Rader-Day, other Hoosier authors, join speakers series

submitted photo Lori Rader Day

Boone County author Lori Rader-Day is among a dozen Indiana authors participating in a statewide speakers program.

Indiana Humanities awarded funds to 29 nonprofit organizations in 25 cities to bring an award-winning Indiana author to their community to speak to a public audience as part of the Novel Conversations Speakers Program.

The program, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers and other nonprofit organizations, was funded by a grant from the Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Awardees were matched with authors who are current and past recipients of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Speaking events will take place through June 2019.

“We’re so thankful for this partnership and the opportunity to expand access to Indiana’s most talented authors across our state,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “The generous support from the Glick Fund allows more Hoosier readers to engage with impactful literature and thoughtful conversations.”

Rader Day, a Western Boone graduate, will speak at four locations, include the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville. Rader-Day is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee and author of Under A Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. The date has not been announced.

Indiana Humanities’ Novel Conversations program is a free statewide lending library offering sets of books, primarily fiction and biographies, to reading and discussion groups at libraries, senior centers, schools and other places throughout the state. Indiana Humanities makes available 600 titles by more than 500 authors, approximately 45 of whom are Hoosiers. All of the authors taking part in this year’s speakers program are represented in the Novel Conversations library.

Any Indiana resident with a book club can participate in Novel Conversations for free. Books are shipped via the Indiana State Library’s INfo Express service to libraries around the state, or picked up and returned at Indiana Humanities’ headquarters in Indianapolis. Residents of areas outside library districts may be eligible for free direct shipping. All books must be reserved in advance online by visiting www.indianahumanities.org/novelconversations.