Bring the Illi-noise! 4 Literary Illinoisans You Should Know

On December 3rd, Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday. On this date in 1818, we became the 21st state in the Union. The state's celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial all year long with events throughout Illinois. Every day in Illinois, amazing things are born, built and grown, including the work of these literary Illinoisans.

Jumping Joliet brought us Nick Offerman in 1970. His repertoire includes Parks and Recreation and Sin City. Check out Good Clean Fun, his book on woodworking, and have some laughs while you build.

Chicago-born-and-bred Eve Ewing is one of our most exciting up-and-comers. Electric Arches is not only a love song to the City on the Make, it's also a harsh reminder of the inequalities that trouble us all.

Poet, novelist and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea is originally from Mexico City, but now calls Naperville home. His latest novel, The House of Broken Angels, is a Mexican-American family saga that's sure to delight.

Uptown resident Li-Young Lee, born in Indonesia to Chinese exiles, took a decade to write the first poem in his new collection, The Undressing. This haunting look at the world through a refugee’s eyes explores what we try to uncover.

We welcome your respectful and on-topic comments and questions in this limited public forum. To find out more, please see Appropriate Use When Posting Content. Community-contributed content represents the views of the user, not those of Chicago Public Library