There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond. Looking for something to do? Here are just a few ideas:

The “Read Local” Series
Celebrating Indiana authors and their works.
Tuesday, November 10  @ 6:30 pm Irvington Branch Library

5625 E.Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Young Adult

Francesca Zappia – “Made You Up”
Sherri Wood Emmons – “The Seventh Mother"
Deb Dunlevy – “The Book of Sight” 
Julie Young – “Fifteen Minutes of Fame”
Bill Kenley – “High School Runner: Freshman Year”

Tuesday, November 17  @ 6:30 pm Irvington Branch Library
5625 E.Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Novels Set in Indiana

Greg Schwipps – “What This River Brings” 
Nate Dunlevy – “Invincible, Indiana”
Kurt Meyer – “The Salvage Man”
Forrest Bowman – “The Honorable Warren Drum”
Elaine Jannetides – “A Golden Bond”

The JCC’s 17th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts is a three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, filmmakers and performing and fine artists. This year’s Festival of Books runs October 28 through November 16, 2015. Unless noted otherwise, sessions are in the JCC’s Laikin Auditorium and are $10. Information and tickets may be found at 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis
Go here to view the remaining schedule.

Author | Jon Wertheimu     Tuesday, Nov 10 | 7 pm

Authors | Katja Goldman & Lisa Rotmil     Wednesday, Nov 11 | 7 pm

Notre Dame Creative Writing Series

John Yau
Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 PM

Hammes campus bookstore.

Poet, art critic, and curator John Yau has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1950 to Chinese emigrants, Yau attended Bard College and earned an MFA from Brooklyn College in 1978. His first book of poetry, Crossing Canal Street, was published in 1976. Since then, he has won acclaim for his poetry’s attentiveness to visual culture and linguistic surface. In poems that frequently pun, trope, and play with the English language, Yau offers complicated, sometimes competing versions of the legacy of his dual heritages—as Chinese, American, poet, and artist. A contributor for Contemporary Poets wrote: “Yau’s poems [are] often as much a product of his visual sense of the world, as his awareness of his double heritage from both Oriental and Occidental cultures.” Yau’s many collections of poetry include Corpse and Mirror (1983), selected byJohn Ashbery for the National Poetry Series, Edificio Sayonara (1992), Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Paradiso Diaspora (2006), Exhibits (2010), and Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012). Yau’s work frequently explores, and exploits, the boundaries between poetry and prose, and his collections of stories and prose poetry include Hawaiian Cowboys (1994), My Symptoms (1998), and Forbidden Entries (1996).

Kellogg Writers Series/University of Indianapolis

Tracy Kidder
Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m.

Ransburg Auditorium
Author Tracy Kidder is considered a master of creative nonfiction and literary journalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the National Book Award for Nonfiction with his 1981 book The Soul of a New Machine, which follows a team of researchers struggling to design a new computer. His UIndy appearance will focus on his acclaimed 2003 work Mountains Beyond Mountains, a biography of physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer that traces his efforts to fight infectious disease around the world.  Kidder, a Vietnam veteran who graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa, lives in Massachusetts and Maine.
Reserve your free ticket here:

Tracy Kidder's visit to the University of Indianapolis, included in the University's annual Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series, is underwritten by the Sutphin Lectures in the Humanities, endowed in memory of Samuel B. Sutphin by his sons Dudley V. and Samuel Reid Sutphin. The Sutphin Lectures bring scholars of distinction to campus for the benefit of students and the broader community.

Scott Sanders
Scott Russell Sanders
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

McCleary Chapel, Schwitzer Student Center

Bloomington resident Scott Russell Sanders has written 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe, A Conservationist Manifesto and the 2014 novel Divine Animal. Three decades of his essays were collected in Earth Works, published in 2012 by Indiana University Press. Among Sanders’ honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a distinguished professor emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009.

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
Denis Johnson on November 11th has canceled.

Dean Young
Monday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Robertson Hall, Johnson Board Room

Poet Dean Young, who earned his MFA from Indiana University, is recognized as one of the most energetic, influential poets writing today. His numerous collections of poetry include Strike Anywhere (1995), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid (2002), finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Elegy on Toy Piano (2005), finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Primitive Mentor (2008), shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize.  He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction (2010).

Young’s awards include the Academy Award in Literature, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His poems have been featured in Best American Poetry numerous times.

Recurring Events:

7-9 p.m. Kafe Kuumba, sponsored by Midtown Writers Association. Open mic at the Harrison Brook Center, 4002 Cornelius Ave. Every Thursday. $5, but $3 for open mic participants. Info: 317-895-4919.
Go to their facebook page for information

Poetry Open Mic
Presented by Irving Theatre at The Irving Theater
Free open mic poetry every Thursday 7-9 pm on the deck of Irving Theatre. 

Open Mic Night at Books and Brews
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers.  Every Thursday  8 p.m.
Information: (317) 288-5136. 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, November 9
6:00-7:30 pm

Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and veteran writers can receive feedback on their work. All genres of work are accepted.  Readers and those who enjoy books are also welcome as  their feedback is important. If you'd  like to have a sample of your work critiqued at the group, please email your sample to Valerie at
We hope to see you there!

Written by Roxanna Santoro — November 02, 2015

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