Look who's talking: Neil Gaiman, Martin Sheen, and more

February 18, 2010
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Are you a good listener?

If so, listen up: There's a wide range of high profile speakers coming to Central Indiana, offering free talks (some require picking up tickets in advance)

--IMCPL has announced that bestselling author Neil Gaiman ("Coraline," "The Graveyard Book") will be delivering its McFadden Memorial Lecture April 16 at North Central High School. More information here.

--He's not the President of the United States, but he played one on TV. Indiana University Theatre and Drama will be hosting Martin Sheen, who will deliver the Ralph L. Collins Memorial Lecture on April 19. Information here

--This Monday, Feb. 22, Edwidge Danticat, author of the Oprah-pick "Breath, Eyes, Memory" will be speaking as part of the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University. Check out the whole Butler lineup here.

--On March 22, author of the wonderful novel "The Circus in Winter," visits the University of Indianapolis as part of its Kellogg Writers Series. Details here.

So start talking. Anyone here strike you as a must see?

  • I'd like to hear them all.
    I don't know if I am a GOOD listener, but listening to good speakers talk in person about interesting topics is one of my favorite activities. I would like to hear all of the speakers you mention, Lou. How great that someone is funding each of their talks so that the speakers don't have to work for free and yet the public can attend at no charge!

    I heard dreamy Neil Gaiman speak a few years ago at a conference on graphic novels. Good speaker with a wealth of potentially interesting speaking topics and broad audience appeal. That event will be packed.

    I have not ever heard Cathy Day speak, but I loved The Circus in Winter! Fascinating combination of Indiana setting and circus milieu. Her new memoir sounds interesting, too. I would like to meet her.

    The Butler series always intrigues me. I was sad to learn that Lucille Clifton died recently. However, I would love to hear Mona Simpson. Her novel, Anywhere But Here, was a hoot and a treat, worthy of multiple readings. I would like to meet her, too.

    I would LOVE to hear "President Bartlett" speak but I doubt I will be able to swing a Monday night road trip to Bloomington...unless I request some time off from my day job. Hmm....

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • One More
    Don't forget Jason Reitman, director of "Up In The Air." he'll be speaking at DePauw on March 15.
  • Jason Reitman
    Did you hear that Jason Reitman is coming to DePauw?

    Info here: http://www.depauw.edu/news/?id=24814
  • thanks
    Thanks for the heads-up on Reitman.
  • The Sandman
    Thank you for the heads up on Neil Gaiman - I've been a fan since the Sandman days. I'm really looking forward to this! I'm also planning on Jason Reitman. How does Indy get so lucky to have so many interesting speakers?
  • Another One More
    Rebecca Skloot, author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," will be at the Carmel Library March 8 at 7 P.M. - free and open to the public!
  • Gaiman fan
    I'm a fan of Gaiman, and would love to see him speak - I'll be watching for info on how to get tickets to the event! I have heard that he is a riveting reader and his audio book readings are fantastic - can't wait to see him.
  • I'm a good listener, Am I?
    I don't know in the event that I am a GOOD audience, but listening to great speakers talk in individual about fascinating subjects is one of my best liked actions. I could prefer to catch the sum total of the speakers you say, Lou. How stupendous that someone is subsidizing each and every of their talks so that the speakers don't need to work complimentary and yet the general population can go to at no charge! Got to go! I do really need to write more of my essay.

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