Lew Wallace Hoosier Author Fair

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 second floor of Fusion54 Coworking Space. The 2020 Lew Wallace Hoosier Author Fair has been cancelled because of COVID-19.

The Hoosier Author Fair is free and open to the public and will be held at Fusion54, which is located at 101 W. Main St., Crawfordsville. Authors will have books for sale and are happy to sign copies and chat with readers. Several genres of writing are represented.

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, as well as two Pulitzer Prize winning novels by Booth Tarkington. Writers like Meredith Nicholson, Gene Stratton-Porter, Maurice Thompson, James Whitcomb Riley, and Lew and Susan Wallace became the defining voice 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.

Attend the Hoosier Author Fair

As an author

Download the 2019 Author Application

As a reader

The Hoosier Author Fair moved to Fusion54 in 2019 as a result of out-growing meeting space in the Carriage House Interpretive Center of the museum. In 2019 the fair was held on the second floor of the coworking space. We hope to continue using that space in future years.