Raymond Fleischmann: B-town’s New Novelist

Raymond Fleischmann, director of advancement communications at the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, published his debut novel, How Quickly She Disappears (Berkley Books), in January 2020.

April Strawn: Teen Book Illustrator

Late in the process of publishing The Chill, author Michael Koryta pitched the idea of including pictures in the novel to his editor. And he knew exactly who he wanted to draw them.

Review: ‘The Way of Imagination’

“How can we keep from crying out in wonder and praise?” asks Scott Russell Sanders in one of the alternately exultant and grieving essays contained in his newest collection, The Way of Imagination.

REVIEW: ‘Kitchen Think’

Like Nancy Hiller’s well-crafted cabinetry, her newest book, ‘Kitchen Think’ (Lost Art Press), is both useful and beautiful.

Power Plant Collective Shows Art by Marginalized Artists

In a small basement on Bloomington’s Near West Side, a group of 20-somethings has created a gallery where aspiring artists can gather. It’s a space where they can display their work and showcase talents that might otherwise remain unknown.

Brown County Music Center Brings Big Names to Nashville

After a 2009 arson fire destroyed the Little Nashville Opry, an entertainment venue that had served Brown County for more than 30 years, the community felt the loss. Things took a bright turn when the Brown County Music Center opened in August 2019 to a sold-out Vince Gill concert.

Wylie House Exhibit Portrays Marginalized, Silenced Hoosiers

The written records and visual art we share as historical representations of our collective past depict, more often than not, only one point of view. Those who weren’t in positions of power—who didn’t have a voice—are frequently forgotten or simply overlooked.


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