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

A Very Special Christmas with Dan Wakefield at the Benton House
Thursday, Dececember 3, from 5:30-8:30 pm
Come and celebrate the reissue of Dan’s novel, Under the Apple Tree, with music provided by
The Sophie Faught Trio and refreshments courtesy of Hawthorne Publishing.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

Linda Mansfield Reading "Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas"
Friday, December 4,  7pm – 9pm

Indianapolis-based author Linda Mansfield offers a baker's dozen of realistic, fictional short stories in "Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas" to provide readers with short breaks in the hectic holiday season. Complimentary gift-wrapping will be available for those who purchase the book.

Callista Buchen reading "The Bloody Planet"
Sunday, December 6,  3pm – 6pm

In The Bloody Planet, Callista Buchen calls out to the geographies of the solar system, considering the local and the grand, the Earth-bound and beyond. Her speakers are searchers—through far-flung examinations and pursuits of strange landscapes, they bring us face to face with what it means to be human.
Go here to learn more

The Writers Guild at Bloomington
a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Friday, Dec. 4,   7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
NEW VENUE!  Bloomingfoods EAST  3220 East Third Street
Patio Room
Featuring writers Dr. Karin Drummond, D.C. and KD Lee Writes
and musician Matthew Allen
Free and open to the public

First Sunday Prose & Open Mic

Sunday Dec 6,  3-5 p.m.
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St
Featured readers: Shayne Laughter, Darja Malcolm-Clarke and Eric Rensberger. 
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

  Vouched Presents
Saturday, December 5,  7:00pm to 9pm
New Day Meadery
1102 Prospect St, Indianapolis
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9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, 46219

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Claire Arbogast/ Book Signing
Saturday, December 12, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Leave the Dogs at Home, published summer 2015 by Indiana University Press, is a vibrant, witty, and unflinchingly confessional book challenging the norms about love and grief. It's the kind of real truth you only hear at the kitchen table with a glass of wine.

"Claire Arbogast rewrites the stages of grief in this raw, sometimes unsettling, always compelling memoir that takes us backward and forward in time from the moment her intense, complicated husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Leave the Dogs at Home challenges the conventional wisdom about love, marriage, loss, survival, and grace in ways that are bound to make you think about your own life." --Barbara Shoup, author of Looking for Jack Kerouac

She is the recipient of a 2009-10 Greer Artist Fellowship grant and a 2008 Ropewalk Writers Retreat Masters Creative Non-fiction Workshop Scholarship.  Learn more on the author's website:

Holiday Book Signings:

Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202

December 5, Noon to 4 p.m.
Lilly Hall

Author Fair has something for everyone on your shopping list – and for you, too! More than 70 Indiana authors pack Eli Lilly Hall at the History Center every year for a fun-filled day of mixing, mingling and book signing.  Meet The New York Times bestseller James Alexander Thom, who has a new book out. You can also look forward to favorites Philip Gulley, Helen Frost, Jim Madison and Dan Carpenter.  This year's books range in topics from youth historical fiction and biographies to sports and politics, with a lot of Indiana history. You'll find a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction and children's titles.

Free admission includes the Indiana Experience and Festival of Trees.

Click here to download the full catalog of authors and books.
If you are unable to attend the Holiday Author Fair but would like to have a book personalized, you can call the Basile History Market to place your order at (317) 234-0020.

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

The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic. 
Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.

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, December 14
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 18, 2015

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