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ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY


Illinois Authors

Illinois Authors on the Illinois State Library

One of the unique features on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building, is the 35 names of Illinois authors etched on the building's exterior fourth-floor frieze. Each of these authors has made a mark in the history of literature as well as the history of Illinois.

These authors also serve as the foundation for the State Library's Illinois Authors Room, where a collection of works by Illinois authors are preserved and displayed. The collection grows daily as new authors donate signed copies of their books. In 1999, then-state Senator Barack Obama donated a copy of his book Dreams from My Father to the Illinois Authors Collection.

Illinois Authors Wiki

The Illinois Authors Wiki 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.

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