Indianapolis—Holiday shopping for an array of family, loved ones and new friends can be a daunting task, but the Indiana Historical Society offers a personalized, one-stop shopping opportunity for book lovers and gift givers alike this holiday season at the Eighth Annual Holiday Author Fair, taking place Saturday, Dec. 4, noon – 4 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The Holiday Author Fair is the largest book signing gathering for Indiana-related material, featuring more than 70 “Hoosier” authors. Books include works of fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, photography, history, children’s books and more. Visitors can converse with authors, have books signed and enjoy refreshments, as well as take in the various elements of the IHS’s new Indiana Experience.
Author presentations will take place in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater throughout the afternoon, as well as an awards presentation and readings from the “My Indiana Hero” student writing contest. A special area for children’s activities will also be available. Featured authors include Philip Gulley, Howard Caldwell, James Alexander Thom, Ray Boomhower and Daniel Orr.
Complimentary gift wrapping (donations accepted) will be provided by members of the Butler University Chorale. The Basile History Market will also offers shopping opportunities on items such as music, Indiana-made household products, jewelry, original art, handmade textiles, children’s merchandise, reproductions from the IHS collection and more. Members of the IHS receive 10 percent off their entire purchase including signed books.
The Holiday Author Fair is free with admission to the Indiana Experience, and complimentary parking is available in the History Center’s surface lot at the corner of New York and West streets. The Eighth Annual Holiday Author Fair is supported by Indy Reads. For more details on these and other Indiana Historical Society offerings, call the IHS at (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
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, 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 also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.
High-resolution images of book covers and other items, as well as interviews with authors and student winners, are available upon request. For more information, contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at (317) 232-1878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eighth Annual Holiday Author Fair Presentation Schedule
Frank and Katrina Basile Theater
12:30 p.m. “My Indiana Hero” – Student Writing Contest Awards Presentation and Readings
1 p.m. John Bower, photographer – The Common Good
1:30 p.m. Gail Stephens, historian – Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War
2 p.m. Karen Evans Moratz, author and flutist – Flute for Dummies
2:30 p.m. Ray Boomhower, author and editor – “Writing Lives: A Primer on Biography”
3 p.m. Howard Caldwell, author and television personality – The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters
Eighth Annual Holiday Author Fair Participating Authors List*
Ramón and Trisha (Hull) Arredondo
William E. Bartelt
Suzanne S. Bellamy
Ray E. Boomhower
Scott M. Bushnell
Fred D. Cavinder
Sherry Stone Clifton
David A. Crowder
Janet Zenke Edwards
Frank L. Gertcher
Anita Marie Giddings
Rita T. Kohn
Richard M. Lytle
Kathy M. McKimmie
Marsha Williamson Mohr
Karen Evans Moratz
Barbara Olenyik Morrow
David Thomas Murphy
Wendy Stout O’Brien
Michael A. Peake
James M. Redwine
Joanne Raetz Stuttgen
Larry D. Sweazy
Dark Rain Thom
James Alexander Thom
Peter J. Welling
W. William Wimberly II
Douglas A. Wissing
Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
Mary C. Woolling
*List includes co-authors, illustrators and photographers who will be in attendance.