INDIANAPOLIS — The 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the National Author category will go to Hoosier author Margaret McMullan, along with a $10,000 prize. Helen Frost has also been named as the winner in the Regional Author category, earning her a $7,500 prize. The National and Regional recipients, along with finalists in the Emerging Author category were named this week by the Award Panel. All will be honored at the Indiana Authors Award dinner and festivities on October 29, 2011 at the Central Library in Indianapolis.

 

This annual award recognizes the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is funded through the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

 

Nominations were submitted from across the state in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible. A ten-member, statewide Award Panel selected the National and Regional winners and finalists in the third category of emerging authors from the pool of publicly nominated authors:

 

·         National Author – $10,000 prize: a writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors were evaluated on their entire body of work. Winner: Margaret McMullan

·         Regional Author – $7,500 prize: A writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors were evaluated on their entire body of work. Winner: Helen Frost

·         Emerging Author – $5,000 prize: A writer who has published no more than two books during his/her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years.  Emerging authors were evaluated on these specific works.

·         Finalists: Micah Ling, Aaron Michael Morales and Bich Minh Nguyen  

 

“I am so honored to be named this year’s National recipient of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award,” said McMullan. “I moved to Indiana about 21 years ago to teach at the University of Evansville, and I’ve grown to love this state, its people, and its strong literary heritage. I feel privileged and humbled to be a part of it.”

 

 

Award finalists in all three categories will be honored on October 29, 2011 at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. The day’s events will include free public programs such as author lectures from this year’s Indiana Authors Award honorees, “how to get published” workshops for aspiring writers presented by The Writers’ Center of Indiana, and book sales and signings featuring authors from around the state. A ticketed Award Dinner and fundraiser benefiting the Library Foundation will follow that evening where the winner of the Emerging Author category will be named. McMullan will serve as the dinner’s keynote speaker. Ticket information for the Indiana Authors Award Dinner is available by contacting the Library Foundation at (317) 275-4700 or by visiting www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

For more information about the 2011 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana AUthors Award winners and finalists, click here.

About The Glick Fund: Eugene and Marilyn Glick are two of the most generous philanthropists in Indiana. In addition to establishing the Indiana Authors Award with The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, the Glick family has funded Indiana educational institutions, arts organizations, hospitals and the Pro-100 program, a leadership program for underprivileged youth. Recent grant recipients include the Indiana Historical Society Living History Center, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

 

About the Library Foundation: The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation supports and enhances programs, services, and facilities of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, and its partnerships in lifelong learning initiatives that benefit a diverse community. Through advocacy, fundraising and stewardship, the Library Foundation supports numerous Library initiatives to enhance patrons’ lives, including early literacy programs, homework assistance, workforce development and technologies, including a variety of online library resources. The Foundation works to support these initiatives, making educational opportunities available free-of-charge to all Library patrons.

Media Contacts:

Emily Hankley Berger
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation
317.275.4872
eberger@indyplfoundation.org

Bob Schultz, APR
Borshoff
317.442-2155
Bob.Schultz@Borshoff.biz

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