Author Susan Neville Presents $2,500 Gift to East Washington Library

November 23, 2009

Susan Neville

Indianapolis author Susan Neville has generously provided a gift in the amount of $2,500 for enhanced programs and services to the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's East Washington Branch (2822 E. Washington Street), an original Carnegie Library that opened in 1911. It's the oldest branch still in use throughout the IMCPL system.

Neville is the author of numerous works of short fiction and creative nonfiction. She won the Richard Sullivan Prize for Short Fiction for In the House of Blue Lights, while Invention of Flightearned Neville the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of IconographyIndiana Winter; andSailing the Inland Sea, all published by Indiana University Press. Neville is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Butler University.

"I grew up on the Eastside and Northeastside of Indianapolis, and some of my best childhood memories are going to the library with my parents," the author stated. "I wanted to the money to go to a library branch that might not receive as much gift money as some others," she added.

Neville's dedicated gift comes from her being named winner of the Regional Author Award as part of the inaugural Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation. The award, presented in September 2009, recognized the contributions made by Indiana authors to the literary landscape in the state and throughout the country.