If you like hilarious, iconoclastic writing by an expatriate Hoosier author, Kurt Vonnegut is not your only option. The other Indiana author you need to know is Fort Wayne-born Michael Martone. Martone will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Gathering of Writers and Readers for the Writers’ Center of Indiana.
Martone, in fact, writes more about Indiana — and more entertainingly — than any writer I can think of. Who else has gone so deeply into the mind of Dan Quayle or identified Indianapolis as the “world headquarters of world headquarterses”? This former Butler student and IU grad has just published Double-Wide: The Collected Stories of Michael Martone, a great beginning if you want to dig into his brilliant work.
Other featured writers at the Gathering of Writers and Readers — which will feature a day of classes, workshops and conversation — include Marianne Boruch, Terence Faherty, Lou Harry and NUVO’s own Terry Kirts.
A Gathering of Writers and Readers is April 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St. Writers Center nonmember cost is $75 (students with ID $30), lunch included. Call 317-255-0710 to register, or go to www.indianawriters.org.
The night before, on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Big Car Gallery (1043 Virginia Ave., Ste. 215), Martone will read from his work. This event, presented by Indy Underground, will also feature Sean Aden Lovelace and music by Ebenezer and the Hymnasters. For more, see www.bigcar.org.