The Theater department at IU in Bloomington invited me to attend a performance of The Gentleman from Indiana, which opens July 11… but alas! I live in Seattle. I don’t think I’m up for that long a drive! I wish I could go, though. They’re staging James Still’s 2007 adaptation, and Still’s a real Hoosier.

Small-town newspaper editor John Harkless incurs the vengeance of local politicos and Klansmen while his melancholy steers him into an unexpected romance. A fine first novel with some wonderful prose and still-relevant themes, if over-plotted.