Illinois Center for the Book
Illinois Literary Heritage Award
The Illinois Literary Heritage Award was established by the Illinois Center for the Book in 1995, to recognize and acknowledge extraordinary contributions to our literary culture. Initially the award was issued solely to entities that had a connection to Illinois. In order to celebrate all significant aspects of our literary culture, we now welcome nominations of entities that have made a wider contribution to our literary history and heritage.
The Illinois Secretary of State's Office invites individuals, groups and organizations in Illinois to nominate significant literary entities for this award.
Publishers, authors, libraries, special collections, and other entities that have enhanced literary culture through:
- Publishing a significant title or body of literary work.
- Implementing a unique literary venture.
- Collecting and storing a vital body of work.
- Promoting significant authors, books, book arts, libraries, reading and writing.
- Providing vital support for the projects of the Illinois Center for the Book.
- Is a commemorative plaque.
- Must be presented at a special event of prominence or distinction in an Illinois community.
- Is chosen and presented through the offices of and at the sole discretion of the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian.
- Need not be presented annually.
The Nomination Process
- Send nomination to Illinois Center for the Book in writing; preferably six months in advance of the community event.
- The nomination must include:
- A brief narrative that addresses the specific and overall significance of the literary entity.
- Material supporting the significance of the literary contribution of the entity.
- Detailed information about the accompanying community event.
- A description of how the presentation of the award fits into the community event.
- The names, contacts and roles of the key individuals in the nominating and partnering groups for the community event.
|2016||John Donvan and Caren Zucker for their lifetime of remarkable journalistic achievements and their 7 year collaboration on writing New York Times bestseller – In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, a groundbreaking and deeply moving scientific and social history of autism.|
|2015||John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell for their collaboration on the acclaimed graphic-memoir trilogy, March. March is a riveting portrait of the life of Congressman and civil rights icon, John Lewis, and his experiences during the American civil rights movement of the 1960's.|
|2008||Ray Bradbury, Illinois author, poet, novelist and writer of television series, short stories, screenplays and radio drama.|
|2006||Louis "Studs Terkel", Illinois author, historian, radio and television broadcast personality.|
|2000||Diana Haskell, Lloyd Lewis Curator of the Midwest Manuscripts at the Newberry Library in Chicago.|
|1999||Carus Publishing Company, Peru, Illinois for publishing numerous exceptional magazines for children.|
|1998||Cyrus Colter, Illinois author and educator.|
|1997||University of Illinois Press, Champaign, Illinois for the Prairie State Book Project.|
|1996||Angela Jackson, Illinois author, poet and playwright.|
|1995||John Knoepfle, Illinois poet and essayist.|