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[LIBRARY] Release: Dillinger Biography Chosen to Represent Indiana at National Book Festival
Start Date: 5/20/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/20/2014
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Marion, Ind. Native Highlights Escapades and Legacy of History's Most Notorious Hoosier

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2014) – The Indiana Center for the Book has selected Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger by John A. Beineke to represent Indiana at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The book will be featured on the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading Map.” The book selection is based on criteria where each state selects one title of fiction or non-fiction that is relevant to the state or by an author from the state and that is a good read for children or young adults. The map is distributed at the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival.

In Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger, the ninth volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press’s Youth Biography Series, John A. Beineke delves into Dillinger’s life from his unhappy days growing up in Indianapolis and Mooresville, Indiana; his first unlucky brush with the law; his embracing of a life of crime while behind bars at the Indiana Reformatory; his exploits as the leader of a gang that terrorized banks and outwitted law enforcement in the Midwest, earning a reputation as a Robin Hood-style criminal; and his headline-grabbing death in a hail of bullets on July 22, 1934, at the Biograph Theater in Chicago.

“This selection is a unique opportunity for students to learn more about history's most notorious Hoosier,” said Suzanne Walker, Director of the Indiana Center for the Book. “While most books about John Dillinger are scholarly or adult-themed in nature, Hoosier Public Enemy tells this compelling crime drama in a way that is educational and entertaining for young readers."

Although his crime wave took place in the last century, the name Dillinger has never left the public imagination. Biographies, histories, movies, television and radio shows, magazines and newspapers, comic books, and now Internet sites have focused on this Indiana bandit. If the public enjoyed reading about the exploits of these “public enemies” or viewing the newsreels in the movie theaters of that day, so did Dillinger. Ironically, it was outside a theater screening a movie about gangsters that his life ended.

Beineke is distinguished professor of educational leadership and curriculum and also professor of history at Arkansas State University. He has been a public school teacher, university administrator, and program director in leadership and education at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Beineke is the author of And There Were Giants in the Land: The Life of William Heard Kilpatrick; Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey; and Teaching History to Adolescents: A Quest for RelevanceBeineke is a native of Marion, Ind. He and his wife, Marla, live in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

About the National Book Festival
The National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall on Saturday, August 30, 2014. It will feature award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities. The Pavilion of the States will represent reading and library programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories.

About the Indiana Center for the Book
The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Center promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana's literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level. The Center supports both the professional endeavors and the popular pursuits of Indiana's residents toward reading and writing.

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Contact Information:
Name: Suzanne Walker
Phone: 317- 234-5649
Email: suwalker@library.in.gov
Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger
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