Join us for various events featuring Bookmark Indy authors!



Meredith nicholson House party

July 29, 2021 | 5:00-9:00 p.m. | 1500 North Delaware Street

Join us at the Meredith Nicholson House for the unveiling of a new historical marker honoring Meredith’s life and writing. Stick around for complimentary tours of the house and meet characters from The House of a Thousand Candles.


Partner: Indiana Historical Society


Saturday at Central State

August 7, 2021 | 5:00-6:30 p.m. | 3270 Kirkbride Way

Explore the beginnings of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine in a historic setting. We’ll gather at the Indiana Medical History Museum, located on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near-west side of Indianapolis. Executive Director Sarah Halter will lead tours through the museum, which is housed in the hospital’s former pathology building, and will share insights into treatment of mental illness in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We’ll also tour the surrounding grounds, learning about the hospital’s history and efforts to redevelop the remaining buildings. Masks required.

Registration required:

Partner: Indiana Medical History Museum


skiles Test History Hike

August 14, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. | 6828 Fall Creek Rd

The urban legend surrounding Indianapolis businessman Skiles Test and his home inspired Bookmark Indy author Susan Neville’s novel In the House of Blue Lights. Join us at Skiles Test Nature Park to hear about the legends and history of Skiles Test and his property while we hike the trail at the park. Who knows! We may even see Skiles along our way.


Partner: Indiana Historical Society


Naptown Season One listening party

August 17, 2021 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | 5170 College Avenue

Join us at the Red Key for a listening party of Naptown Season One. We’ll grab a drink and listen to one of the episodes featuring Dan Wakefield and hosted by Susan Neville. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Dan and Susan questions about the podcast, their writing and more! Dan and Susan will also have their books available for sale and signing.



Bookmark Indy Toy Workshop

August 21, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | 234 North Davidson Street

Hoosier kids in grades K-3 are invited to the Bookmark Indy Toy Workshop! Join us at the former Jacob Klein Bakery and General Store located in the historic Lockerbie Square neighborhood near downtown Indy. Together with Suzanne Walker of the Indiana Young Readers Center, we’ll learn about Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, and about the history of the bakery and general store. We’ll experience some Raggedy Ann stories and have the opportunity to create our very own toys.

Register here:

Partner: Indiana Young Readers Center at the Indiana State Library


A Celebration of Mari Evans on Indiana Avenue

August 24, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. | St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 720 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

Let’s celebrate our literary maven, Mari Evans, on Indiana Avenue! Author Aleta Hodge will present a tribute with a jazz band playing some of her favorite tunes. Saxophonist Matthew Phemster, great-grandson of Mari Evans and keyboardist Carl Hines will share classic Indiana Avenue jazz.
Masks will be required to attend this event.
Register here:
Partner: Aleta Hodge

Meet Mary

October 2, 2021 | 11:00 a.m -1:00 p.m. | Woodruff Place

Stop by the Bookmark Indy table at the Woodruff Place Flea Market for the chance to chat with Mary from The Magnificent Ambersons and learn about Woodruff Place in the early 20th century. Mary sees and hears all in the Amberson household, so bring your questions!

Partner: Indiana Historical Society

This event is weather permitting. Please check back on the day of the event for any updates. 


Report Back.

Read the location passage. What questions would you ask the author? What would help you understand the author's viewpoint?

Added TEXTure.

Writing is about more than just words. Look around to discover what textures are most prevalent in this place. Do a texture rubbing using a piece of paper and a crayon or pencil.

In the Margins.

What inspires you most about this place? Draw a quick doodle of it in the margin of one of your books.

Found sound.

Walk around the location and record the sounds of surroundings. Did what you hear depend on what time you visited?

Backward / Forward.

Cities change—what did your location look like in 1920? What will it look like in 2120?


Find another perspective by walking to a different spot around this location. Do you notice anything new? Which of your five senses notices a change first?

Strike a Prose.

Write a short passage describing how this place inspires you.

Love Letter / BreakUp Letter.

Think about your relationship with the place you’re visiting or perhaps with your own neighborhood. Is it time to commit? Or time to let go? Write a letter as if you’re speaking directly to the place you have in mind.

Field Notes.

Explore your stream of consciousness by writing down every thought that enters your mind.