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Maintaining Magnificence: Lessons from a Century-Old Hoosier Pulitzer Prize Winner

George Hanlin serves as Indiana Humanities’ Director of Grants, helping to connect organizations across Indiana with funding for public humanities programs such as workshops, lectures, exhibits, reading and discussion programs. He also manages the Novel Conversations program, which lends books (including many from Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists) to reading groups all over the state. Below, he talks about one of his favorite Indiana authors, Booth Tarkington, and the relevance of Tarkington’s seminal work, The Magnificent Ambersons, nearly a hundred years later. Continue reading...

My Indy Author Fair Experience – Handselling Books

Bethany K. Warner is the Director of Development for the Library Foundation. In addition to working directly with many donors, she manages much of the Foundation's fundraising efforts and helps to implement new strategies. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Anderson University and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield and earned her Certified Fundraising Executive certification in December 2012. She currently serves on the board of LYN House. Below, Bethany shares her experience at the Indy Author Fair “handselling” books by Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists, and the value of sharing your firsthand thoughts on a book. Continue reading...

2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists - book reviews from the President

Roberta Knickerbocker Jaggers is the President of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. A graduate of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Roberta holds a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in nonprofit management. In her role as President, Roberta solicits and stewards gifts from a wide range of individual, foundation and corporate donors and works closely with the Foundation's Board of Directors. She has been with the Library Foundation in various capacities since 2002. Roberta has been poring over the works of this year's winners and finalists, and has lots to share! Check out this blog throughout October for mini book reviews for a work by each of our talented honorees: Continue reading...

Creating the Next Generation of Meteorologists or Authors at the Library

Alex Sventeckis joined The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation in May 2016. In his role as Development Officer, Alex coordinates the Friends of the Library program, manages the Foundation’s communications efforts and works with donors. Below, he shares how his love of learning started at the library and how the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award supports library patrons across the state. Continue reading...

What I've Learned from "Children's" Books...

Bronwen Fetters is the Executive Assistant and Program Associate at Indiana Humanities, a statewide nonprofit that encourages Hoosiers to think, read, and talk. As one of her duties, she helps manage Novel Conversations, a free lending library of more than 600 titles that provides kits to reading and discussion groups across the state and facilitates visits with local authors, including Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists. She majored in English at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, and loves all things related to literature and writing. In honor of this year's Genre Excellence category, Children's Picture Book, we asked her to reflect on books from her childhood: Continue reading...