Authors Guild — supporting writers and writing in the United States better than anyone.
PEN America — an amazing organization that supports writers, literature, and open expression around the world.
SCBWI — for writers of books for children. If you’re wondering how to start writing for kids, begin with SCBWI.
My favorite spots for finding online book recommendations:
The New York Times Book Review — a coffee and The Book Review pretty much sums up my perfect morning.
Indiebound.org — a website put together by independent booksellers with current kid and adult book recommendations.
Betsy Bird’s Fuse 8 Blog — a good spot for great reads for kids.
Parnassus Books — Ann Patchett’s bookstore website in Nashville. There’s good online browsing here, and I recommend signing up for the e-newsletter.
Chicago Tribune Book Section — get it here!
A few of my favorites:
Book Cellar (Chicago/Lincoln Square)
Unabridged Books (Chicago/Lakeview)
Sandmeyers Books (Chicago/Loop)
57th Street Books (Chicago/Hyde Park)
Townhouse Books (St. Charles, IL) — Books and cafe. If they’re serving banana cream pie, do not hesitate.
Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)
Red Balloon Bookshop (St. Paul, MN) — children’s bookstore
Wild Rumpus Books (Mpls, MN) — children’s bookstore
Next Chapter Booksellers (St. Paul, MN)
Books of Wonder (New York City, NY) — children’s bookstore
Boswell Book Company (Milwaukee, WI)
Sam Read Bookseller (Grasmere, England) — most scenic bookshop in the world? Possibly. Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage right around the corner too!
Daunt Books (London, England) — books arranged by country!
Stanfords (London, England) — adventure planning at its best. Every needed book, map, atlas is here.