Select books by Dan Wakefield

"A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it."

- Joan Didion

"Dan Wakefield writes about mid-America during WWII with the narrative skill of a Booth Tarkington laced with the more stoic sense of the human condition of an Ernest Hemingway."

- Joseph P. Lash, Winner of The Pulitzer Prize

"Wonderful, sad and funny; a scathing portrait of middle America through the eyes of a new fictional character who will inevitably be compared to Portnoy and Holden Caulfield"

- Gay Talese

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Monday, August 20, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

Every good Hoosier knows about our great war correspondent Ernie Pyle, a journalistic hero of WWII.Few are aware that Janet Flanner, an Indianapolis woman born in 1892, who went to Mrs. Gates’ Dancing Class, swam at The Riviera Club, and...

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Thursday, March 15, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

Lou Harry, the longtime Arts and Entertainment writer for The Indianapolis Business Journal, was recently laid off because the IBJ is eliminating his position—which means no more steady, critical arts and dining coverage. His last day of regular employment at IBJ was Thursday, March 15.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

Did you know that the co-author of the song and of the musical, Noble Sissle, was from Indianapolis? And he went to Butler? Oh – and did you know he wrote The Butler Fight Song (“We’ll sing the Butler War song/ we’ll give the fighting cry. . .” I didn’t either.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 Published in Coming Home

"The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam" Tuesday night, September 25, 6-8 pm at The Jazz KitchenIf you’re alive, you’ve been “knocked down” – if not physically, in some of your efforts –...

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 Published in Coming Home

THE UNCLE DAN AND SOPHIE JAM - TRIBUTE TO COLE PORTER Tuesday, June 12th 6-8pm With words and music, by writer Dan Wakefield and saxophonist Sophie Faught. Take a creative journey with Dan and Sophie as...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Published in Coming Home

David Amram has done everything in music and is still doing it. He has composed and conducted symphonies and concertos, written music for Broadway plays and hit movies, plays French...

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Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

– Philo of Alexandria

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