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

Friday, March 16, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

Going All the Way is $2.99 for a limited time at every major eBook retailer this Saturday, March 17, 2018.

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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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Thursday, November 16, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

 I will be speaking on "The Trials and Triumphs of Kurt Vonnegut" at The Lincoln Room of The Lilly Library at 1200 E 7th St., Bloomington, Indiana, at 5pm, Thursday November 30....

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Published in Coming Home

Mark Vonnegut is coming to town to talk about art, creativity, mental illness, and “the myth of mental wellness” as part of “The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam” at The Jazz Kitchen on Tuesday, March 27, 6-8 pm. Tickets are...

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Thursday, February 8, 2018 Published in Coming Home

"What I Learned from the Till Trial and My Friendship with James Baldwin" is the subject of a talk I will give at Martin University, Thursday, March 1, at 6pm.The address is...

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 Published in Coming Home

It wasn’t until the documentary based on my book New York in the Fifties was shown Tuesday night to a full house at The Jazz Kitchen that I realized the film was basically an Indiana production!

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

– Philo of Alexandria