2012 Indiana Authors Award Recipients Honored

October 2, 2012

Four authors with ties to Indiana were awarded the 2012 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award during the Gala Awards Dinner on September 29 at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. In its fourth year, the Award recognizes the contributions of Hoosier authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.

John GreenAs announced this summer, New York Times bestselling young adult author and Indianapolis resident John Green was recognized as the National Award Winner. His books, including The Fault in Our Stars; Looking for Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns, have earned numerous awards. 

"It's a great honor to be acknowledged in my hometown for my books, especially alongside writers as talented as Barbara Shoup and Christopher Coake," stated Green. "My years in Indiana have been the most productive of my life, and tonight I was reminded why: ours is a state rich in literary heritage and with an even brighter literary future."

Barbara ShoupThe Regional Winner is novelist and young adult author Barbara Shoup, currently the executive director of the Writers’ Center of Indiana and associate faculty member at IUPUI. Her novels include Night Watch; Wish You Were Here; Stranded in Harmony; and her latest, An American Tune.

Hoosier native and English Professor at the University of Nevada Christopher Coake was named Emerging Author Winner. He is the author of You Came Back, as well as the collection of short stories titled We're in Trouble. Coake was listed among "Granta's Best of Young American Novelists" in 2007. 

Two authors were listed as Emerging Author Finalists. Sherri Wood Emmons is author of the novels Prayers and Lies and The Sometimes Daughter. Douglas Light is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and short story writer whose works include East Fifth Bliss and Girls in Trouble.

Dan WakefieldThe first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award was presented Indianapolis native Dan Wakefield. His bestselling novels Going All the Way and Starting Over were produced as feature films. Wakefield edited and wrote an introduction to The Letters of Kurt Vonnegut to be published in October 2012.

In addition to a cash prize, each winner's Indiana hometown public library will receive a grant of $2,500 from The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Information about nominating an author for the 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award will be made available early next year. To learn more, contact the Library Foundation at (317) 275-4700 or visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.