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

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club meeting with Francesca Zappia
Wednesday, August 30 - 7:00pm

We will be discussing Eliza and Her Monsters with author Francesca Zappia.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Rick Bailey book signing
Friday, September 8 - 5:30pm

We are pleased to welcome Rick Bailey who will be signing his book, American English, Italian Chocolate:Small Subjects of Great Importance.  It is a delightful memoir of 40 essays on a variety of subjects from donuts to ducks and levitation to Nutella.  Rick Bailey grew up in Freeland, Michigan on the Tittabawassee River and taught writing for 38 years at Henry Ford College.  Now retired Rick and his wife, an Italian immigrant, divide their time between Michigan and the Republic of San Marino.

Writers Guild at Bloomington

Spoken Word Stage at 4th Street Festival
Supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission

Labor Day Weekend - September 2-3
Saturday 10:30am-6pm and Sunday 10:00am-5pm
Corner of 4th and Dunn Streets

4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts
Bloomington, IN

Now in its 7th year, the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival is one of the largest literary performance events in the Midwest, featuring storytelling, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, live radio theatre, and other unique collaborations.  And of course, the ever-popular Poetry on Demand table will be staffed with a fleet of poets armed with typewriters ready to deliver!

Go here to see the entire line-up:

Depauw University Kelly Writers Series

Randall Horton
Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium
Randall Horton is an assistant professor of English at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and the author of The Definition of Place (2006) and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street (2009) and Hook (Augury Books 2015). He is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea González Poetry Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship. His creative and critical work has appeared in the print journals Callaloo, Sou’wester, Caduceus, New Haven Review, and the online journal The Offending Adam. Horton is a fellow of Cave Canem and a member of the Affrilachian Poets, two organizations that support African American poetry; and a member of the Symphony: The House That Etheridge Built, a reading collective named for the poet Etheridge Knight.   (Bio from the Poetry Foundation Website)

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN  46202
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Indy Reads Books is turning 5 and we want you to help us celebrate!

The birthday party starts at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6th at Indy Reads Books.

We want to recognize the volunteers, staff, and supporters who have helped Indy Reads Books reach this major milestone! Let's toast to good memories, great books, and many more years of serving the Indianapolis community.

Join us for live music, refreshments, and plenty of cake to share! Parking will be available behind the Trail Side apartments and Center Township Trustee building.
Even though this event is free, we still need you to RSVP!

See you there!

Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
SullivanMunce Cultural Center

225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville, IN 46077

Join Brick Street Poetry Inc. for this collaborative culinary event.  RSVP by Sept. 4 on the Poetry on Brick Street Facebook page, with the name of the culinary delight you will bring to join in this collaborative writing experience. You can sharpen your pencil or use one of ours. Just be sure to sharpen your poetic mind so your contribution to the poetry menu will be as special as the dish you bring. Food Write means everyone eats, everyone writes! This month we are all guest eaters and readers! Come ready to write and join the fun! We will be eating on the deck, weather permitting. There will be no featured reader or no open mic for this special event, just a poetic exercise, if you are up for it.

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Ross Gay
Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts
Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which (2006); Bringing the Shovel Down (2011); and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Gay is the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook "Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens," in addition to being co-author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook "River." He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', and also serves as an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.

He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. Gay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

Purdue University Literary Reading Series

Roxane Gay Reading: Hunger
Saturday, September 9  7-9PM
Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904
Join us for a reading with Roxane Gay!  Roxane will read from her memoir, Hunger.

Due to the size of our last event with Roxane, this will be a ticketed event. You can gain entry to our event by doing one of the following:

-Those who purchased a copy of Hunger or any other Roxane Gay title from our store from June 13 through July 9 will received a ticket for a seat at the event. Anyone who purchases one of her books through our store after that date will be placed on a list for open seating if there are no-shows. Note the books can also be purchased online at BUT make sure you provide a phone number or other info so we can get tickets to you.

-On the day of the event, we will provide limited standing room only space, however it will be a contained area and those without a ticket will not be admitted until 6:40.


Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 15, 2017

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