The 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the National Author category will go to Hoosier author John Green, along with a $10,000 prize.
Barbara Shoup has been named as the winner in the Regional Author category, earning her a $7,500 prize. The national and regional recipients, along with finalists in the Emerging Author category, were recently named by the award panel.
Additionally, for the first time in the award's history, the award panel created the category of Lifetime Achievement and recognized author Dan Wakefield.
All will be honored at the Indiana Authors Award dinner and festivities on Sept. 29 at the Central Library in Indianapolis.
This annual award program seeks to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is funded through The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Nominations were submitted from across the state in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible. A nine-member, statewide award panel selected the national and regional winners, the lifetime achievement award recipient, and finalists in the third category of emerging authors from the pool of publicly nominated authors
The awards ceremony will include free public programs such as author lectures from this year's Indiana Authors Award honorees, "how to get published" workshops for aspiring writers, and book sales and signings featuring authors from around the state. A ticketed award dinner and fundraiser benefiting the Library Foundation will follow that evening where the winner of the Emerging Author category will be named. Green will serve as the dinner's keynote speaker. Ticket information for the Indiana Authors Award Dinner is available by calling the Library Foundation at 275-4700 or by visiting the website at www.indianaauthorsaward.org.