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CONGRATS TO THE 2020 INDIANA AUTHORS AWARDS SHORTLISTED BOOKS AND AUTHORS

DEEPENING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN HOOSIER WRITERS AND READERS

Like the Hoosier stonecutters who unearth the limestone that forms buildings around the globe, Indiana authors give the world’s readers something that can come only from this state.

Something with a distinctive texture and strength. Something present yet enduring. Something local yet of value everywhere. Something beautiful in its variety and endless in its possibility.

Today the state’s vibrant literary scene produces new authors and new works in every genre. From inspirational slam poetry to world-shaping sci-fi, from insightful young-adult fiction to thought-provoking essays, Indiana writers offer unique Hoosier voices formed from the state’s deep quarries of diverse experiences. 

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, newly expanded and powered by Indiana Humanities, celebrate these authors and their recent works. They also shine a spotlight on the state’s literary community and deepen connections between Hoosier writers and readers.

The Indiana Authors Awards honor the best books written by Hoosier authors in multiple categories every two years—books that build on the state’s bedrock of literary tradition and provide a vast mine of material for Indiana Humanities’ rich literary programming.

2020 Shortlists

Fiction Shortlist

Brian Allen Carr
Opioid, Indiana

Brian Allen Carr

Fiction

Opioid, Indiana

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Bryan Furuness
Do Not Go On

Bryan Furuness

Fiction

Do Not Go On

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Brian leung
Ivy vs. Dogg

Brian Leung

Fiction

Ivy vs. Dogg: With a Cast of Thousands!

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Michael Martone
the moon over wapakoneta

Michael Martone

Fiction

The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond

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Chris White
The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

Chris White

Fiction

The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

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Nonfiction Shortlist

Axton Betz Hamilton
The Less People Know About Us

Axton Betz-Hamilton

Nonfiction

The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

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Robert Blaemire
Birch Bayh

Robert Blaemire

Nonfiction

Birch Bayh

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Ross Gay
The Book of Delights

Ross Gay

Nonfiction

The Book of Delights

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Nancy Kriplin
J. Irwin Miller

Nancy Kriplen

Nonfiction

J. Irwin Miller

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Melissa Stephenson
Driven

Melissa Stephenson

Emerging, Nonfiction

Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back

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Bill Sullivan
Pleased to Meet Me

Bill Sullivan

Nonfiction

Pleased to Meet Me

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Emerging Shortlist

Katie Hesterman
A Round of Robins

Katie Hesterman

Emerging

A Round of Robins

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Sofi Keren
Painted Over

Sofi Keren

Genre, Emerging

Painted Over

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Lee Lovelace
Savonne, Not Vonny

Robin Lee Lovelace

Emerging

Savonne, Not Vonny

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Chantel Massey
Bursting at the Seams

Chantel Massey

Emerging

Bursting at the Seams: A Collection of Poetry

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Melissa Stephenson
Driven

Melissa Stephenson

Emerging, Nonfiction

Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back

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Annie Sullivan
Tiger Queen

Annie Sullivan

Emerging

Tiger Queen

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Genre Shortlist

Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus

Genre

Pimp My Airship

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Sofi Keren
Painted Over

Sofi Keren

Genre, Emerging

Painted Over

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Nate Powell
Come Again

Nate Powell

Genre

Come Again

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Larry Sweazy
See Also Proof

Larry Sweazy

Genre

See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery

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Poetry Shortlist

Lindsey Alexander
Rodeo in Reverse

Lindsey Alexander

Poetry

Rodeo in Reverse

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Look Look Look

Callista Buchen

Poetry

Look Look Look

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Eugene Gloria
Sightseer in this Killing City

Eugene Gloria

Poetry

Sightseer in This Killing City

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Debra Kang Dean
Totem: America

Debra Kang Dean

Poetry

Totem: America

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Kevin McKelvey
Dream Wilderness Poems

Kevin McKelvey

Poetry

Dream Wilderness Poems

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Shari Wagner
Farm Wife's Almanac

Shari Wagner

Poetry

The Farm Wife's Almanac

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Young Adult Shortlist

saundra mitchell
All the Things We Do in the Dark

Saundra Mitchell

Young Adult

All the Things We Do in the Dark

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Sharon Biggs Waller
Girls on the Verge

Sharon Biggs Waller

Young Adult

Girls on the Verge

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Children's Shortlist

Crystal Allen
Mya in the Middle

Crystal Allen

Children's

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Mya in the Middle

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John David Anderson headshot
Granted book cover

John David Anderson

Children's

Granted

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Gabrielle Balkan
Book of Flight

Gabrielle Balkan

Children's

Book of Flight

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Skila Brown

Skila Brown

Children's

Clackety Track: Poems about Trains

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Troy Cummings
can I be your dog

Troy Cummings

Children's

Can I Be Your Dog?

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Helen Frost

Children's

Hello, I'm Here!

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Phillip Hoose

Phillip Hoose

Children's

Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City

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Michael Homoya, Shane Gibson and Gillian Harris

Children's

Wake Up, Woods

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