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Indy Author Fair @ Central Library!

Aspiring writers and book lovers of all ages are invited to celebrate Indiana's rich literary tradition with a variety of free workshops and author events at the "Indy Author Fair" on Saturday, October 25 from 10:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The day's activities precede that evening's sixth annual Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Dinner at Central Library when this year's winning authors who have contributed to the literacy landscape in Indiana and across the nation will be honored. The Award is a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

The "Indy Author Fair" will include the following programs:

Overview of Publishing: Have Yourself a Fling with Writing or Make It a Lifelong Career
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Those who wish to better understand the writing industry or are considering writing as a career are invited to this program presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features the senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing, Nancy Baxter. No registration is required.

Meet the Authors
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Featured will be National Author winner Michael Shelden; Regional Author winner Norbert Krapf; and Emerging Author finalists Jessica Brockmole, Clifford Garstang and Kelsey Timmerman. Book sales and signings will follow. No registration is required.

Meet Hoosier Authors
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Simon Reading Room
Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who represent a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will follow. For participating authors, go to www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

Calling All Young Authors!
12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Children ages 8 and up are invited to a special writing workshop presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features picture book author Rebecca Kai Dotlich and young adult novelist Barbara Shoup. No registration is required.

Get Started!
1:45 - 3:15 p.m. or 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Knall Meeting Room
Those who have been thinking for a long time about writing are invited to learn how to connect with other writers in the local area. This workshop offers writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that's guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming a writer. This is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features author Kip Robisch, program manager for the Indiana Writers Center. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing and Publishing for Children
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Receive an overview of writing and publishing for young people, from picture books through young adult works. Learn practical advice about making time for writing, how to evaluate materials, how to submit manuscripts, and where to go for information about current books, publishers and organizations for children's book writers. This is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features children's and young adult authors John David Anderson, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Barbara Shoup. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing and Publishing Nonfiction Books
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
Receive an overview on overview on how to publish a nonfiction book, including tips on how to organize material, write a book proposal, and find the right publisher for your book. This is presented by The Indiana Writers Center and features senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing Nancy Baxter and nonfiction author Douglas Wissing. Call 275-4119 to register.

Blogging for Writers
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Learn how blogs are an effective and important tool for writers during this program presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring writer Sarah Layden. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing and Marketing Genre Fiction
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium
Learn how to break into the markets of speculative fiction (science fiction, horror & fantasy), Westerns or mysteries. Learn how to write a query letter, synopsis and pitch to give your book the best chance for publication. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features authors Maurice Broaddus, Tony Perona and Larry Sweazy. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing and Publishing Humor
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
Learn the formula for writing humor, along with techniques professionals use for "writing funny" and finding a market for the kind of humor they write. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features newspaper humor columnist and humor playwright Erik Deckers. Call 275-4119 to register.

Writing About Your Life
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Learning Curve Arena
Learn to find your voice to tell your own stories and the strategies for getting them down on the page. This program is presented by the Indiana Writers Center and features the Center's Education Outreach Director, Lyn Jones. Call 275-4119 to register.

All programs as part of the Indy Author Fair are presented by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library. To learn more, visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.


Teen Read Week Events @ the Library

As part of the Library's celebration of Teen Read Week, teens are invited to a number of fun and educational programs at various Indy Library locations that can introduce them to the Library and engage them with its resources.

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week in October as a way to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

Teen Read Week activities scheduled locally include:

Create Your Own Duct Tape Sketch Book
Teens can create a place to sketch and dream by designing a handmade sketch book with a duct tape cover during this 90-minute workshop presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required.

Paper Bowls
Teens are invited to turn everyday items into the functional by using candy wrappers to create a bowl. This bowl project is similar to what is found in fantasy fiction when objects are used in different ways than their typical or intended purpose. This 90-minute workshop is presented by Art With a Heart. Registration is required.

Google Glass
Teens can participate in a demonstration of this exciting new technology in a two-hour hands-on makerspace session featuring Google Glass. No registration is required.

Gourmet Girlfriends Fantasy Treats Workshop
Teens can begin with an ice breaker that focuses on Divergent, put together a trail mix in honor of "The Hunger Games" and end by divulging a little Harry Potter sorcery with an edible potion. Registration is required.

Contact your local branch for dates, times and registration for these free Library programs.


Read Local Author Series

Individuals of all ages are invited to meet leading local authors who will discuss their works during the "Read Local Author Series" at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

This year's series of programs includes:

October 28 at 6:30 p.m. - Jonathan Eller

Jonathan Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI, will discuss his latest book, Ray Bradbury Unbound, which continues the story begun in Eller's acclaimed Becoming Ray Bradbury. It follows the author's evolution from a short story master to a multi-media creative force and outspoken visionary. Ray Bradbury Unbound provides the definitive portrait of how a legendary American author shaped his times.

November 4 at 6:30 p.m. - Dan Wakefield

Award-winning novelist Dan Wakefield will discuss a collection of speeches given by fellow author and friend Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., If This Isn't Nice, What Is? Advice for the Young. Introduced by Wakefield, the book captures a unique side of Vonnegut as shown in seven college commencement speeches, one given to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, and one on the occasion of Vonnegut receiving the Carl Sandburg Award.

November 18 at 6:30 p.m. - Robert L. Snow and Forrest Bowman, Jr.

Retired Indianapolis Police Department Captain Robert L. Snow will discuss his book, Killers in the Family: Inside a Real Family of Criminals Bound by Blood, chronicling the murder-ridden year of 2008 and the Reese family whose dark family secrets mirrored their life of crime. Also, Forrest Bowman, Jr. will discuss his new book, Sylvia, the chilling story of torture and suffering of Sylvia Likens in 1968 by her parents and caregiver.

November 25 at 6:30 p.m. - David Hoppe

NUVO news magazine columnist David Hoppe will discuss his book, Personal Indianapolis: Thirteen Years of Observing, Exhorting and Satirizing the Hoosier Capital. The book is a collection of his columns that focus on such topics as mass transit, the emphasis on sports, trendiness, and posturing politicians.

Call 275-4450 for more information about these free Library programs.


An Evening With Narrator & Actress Barbara Rosenblat

barbara rosenblatIndividuals of all ages are invited to meet Barbara Rosenblat, one of the country's most beloved and sought-after narrators of audiobooks, who will discuss her career on Monday, November 10 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Rosenblat's extraordinary range of accents and abilities has earned her eight coveted Audie Awards, the audiobook industry's equivalent of an Oscar, more than any other single narrator. As an actress, Rosenblat has performed on Broadway, voiced commercials and documentaries, and appeared in such television programs as "Law and Order SVU," "Guiding Light," and in the Netflix original series, "Orange Is the New Black," in which she plays the role of Miss Rosa. On Broadway, Rosenblat created the role of Mrs. Medlock in the Tony Award winning musical, "The Secret Garden." Billboard Magazine has said that Rosenblat is spoken of with the same reverence and affection that the music industry reserves for Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.

Following her presentation, Rosenblat will be available for autographing. This program is presented by the Library and Recorded Books.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.


Spirit & Place '14: One Million Journeys, One Destination

Spirit and place festival 2014 logoAs part of the community wide 2014 Spirit & Place Festival, individuals of all ages are invited to the opening reception for the Central Library exhibit, "One Million Journeys, One Destination: A Community Exhibition," on Wednesday, November 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The exhibit, which continues through January 7, 2015, highlights the journeys of the diverse families that have settled in Indianapolis. Family stories and photos from immigrants, refugees, and those who were a part of the great migration of African-Americans from the South are included. This project is presented in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Center and the Indiana State Museum.

The reception will feature a keynote address by M. Teresa Baer, managing editor of family history publications at the Indiana Historical Society and author of Indianapolis: City of Immigrants, which tells the story of those from around the world who have chosen to make Indiana's capital their home. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book, while supplies last.

Scheduled for November 7 - 16, the 19th annual Spirit & Place Festival, a project of The Polis Center at IUPUI, is an extensive civic celebration that engages more than 19,000 people throughout Central Indiana in dozens of programs presented by more than 100 organizations. Programs presented this year under the theme, "Journey," are intended to explore the dynamic passages of peoples, places and ideas.

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.