The latest edition of Gilbert Magazine arrived in my mailbox today.  Christmas in May! …or at least a fitting delivery on the birthday of GKC, himself.

Might I take this opportunity to encourage you to subscribe?  Yes, do – you won’t regret it.

Become a member of the ACS and receive their bi-monthly publication, Gilbert Magazine, plus 20% off all books and merchandise!  A win-win: good for the world, brain-candy and discounts for you.




For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow!

Happy Birthday, GKC!

On this date, May 29th, 1874, Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in Campden Hill, Kensington, London, to parents Edward and Marie Grosjean.

Marie’s family had longImage been English, but had originally come from French Switzerland. The Chestertons had three children, Gilbert, Cecil, five years his junior, and Beatrice, who died in childhood.

Gilbert’s father distinguished between living and making a living: a successful businessman, he had a dozen hobbies, not the least of them the making of a toy-theatre, and he was widely read, especially in English literature.

A happy childhood in a happy home laid the foundation for Gilbert’s sane and sensible outlook on life. As a little boy he read fairy tales; as a big boy he wrote and illustrated them, some of which are preserved in his book The Coloured Lands. Gilbert first attended Colet Court School, entering St. Paul’s as a day student when he was twelve. The reports on him for his six years there (1887-92) were that he was a good boy but an indifferent student, a dreamer, interested chiefly in drawing and English literature.

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June 7th Meeting

Albany Chestertonians,

We will meet on Thursday, June 7th to discuss the second half of Heretics.  RSVP at if you plan to attend, as our venue is a bit unorthodox!



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