OUTDOOR SIGNING: Ana Castillo's My Book of the Dead

Join us for an in-person, outdoor book-signing with Ana Castillo in celebration of her new poetry collection, My Book of the Dead.



  • This book-signing will be held just outside Women & Children First bookstore (5233 N. Clark St.).
  • Tickets are required to join the signing-line. There are two ticket options:

    1) A ticket that includes one copy of MY BOOK OF THE DEAD, which ticket-holders will pick up at the event.

    2) A ticket that ensures access to the signing line for a meet-and-greet with the author.

  • Additional copies of MY BOOK OF THE DEAD along with a selection of Castillo's previous titles will be available for purchase at the event. In addition to signing MY BOOK OF THE DEAD, Castillo will also sign copies of her previously published books, either brought from home or purchased during the event.
  • Castillo will remain seated behind the signing table, but is happy to pose for photos.


In MY BOOK OF THE DEAD: New Poems Ana Castillo, called “the most daring and experimental of Latino novelists,” surveys the America landscape – its killing fields littered with the debris of our excesses, ghosts haunting its dark contours – and speaks to us in verse, English and Spanish, of the destruction we’ve sown with selfishness, greed and animus for those we’ve othered. Castillo is a scholar, a renegade, a survivor, a first generation American, a daughter of Mexican immigrants, an activist who came of age in Chicago in the 1960s. She is also a creative powerhouse and public intellectual renowned for pioneering feminist analysis in non-fiction and fiction. And while she is most recognized for her prose and essays, poetry has always been her first love. And here she is, a poet at the height of her powers, looking back and looking forward in poems that are at once highly innovative and based on established oral and literary traditions. These are poems personal, historical, political and emotionally combustible. A book of forty-eight deeply imaginative poems written in three parts, here on the page is our country in the Twenty-first century: the pandemic, the deaths, the lies, rampant inequality, unbridled consumption, mass shootings, boundless anxiety all on a warming planet.


Ana Castillo is a celebrated author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Among her award winning books are So Far from God: A Novel; The Mixquiahuala Letters; Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me; The Guardians: A Novel; Peel My Love Like an Onion: A Novel; Sapogonia; and Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma. Born and raised in Chicago, Castillo resides in southern New Mexico.

Event date: 
Friday, September 17, 2021 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
My Book of the Dead: New Poems By Ana Castillo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826363190
Published: High Road Books - September 1st, 2021

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