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Winners and Finalists Named for 2014 Indiana Authors Award

July 16, 2014

2014 Indiana Authors Award Winners - Michael Shelden and Norbert Krapf.jpgHoosier author Michael Shelden has been selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Author prize given by the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. The annual award program recognizes Indiana authors’ contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.

Shelden, a professor at Indiana State University, is the author of five biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Orwell: The Authorized Biography; Man in White, a study of Mark Twain’s final years; and his most recent book, Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill.

Norbert Krapf has been named the Regional Author winner, earning him a $7,500 prize. Krapf is a former Indiana Poet Laureate and author of 26 books, 11 of which are full-length poetry collections that include Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing; American Dreams; and Songs in Sepia and Black and White.

"There are many deserving writers in Indiana, so it’s humbling to be singled out for this great award," said Shelden. "I’ve been fortunate to have my books published in many countries, but I’ve lived in Indiana for forty years, and I’m deeply grateful for this special recognition from the state I call home."

The National and Regional winners, along with finalists in the Emerging Author category, will be honored at the sixth-annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner Oct. 25, 2014, at Central Library in Indianapolis. Emerging Author finalists are Jessica Brockmole, Clifford Garstang and Kelsey Timmerman.

Indiana Authors Award nominations were submitted from across the state in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible. A 10-member, statewide Award Panel selected the National and Regional winners and the three Emerging Author finalists from the pool of publicly nominated authors.

Individual and full table tickets are available for the Award Dinner. Funds raised by the Dinner will benefit the Library Foundation. The public is also invited to participate in the free 2014 Indy Author Fair that features author talks and workshops for writers and book lovers of all ages, led by faculty of the Indiana Writers Center and other special guests.

For additional information about the Indiana Authors Award and festivities, visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org