Happy Wednesday! Rob Burgess here. I hope your week is off to a great beginning. After a wet start, it looks like we're in for drier few days ahead, which is a relief.
Last Wednesday, May 8, I had the opportunity to hear one of my favorite authors, Ta-Nehisi Coates, speak at the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation’s 42nd annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. He dropped a lot of great quotes during the course of the night, not the least of which addressed gentrification. I will definitely use some of these in my upcoming reporting on migration trends in the city. It was an extremely enlightening evening and I'm so glad I had the chance to be there. I even got to ask the first question at the Q and A, and shake Ta-Nehisi's hand backstage after the show.
Speaking of Q and As, I've written my House of Burgess column this week about how to get your question answered during these types of events. (Not to toot my own horn, but I think I'm pretty good at it.) On a similar note...
There are now nearly two dozen announced Democratic presidential candidates, and one of them is coming to the Hoosier state this weekend. Rep. Eric Swalwell will hold a town hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Factory 12 Event Loft, 1235 Jackson St., in Columbus.
I have confirmed an interview with Swalwell for later tonight, so if you can't attend Sunday's event, you can either leave your question in the comments of this article, or send it to email@example.com. I'm really excited to have the opportunity, and I want you to be a part of it.
That's all I have for this week. I look forward to hearing from you!