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

Here’s what critics have to say about Going All the Way:

To say that it is a very American story is true enough, but it would be more relevant to say that it is going to become even more so. Its central subject—the baffled despair of young men trying to reckon with middle class, material values in a world where they no longer suffice—is only beginning…it is possible that the current publishing season will produce no book more urgently felt.

– New York Times Book Review


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


Reading Wakefield’s novel feels, in some ways, like reading an anthropologist’s notes on an extinct culture. And yet, below the surface quaintness—the talk about ‘hard-ons’ and ‘Big Rods’—is a timeless story about young men and about America growing up.

– Sara Davidson, Author of Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties


If you haven’t purchased a copy, get yours now for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.



Uncle Dan’s Book Nerds Night

Uncle Dan’s Book Nerds meets Sunday, April 15 in the Oxford Room upstairs at the Aristocrat Pub (52nd & College in Indianapolis). 

Tickets Available Soon

Doors open at 5:00. Show is from 6 – 8:00.
Dinner and drink service is available throughout the show.

Uncle Dan is happy to announce his special guest for the Sunday, April 15 edition of Book Nerds:

Lou Harry

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. Mr.  Harry will be at “Uncle Dan’s Book Nerds Night” on Sunday, April 15, at The Oxford Room on the second floor of The Aristocrat pub and restaurant from 6-8 pm.

Mr. Harry was the most consistently informed and perceptive reviewer of books, plays, movies, music, and even restaurants in the city. He has written more than fifty books, as well as articles and essays for a wide variety of entertainment and theatrical magazines. He is a member of the board of the American Theatre Critics Association and has had his own plays produced.

It seems an odd and self-defeating decision that “arts and entertainment” is not regarded as a “business.” Don’t people buy books, pay for tickets to movies and theaters, pay for a wide range of courses in all forms of writing at The Indiana Writers Center, and eat at the variety of new and well-regarded restaurants in the city?

Harry was the most reliable and consistent critic in the city’s publications. The only review of the new Kurt Vonnegut Complete Stories book was Lou Harry in the IBJ. No other newspaper or magazine bothered to review the new collection by one of Indianapolis’ most well-known and beloved writers.

Uncle Dan's Book Nerds“Uncle Dan’s Book Nerd Night” is for all who enjoy reading and talking about books. This is not a “Book Club” because you don’t have to read a particular book to come and enjoy the talk and camaraderie. On “Book Nerd Night” one Sunday  evening a month from 6-8pm, Uncle Dan Wakefield and one of his writer friends will not only talk about a book they have written, but also about the books that inspired them, their favorite authors, the peaks and pitfalls of being a writer, (which will include answering some of your questions) and all things literary, inspirational, perhaps even revelatory, and most of all (hopefully,) entertaining!

Book Nerd Night will be at upstairs dining room (The Oxford Room) of Aristocrat Pub (52nd and College), on the second floor, private entrance to left (south) of Main Entrance to the restaurant.  Since the bar is in a separate room, college and high school students will be welcome at the event! (They can eat but not drink alcohol of course.)  Check menu of The Aristocrat – everything from burgers to full course dinners of steaks, chicken, fish, and 60 Craft Beers!

PS – We regret that our schedule for these events did not work out with The Red Key. We continue to frequent The Key for food, drink, and fellowship – as well as the best jukebox in the U.S.!  


Buried Treasure

Last year the musical hit of Broadway was “Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.” The production won four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, and was nominated for ten Tonys. The original production of 1921 was the first all-black musical on Broadway that was not a minstrel show, and introduced worldwide musical stars Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson. Poet Langston Hughes hailed that original musical as the launch of The Harlem renaissance, an artistic and cultural revolution in America. One of the show’s songs became an all-time popular hit – “I’m Just Wild About Harry.”

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. It’s part of the great history of jazz and black music that was born and flourished here on Indiana Avenue and never acknowledged (much less celebrated) by the city’s establishment.

Other cities promoted and made tourist attractions of their jazz history – Bourbon Street in The French Quarter of New Orleans, Beale Street in Memphis. Kansas City has a Jazz Museum and claims to be “one of the cradles of jazz.” It lists other jazz “cradles” as New Orleans, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City.”  The jazz mecca of Indiana Avenue is not even mentioned, and is only a blip in the Ken Burns documentary of jazz. We spent millions of dollars luring a Super Bowl in order to promote tourism and attract business, but we hid our brightest musical lights under a bushel of neglect.

I wrote in a blog last week of a new book on Indiana Avenue being written by Aleta Hodge (who you heard on “The Uncle Dan Story Hour” on WFYI Monday night, and can soon be heard here on my website.) There are two good books on that legendary musical thoroughfare already available: Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends, and Legacy of Indiana Avenue by David Leander Williams [The History Press] is an excellent and thorough survey of the birth and flowering and death of the Avenue.

Indiana Avenue: Black Entertainment Boulevard by Rev. C. Nickerson Bolden [Author House] takes a hard and honest look at the demise of the once brilliant musical showplace and the healthy neighborhood that once grew around it. Bolden says sadly and truly that “The Indiana Avenue community was an amenity. Few past or current city officials have really acknowledged this fact.”

I have a book on the history of the city and another one of the state. Neither mentions Indiana Avenue or any of the world-renowned artists it spawned. The fine documentary “The School That Changed a City” tells of the important careers of successful graduates of Crispus Attucks in sports, law, medicine, and the military, but no mention is made of its famous musicians (except for one opera singer) or the superb music department that launched them. One of the musicians who taught there was Jerry Daniels, an original member of “The Ink Spots.” I wish I had known that he and his quartet were talented young men from Indianapolis when I was a kid loving their music. I might have learned that there were other black Americans besides Amos and Andy and Jack Benny’s bug-eyed “Rochester” and the bandana-bonneted Aunt Jemima on the pancake box.

Dan Wakefield

Dan Wakefield