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Once again, the perfect holiday gift!

October 11, 2014 by Reader's Connection

I’ve said this in years past and I’m saying it again. My 12 weeks of holiday suggestions have begun, and reigning supreme over all other gifts, excepting of course the gift of your heart to the one you love, is a gift card from Indy Reads Books.

Once again, these words appear thereon:


You, the bearer of this card, are entitled to the designated worth of merchandise at Indy Reads Books.

And this gift is already working to support our adult literacy programs in Indianapolis.

Looks as if we all win.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize

October 9, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Out of the Dark




The 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to French novelist Patrick Modiano. The library owns some of his titles in the original French and is ordering more English-language copies. Our only English title at the moment is Out of the Dark.




Missing Person (On Order)Peter Englund, the Nobel Academy’s permanent secretary, says, “Patrick Modiano is a well-known name in France but not anywhere else. He writes children’s books, movie scripts but mainly novels. His themes are memory, identity and time . . . His best known work is called Missing Person. It’s the story about a detective who has lost his memory and his final case is finding out who he really is: he is tracing his own steps through history to find out who he is . . . They are small books, 130, 150 pages, which are always variations of the same theme – memory, loss, identity, seeking. Those are his important themes: memory, identity and time.”


Indy Author Fair 2014 at Central Library

October 8, 2014 by Reader's Connection

The Indy Author Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday, October 25, at Central Library.

Click here for the fair’s full schedule. Here are some highlights:


Overview of Publishing – 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Clowes Auditorium

Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Baxter.



Meet the Authors – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Clowes Auditorium

The winners and finalists (click on the award icon for info about them) of the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards will discuss their writing and connections to Indiana.

Book sales and signings will follow.



Meet Hoosier Authors – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Simon Reading Room

Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors, who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available. Click here for a list of participating authors.


From 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m., there will be programs on how to get started writing, on the fundamentals of blogging, on writing about your own life, and on writing and marketing humor, genre fiction, children’s books, and nonfiction.

For another look at the schedule, click on this array of cover art from books by some of the authors taking part.

Please note that for many of the afternoon programs, it is necessary to register by calling (317) 275-4119.

The Indy Author Fair is presented by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library, and would not be happening were it not for the Library Foundation and the Indiana Writers Center.


Gift Suggestion List 2014 begins at Crown Hill

October 6, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and SanctuaryOur gift suggestion list for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years kicks off this year with the splendorous Crown Hill: History, Spirit, and Sanctuary. The book’s photographs are by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, and the text is by Douglas A. Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca W. Dolan and Anne Ryder.

Someone on your holiday list might love to spend time with this book; and you can purchase a copy at the Indy Author Evening on October 20th, and have author Douglas Wissing sign it.

This book’s pictures, as you might expect, are gorgeous, and there’s a wealth of historical info. Of course James Whitcomb Riley and Booth Tarkington are buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, but so is John Dillinger. And if Dillinger’s grave was the one most endangered by grave robbers, Ruth Law’s story is also peculiar. Her body spent three years in a temporary vault at Crown Hill, and was then was removed by her husband, who spoke of her obsessively and hid the body in his basement. Ruth’s body was discovered after the husband’s death, and she was finally buried back at Crown Hill.

Most exciting for me are the burials of Roma (or Gypsy) kings, but I’m prejudiced because my sister-in-law is quoted.

Tina Connor of Indiana Landmarks worked in the Waiting Station at Crown Hill during some of the Roma funerals. “The Gypsy king funeral was the second-longest cortege I ever saw–Eli Lilly’s was the longest,” Connor said. “They just kept coming and coming. The gypsies wanted to stay all night in the cemetery, but Crown Hill drew the line.”

And there are police officers, soldiers, industrialists, politicians, entertainers, and more than seven hundred individuals who are buried in unmarked graves, having been sent to Crown Hill from various institutions. This began in 1877 with the Indianapolis Home for Friendless Women, which had been founded by two former Civil War nurses.

This cemetery’s history is clearly part of a bigger living history.

All three Indy Author Evenings will happen in the Nina Mason Pulliam Special Collections Room on the sixth floor of Central Library, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Book signings will follow each event.

Tuesday, October 14th – James H. Madison
Monday, October 20th – David Hoppe and Douglas Wissing
Wednesday, October 22nd – Michael Martone, Barb Shoup, Ray Boomhower, and Greg Shwipps.

Here’s a recent interview with Wissing.


The Feast of the Autumn Moons

October 2, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Happy Fall! As we bring on the pumpkins, turkeys, and footballs, it’s also a busy time for book publishers as they roll out their plethora of highly anticipated bestsellers coming out in the next couple of months. With titles being released in a multitude of genres, readers are sure to find a new favorite book they can’t put down. While it would be impossible to name every fabulous title coming out this season, here are some of the big name titles that will be sure to be hits with readers.


Immortal: A Novel of the Fallen Angels


Immortal: A Novel of the Fallen Angels by J. R. Ward



Mr. Miracle


Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber




Paris Match


Paris Match by Stuart Woods






Deadline by John Sandford




Gray Mountain


Gray Mountain by John Grisham




Shopaholic to the Stars


Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella




Blood Magick


Blood Magick by Nora Roberts






Pegasus by Danielle Steel




Prince Lestat


Prince Lestat by Anne Rice






The Burning Room


The Burning Room by Michael Connelly




Leaving Time


Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult




Havana Storm


Havana Storm by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler




Flesh and Blood


Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell






Revival by Stephen King




 The Escape


The Escape by David Baldacci




The Job


The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg




Hope to Die


Hope to Die by James Patterson




Click covers or titles to visit our library catalog and reserve these titles today!

– Selector Emily Chandler