Frequently Asked Questions
Illinois authors have made and continue to make a significant impact on the literary world. The Illinois Center for the Book was established to preserve the Illinois literary legacy and foster an appreciation of our rich literary heritage, past and present.The purpose of the Illinois Authors Directory is to provide a general resource about Illinois authors; highlighting a sampling of their published books and bringing the authors greater visibility. The Illinois Authors Directory is just one way the Illinois Center for the Book actively fulfills its mission: Nurturing and connecting readers and writers, and honoring our rich literary heritage.
DEFINITIONFor the basis of the basis of this directory, an author is a writer, illustrator or photographer who has published a book with a valid ISBN.
ILLINOIS CONNECTIONAn author may be eligible to be included in this 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, Pullman District, World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, etc.
- The author writes about Illinois, either actual places or fictional places specifically set in Illinois.
SELECTED TITLES AT YOUR LIBRARYThe purpose of the Illinois Authors Directory is to provide a sampling of the published hard copy books of Illinois authors. Items INELIGIBLE for inclusion:
- Article publications in journals or periodicals.
- Thesis dissertations, archival material or unpublished materials.
- Plays or screenplays.
- Musical works.
- Audio-visual, electronic, digital or other non-print works not also produced and sold in print.
- Government documents.
- Edited or transcribed books.
- Anthologies – published books in which the author is a contributor of an article, literary work or chapter to a book with multiple contributors.
- Books without ISBNs or ISBNs retrievable by the directory code. Book titles and graphics are retrieved from online sources via the supplied ISBNs.