Two IHS Press books have received nominations in the third annual Best Books of Indiana competiton sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book, a program of the Indiana State Library. The competition highlights Indiana's ongoing literary successes by recognizing recent books about Indiana or by Indiana authors.
The Press books Evie Finds Her Family Tree by Ashley B. Ransburg, and The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle by Ray E. Boomhower, are finalists in the children's literature category. The other finalist is Georgie's Moon by Chris Woodworth, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Winners in the children's literature, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry categories will be announced at an awards ceremony from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, in the Authors Room at the Indiana State Library, 140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis.
The purpose of the Indiana Center for the Book is to stimulate public interest in books and reading at the state and local levels and to encourage the study of books in society. The Indiana Center serves as an affiliate with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to promote books and reading through programs, discussion groups, lectures, and exhibitions throughout the state. The Indiana Center also represents Indiana at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. each year.
The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library, with an advisory group consisting of representatives from the Indiana Humanities Council, the Indiana Library Federation, the Writers' Center of Indiana, the Indiana Historical Bureau, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Indiana Historical Society.