New Anthology with #1 New York Times Bestselling Author John GreenFunds Literacy Nonprofit “Indy Reads” and Celebrates Local Authors
Indy Reads is a nonprofit literacy organization whose unusually creative outreach is transforming the lives of adults and families in Indianapolis’s lowest literate areas—and fueling a community determined to give back both on and off the page. Inside, trained volunteers offer one-on-one tutoring and barrier-breaking programming; outside, Indy Reads runs an independent bookstore, Indy Reads Books, in downtown Indianapolis that helps fund their initiatives. Now, they’re uniting local authors—like #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green—in a new cross-genre collection, Indy Writes Books: A Book Lover’s Anthology (Cardinal Publishers Group, $25.00 hardcover, July 1, 2015).
Indy Writes Books is an anthology of local Indiana authors who have helped Indy Reads’ independent bookstore grow and thrive, including John Green, Karen Kovacik, Dan Wakefield, Ben Winters, Will Shortz, and Cathy Day, and 23 additional powerhouse literary voices. All proceeds from Indy Writes Books support Indy Reads’ adult literacy programs in Central Indiana. The book features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and puzzles centered around bookstores and reading, and was funded by a grant from The Margot L. and Robert S. Eccles Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Indy Reads Books is Indy Reads’ independent bookstore; the bookstore relies on donations of used books from the community, is staffed by volunteers, and donates all of its revenue to Indy Reads. It’s the only bookstore in downtown Indianapolis selling new and used books. They also host more than 250 cultural events annually, including author events, art exhibits, concerts, workshops, and lectures.
In addition to individualized tutoring, Indy Reads offers an inmate outreach program, neighborhood literacy labs, family workshops, library student outreach, and ESL and creative writing classes. They are the only organization in Indianapolis that is a partner of ProLiteracy Worldwide, the oldest and largest nongovernmental literacy organization in the world.
Indy Reads’ Executive Director and editor of the collection, M. Travis DiNicola says, “Indy Writes Books is a celebration of literacy, and a celebration of the amazing authors who are making Central Indiana a thriving literary community. This collection is for anyone who loves books and bookstores. Not only is it a great read, but every purchase helps support adults learning how to read.”