Indiana fiction author to speak

John Pesta, whose novel “Safely Buried” won the 2012 Best Books of Indiana award for fiction, will give an informal talk about writing the book and about writing and publishing in general at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Bartholomew County Public Library.

The book, “Safely Buried,” is a mystery set in Meridian County, a fictionalized version of Jackson County, where Pesta has lived since 1971. The novel also won a silver medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and it received honorable mention at the 2012 London Book Festival.

Andrew Griffis, director of the Indiana Center for the Book at the state library, said Pesta’s background is readily apparent through his immense storytelling ability that rivals that of seasoned mystery writers. The library sponsored the 2012 Best Books of Indiana award for fiction.

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