Holiday Author Fair: Experience the Hoosier Literary Tradition

Many great and well known authors have sprung from the fertile soil of the Hoosier state. Indiana has been home to such literary luminaries as Kurt Vonnegut, James Whitcomb Riley, Booth Tarkington, and Fred Mustard Stewart. Indianapolis even has a few institutions (such as the Writer’s Center of Indiana) to guide new talent. It should be no surprise then that Indiana writers write in all sorts of genres and modes, from biography to fiction to do it yourself craft books. With such a great variety of Hoosier authors, you might get lost in the tangle of words. Never fear; simply attend the Holiday Author Fair taking place on December 4, 2010 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center and all your Indiana writer questions will be answered.

Featuring 75 writers from Indiana, the Holiday Author Fair is “the largest book signing and gathering for Indiana related material.” This Indianapolis event will feature signings, presentations by authors at the festival, and a chance to meet with fellow Circle City book enthusiasts in the comfortable environs of the Indiana History Center. Everything from photography to books for Indianapolis children will be present at the Holiday Author Fair, and the authors of your favorite texts will be there to sign your copy and talk to you about the books you love.

Video of an Indianapolis Public Library interview with Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, who will be at the Holiday Author Fair at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis


A sampling of the authors that will be at the Holiday Author Fair would have to include Cathy Day, whose short story cycle The Circus in Winter dealt with a fictional circus in a town based off of Peru, Indiana, will be present with her newest memoir, Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love; William E. Bartelt will be doing his best Jesse Weik impression with his biography, There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth; Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf will be on hand to discuss his newest book of poetry, Sweet Sister Moon; Kathy M. McKimmie will be spreading the gospel of Brown County pottery with Clay Times Three; and you can get hoppy with Rita T. Kohn (who was in Indianapolis in May for the Brew, Books, and Fringe Happy Hour), author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana. These are just a few examples of the myriad of books and authors present at the Holiday Author Fair; for a full list, check out the Holiday Author Fair brochure.

Video of an Indianapolis Public Library interview with Rita T. Kohn, who will be present at the Holiday Author Fair in Indianapolis

The Holiday Author Fair isn’t just a free form book signing and meet and greet, however. There are also several literary presentations lined up throughout the afternoon that are sure to thrill any Indianapolis art lover. The presentations will take place at the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, starting at 12:30 with “My Indiana Hero,” a reading and awards presentation for the My Indiana Hero student author contest. After Indianapolis schools show what they’re made of, photographer John Bower will take the stage (at 1:00) to discuss The Common Good, his photography collection of now-derelict public institutions. 1:30 sees Gail Stephens highlighting a famous Crawfordsville resident, Lew Wallace, with her book, Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War.

Video of Indiana author and historian Gail Stephens discussing the Battle of Shiloh; Gail Stephens will be speaking at the Holiday Author Fair in Indianapolis


At 2:00, beginners can get a taste of Indianapolis music with Karen Evans Moratz, the author of Flute for Dummies and principal flutist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Ray Boomhower gives struggling biographers a leg up at 2:30 with his discussion of “Writing Lives: A Primer on Biography.” The Holiday Author Fair presentations wrap up at 3:00 with Howard Caldwell discussing the history of Indianapolis performing arts with The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters.

Whether you’re a ravenous literary consumer or a weekend dabbler, the Holiday Author Fair at the Indiana History Center can be a great opportunity to learn more about the authors who have given Indiana a voice. Meet authors you’ve read, discover new talent and new tastes, or simply learn something new about Indiana: you can do it all at the Holiday Author Fair. The main reception for the Holiday Author Fair is in Eli Lilly Hall at the Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis. On Saturday, December 4, 2010, the event begins at noon and runs until 4:00, with presentations from 12:30 to 3:00. Tickets are free for Indiana History Society members or with paid admission to The Indiana Experience, so you might as well stop by the Experience after this Indianapolis event. Stop by the Holiday Author Fair at the Indiana History Center to see what the written word has done for Indianapolis culture!

Holiday Author Fair at the Indiana History Center
Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE with admission to The Indiana Experience and for IHS members
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Indiana History Center
450 W Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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