Reminder: Launch Party This Friday

Just a reminder that the 100 Things launch party is this Friday, May 22. Stop by Indy Reads Books at 7 p.m. for snacks, a book signing and an Indianapolis trivia contest. We have some great prizes lined up, including the following:

Hope to see you there!

Where to Buy: Local Retailers

“100 Things Indy” celebrates the best of Indy shopping, so I’m excited to announce that the book is now available at two local shops, both of which are on the “100 Things” list: Goose the Market and Homespun: Modern Handmade.

Goose, a craft butchery, is known for charcuterie and award-winning sandwiches (especially the Batali, which is piled high with Italian meats). And Homespun is one of my favorite local boutiques. It stocks “modern handmade” goods from across the Midwest, such as jewelry, home decor and artisan food products. The owners of Homespun also organize the annual INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, which is also on the “100 Things” list.

More local retailers are coming soon, so watch this page for announcements! And don’t forget the official launch party: 7 p.m., Friday, May 22 at Indy Reads Books. Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: The book is now in stock at Silver in the City, too!

Holcomb, Holcomb, Hinkle

Many thanks to Butler University for this great coverage of “100 Things Indy” this week:

Butler University is well represented in the new book 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die. And not just because it’s written by Ashley Petry, who went to preschool at Butler, earned her MBA here in 2006, and is finishing her MFA in Creative Writing.

No, Petry said, Butler gets its due because Hinkle Fieldhouse, Holcomb Gardens, and the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium fit the bill. (Plump’s Last Shot, the Broad Ripple restaurant owned by Bobby Plump ’58, is another of the 100.) . . .

Butler’s historic Hinkle Fieldhouse gets a mention in the entry about experiencing Indiana basketball, while Holcomb Gardens is one of several destinations on a list of Indy’s prettiest gardens. But the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium is one of my favorite spots in Indy, and it gets an entry all its own. Check the book for more details!

Save the Date: Launch Party at Indy Reads Books

If you pre-ordered a copy of “100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die” from Amazon, it’s likely to arrive on your doorstep this afternoon! But the book will make its official Indy debut next month at Indy Reads Books — which is, of course, one of the 100 things. Please join me for a book signing, snacks and the ultimate Indianapolis trivia contest, complete with prizes straight from the pages of “100 Things Indy.” Hope to see you there!

What: “100 Things Indy” Launch Party

Where: Indy Reads Books, 911 Massachusetts Ave.

When: 7-9 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015

Sneak Peek: The Book Cover

Drum roll, please! It’s time to reveal the book cover for my new Indy guidebook, “100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die.” Very exciting! 100ThingsIndy Cover Small The photo inside the “100” is the historic carousel at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. I’m thrilled, because riding that carousel is one of my favorite memories from childhood, and the museum’s “Carousel Wishes and Dreams” exhibit is still one of my favorite spots in the city. Plus, the carousel is colorful, dynamic and energetic — just like this amazing city. Stay tuned for more details about the book release. It’s coming in mid-April, but it’s available now for pre-order from booksellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.