Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award recognizes the contributions of Hoosier writers and promotes a love of reading across the state. Michael Shelden, the 2014 National Author Winner and the author of five biographies shares insights into his latest book, “Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill”

Professor Michael Shelden of Indiana State University is the author of five biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist “Orwell: The Authorized Biography,” which was also a New York Times Notable Book and has been translated into five languages. His study of Mark Twain’s final years, “Man in White,” was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor and Library Journal. For 15 years, he was a features writer for the London Daily Telegraph, and for 10 years he served as a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. His work has also appeared in The Shakespeare Quarterly, the Times of London, Victorian Studies, the Washington Post and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His most recent book – “Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill” – was published in 2013 by Simon & Schuster in New York and London. “Shelden is full of sharp insights about Churchill,” said the Wall Street Journal, “as one would expect from a literary biographer of his rank.” Translation rights have been sold in four languages, and the film rights were bought by Carnival Films, the London-based producers of Downton Abbey.

A popular speaker, Michael has given lectures for the Churchill Centre, the National World War Two Museum, the Commonwealth Club of California, the Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and the London Library. For Recorded Books, he has created three sets of audio lectures, including “The Lost Generation: American Writers in Paris in the 1920s” (2011), which AudioFile magazine praised for its “bittersweet imagery . . . wry wit, passion and humor.” When his first book was published, the London Times wrote: “His ‘Friends of Promise, Cyril Connolly and the World of Horizon’ . . . is being heavily serialized and profiled in the serious national Press. He has dug up a great deal of unpublished correspondence and other documents that throw startling new light on the London literary and intellectual scene of 50 years ago. He also writes beautifully, with spice and vinegar.” For more information, visit

Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

  • Recognizes the contributions of Hoosier writers and promotes a love of reading across the state
  • Winners in three categories (National, Regional, Emerging) are chosen from nominations submitted by the public
  • Winners receive cash prizes and a $2,500 grant for their hometown Indiana public library
  • Sixth year of the Award; funded by the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • All proceeds benefit programs of The Indianapolis Public Library and Library Foundation
  • Nominations for the 2015 Indiana Authors Award will open online in February

Indy Author Fair

  • Saturday, October 25; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Library
  • Free and open to the public
  • Activities for writers and book lovers of all ages, including workshops on writing and publishing provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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