Celebrated author Junot Díaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, will present the 40th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Central Library.

The event, hosted by RTV’s Rafael Sánchez, is free and open to the public with seating on a first-come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Preferred seating is available for Friends of the Library cardholders until 6:45 p.m. Books sales and signing will follow the lecture.

PARKING:

Limited FREE parking will be available in the Central Library parking garage. Additional overflow parking is located in the lot at the north end of the IPS John Morton Finney Center for Educational Services, at the corner of Delaware St. and Clair St.

Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz

Made possible through gifts from Friends of the Library to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

About the McFadden Lecture

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Inc. was established in 1969 to promote the development and improvement of Library facilities and services, and to support and enhance Library programs and projects by raising private contributions. All gifts to the Library Foundation assure the continuation of support for children's reading programs, lecture series, and other special events and programs presented by the Library for the benefit of the community.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

The Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture Series was established after the Library Foundation received a gift from the estate of Marian McFadden, Director of Public Libraries from 1945-1956. This annual author lecture series was named in her honor.

Past Lecturers

Jacqueline Woodson

2016


Jacqueline Woodson

Khaled Hosseini

2015


Khaled Hosseini

David Wiesner

2014


David Wiesner

Ann Patchett

2013


Ann Patchett


§ Lecturers Archive


  • 2012 - Mo Willems
  • 2011 - Bob Woodward
  • 2010 - Neil Gaiman
  • 2009 - Nicholas Sparks
  • 2008 - Eric Carle
  • 2007 - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    (delivered by Mark Vonnegut)
  • 2006 - Patricia Cornwell
  • 2005 - Marc Brown
  • 2004 - John Irving
  • 2003 - Louis Sachar
  • 2002 - David McCullough
  • 2001 - Tomie dePaola
  • 2000 - Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • 1999 - Judy Blume
  • 1998 - Margaret Atwood
  • 1997 - Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith
  • 1996 - Amy Tan
  • 1995 - Gary Paulsen
  • 1994 - William Styron
  • 1993 - Chris Van Allsburg
  • 1992 - Gail Godwin
  • 1991 - Maurice Sendak
  • 1990 - John Updike
  • 1989 - David Macaulay
  • 1988 - Tom Wolfe
  • 1987 - Lloyd Alexander
  • 1986 - Kurt Vonnegut
  • 1985 - Jean Fritz
  • 1984 - James Baldwin
  • 1983 - Richard Peck
  • 1982 - Gail Sheehy
  • 1981 - Scott O'Dell
  • 1980 - Norman Mailer
  • 1979 - Elaine L. Konigsburg
  • 1978 - Saul Bellow