Conversation with John F. Duffy 

By Emily Mellentine, Kristen Fuhs Wells Communications Intern  John F. Duffy is a writer and producer of podcasts and documentary films. He studied film at Columbia College Chicago. By the time he graduated, he had fallen in love with literary fiction. For the next twenty years, Duffy found himself carving a very unusual life path that […]

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Conversation with Judith L. Roth

By Emily Mellentine, Kristin Fuhs Wells Communications Intern We recently spoke with Children’s book author Judith L. Roth, who wrote Cadence and Kittenfish: A Mermaid Tale and Hiding Baby Moses. Click here to visit Roth’s website.  Your background includes a bachelor’s degree in English and music. How has your musical education influenced your writing, particularly […]

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A conversation with Mason Engel 

By Emily Mellentine, Kristen Fuhs Wells Communications Intern We recently spoke with Mason Engel, filmmaker of The Bookstour and Story Road, and author of the sci-fi novel, 2084. In Engel’s latest project, Books Across America, he traveled to 50 states, read 50 books and interviewed 50 authors — all in 50 days. To learn more […]

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A conversation with Kim Freeman

By Emily Mellentine, Kristin Fuhs Wells Communications Intern We recently spoke with children’s book author Kim Freeman, who wrote Ice Cream Man with Glenda Armand, illustrated by Keith Mallett. Freeman lives in Bloomington, Indiana and enjoys writing books that inspire children to follow their dreams.  Can you tell us more about your background as a […]

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Conversation with Larry D. Sweazy 

By Emily Mellentine, Kristen Fuhs Wells Communications Intern We recently spoke with Larry D. Sweazy, author of Winter Seeks Out the Lonely: A Sonny Burton Novel, featured on our 2022 shortlist in the Genre category. Born and raised in Anderson, Indiana, Sweazy is a multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of 19 novels and 39 short stories. […]

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5 things we learned from Kekla Magoon | Fort Wayne

On Aug. 31, 2023, award-winning author Kekla Magoon was INconversation with local Fort Wayne author Dori Graham at the Allen County Public Library. As we like to do at Indiana Authors Awards, we’ve recapped the conversation below with “5 Things We Learned.” Here are some moments that stood out to us: 1. Whose history? Reading […]

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5 things we learned from Kekla Magoon | South Bend

On Aug. 30, 2023, award-winning author Kekla Magoon was INconversation with Kathy Burnette of Brain Lair Books at Louise E. Addicott & Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall at Indiana University South Bend. As we like to do at Indiana Authors Awards, we’ve recapped the conversation below with “5 Things We Learned.” Here are some moments […]

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5 things we learned from Tess Gunty

Thank you for joining us for last night’s INconversation with Tess Gunty at Indiana Landmarks. Gunty is the author of The Rabbit Hutch, her National Book Award-winning debut novel about the fictional town of Vacca Vale, which was based in part on her hometown of South Bend. We’re grateful to Tess and moderator Susan Neville, […]

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Telling His Own Story

Last year, Spotify & OrangeSky Audio secured the rights to produce and publish the audiobook of Muncie-based writer J.R. Jamison’s “Hillbilly Queer.” Jamison entered the studio in December — after going through the audition process — to record. The audiobook became available in February, and now, for Audiobook Appreciation Month, we’ve asked Jamison to tell […]

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13 Hoosier LGBTQ+ Authors to Read This Month 

To celebrate Pride Month, we are highlighting 13 LGBTQ+ Hoosier authors. Read the authors’ bios and visit their websites or social medias to support their writing.  Sofi Keren 2022 Debut Shortlist, 2020 Emerging and Genre Shortlists Sofi Keren is a writer in love with romance and her home city of Indianapolis. She writes stories that […]

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