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Author Reading: J. Brent Bill

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join J. Brent Bill at Indy Reads on April 7th at 3pm for a reading of his new book, “Amity: Stories from the Heartland”.

On Sunday, April 7th, at 3pm, join J. Brent Bill for a reading of his new book, Amity: Stories from the Heartland. The reading will be followed by a Question & Answer session and book signing. 

This reading is appropriate for all ages. 

Proceeds from all purchases made through Indy Reads directly support our adult education and community & family programs! 

Amity: Stories from the Heartland is a collection of short stories by well-known Quaker writer Brent Bill. Each story is set in the Midwest of the United States, a region known for its honest, hardworking, plain-speaking, religious people who are as complex and thoughtful as the most urbane city dwellers. These stories are about 1930s housewives, modern-day priests, 1960s kids, and more — as well as the varieties and vagaries of their lives’ trials, triumphs, failings, joys, sorrows, and surviving — and the beauty and mystery of it all. 


J. BrentBill is a writer, photographer, retreat leader, writing coach, and Quaker minister. He’s written and co-written many books including: 

  • Amity: Stories from the Heartland! (newly released!) 
  • Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times 
  • Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love: Four Essentials for the Abundant Life 
  • Holy Silence: 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded 
  • Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace 
  • Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a Fresh Language of Prayer 
  • Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God 
  • Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment 
  • Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality 
  • Mind the Light: Learning to See with Spiritual Eyes 
  • Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and Message 
  • Imagination and Spirit: A Contemporary Quaker Reader 

… in addition to more than 100 short stories and non-fiction articles. 

 Brent serves on the faculty of the Midwest Writers Workshop, Indiana Writers Center, and has taught writing at the graduate school level. 

Brent graduated from Wilmington College and the Earlham School of Religion. He lives on Ploughshares Farm, which is fifty acres of Indiana farmland that is being reclaimed for native hardwood forests and warm season prairie grasses. 

This event is Pay-What-You-Can! Here’s what your suggested donation can do for the Indy Reads community:

FREE – This ticket is for attendees that would like to attend this event and are unable to purchase a ticket. Indy Reads values our community and facilitators. We are proud to provide programming to all. Thank you for being a part of our community!

$10 – This donation covers the cost of one attendee to this event. Indy Reads strives to bring the very best programming to Fountain Square and all Hoosiers. Thank you for helping us to keep our quality programs accessible for all!

$20 – This donation covers the cost of two attendees to this event. If you are attending as an individual, your ticket at this level makes it possible for another who cannot afford a ticket to attend. It is only through the generosity of our community that we are able to support programs that enrich the lives of all Hoosiers. Thank you for your support!

Other – “Pay-What-You-Can” really does mean pay what you can. Indy Reads appreciates that every one of our community members is able to support our vision of 100% literacy for all in different ways. Whether you can pay $5 or $50, we are so excited to see you – and thank you for your support!


April 7
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Indy Reads
1066 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203 United States
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