Indiana Humanities’ One State / One Story program invites Hoosiers to engage deeply with a book as part of a statewide conversation tied to our current theme.

Indiana Humanities is thrilled to announce Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments as the selection for the 2022 One State / One Story program!

Program Details


As part of One State / One Story: World of Wonders, Indiana Humanities is pleased to invite Aimee Nezhukumatathil to Indiana for two INconversation programs with local moderators. Learn more and register here:

INconversation with Aimee Nezhukumatathil featuring Adrian Matejka (Indianapolis)

Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 7-9 pm EDT at the Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library

INconversation with Aimee Nezhukumatathil featuring Ross Gay (Bloomington)

Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7-9 pm EDT at the Cook Center for Arts & Humanities at Indiana University’s Maxwell Hall

About Community Reads

A Community Read is a series of three or more programs that explore the themes and ideas of the One State / One Story selection. Indiana Humanities awards grants to organizations to host program series in their communities.

At least one of the programs offered is a book discussion because there’s nothing better than talking about great books with curious people. Other events might be speaker programs, community conversations, exhibits, hands-on activities and more. Whatever the program, we aim to inspire participants to gather to read, think and talk about big ideas.

Learn about how to organize a One State / One Story: World of Wonders Community Read at your organization in the link below.


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Past Community Reads


One State / One Story: The Year We Left Home

During INseparable, we read and discussed Jean Thompson’s The Year We Left Home, which offers a sweeping, multigenerational look at life in the Midwest over the past several decades. Read more about why we chose The Year We Left Home.

For resources related to One State / One Story: The Year We Left Home, click here.



One State / One Story: Frankenstein

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel and in conjunction with Quantum Leap, we created our first One State / One Story. Read the recap of the first statewide read.

Program Highlights


Why We Chose World of Wonders

Learn more about why we selected Aimee Nezhukumatathil's World of Wonders as our 2022 statewide read selection.

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INconversation with Jean Thompson

In a special INconversation for One State / One Story: The Year We Left Home, Barb Shoup moderated a discussion with author Jean Thompson about place, identity and writing in the Midwest.

Watch the recording
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Scholar Responses

"You must create a female for me:" Negotiating Rights and Responsibilities in Frankenstein

During One State / One Story we ask scholars to respond and give insight to the selected texts. This essay from Dr. Caroline Breashears reflects on the creature's demand for Frankenstein to make him a mate.

Read the essay


Contact Megan Telligman, Director of Programs
mtelligman@indianahumanities.org | 317.616.9409

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