Apply to bring an award-winning Indiana author to your community through our Novel Conversations Speakers Program.


Nonprofits interested in bringing an Indiana author to their community to speak to a public audience can apply for funds to cover speaking fees as part of Indiana Humanities’ Novel Conversations Speakers Program.

The program, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers and other nonprofit organizations, is funded by a $22,500 grant from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The application window for our 2016-2017 program has closed. Please check back in late summer 2017 for information on applying for the 2017-2018 program.



The speakers program features Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award program winners and finalists, including:

  • Philip Gulley, 2016 Regional Author Winner
  • Sarah Gerkensmeyer, 2016 Emerging Author Finalist
  • Bill Kenley, 2016 Emerging Author Finalist
  • Edward Kelsey Moore, 2016 Emerging Author Finalist
  • Adrian Matejka, 2015 Regional Author Winner
  • Laura Bates, 2015 Emerging Author Finalist
  • Michael Shelden, 2014 National Author Winner

To learn more about the participating authors, please view the author biographies at the link below.

About The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, recognizes the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. Funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, its goal is to elevate the written arts in Indiana, inspiring Hoosiers’ love of reading and drawing greater attention to “home-grown” literary achievement.


Below are the awarded sites for 2016-2017. Be on the lookout for programming in your community.

  • Danville Public Library—Laura Bates, November 18, 2016
  • Westchester Public Library—Edward Kelsey Moore, December 4, 2016
  • Franklin Central High School—Adrian Matejka, February 21, 2017
  • Rockville Correctional Facility—Laura Bates, February 22, 2017
  • Avon High School—Bill Kenley, February 22, 2017
  • Wabash College—Laura Bates, March 1, 2017
  • Franklin County High School—Bill Kenley, March 22, 2017
  • Corpus Christi School—Sarah Gerkensmeyer, March 23, 2017
  • The Center for the Performing Arts—Laura Bates, April 10, 2017
  • Bremen Public Library—Edward Kelsey Moore, April 12, 2017
  • Washington Carnegie Public Library—Michael Shelden, April 18, 2017
  • Arts Illiana—Adrian Matejka, April 20, 2017
  • Jasper Public Library—Philip Gulley, April 25, 2017
  • Creston Middle School—Edward Kelsey Moore, April 28, 2017
  • Johnson County Public Library—Adrian Matejka, April 29, 2017
  • Michigan City Public Library—Edward Kelsey Moore, April 30, 2017
  • New Albany-Floyd County Public Library—Philip Gulley, May 4, 2017
  • Muncie Public Library—Sarah Gerkensmeyer, May 8, 2017
  • Walton/Tipton Township Public Library—Philip Gulley, May 13, 2017
  • Bristol-Washington Public Library—Bill Kenley, Date TBD
  • Hancock Public Library—Michael Shelden, Date TBD
  • Melton Public Library—Philip Gulley, Date TBD

If you’ve been chosen to participate in the 2016 Novel Conversations Speakers Program, congratulations! The following tools are designed to help you develop and implement a successful program:

  • A toolkit complete with communication tips, event checklists and more
  • A press-release template to help you publicize your event
  • Social media graphics/logos

We’re eager to support you in your efforts. If you need additional assistance, please contact George Hanlin at 800.675.8897, extension 128, or email


Contact George Hanlin, 800.675.8897, extension 128, or email