Congratulations to the 2017 National, Regional and Genre Excellence Author winners! Three Emerging Author finalists have been named and the winner will be announced at the Award Dinner on October 14, 2017.
Kekla Magoon is the author of nine novels, including The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, X: 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 www.keklamagoon.com.
Lori 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 www.loriraderday.com.
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 www.johndavidanderson.org.
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.