Monday, June 26, 2006

Press Authors to Sign Books

Two Indiana Historical Society Press authors will sign copies of their recent books at separate events in July.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, David L. Smith, author of Hoosiers in Hollywood, will sign copies of his book at Borders Book Store at River Crossing, 8675 River Crossing Blvd., Indianapolis.

In his book, Smith presents native Hoosiers, as well as those who spent much of their formative years in the state, who have contributed in some fashion to the motion picture industry. Their contributions began with the invention of the first motion picture projector, continued through the silent era and the advent of sound and represent an important presence in the industry today. The reader will find many stories about Hoosiers working together to showcase their remarkable talents and helping to change the face of the entertainment industry. Over the years, Hoosiers have made their way to Hollywood—-the Mecca for those with stories to tell and talents to be showcased.

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, Ashley B. Ransburg, author of Evie Finds Her Family Tree, will sign copies of her book at the Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, 322 S. Wayne St., Angola.

Ransburg's book tells the story of Evie, a little girl who tries to discover the meaning of her family tree. This illustrated storybook includes a 32 inch by 24 inch illustrated family tree chart that children can complete using their own family information.

For more information on the Ransburg signing, contact the library at (260) 665-3362.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Family History Journal Honored

2006 is the year of the awards for the Indiana Historical Society’s journal The Hoosier Genealogist. In June two THG authors won awards in the published articles category of the 2006 Excellence-in-Writing Competition sponsored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. Mary Blair Immel won third place for “Boone County’s ‘Kansas Colony’” (spring 2005). Peter Sleeth won first place for “The Underground Railroad and the Marshall Family of Economy, Indiana” (fall 2005).

The American Association of State and Local History announced in June that THG will be the recipient of an Award of Merit at its fall 2006 awards banquet.

The Award of Merit is one of the AASLH’s three Leadership in History Awards given to organizations and individuals to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history. Through its awards program, the AASLH encourages standards of excellence in historic endeavors throughout North America.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Press Books Receive Awards

Four books published by the IHS Press were finalists in the Indiana Center for the Book's second annual Best Books of Indiana competition.

In the non-fiction category, two volumes from the Press's Indiana Biography Series were finalists. Those honored were Wes Gehring's James Dean: Rebel with a Cause and Randy K. Mills's Jonathan Jennings: Indiana's First Governor.

In the children's literature category, the Press received awards for Mary Blair Immel's Captured! A Boy Trapped in the Civil War and Ray E. Boomhower's The Sword & the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace.

The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Center's role is to stimulate public interest in reading and books at the state and local levels and to encourage the study of books in society. The Center develops programs to support books and reading through competitions, lectures, and related activities in Indiana.

New Travel Book Available

"A wonderful read for anyone wishing to explore Indiana from the comfort of one’s favorite reading chair."--Dean Bolin, Ferdinand News

“The book is a well-written and well-designed overview of many of the state’s points of interest.”--John Belden, Daily Reporter

“A new ‘must have’ book for Hoosiers who like to visit places within the state.” --Alexandra Newman, Chesterton Tribune

What started as a newspaper column, "Traveling Indiana," in the Muncie Star Press, has become a traveling companion of interesting sites to see in Indiana--101 to be exact. Written by Earl L. Conn, dean emeritus, College of Communications, Information, and Media, Ball State University, My Indiana: 101 Places to See, includes a mixture of highly visited Hoosier travel destinations and many tucked in nooks and corners around the state--musuems, state parks, historic sites, monuments, recreation areas, and more.

Presented in a conversational writing style, the book offers opinion on each destination form a visitors preserpective. My Indiana presents facts and insights, mixed with a little humor, to many unique experiences and sites to be found on the Hoosier State's front roads, back roads, and crossroads. This collection also features more than 300 color photographs taken by the author, detailed route descriptions, travel information, local contact information, and fees. The included detailed maps also assist the reader in locating the various sites that do the Indiana landscape like so many gems.

Conn, who has written the "Traveling Indiana" column in the Star Press since 1998, is the author of Beneficence: Stories about the Ball Families of Muncie and Painting Indiana. He will discuss his book and sign copies in a free "A Reading Life" program at noon Wednesday, June 21, at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis.

My Indiana: 101 Places to See costs $19.95 and is available online from the Indiana Historical Society's History Market or by calling (800) 447-1830.