INDIANAPOLIS—Authors from across the state are coming together for a special event hosted by the Indiana Historical Society (IHS).
IHS is celebrating the fifth annual National Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27, with an Independent Author Festival. From 1 to 4 p.m., 18 authors will be at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, sharing stories and selling books.
The History Center’s Basile History Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with activities, discounts and prizes. There will be additional author book signings with Rachel Berenson Perry (1 to 1:45 p.m.), Ray E. Boomhower (2 to 2:45 p.m.) and Michael B. Murphy (3 to 3:45 p.m.).
The shop will have 20% off all regularly priced books. Each guest will receive a ticket for a door prize and an additional ticket for every $10 spent in store. Starting at noon, a bookmaking activity station will allow young readers to create their own children’s books.
In honor of Independent Bookstore Day, IHS will offer free admission to the Indiana Experience. Offerings include IHS’s latest exhibition, You Are There 1939: Exploring Angel Mounds. The exhibit takes guests back in time to a historic dig in Southern Indiana that uncovered millions of Native American artifacts.
The fifth annual National Independent Bookstore Day is sponsored in part by Penguin Random House, Ingram and the American Booksellers Association. For more information about special events taking place at the History Center, call IHS at (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
About Independent Bookstore Day
Independent Bookstore Day began in California in 2014 and became a national event the next year. A host of publishers and authors such as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, Stephen King and others have donated work in support of the event. Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Its sponsors include Penguin Random House, Ingram and the American Booksellers Association. For more information about IBD, visit www.indiebookstoreday.com or follow @bookstoreday on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization and Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming. Regular operating hours for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.