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The 34th season of Writing Out Loud begins in September 2018. This year’s lineup showcases a National Book Award winner, writers with Indiana/regional ties, and a variety of genres. All programs begin at 7:30 pm, and are followed by a reception hosted by the Friends of the Michigan City Public Library and a book signing.

Jaimy Gordon
Saturday, September 15, 7:30 pm

Writing Out Loud, the library’s premiere author series, returns in September with Jaimy Gordon, author of the National Book Award winner Lord of Misrule.

Jaimy was born in Baltimore. She graduated from Antioch College, received an MA in English from Brown University, and earned a Doctor of Arts in Creative Writing, also from Brown. She currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she previously taught in the MFA and PhD program of Western Michigan University. Her fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, published by McPherson & Co., won the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction. Her literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series. She is also the author of the underground fantasy classic Shamp of the City-Solo.

The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following the program. All programs are free and open to the public.

Jaimy Gordon

Clare O’Donohue
Saturday, September 29, 7:30 pm

Best-selling mystery and suspense author Clare O’Donohue was born in Chicago. She loved to read. She received a degree in International Studies with a minor in Economics, then worked as a newspaper reporter on a small weekly. Later she worked in television as a field producer on documentary and true crime shows. Her passion for writing led to documentaries, speeches, articles, and most amazingly of all – books. In 2008 she published her first novel, The Lover’s Knot. Her 8th novel, Beyond the Pale, is the first in the World of Spies Mystery series.

The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following the program. All programs are free and open to the public.

Clare O’DonohueBeyond The Pale Book Jacket

Graham Hoppe
Saturday, October 6, 7:30 pm

Graham Hoppe writes about culture and history with a focus on food, music, and tourism. He is a graduate of the folklore program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC he studied topics such as Cracker Barrel, firehouse dinners, and parking garages. His first book, Gone Dollywood, is available now from Ohio University Press. Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Graham currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father, David, is a former Writing Out Loud author and a creator of the program at the library in 1984.

The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following the program. All programs are free and open to the public.

Graham HoppeGone Dollywood Cover

Maurice Broaddus
Saturday, October 27, 7:30 pm

Maurice Broaddus was originally born in London, England, but has lived in Indianapolis, Indiana for most of his life. A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in magazines like Lightspeed MagazineWeird TalesBeneath Ceaseless SkiesAsimov’sCemetery DanceUncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His books include the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court. And the (upcoming) middle grade detective novel, The Usual Suspects. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed With Me, and Devil’s Marionette. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2. Learn more at MauriceBroaddus.com.

The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following the program. All programs are free and open to the public.

Marcus BroaddusKnights Of Breton Court

Programs are supported with funds by the Patrons of Writing Out Loud, Michigan City Public Library Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library, with Book Warehouse at Lighthouse Place-Premium Outlets providing books for sale for each event.

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