IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State

September 22nd 2016 @ 7:00pm to @ 8:00pm
Wylie House's Morton C. Bradley, Jr. Education Center
317 E. Second St.
Bloomington, IN 47401

Celebrated author offers insider’s look at Indiana in “IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State”

Local event connects Indiana stories to the world as state prepares to celebrate its bicentennial

Fueled by an insider’s view of Indiana and the state’s often surprising connections to the larger world, celebrated journalist Douglas A. Wissing will reveal Indiana in all its glory: sacred and profane; saints and sinners; war and peace; small towns and big cities; art, architecture, poetry and victuals in a talk at the Wylie House Museum’s Education Center on September 22nd beginning at 7:00 pm.

         As the state celebrates its bicentennial in 2016, Wissing's talk and his latest book, IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State, provide an alternative Indiana history though his stories of Hoosier talent, and sometimes idiosyncratic genius: the courageous farmer-soldiers who ardently try to win the hearts and minds of 21st century Afghan insurgents; the artisans whose work pulses with the aesthetics of far-away homelands; the famous modernist poet who had to leave to make his mark. He speaks about places that speak to a wider world: Columbus and its remarkable architecture; Bloomington’s counterintuitive Tibetan community; New Harmony and its enduring idealism; the Calumet Region’s world’s-best brewery; Indianapolis and its renowned Crown Hill cemetery. Wissing makes visible the unexpected bonds between Indiana and the world at large.

“As a Hoosier, if you want to learn who we are, what we do, and what our glorious state is all about, you will be enchanted with Douglas Wissing’s book. Every time I dip into it, I experience unexpected pleasures; I learn more about, and gain greater appreciation for, our marvelous Hoosier heritage," said former Indiana Congressman and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Lee Hamilton.

Dan Wakefield, the native Hoosier who authored Going All the Way and Under the Apple Tree: A Novel of the Home Front, said “Douglas Wissing’s IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State is a delightful, smart, and funny book that spins great stories of everything Hoosier from pawpaws to Dillinger!”

Wissing is the author of ten books, including Indiana: One Pint at a Time and Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary. His Pioneer in Tibet chronicled the adventures of Indiana-born explorer Dr. Albert Shelton during the Great Game era. His extensive coverage of Indiana National Guard units in insurgency-wracked Afghanistan illuminated his critique of US counterinsurgency, Funding the Enemy: How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban, which attracted wide attention among U.S. policymakers. Wissing also has contributed to The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, Foreign Policy,,,, BBC, and NPR networks, as well as a host of regional publications.


Book Information—IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State

By Douglas A. Wissing

256 pages, 6 x 9, 28 b&w illus.                                                                                                                                                         

Paper ISBN 978-0-253-01904-2 $27.00

eBook ISBN 978-0-253-01910-3 $26.99

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Co-published by Indiana University Press and Indiana Historical Society Press

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