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Congratulations to the 2017 National, Regional, Genre Excellence and Emerging Author winners! 

National Author Winner

Kekla Magoon

rsz_12017_kekla_magoon.jpg#asset:426Kekla Magoon is the author of nine novels, including The Rock and the RiverHow It Went DownX: A Novel (with Ilyasah Shabazz), and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series. She has received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, the In the Margins Award, and has been long listed for the National Book Award. She also writes non-fiction on historical topics. Kekla conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. Kekla holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. Visit her online at

Regional Author Winner

Lori Rader-Day

rsz_2017_lori_rader-day.jpg#asset:427Lori Rader-Day, author of The Day I Died, The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things, is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Originally from Thorntown, Indiana, Lori studied journalism at Ball State University. Lori now lives with her husband Greg in Chicago, where she is the current president of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter. Learn more at

Genre Excellence - Middle Grade Fiction (Chapter Books) Author Winner

John David Anderson

rsz_12017_john_david_anderson.jpg#asset:John David Anderson is the critically-acclaimed author of several books for young people, including Ms. Bixby’s Last Day (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an ALA Notable Book), Posted, Sidekicked and Standard Hero Behavior (a Young Hoosier Book). A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids and whiny cat in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. You can learn more at  

Emerging Author Winner

Francesca Zappia

rsz_2017_francesca_zappia.jpg#asset:430Francesca Zappia is the author of Made You UpEliza and Her Monsters, and the online serial The Children of Hypnos. She attended the University of Indianapolis on their Presidential Scholarship and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. She spends most of her free time writing, drawing and playing video games.

Congratulations to the past winners of 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.

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