Three Hoosier authors were recognized as winners of 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award at the annual awards ceremony Oct. 26 at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis.
The Indiana Authors Award recognizes the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The award is a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
National Award winner Michael Martone, a native of Fort Wayne, is the author of such recent works as Four for a Quarter, Not Normal; Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover, Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, and Double-wide, his collected early stories.
The National Award carries a $10,000 prize, along with a $2,500 grant to a public library of Martone’s choice, which is the Little Turtle Branch in Allen County.
The Regional Author winner is James H. Madison, the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University and author of such books as Eli Lilly: A Life, A Lynching in the Heartland, Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II, World War II: A History in Documents, and The Indiana Way: A State History.
Madison will receive $7,500 as well as a $2,500 grant to his chosen public library.
Announced as the winner of the Emerging Author award is Indianapolis young adult author Mike Mullin, whose debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels in 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association. His second novel for young adults is Ashen Winter. Mullin receives a $5,000 prize, in addition to the $2,500 grant to a chosen public library.
Other Emerging Author finalists were Tricia Fields (The Territory; Fire Break) and Kelsey Timmerman (Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes; Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy).
It was also announced that The Glick Fund has renewed funding support for the Indiana Authors Award for the next five years.
“My parents would be thrilled with the recognition the Indiana Authors Award has brought to Indiana writers,” Marianne Glick, an advisor to The Glick Fund and board chair for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation, said in a press release. “By continuing our support we hope to encourage and inspire continued creativity.”
Indiana Authors Award statewide nominations were submitted in early spring. Any published writer born in Indiana or who has lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible. An eight-member, statewide award panel selected the winning authors based on specific criteria.