Popular author and illustrator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for children and teens, Jeff Kinney, will present the 41st Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7 p.m., Central Library.

The event is free and open to the public with seating on a first-come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Preferred seating is available for Friends of the Library cardholders until 6:45 p.m. Book sales and signing will follow the lecture.

PARKING:

Limited FREE parking will be available in the Central Library parking garage. Additional overflow parking is located in the lot at the north end of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N Meridian St. All vehicles must be out of the Scottish Rite parking lot prior to Midnight.

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney

Made possible through gifts from Friends of the Library to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

About the McFadden Lecture

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Inc. was established in 1969 to promote the development and improvement of Library facilities and services, and to support and enhance Library programs and projects by raising private contributions. All gifts to the Library Foundation assure the continuation of support for children's reading programs, lecture series, and other special events and programs presented by the Library for the benefit of the community.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

The Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture Series was established after the Library Foundation received a gift from the estate of Marian McFadden, Director of Public Libraries from 1945-1956. This annual author lecture series was named in her honor.

Past Lecturers

Junot Díaz

2017

Junot Díaz

Jacqueline Woodson

2016

Jacqueline Woodson

Khaled Hosseini

2015

Khaled Hosseini

David Wiesner

2014

David Wiesner


Lecturers Archive


  • 1996 - Amy Tan
  • 1995 - Gary Paulsen
  • 1994 - William Styron
  • 1993 - Chris Van Allsburg
  • 1992 - Gail Godwin
  • 1991 - Maurice Sendak
  • 1990 - John Updike
  • 1989 - David Macaulay
  • 1988 - Tom Wolfe
  • 1987 - Lloyd Alexander
  • 1986 - Kurt Vonnegut
  • 1985 - Jean Fritz
  • 1984 - James Baldwin
  • 1983 - Richard Peck
  • 1982 - Gail Sheehy
  • 1981 - Scott O'Dell
  • 1980 - Norman Mailer
  • 1979 - Elaine L. Konigsburg
  • 1978 - Saul Bellow