Huntington library to host author as part of statewide speakers program

More than 25 cities and towns will host 11 Indiana authors over the next few months as part of a statewide speakers program. Indiana Humanities awarded funds to 27 nonprofit organizations, including the Huntington City-Township Public Library, to bring an award-winning Indiana author to their community to speak to a public audience as part of the Novel Conversations Speakers Program.

Author Lori Rader-Day will speak at the Huntington branch. Rader-Day, a native of Lebanon, is the author of “Little Pretty Things,” “The Black Hour” and “The Day I Died.” She is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and has won an Indiana Author award.

The program, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers and other nonprofit organizations, was funded by a grant from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Awar-dees were matched with authors that are current and past recipients of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Speaking events will take place through June 2018.

In addition to paying the speakers’ fees, Indiana Humanities will provide participating organizations with resources such as a communications toolkit, press release template and event banner.

Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements and cover any travel expenses. Author events must be completed by June 30, 2018.

Indiana Humanities’ Novel Conversations program is a free statewide lending library offering sets of books, primarily fiction and biographies, to reading and discussion groups at libraries, Senior centers, schools and other places throughout the state. Indiana Humanities makes available 600 titles by more than 500 authors, approximately 45 of whom are Hoosiers. All of the authors taking part in this year’s speakers program are represented in the Novel Conversations library.

Any Indiana resident with a book club can participate in Novel Conversations for free. Books are shipped via the Indiana State Library’s Info Express service to libraries around the state, or picked up and returned at Indiana Humanities’ headquarters in Indianapolis.

Residents of areas outside library districts may be eligible for free direct shipping. All books must be reserved in advance online by visiting www.indianahumanities.org/novelconversations.