Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Gwendolyn Brooks

Welcome to the Illinois Center for the Book!

The Illinois Authors Directory is a project of the Illinois Center for the Book. It is a comprehensive resource for information on authors, photographers and illustrators who have published books and have lived in Illinois or written about Illinois.

To search for Illinois authors, you can select the By Last Name entry from the menu to find the first letter of the authors' last name or you can search for their name in the search box above. Authors and their works are also arranged by genre; select the By Genre entry from the menu.

To contact an author, go to the author's profile to find the author's website, e-mail address, post address, agent, etc. and make contact with the author in the manner that you're most comfortable with. Please Note: E-Mails sent via the Contact Us link above do not go to the authors; they go to the staff at the Illinois Center for the Book.

Who's included in the Illinois Author Directory?

An author may be eligible to be included in the Illinois Authors Directory if he or she meets at least one of the following Illinois connections:

The author is or has been a resident of Illinois.

The author writes about Illinois subjects of interest – Abraham Lincoln, Chicago Cubs, flowers of Illinois, etc.

The author writes about Illinois, either actual places or fictional places specifically set in Illinois.

We're at:

Illinois Center for the Book

Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 S. Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701−1796

Or use the Contact Us form.

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