The Republic of Letters is a literary center, bookstore, and publisher in the Fox Valley. We offer editing services, writing classes, kids' writing camps, discussion groups, and author and reading events. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We sell used books to support our editing services and classes because we try to always keep our prices affordable. (Please donate your books.) What we do not sell we donate to homeless shelters and teachers.
We're interested in preserving stories, saving them from the fires. We believe in the transformative power of art and the enduring utility of its practices. We believe in defending open discourse, in talking things through.
We hope to provide an enchanting space dedicated to the literary arts because we are nostalgic for the times when the bookstore and the printed word were at the center of intellectual enlightenment.
For more information, follow the snail to rolnfp.org.
Cathy runs the quarterly reading series The Lady Canon and she teaches all of the children’s workshops. She specializes in editing fiction, memoir, and hybrids, with a flare for academic, romance, fantasy, literary, and experimental fiction. She also loves good young adult and children’s fiction.
"I submitted a tome of seven hundred pages to Republic of Letters for editing. This was my first submission to an editor and I’m grateful and fortunate to have worked with this organization and Cathy Borders in particular. Despite that I have limited understanding in crafting a story, I never felt like the novice that I am. Cathy supported me every step of the way, encouraging questions and answering every one of them with clarity. Her edits were abundant (exactly what I needed) and her insights are of excellent value. I especially appreciate the one-on-one time she spent with me at the end of the project. I have come away from this process a better writer and a little wiser on how to express my opinions. Considering the scope of the project, the length of time it took to complete was very reasonable. I will, without hesitation, submit my next book to Republic of Letters." – Michael Bauch