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Literature and Writing

WHAT MIDDLETOWN READ: PRINT CULTURE IN AN AMERICAN SMALL CITY 
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenters: Dr. James Connolly, Director, Center for Middletown Studies and George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of History, Ball State University Dr. Frank Felsenstein, Reed D. Voran Honors Distinguished Professor in Humanities and Professor of English, Ball State University 

The discovery of a large cache of circulation records from the Muncie Public Library in 2003 offered unprecedented detail about American reading behavior at the turn of the twentieth century. Dr. Felsenstein and Connolly have mined these records to produce an in-depth account of print culture in Muncie.Using the data assembled and made public through the “What Middletown Read Database,” a celebrated new resource the authors helped launch, they analyzed the borrowing choices and reading culture of social groups and individuals. The result was a rich, revealing portrait of the place of reading in an emblematic American community. Reception and book signing to follow program.

MAGNA CUM MURDER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL
October 30-November 1, 2015

The 21st annual Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival will return to the elegant Columbia Club on Indianapolis’ historic Monument Circle, October 30-November 1, 2015. In association with CRIMEFEST, one of Great Britain’s most highly respected crime writing conferences, Magna attracts hundreds of readers and writers from all corners of the world to participate in an exciting weekend of panels, programs, interviews and book signings with their favorite mystery and crime fiction authors. Magna is open to anyone interested in the genre. Visit the Magna cum Murder link on this page for additional information.