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Winners and finalists chosen for the 10th-annual Indiana Authors Award

Authors Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and James Alexander Thom to receive awards from Library Foundation; three Emerging Author finalists selected

INDIANAPOLIS – Six writers with Indiana ties have been named winners or finalists of the 2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award – including Lifetime Achievement Award winner James Alexander Thom, who was also honored as an inaugural winner of the Indiana Authors Award in 2009. All winners and finalists will be honored at the 10th-annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner on October 13, 2018, at Central Library in Indianapolis.

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is thrilled to be recognized by the Library Foundation. “Libraries were a huge part of my life,” said Bradley. “When I was growing up, my mom and I went every week to the Georgetown branch library…and sometimes made trips to the main library downtown, where I loved the enormous globe in the lobby. In Indianapolis the library printed lists of upcoming new releases; I kept careful watch so I could always check out the new Dick Francis novels the day they were released. My favorite part of this award is that it comes with a gift to my favorite Indiana library—Georgetown branch, here it comes!”

This annual award program recognizes Indiana authors’ contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene & 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.

Award nominations were submitted from across the country in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible. A nine-member, statewide Award Panel selected the winners and finalists from a pool of publicly nominated authors that increases each year.

National Author - $10,000 prize: A writer with Indiana ties whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors are evaluated on their entire body of work. The award recipient will select an Indiana public library to receive a $2,500 grant on behalf of the Library Foundation.

2018 winner: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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. The award recipient will select an Indiana public library to receive a $2,500 grant on behalf of the Library Foundation.

2018 winner: Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Lifetime Achievement Award, which replaces the Genre Excellence Award this year, is a literary honor that seeks to recognize outstanding authors who have left an indelible mark on our state’s literary heritage. The award recipient will select an Indiana public library to receive a $2,500 grant on behalf of the Library Foundation. Previous winners include Dan Wakefield and Mari Evans.

2018 winner: James Alexander Thom

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 past 10 years. Emerging authors were evaluated on these specific works. The Emerging Author winner will be named at the October 13th Award Dinner and will designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing.

2018 finalists: Deborah E. Kennedy, Elizabeth Klehfoth, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Individual and full table tickets are available for the Award Dinner. Funds raised by the Dinner will benefit the Library Foundation. The public is also invited to participate in the free Meet an Author, Be an Author event on October 13th – which will include author talks and workshops for writers and booklovers of all ages, led by faculty of the Indiana Writers Center and other special guests. 



Congratulations to all of the past winners and finalists for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. These authors represent some of the best that Indiana literature has to offer, and are truly deserving of recognition.

Click here for a full list of all past winners and finalists.