The Next Indiana Bookshelf is a collection of 13 titles that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk about the present and future of Indiana. The Bookshelf includes fiction, nonfiction, essays and poetry, as well as titles appropriate for adults, young adults and kids. Each book has a strong connection to Indiana, either set here and/or written by a Hoosier author.
Following an application period, a total of 55 sets of the Next Indiana Bookshelf have been awarded to libraries, schools and community organizations across the state (see the list of awardees). Each set includes one copy of each of the 13 titles. All schools and libraries will additionally receive a poster of The Indiana Chant.
The Next Indiana Bookshelf is a collaboration between Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Center for the Book. It is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.