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Authoritative profiles with biographical and bibliographical information provide you with insights into the author's world and writing.

  • The Authors Guild: Author Guild member websites are listed in an alphabetical directory.
  • contains an index of over 4,500 authors. Listings include websites created by authors themselves, publisher sites, and fan pages.
  • 20th Century American Writers: biograhy series from CSPAN of selected authors who have shaped American letters and thought, from Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston to Betty Friedan and David Halberstam.
  • Contemporary Writers in the UK: sponsored by the Britsh Council, this unique, searchable database contains up-to-date profiles of some of the U.K. and Commonwealth's most important living writers.
  • Gallery of Montreal Writers in Canada: Montreal is unique in the world in possessing a rich litreary heritage in both English and French.  Check out this unique gallery of Montreal Writers.


Universities with Writers in Residence programs, libraries, foundations, and performance spaces often offer author reading series. Here are some of the notable ongoing programs.

  • 92nd St Y Reading Series (NYC, NY): at once a lecture hall, a performance space, a school, a health center and a community organization, the 92nd Street Y is a world-renowned community and cultural center.
  • Chicago Humanities Festival (Chicago, IL): authors discussing their books feature prominently on the CHF calendar.
  • Harbourfront Reading Series (Toronto, Canada): celebrating its 30th year, the Harbourfront series has presented over 4,000 authors.
  • Kenyon Writer/Speak Calendar (Gambier, OH): presented by the Kenyon College English Department, home of the prestigious literary journal, The Kenyon Review, and the annual Kenyon Writers Workshop.
  • PEN/Faulkner Readings (Chicago, IL): the Folger Shakespeare Library presents a series of readings featuring nominees and past winners of the PEN/Faulkner award. The season culminates each May with a presentation of the award.
  • Writers Bloc Presents (Los Angeles, CA): The Writers Guild of America (WGA) presents a series of authors talking about literature, their writing, and their latest book.

For literary festivals, check our calendar on the home page.



These websites pay particular attention to the regions and landscapes that inspired the writing of famous writers.  On your next vacation, why not take a Literary Tour of the region, towns or famous location that inspired your favorite author?  Here are a few of our own!

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