40 books by Indiana authors shortlisted for award

INDIANAPOLIS — You’ve heard of store native, however how about learn native?

The 2022 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards has shortlisted 40 books eligible for awards in eight classes marking probably the most acknowledged books printed by Hoosiers in 2020 and 2021.

The Indiana Authors Awards stated each ebook included within the shortlist had been written by lifelong Hoosiers, professors at Indiana schools and universities, or by former residents with a deep connection to Indiana. The books included on the shortlist supply one thing for everyone from tales geared toward youngsters and younger adults to insightful scholarly subjects or wealthy novels sewn from vivid imaginations.

“Having a vibrant group of writers and readers makes Indiana higher,” stated Marianne Glick, chair of the Glick Household Basis and daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick. “One of many issues I really like is sending these authors out across the state to talk in numerous locations that may not in any other case have that chance. I simply know we’re inspiring folks in all types of the way.”

The 40 finalists shall be judged from a pool of former winners, writers, educators, students, native bookstore homeowners and librarians. The classes chosen for the awards embrace youngsters’s, center grade, younger grownup, poetry, style, debut, fiction and nonfiction.

The eight winners chosen from the 40 finalists shall be introduced on Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. on social media and the IAA publication. Observe @INAuthorsAwards and enroll on their web site to obtain the announcement.

“The nicely of recent books with Indiana connections is deep and wealthy,” stated Keira Amstutz, Indiana Humanities president and CEO. “Curiosity within the awards was excessive and the competitors was appreciable. Because of Glick Philanthropies, we’re capable of assist readers join with the works of Indiana authors and the unbelievable breadth of topics, kinds and genres during which they write.”

40 books by Hoosiers

Eventual winners apart, the shortlist gives 40 books with roots tied deep to Indiana. For those who’re in search of your subsequent obsessive learn, why not seek the advice of these books written by fellow Hoosiers and one-time neighbors?

Each ebook included on the Indiana Authors Awards shortlist might be discovered on bookshop.org.

For extra info on the creator and the ebook, try the total record right here or try the choices under. Decide your most popular style under and provides an area creator an opportunity.


  • Steve Beaven, who grew up in Evansville, frolicked in Indianapolis and now lives in Portland, Ore., for We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection within the American Heartland, which describes how the Evansville group recovered after a aircraft carrying the championship-winning College of Evansville basketball staff and its coach crashed in 1977 simply after takeoff, killing everybody onboard.
  • Ray Boomhower, Indianapolis, for Richard Tregaskis: Reporting Underneath Hearth from Guadalcanal to Vietnam, concerning the award-winning battle correspondent whose reporting from Guadalcanal throughout World Warfare II and Chilly Warfare conflicts in Korea and Vietnam acknowledged the results of battle on the lads who fought it.
  • Craig Fehrman, Bloomington, for Writer in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote, the story of America’s presidents as authors. Addressing every thing from beloved tomes to volumes misplaced to historical past, Writer in Chief finds insights concerning the presidents by their literary works and gives a window into their private and non-private lives.
  • James H. Madison, Bloomington, for The Ku Klux Klan within the Heartland, the historical past of the creation and reign of the Ku Klux Klan by the lens of their operations in Indiana and the Midwest. Ranging from the KKK’s roots in respectable white protestant society, the ebook gives an in depth account of the notorious group and its echoes in America immediately.
  • Michella M. Marino, Indianapolis, for Curler Derby: The Historical past of an American Sport, concerning the historical past and way forward for curler derby, a sport that has thrilled followers and skaters with its fixed motion, exhausting hits and edgy perspective. With a give attention to gender equality, curler derby concurrently challenged and conformed to social norms and created gender politics in contrast to these of conventional sex-segregated sports activities.
  • Ruth D. Reichard, Indianapolis, for Blood and Metal: Ryan White, the AIDS Disaster and Deindustrialization in Kokomo, Indiana. Set towards the backdrop of the Reagan period and industrial shifts, Reichard’s ebook tells the story of a deadly new illness and the teenage affected person who defiantly struggled towards worry in his group.


  • Laird Hunt, who was raised on a farm close to Kokomo and now lives in Windfall, R.I., and teaches at Brown College, for Zorrie, the story of the tenacious Zorrie Underwood. The ebook presents a life that begins in hardscrabble Melancholy-era Indiana and in the end is convulsed and reworked by occasions of the twentieth century.
  • Angela Jackson-Brown, Bloomington, for When Stars Rain Down, the story of Opal Pruitt and the summer time of 1936 in Parsons, Ga., the place the arrival of the Ku Klux Klan shakes the tight-knit group and challenges unstated codes of conduct of their post-Reconstruction city.
  • D.A. Lockhart, who lived in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana College Bloomington and now lives in Windsor, Ontario, for Breaking Proper, about bizarre Hoosiers whose extraordinary moments reveal sophisticated correlations between their beliefs, their relationships and the land beneath their ft.
  • Michael Martone, who was born in Fort Wayne and now lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for The Full Writings of Artwork Smith, the Fowl Boy of Fort Wayne. Impressed by the real-life pioneer of early aviation who invented the artwork of skywriting, this assortment of tales types a Midwestern mythology that celebrates info, fiction and the impermanence of artwork.
  • Susan Neville, Indianapolis, for The City of Whispering Dolls, tales concerning the residents of the rust belt city of Whispering Dolls, who dream of a fabled and illusory previous whilst new applied sciences reshape their world into one thing deeply unusual.


  • Caleb Caudell, Indianapolis, for The Neighbor, an odyssey that follows a person who’s out of money and on the run, from his job, his neighbors, the cops and his life. 
  • Christopher Elliott, Fort Wayne, for Earlier than the Dream: Martin Luther King’s 1963 Speech, and Civil Rights Struggles in Fort Wayne, Indiana, an account of Dr. King’s speech in Fort Wayne on June 5, 1963, which was enthusiastically obtained by his supporters and met with resistance from his detractors, throughout some of the turbulent years of the Civil Rights motion. 
  • Ashley C. Ford, Indianapolis, for Any person’s Daughter, a memoir concerning the complexity of childhood in a household fragmented by incarceration, the bodily adjustments in adolescence that draw undesirable consideration from males and a journey to deliver collectively the threads of id and perceive sophisticated familial love.
  • Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Indianapolis, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Girls’s Philanthropy Throughout Jim Crow, a biography of America’s first self-made feminine millionaire within the early 1900s, and her activist philanthropy, geared toward empowering African People and difficult the injustices inflicted by Jim Crow.
  • J.R. Jamison, Muncie, for Hillbilly Queer: A Memoir, a permanent love story between a conservative dad and homosexual son who discover that typically the variations between us aren’t actually that completely different in any respect. 


  • Paul Allor, Indianapolis, for Hole Coronary heart, a graphic novel that makes use of a queer monster love story to look at the alternatives we make between giving family members what they need and giving them what we predict they want.
  • Josh Dygert, Indianapolis, for the novel Stella, which follows a lady whose father disappears when he touches a meteor that lands of their cornfields, and her quest to find the reality as a complete eclipse approaches.
  • Sofi Keren, Indianapolis, for False Begins & Artichoke Hearts. This romance novel set on this planet of positive eating finds Daniela and Jules each beginning over and hoping that their pasts received’t cease them from constructing a future collectively.
  • Joseph Lee, Bloomington, for Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of The Auschwitz Twin Experiments. This illustrated biography of Eva Kor tells the story of a lady who discovered herself preventing to outlive within the Auschwitz-Birkenau focus camp and an grownup in Terre Haute who found that forgiveness might save her life.
  • Steve Schatz, Bloomington, for Seashell Virgin: A Nacho Mama’s Patio Café Novel, a humorous novel during which a band of middle-aged buddies from Nacho Mama’s Patio Café battle a scheme to shut the realm’s solely homosexual bar and upend their city.
  • Larry D. Sweazy, Noblesville, for Winter Seeks Out the Lonely: A Sonny Burton Novel, about confronting corruption in a Texas city on the tail finish of the Nice Melancholy whereas additionally contemplating an opportunity at love.


  • Kaveh Akbar, West Lafayette, for Pilgrim Bell, a set of poems that take readers on a non secular journey of disavowal by daring to exist within the empty areas the place track lives.
  • Marianne Boruch, West Lafayette, for Bestiary Darkish, poems that provide up unusual and candy particulars in addition to magnificence and impending doom whereas wrestling with the query of the world’s finite nature.
  • , Bloomington, for Be Holding, a lyrical love track to legendary basketball participant Julius Erving — often known as Dr. J — and the way the creativeness may deliver us nearer to one another.
  • Adrian Matejka, Indianapolis, for Any person Else Offered the World, poems that meditate on the methods we exist in an uncontrollable world: in love and its aftermaths, in households that divide themselves, in protest-filled streets, in isolation as routines change into out of date due to lockdown orders and curfews.
  • Mark Neely, Muncie, for Ticker, a set of poems that follows the lifetime of its fundamental character as he navigates marriage, youngsters, growing older dad and mom, politics, race, faith, international disaster and the irrelevance of center age.



  • , Indianapolis, for One Final Shot, a ebook during which Malcolm at all times seems like he doesn’t fairly measure up … till he’s launched to miniature golf and finds that it’s an ideal match.
  • , Kokomo, for Starfish, a poignant story a few woman who’s fat-shamed and does one thing about it.
  • Helen Frost, Fort Wayne, for All He Knew, a novel in verse impressed by true occasions a few younger deaf boy throughout World Warfare II, the sister who loves him, and the conscientious objector who helps him.
  • Rob Harrell, Zionsville, for Batpig: When Pigs Fly, a graphic novel that includes an unstoppable super-swine hero who boldly fights for justice as Batpig.
  • Laura Martin, Zionsville, for Glitch, a narrative about Glitchers — individuals who journey by time to protect vital historic occasions — and an impending catastrophe that threatens them and everybody they know. Can they arrive collectively to save lots of the longer term?


  • Gabrielle Balkan, who grew up in Indianapolis and now lives in Germantown, N.Y., for Whose Bones? An Animal Guessing Sport, a playful, informative introduction to bones for the youngest readers.
  • Kim Howard, who grew up in LaPorte and now lives in Bloomington, for Grace and Field, an image ebook during which a younger woman befriends a field and so they go on energetic adventures collectively.
  • Kenneth Kraegel, who grew up in Mishawaka and now lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., This can be a E-book of Shapes, which begins as a typical ebook about everybody’s geometric favorites however quickly defies expectations with a collection of humorous and imaginative twists.
  • , who grew up in Fort Wayne and now lives in Montpelier, Vt., for The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Management, and Legacy, about Marshall’s imaginative and prescient for racial equality and the way he was decided to do no matter it took to vary unfair legal guidelines.
  • Rebecca Mullin, who grew up in Indianapolis and now lives in Eau Claire, Wis., for One Tomato: A Backyard Counting E-book, which introduces the shapes and ideas of the numbers in a enjoyable stroll by a backyard.
  • Judith L. Roth, Elkhart, for Hiding Child Moses, a lyrical retelling of the Previous Testomony story of child Moses being hidden from the Pharaoh, advised from the angle of his protecting older sister.