I learned yesterday that my book Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary is a finalist in the nonfiction-historical/biographical category of the Indiana Center for the Book's 2009 Best Books of Indiana competition.
In addition to my Kennedy book, other finalists are:
* Norbert Krapf for The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood
* Nancy Kriplen for The Eccentric Billionaire: John D. MacArthur–Empire Builder, Reluctant Philanthropist, Relentless Adversary
* Michael Martone for Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins
Award-winning titles of all former, current and future Best Books finalists will be featured in the State Library's Indiana Authors Room indefinitely. In addition, each category winner will be engraved on a plaque placed in the Indiana Authors Room. Also, three copies of each 2009 contest entry have been added to the Indiana State Library's collections. One of the copies will circulate; the other two copies are available to all Hoosiers at the ISL and via interlibrary loan at their local public library.
An awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on August 29 at the ISL, 315 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, to announce the winners in the nonfiction-historical/biographical category, as well as finalists in children/young adult, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction-creative/instructional.