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The Michigan City Public Library is proud to announce the lineup for the 35th season of Writing Out Loud. This year we are collaborating with The Nest while the library is undergoing remodeling. All programs will begin at 7:30 PM at:

The Nest
803 Franklin Street
Michigan City, IN  46360

Wade Rouse

Viola Shipman, Pen Name of Wade Rouse
Saturday, September 14, 7:30 pm

Wade Rouse is the internationally best-selling author of nine books, which have been translated into nearly 20 languages. Wade chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. His novels include The Charm Bracelet, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book of the Year; The Hope Chest; and The Recipe Box. His latest novel is The Summer Cottage. He recently signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins. The Heirloom Garden will be published in April 2020.

Mary Ruth Clarke

Playwright & Screenwriter Mary Ruth Clarke
Saturday, September 28, 7:30 pm

Mary Ruth Clarke co-wrote and starred in the original Meet the Parents and co-adapted it into the blockbuster film version, starring Robert De Niro. Her play, Bonhoeffer’s Cost, has had runs in Austin, Texas, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Her farce, Suffer The Long Night, has been produced in Los Angeles and Austin. Her play, Address Unknown, was produced in Chicago. Her solo performance, I Could Kill Him for Dying, also ran in Chicago. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

Michael Poore

Author Michael Poore
Saturday, October 12, 7:30 pm

Michael Poore’s short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Southern Review, Agni, Fiction, and Asimov’s. His story “The Street of the House of the Sun” was selected for The Year’s Best Nonrequired Reading 2012. His first novel, Up Jumps the Devil, was hailed by The New York Review of Books as “an elegiac masterpiece.” He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Reincarnation Blues and the children’s book Two Girls, a Clock, and a Crooked House, released in September. Poore lives in Highland, Indiana, with his wife, poet and activist Janine Harrison, and their daughter, Jianna.

Adrian Metejka

Poet Adrian Matejka
Sunday, November 24, 2:00 pm

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He earned his BA from Indiana University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden (2003), won the 2002 New York / New England Award. His second collection, Mixology (2009), was a winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for a NAACP Image Award. The Big Smoke (2013), which focuses on the life of the boxer Jack Johnson, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is Map to the Stars (2017). Matejka is the recipient of fellowships the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation. He teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Writing Out Loud was created in 1984 with a grant from Indiana Humanities. Since then, more than 136 authors have appeared at the library. 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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