The online auction benefiting the Authors Guild Foundation has ended. The auction will continue at the annual Gala on May 24 in New York City.

Bid on signed books from National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie, a book club visit from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan, a manuscript review by the Random House Studio President Peter Gethers, naming rights to a character in Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child’s next Pendergast novel, and more!

The Foundation advocates for copyright protection, fair contracts, free expression, and the value of writers to society; and it educates authors in the business of writing.


Personal Appearances and/or autographed books

Jennifer Egan

Personal appearance at a book group in the NYC area or via Skype to discuss one of her books.

Roxana Robinson

Personal appearance at a book group in the NYC area or via Skype. She is also auctioning signed first editions of her books.

Deirdre Bair

Personal appearance at a book group in the NYC area or via Skype along with signed first edition of Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend.

Rachel Vail

Skype visit to a class or book group, along with a set of her new book, Well, That Was Awkward, to be signed and sent to the group, PLUS the same service and book for a Title 1 school. Recommended for middle school (grades 6-8) or a mixed group of parents and middle schoolers.

Rich Benjamin

Personal appearance at a book group in the NYC area or via Skype for his book, Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.

Michelle Richmond

Personal appearance at a book group in the San Francisco or Silicon Valley areas or via Skype; 10 advance reading copies of The Marriage Pact; A bottle of Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey; Ghirardelli chocolates; and Philz coffee.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Dinner and Conversation with the Founding Editor of Ms. Magazine.

Monique Truong

Signed first editions of The Book of Salt and Bitter in the Mouth, plus her favorite salt and amaro, and two handwritten recipes that feature them, respectively.

Beth Gutcheon

Signed first editions of her three Maine novels: Good-Bye and Amen, The Leeway Cottage, and More Than You Know.

Scott Turow

Spiral bound proof (with author's edits) for Scott Turow's, The Laws of Our Fathers.

James Shapiro

Signed copies of: Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare (Columbia University Press, 1991), Shakespeare and the Jews (Columbia University Press, 1996), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (Faber & Faber, 2005), Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (Simon & Schuster, 2010), Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now (Library of America, 2014), and 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear (Faber & Faber 2015).

Nick Taylor

Signed by John Glenn, leather-bound collector’s edition of his A Memoir, unopened and still in its original wrapping, co-written and donated by Nick Taylor.

Erica Jong

Signed copies of the first edition of Jong's new Fear of Dying and of the 40th anniversary edition of the classic Fear of Flying. Plus an added bonus: Classic Penguin, a compilation of covers of books published by Penguin, one of which is the 40th anniversary edition of Fear of Flying.

Richard Russo

Signed first editions of Nobody's Fool and Trajectory.

Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom will join you for pizza at "the best pizza place in America" (Modern Apizza of New Haven), or speak to your book club (in person in the New Haven area or by Skype) about one of her books.

Gish Jen

Gish Jen will appear at your Boston book club or by Skype to discuss one of her books.

Christina Haag

Signed copy of her memoir, Come to the Edge, the best-selling book that chronicles her long friendship and five-year love affair with John Kennedy, Jr.,

Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer will provide the winner with a one-on-one discussion on writing and publishing over lunch in New York City.

Sherman Alexie

Signed first editions of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Reservation Blues, and three limited-edition broadsides of poems.

Naming Rights to a Character

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are offering naming rights to a character in their upcoming Pendergast thriller, City of Endless Night to be published in January, 2018. The successful bidder can name the character after himself or herself, or someone else (with permission, to avoid libel issues!) You can choose a good character or an evil character. When the book is published, the winning bidder will receive two first edition copies autographed by Preston and Child.

Dinner with the Author

Jonathan Taplin

Share conversation and a meal with Jonathan Taplin either in New York City or at his home in Pacific Palisades.

Roy Blount

Lunch for two and conversation with the author in New Orleans in late fall 2017.

Stephen Manes

Dinner for two with the author over pizza and beer at the highly esteemed Flying Squirrel in Seattle, complete with signed copies of Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear (first edition), Gates, and Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!

Victor Navasky

Dinner and conversation with the editor of The Nation and a copy of his book, Naming Names, the National Book Award winning book about the McCarthy era.

Manuscript Reviews

Peter Gethers

Peter Gethers, President of Random House Studio, and Editor-at-Large for the Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group, will read a manuscript, screenplay, or TV script and critique it over lunch in New York.

Georges Ugeux

Author Georges Ugeux will read your manuscript and review it over a meal in New York.

Beckham Publications Group and Barry Beckham

For you or the poet in your life: Beckham Publications Group offers a cost-free joint venture publishing commitment for a paperback edition of poetry up to 90 pages. They will take your Word manuscript and create both a print-on-demand paperback and Kindle edition, available at Amazon and other online sites. Services include editing and proofreading, page layout and typesetting, printing and binding, and 10 free copies. Copyright is registered in author’s name and author receives 75% royalty. Additional personal copies can be purchased at 40% of list.

Nicholas Weinstock

Nicholas Weinstock, a member of the Authors Guild Council for 20 years who now runs the Los Angeles-based movie and television production company Red Hour, will read your book, short story, play, or screenplay and take you out to lunch – either in New York or Los Angeles, whichever is most convenient for you – to discuss its possibilities as a TV series and/or film and advise you accordingly.

Gift Certificate

Quatorze Bis Gift Certificate

Gift certificate for $200 at this popular Upper East Side Bistro featuring traditional French favorites.