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The 2022 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards announces the shortlist of forty books eligible for top honors in eight categories.

2022 Shortlist

Nonfiction

Craig Fehrman

Nonfiction

Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote

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James H. Madison

Nonfiction

The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland

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Michella M. Marino

Nonfiction

Roller Derby: The History of an American Sport

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Ray Boomhower

Nonfiction

Richard Tregaskis: Reporting Under Fire from Gualdalcanal to Vietnam

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Ruth D. Reichard

Nonfiction

Blood and Steel: Ryan White, the AIDS Crisis and Deindustrialization in Kokomo, Indiana

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Steve Beaven

Nonfiction

We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland

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Fiction

Angela Jackson-Brown

Fiction

When Stars Rain Down

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D.A. Lockhart

Fiction

Breaking Right

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Laird Hunt

Fiction

Zorrie

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Michael Martone

Fiction

The Complete Writings of Art Smith, the Bird Boy of Fort Wayne

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Susan Neville

Fiction

The Town of Whispering Dolls

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Debut

Ashley C. Ford

Nonfiction

Somebody’s Daughter

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Caleb Caudell

Debut

The Neighbor

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Christopher Elliott

Debut

Before the Dream: Martin Luther King’s 1963 Speech, and Civil Rights Struggles in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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J.R. Jamison

Debut

Hillbilly Queer: A Memoir

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Tyrone McKinley Freeman

Debut

Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow

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Genre

Joseph Lee

Genre

Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of The Auschwitz Twin Experiments

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Josh Dygert

Genre

Stella

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Larry D. Sweazy

Genre

Winter Seeks Out the Lonely: A Sonny Burton Novel

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Paul Allor

Genre

Hollow Heart

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Sofi Keren

Genre

False Starts & Artichoke Hearts

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Steve Schatz

Genre

Seashell Virgin: A Nacho Mama’s Patio Cafe Novel

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Poetry

Adrian Matejka

Poetry

Somebody Else Sold the World

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Kaveh Akbar

Poetry

Pilgrim Bell

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Marianne Boruch

Poetry

Bestiary Dark

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Mark Neely

Poetry

Ticker

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Ross Gay

Poetry

Be Holding

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Young Adult

Leah Johnson

Young Adult

You Should See Me in a Crown

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Tamara Winfrey Harris

Young Adult

Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power

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Middle Grade

Helen Frost

Middle Grade

All He Knew

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John David Anderson

Middle Grade

One Last Shot

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Laura Martin

Middle Grade

Glitch

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Lisa Fipps

Middle Grade

Starfish

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Rob Harrell

Middle Grade

Batpig: When Pigs Fly

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Children’s

Gabrielle Balkan

Children’s

Whose Bones? An Animal Guessing Game

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Judith L. Roth

Children’s

Hiding Baby Moses

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Headshot of award-winning author Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon

Children’s

The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy

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Kenneth Kraegel

Children’s

This Is a Book of Shapes

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Kim Howard

Children’s

Grace and Box

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Rebecca Mullin

Children’s

One Tomato: A Garden Counting Book

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connecting 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.

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