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Illinois Authors on the Illinois State Library

One of the unique features on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building, is the names of Illinois authors etched on the building's exterior fourth-floor frieze. These names represent thirty-five distinguished authors who made an indelible mark in literature and in the rich history of Illinois.

These authors also serve as the foundation for the State Library's Illinois Authors Room, where a collection of their works are preserved and displayed. Many of these works are rare first editions or signed copies.

Illinois Authors Directory

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.

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