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IHS Press Releases Indiana Out Loud

IHS Press Releases Indiana
Out Loud: Dan Carpenter on the Heartland Beat

Indianapolis─The Indiana
Historical Society Press is pleased to announce the release of Indiana Out
Loud: Dan Carpenter on the Heartland Beat
. This collection of the best of this
renowned op-ed columnist’s work since 1993 includes engaging perceptions of some
of the state’s most intriguing characters.

Since 1976, Carpenter’s
writing has appeared in the pages of The Indianapolis Star as a police
reporter, book critic and columnist. In writing for the state’s largest
newspaper, Carpenter has covered the life and times of some notable Hoosiers,
as well as serving as a voice for the disadvantaged, sometimes exasperating the
Star’s readership in central Indiana as the newspaper’s “house liberal.”

Indiana Out Loud includes
timely and engaging examinations of the lives of such intriguing people as
wrestling announcer Sam Menacker, survivor of the James Jones People’s Temple
massacre Catherine Hyacinth Thrash, Indianapolis African American leader
Charles “Snookie” Hendricks, Atlas Grocery impresario Sid Maurer, and coaches
James “Doc” Counsilman and Ray Crowe. The book also includes a healthy dose of
literary figures, politicians, historians, knaves, crooks, and fools.

As Carpenter notes, the
book “presumes to make itself heard as a distinct voice of this place in this
time of economic struggle, political divisiveness, creative persistence,
flammable faith, terror brought home and war, seemingly, without end or limit.

“The cumulative sound
comprises the sweet and strident, the measured and manic, the deafening and the
barely detectable. It is as sharp as the orchestrations of a legendary
neighborhood grocer and as seductive as the baritone riffs of a celebrated
junkie poet. It shrieks against arbitrary war and enforced poverty. It sings
the pain of inevitable loss and the praises of improbable gift bearers.”

About the Author

Dan Carpenter is an
Indianapolis native and a graduate of Cathedral High School and Marquette
University. In addition to his work for The Indianapolis Star, he has published
poetry in Illuminations, Pearl, Poetry East, Flying Island, Tipton Poetry
, and Southern Indiana Review. Carpenter’s book Hard Pieces: Dan
Carpenter’s Indiana
, was published by Indiana University Press in 1993. He
lives in Indianapolis’ Butler-Tarkington neighborhood with his wife, Mary, and
children, Patrick and Erin.


Title: Indiana Out Loud: Dan
Carpenter on the Heartland Beat

Price: $16.95

Pages: 134

Size: 6
x 9

Cover: Hardcover

Publication Date: August

ISBN: 978-087195-308-7

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