The results are in for this year's Indiana Authors Awards, a program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation funded by The Glick Fund. Or at least for its top two awards. Biographer and Indiana State professor Michael Shelden won the National Author prize (which nets $10,000), and former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf was named the Regional Author winner (a $7,500 value).
Also announced were the three finalists for the Emerging Author award, which brings with it $5,000. They are Jessica Brockmole, Clifford Garstang and Kelsey Timmerman. The Emerging Author winner will be announced at the sixth annual Indiana Authors Award dinner Oct. 25 at the Central Library.
Shelden, a former features writer for the Daily Telegraph and book reviewer for the Baltimore Sun, is the author of biographies on Churchill, Orwell, Twain, Graham Greene and literary critic Cyrill Connolly. Newsweek called his most recent book, The Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, "a vivid portrait of a young man on the make, as ambitious as he was gifted."
Krapf is the author of 26 books, most recently a poetry collection, Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet's Journey of Healing, about, according to his website, "his abuse as a child at the hands of a priest and the lifelong effects it has had on him, his family and his loved ones."
An Emerging Author candidate must have published no more than two books in his or her lifetime — and those titles must have been published within the past ten years.
The South Bend-based Brockmole's first novel, Letters from Skye (Ballantine Books), is an "epistolary love story" about the relationship between a Scottish poet and an American college student.
Garstang is the author of two recently published books: the novel What the Zhang Boys Know, which won the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and the short story collection In an Uncharted Country.
The widely-travelled Timmerman has authored two related books about the consumer behavior and geopolitics: WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes and WHERE AM I EATING? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy.