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 11 Indiana authors over the next few months 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. 

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

  • Barker Mansion, Michigan City (Author: Michael Shelden)
  • Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus (Author: Adrian Matejka)
  • Barton Rees Pogue Memorial Library, Upland (Author: Philip Gulley)
  • Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center, Indianapolis (Author: Francesca Zappia)
  • Boston Middle School, La Porte (Author: Edward Kelsey Moore)
  • Brick Street Poetry, Beech Grove (Author: Adrian Matejka)
  • Delphi Public Library, Delphi (Author: John David Anderson)
  • Dubois Branch Library, Dubois (Author: Laura Bates)
  • Fairmount Public Library, Fairmount (Author: Philip Gulley)
  • Franklin County Public Library, Brookville (Author: Lori Rader-Day)
  • Greenfield-Central Community Corporation, Greenfield (Author: John David Anderson)
  • Hamilton East Public Library, Fishers (Author: Adrian Matejka)
  • Huntington City Township Public Library, Huntington (Author: Lori Rader-Day)
  • J.W. Riley High School, South Bend (Author: Bill Kenley)
  • Jasper Public Library, Jasper (Author: Laura Bates)
  • Johnson County Public Library, Franklin (Author: Edward Kelsey Moore)
  • Marion Public Library, Marion (Author: Philip Gulley)
  • Middlebury Community Public Library, Middlebury (Author: Philip Gulley)
  • New Albany–Floyd County Public Library, New Albany (Author: John David Anderson)
  • Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library, Oakland City (Author: Philip Gulley)
  • Osgood Public Library, Osgood (Author: Lori Rader-Day)
  • Owen County Public Library, Spencer (Author: Sarah Gerkensmeyer)
  • Roachdale Public Library, Roachdale (Author: Bill Kenley)
  • Southmont High School, Crawfordsville (Author: Francesca Zappia)
  • Stephen Foster Elementary School, Indianapolis (Author: John David Anderson)
  • Walton and Tipton Township Public Library, Walton (Author: Laura Bates)
  • Washington Carnegie Public Library, Washington (Author: Bryan Furuness)

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 any travel expenses. Author events must be completed by June 30, 2018.

For more information, contact George Hanlin at 317.616.9784 or



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

  • Lori Rader-Day, 2017 Regional Author Winner
  • Bryan Furuness, 2017 Emerging Author Finalist
  • Francesca Zappia, 2017 Emerging Author Finalist
  • John David Anderson, 2017 Genre Excellence Winner
  • 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.


If you’ve been chosen to participate in the 2017 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 317.616.9784 or email


Contact George Hanlin at 317.616.9784 or email