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

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202
Cassandra L Richardson-Welch reading A Tree With Only One Leaf
Thursday, July 6,   4pm – 6pm

Tree with one leaf
EMILY RICHARDSON girl on the threshold of life, but what can she really expect? This story, is the second in a series of twelve enchanting short stories, fiction mingled with fact, tales of the accelerating and witty encounters Emily faces as she fumbles her way through the journey of ages, trying to find her true purpose. Based on the life and experiences of author Cassandra L Welch, ‘A Tree with Only One Leaf (VOLUMEII): Multiple Vertices Connected By One Path’ masterfully blends fact with fiction set to educate a generation about not only Welch’s achievements, but also illuminate the civil rights movement in a way never done before.  The life of Young Emily will offer more than entertaining diversion; it will inform, inspire, and investigate. If knowledge is power and laughter is the best medicine, Volume II is a soothing treasure indeed!

Paul Caranci Reading at Indy Reads Books
Monday, July 10, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Paul Caranci reading Wired: The Shocking True Story of Political Corruption and the FBI Informant Who Risked Everything to Expose It.

Paul Caranci has been involved in government for 45 years, served on the town council for 16+ years and as Rhode Island's Deputy Secretary of State of 8 years.
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Adrian Matejka-Presented by UIndy’s Social Practice Art MA program and Etchings Press
Friday, July 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tube Factory artspace, 1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, 46203
With the lean, long jab and agile step of a boxer, Adrian Matejka delivers this knockout dramatization of the larger-than-life life of heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. In dexterous interpolating voices, and in forms ranging from enveloping sonnets to prose letters and interviews, Johnson emerges as a scrappy, hard-edged hero—troubled by his own demons but determined to win the “fight of the century,” a fight that underscored the bitter realities of racism in America. These poems don’t pull no punches.

The legendary Jack Johnson (1878–1946) was a true American creation. The child of emancipated slaves, he overcame the violent segregationism of Jim Crow, challenging white boxers—and white America—to become the first African-American heavyweight world champion. The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejka’s third work of poetry, follows the fighter’s journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he brazenly loved. Matejka’s book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson’s complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth.

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) and Mixology (Penguin, 2009). He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, a National Poetry Series Award, the New York/New England Award, and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with his wife, Stacey Lynn Brown, and their daughter.



9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Farmers Market @ Ellenberger Park - REMOTE
Sunday, July 9 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address:
5301 E. St. Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Join us at the Farmers' Market @ Ellenberger Park as we host author Fred Minnick who will be signing his latest books, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of an American Whiskey and Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World's Spirit.

Vocab: Tatjana's Sun Revolution Celebration
Wednesday, July 12 at 8 PM - 11:30 PM
The White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 E. Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Help us celebrate our founder's sun revolution.
This will be a closed mic event featuring all sorts of VOCAB favorites and family!

Allison Victoria, Viktoria Meyerhoff, Joshua Allen, Yadin Kol, Dante Frattro, Sylvia Thomas, Margot, Alexandria Tuesday

21+ and $5 at the door (cash)

Riley Poetry Series
ANNOUNCING the third reading in our 2017 Poetry Series with writers Shari Wagner and Elizabeth Krajeck!

Poetry readings are held in the Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center. Refreshments will be served and attendees receive complimentary tickets for a future tour of our historic Museum Home.
James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis    Info:

Writers Guild At Bloomington

Players Pub Spoken Word Series
Presented by Writers Guild at Bloomington
Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Players Pub
424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Featuring Ciara Miller (poetry), Adam Henze (poetry), and Lisa Kwong (poetry).
Music by John Dehner

There will also be an open mic.
$5 cover (can be added to your tab).

Go here to see and download the full-sized poster.

Greenwood Public Library
310 S. Meridian St, Greenwood, IN 46143

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Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 30, 2017

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