Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 Steel Pen Bookfair Bonanza

Kevin Shelton
Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a bookfair with critically acclaimed author Wang Ping, Indiana native fiction writer, Bryan Furuness, and small presses? Good thing October is coming up then as Indiana Writers’ Consortium’s 2015 Steel Pen Conference will be having a bookfair as part of the conference. If you want a book signed by Wang Ping—or by one of the other talented authors attending the bookfair—here is your chance.
The book fair will be located at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza and will start at 9 AM and last until 6 PM, Saturday, October 10. There will be around 30 small presses, individual authors, and literary arts organizations selling a variety of books, journals, and other materials, so take your time and explore what everyone has out on the tables.  
Sometimes you just need a glass of wine or some gourmet chocolate as you read or write. As a fun twist to the book fair, Indiana Writers’ Consortium will be having a drawing for a complimentary LuxWine Tasting for Four at Cooper’s Hawk, donated by the winery. This tour includes a tasting of their different wines and a gourmet chocolate truffle. To enter the drawing, you sign up at the bookfair.
Included in the bookfair, there will be author signings at the Barnes & Noble table. Below is the schedule:
10:30 AM – P. Ivan Young
P. Ivan Young is a recipient of the 2011 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and the 2013 winner of the Norton Girault Literary Prize.
11:45 AM – Laura Madeline Wiseman
Laura Madeline Wiseman has published several books that include Drink, Wake, and multiple chapbooks.  
1:00 PM – Sara Henning
Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water, Garden Effigies, and To Speak to Dahlias.
2:00 PM – Ching-In Chen
Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic and is a genderqueer and multi-genre writer. She has been featured around the country.
2:30 PM - Michael Poore
Michael Poore has written Up Jumps the Devil and is currently working on a new novel.
3:00 PM - Wang Ping
Wang Ping has won multiple awards, which include the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts for poetry, the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities, and more.
3:30 PMKate Collins
Kate Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series and is an Indiana native.
5:00 PM – Bryan Furuness
Bryan Furuness is the author of The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson and won the Midwest Short Fiction Contest, The Laurel Review, for “The Lost Episodes”
5:30 PM – James Dworkin
James Dworkin is the chancellor of Purdue North Central and is the author of The Dog and the Dolphin.
As an off-site event on Sunday, October 11th, there will be an author fair at Barnes & Noble in Valparaiso. Below is the schedule for the author fair:
10 AM – 12 PM
Wang Ping
Ching-IN Chen
Bryan Furuness
Laura Madeline Wiseman
Sara Henning
Evan Guilford-Blake
Britny Cordera Doane
12:30 PM – 2 PM
Michael Poore
Kate Collins
Carla Susan
James Dworkin
Kathryn Page Camp
Joyce Hicks
Paula Evans
Catherine Lanigan
For more information about the 2015 Steel Pen conference and book fair, please visit

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