updated: 9/10/2009 1:03:19 PM

Indiana Authors to Gather For Inaugural Fair

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Hoosiers interested in writing a book or getting one published can learn from experts at the Inaugural Indy Author Fair. Participants can talk one-on-one with dozens of regional and national authors with Indiana ties at the September 26 free event at the Indianapolis Central Library. It will also feature a panel discussion, programs, book sales and signings. Indiana Authors Award finalists will be honored that evening at an awards dinner.

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Press Release

September 9, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS --- How does one become an author? How does one get published? What’s it like to write a book? These questions and others can be answered at the Inaugural Indy Author Fair, a full day of free, public activities including the opportunity to meet and greet dozens of Indiana authors on September 26, 2009 at Indianapolis’ Central Library. The day will include programs, one-on-one conversations, and book sales and signings with local, regional and national authors, all with Indiana ties.

James Alexander Thom, recipient of the inaugural Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the National Author category, will be featured in a special “Meet the Authors” panel discussion on that Saturday afternoon. He will be joined by finalists in the Regional and Emerging Author categories for the panel discussion. “This is a heart-lifting pleasure,” Thom said. “I look forward to joining the other authors and applauding those whose work will be so acknowledged in the years to come.”

Indiana Authors Award finalists in all three categories will be honored later that evening at an award dinner/fund raiser at the Central Library benefiting the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation. The winner of the Regional Author and Emerging Author categories will each be named at the dinner and Thom will serve as the dinner’s keynote speaker. Ticket information for the award dinner is available by contacting the Library Foundation at (317) 275-4700 or by visiting www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

The Event Schedule for the Indy Author Fair follows. For more information about this free, public event, and to see a list of all the scheduled authors, go also to www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

10:00 a.m. – Noon “Crash Course in Publishing” presented by the Writers’ Center of Indiana. A panel of writers and editors teach you how to get your work published!
- Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Book sales and signings featuring over 40 Indiana authors! Meet them all, from best selling to up-and-coming!
- Simon Reading Room

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Indiana Authors Award book sales and signings! Meet National Author Category winner, James Alexander Thom and all other Indiana Authors Award finalists!
National Finalists: Margaret McMullan, Scott Russell Sanders
Regional Finalists: Jared Carter, James H. Madison, Susan Neville
Emerging Finalists: Kathleen Hughes, Christine Montross, Greg Schwipps
– Clowes Auditorium Vestibule

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Meet the Authors”
James Alexander Thom and Indiana Authors Award Finalists will discuss their works and answer audience questions.
– Clowes Auditorium

About The Glick Fund: Eugene and Marilyn Glick are two of the most generous philanthropists in Indiana. In addition to establishing the Indiana Authors Award with the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation, Glick charitable funds have invested substantially in Indiana educational institutions, arts organizations, hospitals and the Pro-100 program, a leadership program for underprivileged youth. Recent grant recipients include the Indiana Historical Society Living History Center, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

About the Library Foundation: The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation supports and enhances programs, services, and facilities of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, and its partnerships in lifelong learning initiatives that benefit a diverse community. Through advocacy, fundraising and stewardship, the Library Foundation supports numerous Library initiatives to enhance patrons’ lives, including early literacy programs, homework assistance, workforce development and technologies, including a variety of online library resources. The Foundation works to support these initiatives, making educational opportunities available free-of-charge to all Library patrons.

Source: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation

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