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Literature and Writing

Robert G. La France Book Signing
Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years
Tuesday, December 2, 6: 30 – 8 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required

When art historian Allen Stuart Weller died in 1997, he left behind an unpublished manuscript detailing the life of the great Illinois sculptor, Lorado Taft.  Taft was best known for changing the artistic landscape of Chicago through his artwork, teachings, and exhibits.   When historian Stephen Thomas and Robert G. La France, then curator of pre-modern art at the Krannert Museum, came across the unfinished manuscript at the University of Illinois Archives, they found the story so compelling that they had to finish it. The manuscript, “Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years,” was published in October by co-editors Robert G. La France, Stephen Thomas, and Henry Adams, professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University.   Join us as Dr. La France, the current director of Ball State’s David Owsley Museum of Art, discusses Taft’s legacy and his journey in publishing the book. Book signing and refreshments to follow.  

Readers and Writers Series Reception 
Special Guest: Terence Faherty 
Friday, August 8, 6:30-8 p.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Terence Faherty is the author of two mystery series, the Shamus-winning Scott Elliott private eye series, set in the golden age of Hollywood, and the Edgar-nominated Owen Keane series, which follows the adventures of a failed seminarian turned metaphysical detective. His work has been reissued in the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, and Germany. Faherty will read from his two new titles, Eastward in Eden, published by Five Star, and The Quiet Woman, his first stand-alone mystery novel. Books will be available for signing.

Take The Mystery Out Of Writing 
September 19, 10 – 11:15 a.m. 
Presenter: Lori Rader-Day 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Former Muncie resident Lori Rader-Day gives tips for crafting a mystery novel and answers your questions on writing, agents, and publishing. Rader-Day is the author of the mystery The Black Hour, published in July by Seventh Street Books. Born and raised in central Indiana, Lori studied journalism at Ball State University and later worked for the university. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and dog. Her fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Time Out Chicago, and others. 

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival
October 24-26, 2014
Cost: $275 for full weekend; daily and single-event registrations available

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis, October 24-26, 2014. This year, Ball State University will host McM XX in association with CRIMEFEST, one of the most highly respected crime writing festivals in England.  The combination of these two events will bring hundreds of readers and writers from around the world to Monument Circle to experience an exciting weekend of panels, programs, interviews, and book signings. The festival is open to anyone interested in the genre. Visit Magna's Web site to learn more.