Rare Book Auction To Support The Guild

The nights are getting longer, making it a perfect time to settle in with a good book. And November provides a unique opportunity for book lovers: bid on the rare books up for auction from the library of Reginald Gibbons. The proceeds will support the Guild!

Many of you know Reginald as the Guild co-founder and current Vice President, and the Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University. He has also amassed a collection of First Edition books over the years through his friendships and involvement in the national and international literary landscape, including many signed copies.

Starting November 4 and continuing through November 18, supporters can access the auction here.

The auction includes such notable works as:

  • W.H. Auden’s THE COLLECTED POETRY OF W.H. AUDEN, signed, 1967
  • Norman Mailer, THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, 1st edition, 1948
  • M. Coetzee, AGE OF IRON, signed 1st edition, 1990
  • Richard Ford, THE ULTIMATE GOOD LUCK, signed, 1st edition, 1981


November Palabra Pura

Before you settle in with a good book, be sure to see our last Palabra Pura of the year, curated by Patricia Anzini. November’s theme is “Nossa América” and features readings by Rodrigo Garcia Lopes, Jack Martínez and AKaiser. Patricia Anzini quotes American poet Walt Whitman as she discusses this month’s Palabra Pura: “The Americans of all nations at any time upon the earth have probably the fullest poetical nature.” The idea of the Americas as a fundamentally ongoing intercontinental country will be explored and expanded by Palabra Pura’s latinidad to Brazil. For more, check out the event page.

Palabra Pura is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on November 18, at our usual home, La Bruquena Restaurant, 2726 W. Division in Humboldt Park.


Prose Awards — November 12!

Our annual Prose Awards are approaching! Every fall, the Guild Literary Complex acknowledges emerging and established prose writers via a judged competition and recognition event at the historic Chopin Theatre in Chicago.

Three semi-finalists in both fiction and non-fiction will read their work at the Prose Awards event, and the winners will be announced live at the show.

A cash prize of $500 in each category–fiction and non-fiction–will be awarded. This year’s guest judges are Anne Calcagno (fiction) and S.L. Wisenberg (non-fiction)

The event will take place on Thursday. November 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the Chopin Theater, 1543 West Division Street, Chicago. Cost is $8.

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