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1Nate Første besked:
aug 31, 2006, 10:25pm

I suppose the most obvious first topic would be authors who have some connection with Indiana (born here, live or lived here, novels set here, etc.). I must admit that I am fairly ignorant on this topic, so if someone would like to fill me in on some of their favorites, please do.

2IndyLibrarian Første besked:
sep 3, 2006, 11:25pm

I just started reading T.C. Boyle's The Inner Circle. It's about Alfred Kinsey's sex research at Indiana University. Great writing about Indiana's greatest institution - IU, and the Hoosier state's loveliest city, Bloomington. I'm kinda biased though.

3hanneman Første besked:
okt 29, 2006, 12:05am

Haven Kimmel is a wonderful new author from Indiana. I'd recommend beginning with A Girl Named Zippy or The Solace of Leaving Early. Her writing is exquisite and, having grown up in Indiana, it is nice to get a little bit of home.

4DeputyHeadmistress Første besked:
nov 2, 2006, 10:35am

Gene Stratton Porter, Lew Wallace, George Ade, Edward Eggleston, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Major, Booth Tarkington, James Whitcomb Riley, Jessamyn West, Mabel Leigh Hunt, Miriam Mason, Johnny Gruelle of Raggedy Anne and Andy fame, Ernie Pyle, of course, and Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe), Bill Peet is another children's author.

This website has more:

Kinsey, Sex and Fraud is good:

Indiana, Indiana by Laird Hunt of the Indianapolis area offers some lyrical depictions of Indiana (corn fields and fireflies).

5Darrol Første besked:
Redigeret: aug 19, 2007, 3:47pm

maj 17, 2007, 12:58am

Meg Cabot is from Indiana, and occasionally her heroines (or at least secondary characters) are as well

jul 20, 2007, 8:01pm

Charles Major, author of The Bears of Blue River and Uncle Tom Andy Bill. I have the copy of BBR that my grandparents gave me in 1967, and I now have my grandfather's copy. Pioneer story, sort of Laura Ingall's Wilder, set in Southern Indiana. Lots of bears, hunting, and more bears. Great boy story.

aug 24, 2007, 3:16pm

I just read the first 5 of Meg Cabot's Mediator series Shadowland, Ninth Key, Reunion, Darkest Hour, and Haunted. Not a single Indiana theme or connection. Mildly entertaining, however.

aug 25, 2007, 11:05pm

Well, Mia's mother in the Princess Diaries books is from Versailles, and if I remember correctly Teen Idol and How to be Popular were both set in IN (but, it has been awhile since I read them, so I could be wrong).

aug 26, 2007, 7:10am

collsers: I will be starting Princess Diaries soon. I did not mean a criticism of Mediator just an observation.

11saraheeiler Første besked:
nov 9, 2007, 12:59pm

Cathy Day (Peru; also DePauw University Greencastlealum) wrote The Circus in Winter.

jul 10, 2008, 12:26pm

Barbara Kingsolver is a DePauw alum.

jul 11, 2008, 9:14pm

Some Indiana mystery writers include:

Phil Dunlap
Terence Faherty
Roberta Gellis
Michael Koryta
Monette Michaels
Jeff Stone who writes the Five Ancestors series for middle schlool age readers

jul 14, 2008, 11:18am

author Dick Gibson is from Royal Center, near Logansport. He's an IU grad, as well. If got his 3 Rob Grant books on Mt. TBR. I plan to read and review them, then have a giveaway on my blog for them.

Redigeret: jul 17, 2008, 9:46pm

Although his works may seem a little dated today, I've always enjoyed reading Booth Tarkington. Check out The Magnificent Ambersons, his critically acclaimed novel about the transition from "old money" to "new" in Midland (Indianapolis) after the turn of the 20th century (later made into a film by Orson Welles).

I also get a kick out of Penrod, a Tom Sawyer-esque story of a boy and his comical misadventures while growing up in Indianapolis.

jul 17, 2008, 1:58pm

Thanks, biomap! I didn't know BT was from Indy! That just moved Ambersons un Mt. TBR several feet ;-)

aug 24, 2008, 8:04pm

James Alexander Thom and his wife Raintree live in southern Indiana. They write historical fiction mostly to do with Indian nations in the east and midwest. I've read most of their books and have them all.

Redigeret: aug 26, 2008, 5:40pm

Has anyone in this group been to the Indy Fringe Fest yet? Or have plans to go? Between Sunday and Monday I saw five performances that varied from delightful to disturbing, but all were interesting and entertaining. If you aren't familiar with the fringe, all performances are an hour in duration, so you can see several. There are 48 different performances by adult individuals/groups plus several by high school groups in Fringe Next. Performances include plays, dance, clowns, etc. Each performance is repeated several times during the course of the Fringe, switching between the six venues. Plus there are street peformers, art, and great restaurants. The Fringe continues thru August 31st in the Mass Avenue theater district.

I saw two plays by Indiana playrights that I would recommend:
Dr. Goddard and Mr. Angst
The Babbling Banshee
plus a bunch of short skits by the Bloomington Playwright Project called The Best of the Blizzard that I would also recommend.

The website is IndyFringe

sep 1, 2013, 2:43pm

A Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton-Porter, is a classic of Indiana literature.

Blurb: Set near the Limberlost Swamp in Indiana at the beginning of the 20th century, "A Girl of the Limberlost" is the story of Elnora Comstock, a young girl who is just entering high school at the outset of the novel. The story is one of Elnora's struggles to overcome her poverty; to win the love of her mother, who blames Elnora for her husband's death; and to find a romantic love of her own. A classic and romantic coming of age story, "A Girl of the Limberlost" will delight readers of all ages.