Indiana authors will visit more than 25 cities and towns through our statewide speakers bureau of award-winning authors.


More than 25 cities and towns will host 12 Indiana authors over the next few months as part of a statewide speakers program. Indiana Humanities awarded funds to 29 nonprofit organizations to bring an award-winning Indiana author to their community to speak to a public audience as part of the Novel Conversations Speakers Program. The program, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers and other nonprofit organizations, was funded by a grant from the Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Awardees were matched with authors that are current and past recipients of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Speaking events will take place through June 2019. For more information, contact Bronwen Carlisle at 317.616.9103 or   


The authors, along with the selected organizations and cities, include:

  • Blue River Valley Jr. Sr. High School, New Castle (Author: Lori Rader-Day)
  • Book Arts Collaborative, Muncie (Author: Lori Rader-Day)
  • Bremen Public Library, Bremen (Author: Bill Kenley)
  • Crichfield Elementary School, LaPorte (Author: Sandy Eisenberg Sasso)
  • Fairmount Public Library, Fairmount (Author: Ray Boomhower)
  • Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library, Fortville (Author: Philip Gulley)
  • Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis (Author: Adrian Matejka)
  • Greentown Public Library, Greentown (Author: Ray Boomhower)
  • Hammond Public Library, Hammond (Author: Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi)
  • Hancock County Public Library, Greenfield (Author: Philip Gulley)
  • Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School, Indianapolis (Author: Adrian Matejka)
  • Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, Zionsville (Author: Lori Rader-Day)
  • Jackson County Public Library, Seymour (Author: Lori Rader-Day)
  • Janus Developmental Services, Inc., Noblesville (Author: Sarah Gerkensmeyer)
  • Johnson Christian Village, Bedford (Author: Michael Sheldon)
  • LaGrange County Public Library, LaGrange (Author: Bill Kenley)
  • Meredith Nicholson Elementary School 96, Indianapolis (Author: Sandy Eisenberg Sasso)
  • Michigan City Area Schools, Michigan City (Author: Bill Kenley)
  • Monticello-Union Township Public Library, Monticello (Author: Ray Boomhower)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis (Author: Sarah Gerkensmeyer)
  • Paoli Public Library, Paoli (Author: Philip Gulley)
  • Pike County Public Library, Petersburg (Author: Sarah Gerkensmeyer)
  • Syracuse Public Library, Syracuse (Author: Ray Boomhower)
  • Union City Public Library, Union City (Author: Bryan Furuness)
  • Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute (Authors: John David Anderson, Adrian Matejka)
  • Washington Community Schools, Washington (Author: John David Anderson)
  • Westfield Washington Public Library, Westfield (Author: Edward Kelsey Moore)

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.


If you’ve been chosen to participate in the 2018-2019 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 Bronwen Carlisle at 317.616.9103 or email


Contact Bronwen Carlisle at 317.616.9103 or email