INDIANAPOLIS — The 2010 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award recipient has been named. Indiana resident Scott Russell Sanders was chosen as the National recipient, and finalists in all categories were named this week by the Award Panel. The winning author in the Regional and Emerging Author categories will each be named from among the finalists on October 9, 2010.

This annual award seeks to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Indiana Authors Award is a program of the Indianapolis-Marion County 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. An eight-member, statewide Award Panel selected the national winner and finalists in three categories 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: Scott Russell Sanders
  • 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. Finalists: Ray Boomhower, Colleen Coble.
  • Emerging Author – $5,000 prize: A writer with only one published book. Emerging authors were evaluated on their single published work. Finalists: Douglas Light, Micah Ling and Greg Schwipps.

“My wife and I moved to Indiana in 1971, and ever since our arrival I have grounded my writing in this place, hoping through my books to reach my neighbors as well as readers across America,” said Sanders. “So I feel deeply honored to be named this year’s national winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Like many writers, I entered the world of books through the doors of public libraries. So it gives me special pleasure that this award comes from the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation.”

“We’re very excited that the award panel selected Scott Russell Sanders, an author whose writings so eloquently capture the importance of community and our shared heritage,” said Marianne Glick, daughter of Gene and Marilyn Glick and vice chairwoman of The Glick Fund. “The Indiana Authors Award program continues to grow in prominence, and I can’t wait for the October gala when our other winners will be announced.”

Award finalists in all three categories will be honored on October 9, 2010 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, 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 Regional Author and Emerging Author categories will each be named. Sanders 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

National Winner
Scott Russell Sanders
Sanders was born in Tennessee and grew up in Ohio but became a Hoosier in 1971 when he joined the faculty of Indiana University, where he taught until 2009, retiring as Distinguished Professor of English. He has published 20 books, including novels, collections of stories and essays, and personal narratives. He has also published seven storybooks for children. His work has appeared in such magazines as Harper’s, Audubon, Orion, and The Georgia Review, and it has been reprinted in The Art of the Essay, American Nature Writing, The Norton Reader, and other anthologies. His collection of essays, “The Paradise of Bombs,” won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction in 1987. His latest book is “A Conservationist Manifesto” (2009), which lays out the ecological, ethical and practical grounds for shifting from a culture based on consumption to a culture based on stewardship. Sanders has received fellowships for writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Lilly Endowment and the Guggenheim Foundation. Sanders and his wife Ruth have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, Ind. To learn more about Sanders, visit

Regional Finalists
Ray Boomhower
Boomhower is senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society’s quarterly history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Boomhower graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with degrees in journalism and political science. He received his master’s degree in U.S. history from Indiana University in 1995. Before joining the Society staff, he worked in public relations for the Indiana State Museum and as a reporter for two Indiana daily newspapers, the Rensselaer Republican and the Anderson Herald. Some of Boomhower’s titles include “The Country Contributor: The Life and Times of Juliet V. Strauss,” “Destination Indiana: Travels through Hoosier History,” “One Shot: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi,” “Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut,” “Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary” and “Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu.” To learn more about Boomhower, visit

Colleen Coble
As a lifelong Hoosier from Wabash, Ind., Coble has written 30 novels and eight novellas. She has nearly two million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. “Anathema,” an Amish mystery set in Parke County, Ind., won the 2009 Best Books of Indiana Award for fiction. Coble is well-known for her “Rock Harbor” mystery series includes such titles as “Without a Trace,” “Beyond a Doubt,” “Into the Deep,” “Abomination” and “Cry in the Night.” Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. To learn more, visit Coble’s website at

Andrew Levy
Born and raised in suburban New Jersey, Levy graduated from Brown University in 1984 with degrees in Mathematics and English, worked on Wall Street for a brief period before receiving an M.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, Levy joined the faculty of Butler University and now lives with his wife and son in Indianapolis. Levy published “The Culture And Commerce of the American Short Story,” co-authored “Creating Fiction: A Writer’s Companion,” and co-edited “Postmodern American Fiction.” Levy has also published a series of articles on American culture that attracted substantial readerships and media attention. Levy’s “The First Emancipator” was cited as one of the best books of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune. In 2009, Levy published “A Brain Wider Than The Sky,” a memoir and cultural history of migraine headaches, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day. He is currently working on a book on Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn for publication with Simon and Schuster in 2012. For more information:

Emerging Finalists
Douglas Light
Light was born in Indianapolis, Ind., and graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in economics and earned an M.A. in creative writing from City College of New York. His first novel, “East Fifth Bliss,” won the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Fiction. The screen adaptation, which he co-wrote, was filmed in 2010. It stars Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, Peter Fonda, and Brie Larson. Light was selected as a finalist for the 2002 James Jones First Novel Fellowship and has been published in Narrative, Guernica, Alaska Quarterly Review, Failbetter and other publications. His fiction was selected for inclusion in O. Henry Prize Stories 2003 and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 anthologies. He now resides in New York City. More information is available at

Micah Ling
Ling is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. After graduating, she moved to Bloomington where she earned her MA in 20th Century American Literature and her MFA in poetry at Indiana University. Ling has taught in the English departments at Indiana University, Butler University, DePauw University and Franklin College. Ling’s first full-length collection, “Three Islands,” was published in 2009. The poem collection deals with three figures: Amelia Earhart, Robert Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), and Fletcher Christian. Ling’s second collection, Sweetgrass, is due out in November. Ling also writes for and manages a book review website:

Greg Schwipps
Schwipps was raised on a working farm in Milan, Ind., where he graduated from Milan Jr./Sr. High School in 1991. He then attended DePauw University where he majored in English Writing, and then went to Southern Illinois University for his MFA in creative writing. Schwipps then returned to DePauw where he is currently an Associate Professor teaching primarily creative writing classes. Schwipps’ creative nonfiction articles and essays have appeared in outdoor magazines including Outdoor Indiana, Indiana Game & Fish and In-Fisherman. His first novel, “What This River Keeps,” was published by Ghost Road Press. A lifelong fascination with fishing and rural living has deeply influenced his life and work. He and his wife Alissa live with their two dogs near Wilbur, Ind., in Morgan County. To learn more about Schwipps, visit

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