INDIANAPOLIS – Four authors with Indiana ties were honored recently at the 2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Dinner. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley was recognized as the National Author Winner, Indianapolis native Sandy Eisenberg Sasso was named the Regional Author Winner, and Owen County resident and recipient of the inaugural Indiana Authors Award, James Alexander Thom, won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, Deborah E. Kennedy was announced as the Emerging Author Winner.
In addition to a cash prize, each winner’s chosen Indiana public library will receive a $2,500 grant from The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This year, the Owen County Public Library, the Georgetown and Little Turtle branches of the Allen County Public Library, and the Nora branch of the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library will receive grants. Since the Award’s inception in 2009, selected authors have won a total of $237,000, and selected libraries have received $87,500 in grants.
“We are incredibly proud of every Indiana Authors Award recipient and nominee over the past 10 years,” said Marianne Glick, Director at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. “The Glick family is truly gratefully for The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation’s leadership and commitment to Gene and Marilyn’s vision. As the Indiana Authors Award prepares for the next 10 years, we will be looking for ways the award can impact even more people throughout Indiana.”
Award nominations were submitted from across the state in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or who had 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.
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.
Winner: James Alexander Thom
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.
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.
Winner: Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
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 select an Indiana public library to receive a $2,500 grant on behalf of the Library Foundation.
Winner: Deborah E. Kennedy
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.