About

After three years with a brick-and-mortar storefront in Pilsen’s neighborhood we have moved our operations online. This is an interesting time for Tianguis and we are excited about what this phase will bring. In this new skin we will still continue to be a Chicago based, independent bookseller (and our home will be online), we will continue to collaborate on Proyecto Latina, and curate book readings with Latin@ authors and do what we’ve been doing in and around the city. We encourage you to join our free email list to stay in the know.

We are going to be doing some virtual renovations and we are working on bringing you a new and improved website in 2009 that will include a larger online bookshop that will have a similar book selection as our store: a handpicked selection of Latino interest books in English and select Spanish titles. We cater to bicultural and bilingual readers and we feature titles from U.S. Latino/Hispanic and Latin American authors, publications by Latino presses and bilingual children’s books.

In the meantime we encourage you to check out the titles at our Momotombo Shop.

Visit our blog, El Literati, for chisme and commentary on Latino books, bookclub discussions, event listings and more.

Tianguis Timeline
In October 2005, the adventure literally started from two foldout tables at one of the locations for the annual Pilsen Open Studios. In the following months we went on to open a small operation in the back of a coffeeshop–very much like a stand at an open air tianguis hence the name. In December 2006 we expanded into our very own location on south Damen Avenue in Pilsen where we included a tea bar, hosted writing workshops (sponsored by the Guild Complex), introduced our bookclub, hosted book readings with Latin@ authors and became the exclusive distributors for Momotombo Press.

*In case you are wondering about pronounciation and meaning: tianguis [tea-ahn-geese] A tianguis is a mercado or market in Mexico. From the Nahuatl word “tianquiztli”.

Tianguis in the press
Literary Marketplace
Chicago Journal , 03-05-08
…The space is part Latino bookstore, part Latino-inspired souvenirs, part jewelry store, part cafe, and part art gallery …click here for full article.

New Businesses for the New Year
North Lawndale Community News Weblog, 01-18-07
Exiting the Damen El stop, you can now walk across the street to read a book by a local Latino author…click here for full article.

Enriqueciendo la Cultura
La Raza, 12-29-06
La librería “Tianguis” abrió sus puertas en Pilsen con toda la intención de crear un espacio bicultural y bilingüe…click here for full article.

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