Indiana Authors Breakfast
Benefiting the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana
• Saturday, April 12, 8:30am-11:30am
• Meridian Hills Country Club: 7099 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis
• Tickets: $40 for general admission, $1,000 for a corporate table of ten
• Purchase tickets online or by phone: 317-222-6635
The 2014 Indiana Authors Breakfast will feature the following authors:
- Berkley Duck
- Michael Dahlie
- Allison Lynn
- Peter Dunn
- Stephen Stein
- Douglas Wissing
- and Dick Wolfsie as the event emcee!
- go directly to provide needed tutoring services to children & adults with specific reading/language disabilities
- provide alternative literacy education for students with dyslexia in the state of Indiana
- support Indiana authors and the importance of reading as an ongoing source of education.
Tickets are available for purchase online or by phone: 317-222-6635.
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Berkley Duck is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School. He joined the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller in 1963 and retired in 2001, at which time he was one of the firm’s managing partners. Following his retirement, Berkley and his wife, Nancy, took their 46’ boat on a year-long adventure, traveling from Holland, Michigan, to Key West and back. Berkley’s first book, Just the Two of You?, recounts their experiences on that trip.
Berkley has served as chairman of the board of directors of the Indiana Repertory Theatre and of the board of managers of Crown Hill Cemetery, and was the chairman of the board of directors of Conner Prairie when the board was fired by Earlham College in 2003. In his capacity as chairman of the advocacy group Save the Prairie, Inc., he spent the next two and one-half years leading the successful effort to have Earlham removed from the trusteeship of the museum. His second book, Twilight at Conner Prairie: The Creation, Betrayal and Rescue of a Museum, recounts the history of the Earlham – Conner Prairie relationship and the dynamics that led to its restructuring.
His latest book, The Grapevine, is Berkley’s first attempt at fiction. A crime novel told in the first person, the book recounts the story of a lawyer hired to investigate a suspected embezzlement from the symphony orchestra in an unnamed Midwestern city. Although the protagonist then becomes a suspect in a murder case, he brings his skills to bear in uncovering the facts behind both the murder and the embezzlement aided by the symphony’s attractive treasurer, a computer-hacking law student and a police detective uncomfortable with the prosecutor’s version of the crime,. But the perpetrator is one step ahead, and our hero finds himself standing on the edge of a watery grave.
Berkley also serves on the board of directors of Fishtown Preservation Society, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of an iconic fishing village in Leland, Michigan. Berkley is a resident of Carmel and he and his wife, Nancy, also have a home in Leland. They have a son and a daughter and two grandchildren.
Michael Dahlie’s first novel, A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living, won the PEN/Hemingway award in 2009, and he received a Whiting Award in 2010. His short fiction has appeared in journals and magazines including Harper’s, Ploughshares, and Tin House.
Because it’s relevant to his forthcoming novel, he now admits he’s written quite a bit under pen names, including many books for young readers and stories in literary journals. His novels for young readers have received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, and have also appeared on several year-end lists, including The Washington Post’s Top Ten Books For Young Readers 2003. His short stories for “adult readers” under pseudonyms have appeared in places including The Yale Review, Epoch, Harvard Review, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Michael Dahlie’s second novel, The Best of Youth, came out with W.W. Norton earlier this year. Currently, he’s the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence at Butler University, in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife, the novelist Allison Lynn, and their four-year-old son, Evan. Before that, he lived in New York City for 11 years, 6 of which were spent in Brooklyn, a few neighborhoods away from where The Best of Youth is set.
“Michael Dahlie writes the way Cary Grant used to act, that is, with a seeming effortlessness and grace that is truly maddening to those of us who know how difficult it is.” – Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Empire Falls
“After his parents are killed in a freak sailing accident, Henry Lang inherits 15 million dollars and decides to move to Brooklyn to see if he can make it in publishing, perhaps fall in love, and attend the sorts of parties and events he imagines 20-somethings in Brooklyn most likely frequent. Unfortunately, Henry is something of a target for other, more savvy Brooklynites, and he finds himself in a string of increasingly troubling situations and demoralizing romantic adventures. Things finally fall apart for him in catastrophic ways when he agrees to ghost-write a young adult novel for a charismatic but drug-addicted and sometimes-violent actor. Will Henry lose his entire fortune to save his integrity? By turns hilarious and tragic, The Best of Youth is a brilliant modern day comedy of manners.”
(Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores)
Allison is the author of the novels The Exiles (Little A/New Havest) and Now You See It (Simon & Schuster), which won the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Center for the Arts. In addition to fiction, Allison has written articles, reviews, and essays for The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Sun-Times, People, Redbook, In Style, and elsewhere. She’s lectured and read from her work in venues across the country, and loves nothing more than visiting book clubs. Especially book clubs that serve wine. Though beer is fine, too. And what the heck, cake.
Allison holds an M.F.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. After nearly two decades in New York City, she recently relocated to Indianapolis, where she lives with her husband, the writer Michael Dahlie, and their son, Evan. She teaches in the graduate Creative Writing program at Butler University.
Prior to teaching writing, Allison held jobs as a waitress, catering assistant, Pepsi bottling plant temp, entertainment journalist, assessment-test vetter and tabloid re-write grunt.
Peter Dunn a.k.a. Pete the Planner is an award-winning comedian and an award-winning financial mind. He released his ﬁrst book, What Your Dad Never Taught You About Budgeting, in 2006 and is the host of the popular radio show The Pete the Planner show on 93 WIBC FM. Pete is also the resident Fox59 News personal finance expert, appearing at 8:15 a.m. EST every Wednesday. Pete was the mastermind behind 24 Hour News 8’s 60 Days to Change and has appeared regularly on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN Headline News and numerous nationally syndicated radio programs.
His second book, 60 Days to Change: A Daily How To Guide With Actionable Tips to Improve Your Financial Life was released in December of 2009. His third book Avoid Student Loans, was released in January 2012. Peter released the second edition of What Your Dad Never Taught You About Budgeting in July 2012.
Peter was named one of “Indy’s Best and Brightest” in ﬁnance in 2007 and media in 2009 by KPMG and was declared one of NUVO magazine’s “30 under 30 to Watch in the Arts” for comedy (back when he was young and funny). He won an Indiana Broadcasters’s Association Award in 2011 for the program he created, 500 Ways To Save. Peter was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Hanover College in 2012.
When not wrapped up in writing or dabbling in broadcast, Pete the Planner enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and his children Ollie and Teddy.
Pete realized that he wanted to deal with money when he was in his sixth grade math class. The teacher gave the class a stock market project, and Pete was hooked. He did terrible on the project, but it didn’t matter. He loved the way money affected people differently.
Pete, like many young people, went through a nasty day trading habit in college. He did well, but his nerves took a beating. Pete started giving financial advice to real clients when he was only 19. Pete eventually graduated (in 4 years, none of this 6 year junk), and went into the financial world full time.
Two years into “the real world” Pete started Advanced Planning Solutions, which he affectionately calls the “lamest name in the money world.” He has suffered through many of the challenges that other Gen Y-ers have. He has been through all the classics: spending a ton at his friends’ weddings, equating financial success to eating like a ravenous pig, and of course misusing the convenience that technology brings.
All in all, Pete knows what he is doing. He is not patronizing, nor judgmental. Pete understands the struggles of his generation, and is 100% committed to addressing them one slacker at a time.
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Stephen J. Stein is the Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Indiana University and the author and editor of several works on American Religion. He is the editor of a multivolume reference work entitled, The Cambridge History of Religions in America, which was awarded the 2012 PROSE Award (The American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence).
He is mostly widely known for his research and writings about the Shaker Religion. His 1992 publication, The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers, is considered by many to be the most comprehensive review of Shaker history.
Professor Stein continues to be very involved in academic projects despite his retirement. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Shaker Museum and Library in Mount Lebanon, New York, and continues as an editor of a series on Religion in North America at Indiana University Press.
In recent years he has happily shifted his field of interest to his three granddaughters: Sahalie, Alexandra, and Avery. It is through his experience with his dyslexic granddaughter, Alexandra, that he has become a champion and supporter of the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana.
Moving between radically disparate worlds is the modus operandi for journalist, author, and independent scholar Douglas Wissing. But the true work comes in the telling: in the weaving of a complex narrative steeped in the spirit of far-flung places; a story that radiates the intense experience of going there and listening.
Educated as a historian and political scientist, Wissing has scrambled over avalanche-choked passes in bandit-ridden corners of Tibet to speak with the reincarnation of a valuable source. He’s gained insight into Washington insiders, Hong Kong Communist plutocrats, extreme body modifiers, modern medieval armorers and Belgian Trappist brewers who craft the world’s rarest beer. He’s listened to the lives of Vietnamese Impressionist painters, maverick mycologists, and Cuban internationalists.
His thought-provoking writing and meticulous research have resulted in six books and landed his unique perspective in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, salon.com, and on BBC and NPR networks, as well as in tastemaker journals from ARTnews to Saveur. His award-winning articles and radio stories on Afghanistan have attracted wide attention among U.S. policy-makers.
Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary
Funding the Enemy
Pioneer in Tibet
For the past 20 years on WISH-TV’s Daybreak, Dick Wolfsie has lent his unique brand of wit and humor to the screen. His video essays and personal stories are unique to Indiana television. Many are syndicated nationally.
After 25 years in Indianapolis, this former high school and college English teacher has netted over 10,000 hours of television. Wolfsie’s work in the media has earned him over a dozen awards including a regional Emmy for best host, a national ACE award and a Casper Award for five years as host and producer of AM Indiana.
Dick is the author of 12 books, including Mornings with Barney and his best seller, Indiana Curiosities, now in its third edition. Dick’s syndicated column appears in 25 Indiana newspapers and is also featured twice weekly on WFYI radio.