Say goodbye to this most unusual year by bidding on some bookish stuff! Rain Taxi holds its annual Benefit Auction to provide some seed money for the year to come, which this December is more vital than ever. And it’s fun! This year's auction features:

  • First Editions by the likes of Raymond Carver, Isabel Allende, and Paul Auster
  • Counter-culture tomes by authors such as Marshall McCluhan, Alan Watts, and Gloria Steinem
  • Quirky titles from folks like Bette Midler, John Updike, and Sharyn McCrumb
  • Collectible treasures by authors ranging from Allen Ginsberg to Robin Wall Kimmerer to Jim Harrison
  • Signed books by tons of writers including James Ellroy, Wally Lamb, and Dan Rather
  • Children’s treasures by figures such as Kate DiCamillo, Robert Sabuda, and Kay Nielsen
  • Gems by African American writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Richard Wright, and Michael S. Harper
  • Small press poetry by Bill Knott, Alta, and Thomas McGrath


  • Comics and graphic novels
  • Chapbooks and zines
  • Letterpress Broadsides
  • Felted art depicting literary scenes and characters
  • And more!

Trust us, you gotta scope this list out! Bids for most items start at just $10, with many items valued at much more, so you can possibly snag yourself a great deal; if you’re buying for a gift, Priority Shipping on Thursday Dec. 17 should work out nicely (we’ll even wrap it if you want!). The auction ends at 5 pm CST on Wednesday, December 16.