Each year, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum hosts several regional authors for their annual Lew Wallace Hoosier Author Fair. The event takes place on the third floor of Fusion54 Coworking Space, which is located at 101 W. Main St., Crawfordsville. We are planning the 2021 Hoosier Author Fair for Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 4 – 7 p.m.
The Hoosier Author Fair is free and open to the public. Authors will have books and book-related merchandise for sale and are happy to sign copies and chat with readers. Attending authors represent several genres of writing.
Attend the Hoosier Author Fair
As an author
Authors should email Stephanie Cain with questions. Completed author applications can also be emailed to Stephanie, or mailed to PO Box 662, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.Download the 2021 Author Application
As a reader
The Hoosier Author Fair moved to Fusion54 (101 W. Main Street) in 2019 as a result of out-growing our meeting space in the Carriage House Interpretive Center of the museum. The Fusion54 location allows for better social distancing, in addition to being more convenient to downtown Crawfordsville.
Each author is responsible for taking payments, so readers should bring cash as well as credit cards.
The following authors have committed to attending the 2021 Hoosier Author Fair. We are adding more authors all the time, so check back often!
A.J. Bass was born in the small town of Batesville, Indiana which means she spends most of her time replying, “Yes, the town that makes all the caskets,” to people whenever her home comes up in conversation. A.J. got her start writing in the mid 90s thanks to her obsession with video games and the worlds and stories they opened up for her. Her biggest influence was Capcom’s Mega Man series and she’d spend hours dreaming up worlds where humans and robots tried, and usually failed, to coexist. These early stories on the complicated relationship between man and machine eventually became the basis for the Fort Thomas Series, and in 2017 she published Paige’s Story, followed by its companion, Tales of Fort Thomas in 2021.
When she’s not writing, A.J. enjoys staying up late watching YouTube with her two children, playing video games (even though she’s really bad at them nowadays), and taking long walks on hot summer days. Follow A.J. on Twitter or on Facebook.
MWSA award-winning author Benjamin W. Bass is a native Hoosier and a ten-year veteran of the Indiana National Guard. It was his time in the Guard that gave him the basis for his new novel, Alone In The Light. Drawing from his personal experience, Bass has crafted a very real depiction of post-deployment life.
Bass graduated from Indiana University, where he met the love of his life. Now married, they reside in Indiana with their two children, a lovable dog, and two very questionable cats.
When Benjamin is not writing, you can find him playing with his children on the living room floor, hunting on his family’s farm, or relaxing on the patio with his wife and a glass of scotch.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Laura VanArendonk Baugh is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction, mystery, and non-fiction. Her works have earned numerous accolades, including the Realm Award for Best Fantasy, a semi-finalist spot in SPFBO’s Best Fantasy, 3-star (the highest possible) ratings on Tangent’s “Recommended Reading” list, and praise from Publishers Weekly. Laura enjoys hiking, geeking, chocolate, and making her imaginary friends fight each other for imaginary reasons. Find her at www.LauraVAB.com.
A born and raised Texan, Alison Bliss is a best-selling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. She currently resides in the Midwest. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soulmate is by canoeing with them, because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: Romance…with a sense of humor.
Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor at the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he serves as editor of “Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History.” He has written extensively about Indiana history. His books include Richard Tregaskis: Reporting Under Fire from Guadalcanal to Vietnam; Indiana Originals: Hoosier Heroes and Heroines; The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace; and To Be Hoosiers: Historic Stories of Character and Fortitude.
Stephanie A. Cain
Montgomery County native Stephanie A. Cain writes epic & urban fantasy novels. She grew up in Indiana, where much of her urban fantasy is set. Stephanie works at a Victorian man-cave and dreams of living somewhere without winter. A proud crazy cat lady, she is happily owned by Strider, Eowyn, and Eustace Clarence Scrubb.
Titles she will have for sale include her Storms in Amethir fantasy series, Sow the Wind, Shades of Circle City, Circle City Psychic, and several anthologies, including Equus and G is for Ghosts. She will also be selling copies of New Richmond, IN: A History of the Greatest Little Town on Earth, by her grandmother, Phyllis Waye Boone, which Stephanie edited and published.
Quentin Dodd has written numerous books for young people, and for anyone who enjoys space monsters and comedy. When not writing, he’s a vintage camera collector and a lifelong watcher of old B-movies. He lives in Indiana with his wife and two children. His books include Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars, The Princess of Neptune, Tennis Camp of the Living Dead, and Tommy Frasier and the Planet of the Slugs.
Eric Grayson restores and presents old film. His first novel, A Fearful Thing to Love, is a mixture of genres, from history to science fiction, horror, and a lot of vampire. It is structured in such a way to surprise readers at every turn. Eric’s most recent project is a massive restoration of a 1929 movie serial starring Boris Karloff. He has been working on it since the publication of his novel. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.
A public historian and preservation activist, Glory-June Greiff has written books and numerous essays and articles that combine art, nature, history, and, of course, wonder. Currently she is working on a books of essays and a history/memoir using her parents’ courtship letters during World War II. A native of rural Hudson Lake in northern Indiana, Greiff earned a B.S. in Radio-Television/English from Butler University, worked several years on the air in radio, and later earned a master’s degree in Public History from Indiana University. She is also a professional narrator and a performer of song and story. Her books include Remembrance, Faith and Fancy: Outdoor Public Sculpture in Indiana, and People, Parks and Perception: A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks.
An award-winning writer, editor, and communications professional, Lisa Hendrickson is based in Indianapolis. She is the author of Burning the Breeze: Three Generations of Women in the American West, published by Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press. She also edited a series of three books on Indiana’s 200th anniversary for the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and co-authored, with Dick Hall, Kiritsis and Me: 63 Hours at Gunpoint. Her articles have been published in the Indiana Historical Society magazine Traces, Montana Historian magazine, and many other publications. Before starting her own communications business, Lisa worked as a corporate and nonprofit public relations director and as an Indianapolis broadcast journalist.
A middle school teacher of 30 years, Shannon has spent 28 of those years in Crawfordsville. She loves history, quilting, reading, crocheting, knitting, walking, cross stitching, and spoiling her dogs. She is the author of Abolitionists on the Underground Railroad: Legends from Montgomery County, Indiana, and Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite, published in 2020.
A life-long resident of Indiana, Garrett Hutson ties most of his stories to the Hoosier state in one way or another. An avid student of history, Hutson mostly writes upmarket historical fiction, focusing on little-known or ignored settings and characters. Garrett has been writing stories since before he could spell.
Garrett writes about ordinary people in different times and places who struggle with faith, family dysfunction, and all of the moral gray areas of life. Because he writes realistic fiction, his work is always diverse and LGBT-inclusive.
He has four books published so far, with many others in the pipeline. He currently lives in Indianapolis with his husband, three dogs, three cats, a bird, and too many fish to count.
Author of the How to be a Werewolf graphic novels and webcomics.
Jim Meeks-Johnson is a futurist and science fiction writer who is best known for his epic series, The Entangled Galaxy, and his thought-provoking short stories such as Mojo Economy and The Science of Alchemy. He first became hooked on science fiction at the age of ten, when he ventured into the adult section of the local Carnegie Library and found Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.
He went on to earn degrees in mathematics and psychology, specializing in data science and conducting research at Indiana University Medical Center, co-authoring many nonfiction articles and textbooks.
When not writing, Jim’s activities include reading fiction and nonfiction, running, wine tasting, cooking, and gardening. You can also find him on Facebook.
A native Hoosier, Ashley Petry is a lover of cheese, William Shakespeare, and all things potato. She is an obsessive collector of alphabet flash cards, a travel addict with more than forty countries under her belt, and a closet Trekkie. Ashley has a BA in journalism and English from Indiana University as well as an MFA and MBA from Butler University. She founded her freelance business in 2005 and has worked on hundreds of writing and editing projects. Her books include Indianapolis: An Illustrated Timeline, Secret Indianapolis, and 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die, 2nd Edition. Find her online at Twitter and Instagram.
A United States Congressman for the Fort Wayne area from 1995 to 2010, Mark is the coauthor, with Melissa Long and Heather Herron, of Television in Fort Wayne. He is a graduate of Leo High School, Indiana University at Fort Wayne, and the University of Notre Dame. He served on several committees during his time in congress, including Education, Government Oversight and Reform, Homeland Security, Natural Resources, and Small Business. Mark has appeared many times on CNN, ESPN, FOX News, and other major networks.
Kelly O’Dell Stanley
Kelly O’Dell Stanley is a graphic designer who writes—or a writer who also designs. However you want to describe it, she creates books and products that explore prayer, faith, and creativity. She knows that God is the Ultimate Creator, and when she puts her creativity into action, she always discovers more of Him.
Nearly 30 years ago, Kelly took a leap of faith and began her own business, KOS Design, doing advertising and marketing for clients across the U.S. In 2013, Kelly won first place in Inspirational Writing in the 2013 Writer’s Digest competition. Kelly and her husband Tim love their three quirky adult children almost as much as they adore their two-year-old grandson, who somehow manages to take up all their free time. Download free monthly prayer prompt calendars at kellyostanley.com. Her books include InstaPrayer: Prayers to Share, Praying Upside Down, and Designed to Pray. She will also be selling copies of her 2022 prayer prompt calendar. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Curtis Stevens is the youngest of eight children, married for 43 years, and the father of two sons and a daughter-in-law, and “Papa” to three grandchildren. He grew up on a farm in central Indiana, and spent most of his life working the land, harvesting corn and soybeans as a livelihood. While his vocation was farming, he never identified himself as a “farmer.” His identity as a child of God is rooted and grounded in his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In 1997, at the age of 41, he surrendered his life to Jesus and was never the same!
From that time on, his farming work was much more about Kingdom building as he discipled His Harvest Helpers. He longed to see their lives transformed, as he had experienced, as a result of knowing and trusting Jesus no matter what! His favorite passages are found in Philippians 2:1-11 and the book of John.
Today he lives on the homeplace property with his wife Jeannie. They own and operate “His Harvest Home,” which is a vacation rental outside of Crawfordsville, Indiana. His “get to” approach to living enables him to walk with purpose, hope, and joy, as he sees every day as a gift from his Creator, who knows the number of his days. His book, The Get To Life, will be available at the author fair.
Jim is a retired Air Force officer who began writing when he finally retired. He is author of ten novels and his work appears in several anthologies. Early work is under his pen name of M.L. Hollinger as is all science fiction work. A graduate of Purdue University (BS in Aeronautical Engineering), he enjoys Texas Hold’em poker, auto racing, and quiet time writing.
Why an Author Fair?
The Beginning of the Golden Age
Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, published in 1880, is generally credited with initiating the Golden Age of Indiana Literature. Ben-Hur sold more copies than any other printed work in the 19th century with the exception of the Bible.
All in all, the Golden Age lasted into the 1920s and spawned hundreds of titles. Two novels by Hoosier Booth Tarkington won the Pulitzer Prize. Writers like Meredith Nicholson, Gene Stratton-Porter, Maurice Thompson, James Whitcomb Riley, and Lew and Susan Wallace became defining voices of Midwestern culture to the rest of the world.
A Continued Legacy
Although the Golden Age began to wane in the years following World War I, Hoosier writers continued to have an impact in the publishing industry throughout the 20th century with writers like Kurt Vonnegut, Jessamyn West, John Green, and James Alexander Thom.
Today, dozens of authors make Indiana their home. Every Small Business Saturday, as part of Crawfordsville Main Street’s Downtown Party Night, we invite some of those authors to sell and sign books and visit with readers.