Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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.

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