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

From October 28 through November 17 Click here to view all the many events and readings

A Panel of Award-Winning Novelists Who Just Happen to Be JCC Members

Michael Dahlie (The Best of Youth), Allison Lynn (The Exiles) and Ben Winters (The Last Policeman, 1 and 2) in conversation with Lev Rothenberg, Director of Arts and Education, JCC on Wednesday, 11/13 at 7 pm.

These three young authors are true professionals who have each written thoughtful and highly readable novels that look at our world from unique perspectives. Whether it is the story of a young couple exiled from New York City with baggage they dare not even share with each other, a lost young millionaire trying desperately to find himself amongst a cast of wacky characters who generally do not respect him, or a determined detective who almost inexplicably continues his work despite the fact that the world is literally coming to an end, each of these authors tells tales full of creativity, empathy and integrity. In conversation with Lev Rothenberg.  Click here to see the poster for the event. In Partnership with the Indiana Writers Center

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave
Wednesday, November 13,   6:00pm – 7:30pm

Guest Authors of "Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks"
The Speed City Chapter of Sisters in Crime present their third mystery anthology. The anthology features 17 mystery stories written by authors who are members of the Speed City Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Tucked between the fictional stories are pages about real-life legendary basketball players and coaches. Copies of the book will be for sale for the event, and authors will be available to sign copies of the book.

9 S. Johnson Avenue, Irvington

Bobby “Slick” Leonard book signing
Thursday, Nov.14, @ 6:00 pm
Coach Bobby Leonard will be signing his new book, Boom Baby: My Basketball Life in Indiana.


Purdue University Reading Series   

Wednesday, November 13,  7:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Poetry Reading with Karen Kovacik
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140


Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series

Butler University

Tomaz Salamun

7:30 p.m. November 19
Clowes Hall Krannert Room 

The Indianapolis Branch of the Vonnegut Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 21, at the Emelie Building in downtown Indianapolis (340 N. Senate Avenue) at 11:30 a.m. The library does not open until noon, but you can enter through Katz & Korin entrance. We will be studying Vonnegut's Player Piano. Please join us even if you haven't read the book in a while.  
Please contact for more information. 



Notre Dame Creative Writing Program  

November 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Fiction Writer, Laird Hunt will read
Eck Center Auditorium


The Writers Guild at Bloomington

MFA Poets Ciara Miller and Michael Mlekoday are hosting
November 20th  7:30pm
Rachel’s Cafe
1st Place Wins $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
2nd Place Wins $25 Gift Card
Poets need two poems for two rounds. Poems can be no longer than 3 minutes. Judges are picked randomly from the audience. This may be one of the most exciting event of the semester.There will be a lot of GREAT music and loads of fun!!!
Please contact Ciara Miller or Michael Mlekoday if you would like to compete.


Kellogg Writers Series

Thursday,  November 21    7:30 to 9:30 PM
Writer Roxane Gay
Schwitzer Student Center - UIndy Hall C

Poets of Lawrence

Tuesday, November 26   6:30-8:30
Lawrence Art Center
4437 N. Franklin Rd. Indpls, 46226

November 26 - Liza Hyatt - book launch for Stories Made of World (Finishing Line Press)
The poems in Stories Made of World explore the relationship of nature to self, Earth to soul, and poetic imagination to the land itself. These poems speak in the voices of Midwestern forests, cicadas, snails, and humidity and yet also reveal a world-consciousness that connects all places, all times. Poems within this collection link Turtle Island with modern images of Earth from space, a grieving Neanderthal woman with every mother’s grief, a Honda commuter with the early hunter-gatherers, and the bombing of Hiroshima with a Midwesterner’s dream 60 years later. Describing both the ordinary and the universal, the local details within an evolving cosmology, the poems in this collection are directions the Earth will give when we ask our way home.
Click here for Liza's Bio
No Poets of Lawrence in December.



Exhibition of Large-Format Poster of John Sherman's Photography and Poetry


Garfield Park Arts Center will host an exhibition entitled, “Photography and Poetry of John Sherman,” from November 2 to November 21. On exhibit (and for sale) will be 30-some large-format posters of Sherman’s poetry and photography. 
2432 Conservatory Drive, Garfield Park.
For more information, visit or call 317-327-7135. Click here to see the flyer.
John Sherman is a writer and photographer whose works have appeared in major publications across the U.S. He is the author of nine books, scores of newspaper and magazine articles; he has served twice as a magazine editor and as a newspaper columnist. He has written the libretto for the opera Biafra (viewable on YouTube). Sherman is the recipient of four Individual Artist Program grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. His manuscript for Marjorie Main: Rural Documentary Poetry earned him a Finalist position in the Walt Whitman Award competition sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. He received the Governor’s Award of Honor for Historic Preservation for his book, Santa Fe: A Pictorial History. He resides in Indianapolis.




Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group
Monday, December 9th   6pm

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 05, 2013

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