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I get very attached to my adopted homes. Evanston is probably the smallest of the cities I’ve lived in for long periods of time and, for that reason, I find it the most fascinating.

Sitting like a little hat on the top of Chicago, it seems to have this odd ability to pull in talent from all walks of life. Recently I heard about a new author resident recently relocated to town, and I got to thinking about all the writers who currently live here.

Curious? Here’s a quick list of some of our most famous literary residents (just the ones living here today). And, naturally, you can find their books at the Evanston Public Library.

Natasha Tretheway
This Pulitzer Prize winner is a recent transplant to the area, all thanks to a job relocation to Northwestern. Amongst her many accomplishments, she was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2012 and again in 2014. There’s nothing worse than having an accomplished writer move to one’s city only to find there are none of their books in the Library collection. Happily we have a large swath of books. Check out her books “Thrall,” “Native Guard,” or “Domestic Work.”

Scott Turow
The New York Times bestseller isn’t easy to spot around town, but his books certainly are. Haven’t read his stuff? Why not start with his most recent titles. We have “Testimony,” “Identical,” and “Preseumed Innocent” as well as a slew of his other books. Good for the thriller inside each reader.

Joseph Epstein
A frequent patron of the library, to his credit, and a charming individual to boot. This essayist and short-story writer was the editor of the magazine The American Scholar for more than 20 years. “Frozen In Time: Twenty Stories, “Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays” or “Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit” are good for starters.

Garry Wills
Ms. Tretheway is not the only Pulitzer winner in town, of course. In 1993 Mr. Wills won the prize for General Non-Fiction and unless Wikipedia is leading me much astray (not an impossible probability), he is currently an Emeritus Professor of History at Northwestern University. His most recent titles include “What the Qur’an Meant and Why It Matters,” “The Future of the Catholic Church With Pope Francis,” and “Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time.”

Laurence Gonzalez
Dividing his time between Evanston and Sante Fe, this author boasts such titles as “Surviving Survival,” “Flight 232,” and the bestseller “Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why” in the Evanston Public Library Collection.

And by the way, those who want to travel down a rabbit hole, I highly suggest that checking out the Wikipedia pages list of people from Evanston, and the Evanston Township High School Alumni list as well.

Warning: Travelers may never emerge again.

Betsy Bird

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library.