Event—Public Programming

SOLD OUT: Forbidden Newberry

Forbidden Newberry over the image a drawing of a smiling woman and a frightened man.

This event is currently sold out, though you are welcome to join the waitlist on Eventbrite in case any tickets become available. We'll announce more Next Chapter events soon!

Secret treasures reside in the dark corners of the Newberry vaults, where supernatural texts on magic and demonology dwell with salacious volumes of sex and subversion. Among these are:

  • An X-rated, pre-Revolutionary pamphlet imagining the scandalous private life of Marie Antoinette titled L’Orgie Royale
  • A 1484 edition of the witch-hunting manual Malleus Maleficarum, which caused the death of thousands
  • A joyously illustrated, early 20th century German sex guide for men and women
  • An 1884 edition of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe with darkly exquisite engravings by Gustave Doré

See these rarely shown collection items and more at “Forbidden Newberry,” a special event as part of our Next Chapter membership program. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers while getting to know a side of the library you never knew existed.

Tickets are free for Next Chapter members, $20 in advance, and $25 at the door (if available)

Next Chapter is a new program for the next generation of Newberry supporters age 21-45 that aims to be both intellectually serious and seriously fun. Membership is $50 for one year. Next Chapter members receive two free tickets to all Next Chapter events (including Forbidden Newberry) plus all the benefits of an Authors level membership (a $100 value.) Click here to join.

If you have any questions about Forbidden Newberry or about Next Chapter membership, please contact Luke Herman at hermanl@newberry.org. Space for this event is limited.