station road maps and their history and cultural context. Joe will also have numerous items from his collection on display.


April 2017

The Ampersand Club Member Auction

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, April 20

  • Home of Greg & Luana Campbell
  • Minneapolis
  • See printed invitation for address

From time-to-time the Ampersand Club treasury requires more replenishment than the income from our members' dues. In the past the club has raised additional funds with a live auction of bookish items donated by members and others. Our most recent auction was in 2009, and the time has come for another. This event is always fun and lively, with numerous anecdotes about auctioned items. A complete catalog of the items will be mailed to members prior to the auction.

Please consider donating one or more items of interest for this event. Donations in the past have ranged widely from humble to semi-precious and have included broadsides, ephemera, rare and fine press books, book-related trade books and periodicals, prints, works created by the donor, and items related to the club that are historic, humorous or both.

Our gracious hosts for the auction are Greg and Luana Campbell, and our auctioneer and cataloger is Rob Rulon-Miller. Please alert Rob of your donation and bring it to him by March 31st to give him time to catalog them.


March 2017

Quatrefoil Library : Out of the Closet

Celebrating 30 years as a lending library of GLBTQ Materials

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 2

  • Quatrefoil Library
  • 1220 East Lake St
  • Minneapolis
  • Parking available behind the building off of 13th Avenue

Presentation by Karen Hogan, with Jeff Rathermel.

The Quatrefoil Library is the fulfillment of a dream of the late David Irwin. In the mid-1970s both David Irwin and Dick Hewetson started collecting gay-themed books, housing their collections in a linen closet. As David continued to buy more books, the collection outgrew the "closet."

Quatrefoil Library was named after the book Quatrefoil by James Barr, published in 1950, it was one of the finest modern novels to portray homosexuals positively. The history of Quatrefoil Library is a history of what love's labors can bring. It has the distinction of being the second GLBTQ lending library in the nation.


February 2017

The Collaborative Process of Creating a Book Cover

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, February 23

Carla Valadez, the production editor at Coffee House Press, will present the collaborative process of creating a book cover.

"Carla Valadez joined Coffee House Press in 2015 with a decade of experience in book publishing. She is a seasoned copy editor, a Chicago Manual of Style enthusiast, and an advocate for best practices in the editorial-production process. Carla is also on the board of directors of the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable." - Coffee House Press


January 2017

Annual Winter Party

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, January 12

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 2016

No Meeting


November 2016

The Irish and Their Books - An Irish Travelogue

6:30 p.m. - Tuesday, November 22


October 2016

Confessions of a Bibliopresbyac

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, October 20

  • MCBA
  • 1011 Washington Ave S
  • Minneapolis

A presentation of distinguished highlights from the private collections of Don Willeke, who serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Athenaeum, along with a discussion of his history and philosophy of collecting. Gutenberg, Morris, Baskerville, King James, and others in attendance.

[ed. note: "Presbyopia is a condition associated with aging of the eye that results in progressively worsening ability to focus clearly on close objects. Symptoms include a hard time reading small print, having to hold reading material farther away, headaches, and eyestrain." — Wikipedia]


September 2016

The North American Indian by Edward Curtis - The Republication

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, September 22

You are invited to the production studio of Christopher Cardozo Fine Art in Lowertown, where Ampersander Chip Schilling, proprietor Christopher Cardozo, & Peter Bernardy, studio manager, will present on the republication of Edward Curtis’ The North American Indian.

“In terms of elegance and sumptuousness, what the Cardozo Fine Art team has accomplished can stand alongside the parent edition as a worthy successor thereto. Its sensuous, tactile qualities evoke exactly the immersive experience that Curtis intended to deliver to those who read its texts and engaged with its images. An artisanal landmark, this new edition offers as beautiful an approximation as one can imagine of a hands-on, eyes-on encounter with Curtis’ masterpiece in its original form.” – A.D. Coleman, independent American critic, historian, educator