Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Illustrator

Born: 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska


Illinois Connection

Ware attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1991-1993. He currently resides in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chris Ware is an irregular contributor to The New Yorker, and his original drawings have been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and in piles behind his worktable in Oak Park, Illinois. In 2016 he was featured in the PBS documentary series Art 21: Art in the 21st Century, and in 2017 an eponymous monograph of his work was published by Rizzoli.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth"""

-- *Guardian First Book Award

-- *100 Best Books of the Decade, The Times (London), 2009


-- """Building Stories"""

-- *Top Ten Fiction Book of the Year, The New York Times, 2012

-- *Top Ten Fiction Book of the Year, Time magazine, 2012


-- """Rusty Brown"""

-- *Starred Editor's Pick, Library Journal, 2019

-- *11 notable Chicago books of 2019, Chicago Tribune

-- *Finalist, Pen/Jean Stein Book Award, 2020

-- *100 Notable Books of the Year, New York Times

-- *Best Book of the Year, NPR

-- *Most Highly Anticipated Books, Lit Hub, 2019

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus


-- """Monograph"""

-- *FOREWORD INDIES Book of the Year Awards — BRONZE Winner for Art, 2017

-- *Best Art Book of 2017, New York Times