Nonprofits interested in bringing an award-winning 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 Speaker 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 speakers program features current and past recipients of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. This year’s participants are:
• 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
Indiana Humanities will select up to 20 organizations and match them to their preferred authors through an application process. Application guidelines are available at www.IndianaHumanities.org/ncspeakersprogram. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15.
In addition to paying the speakers’ fees, Indiana Humanities will provide participating organizations with resources such as a communications toolkit, press release template and event banner. Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements and cover travel expenses. Author events must be completed by June 30, 2017.
“We’re excited to provide more opportunities for Hoosiers to learn from and get inspired by some of Indiana’s most talented authors,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “The Glick Fund’s generosity allows us to support more events around the state, connecting more residents with insightful discussions and readings.”
Indiana Humanities’ Novel Conversations program is a free statewide lending library offering sets of books, primarily fiction and biographies, to reading and discussion groups at libraries, senior centers, schools and other places throughout the state. Indiana Humanities makes available 600 titles by more than 500 authors, approximately 45 of whom are Hoosiers. All of the authors taking part in this year’s speakers program are represented in the Novel Conversations library.
Any Indiana resident with a book club can participate in Novel Conversations for free. Books are shipped via the Indiana State Library’s INfo Express service to libraries around the state, or picked up and returned at Indiana Humanities’ headquarters in Indianapolis. Residents of areas outside library districts may be eligible for free direct shipping. All books must be reserved in advance online by visiting www.indianahumanities.org/novelconversations.
In addition to this program, Indiana Humanities offers a variety of opportunities for nonprofits to participate in the humanities. These include grants for humanities-based projects, and a community discussion around the WFYI-produced film Hoosiers: The Story of Indiana. Additionally, “Trek and Talk” Toolkits are available to individuals or groups and contain everything participants need to create a D-I-Y Next Indiana Campfires excursion, which pairs literature with nature. Organizations interested in learning more about these opportunities can find more information on registering and applying online at IndianaHumanities.org.