Alumni Bookshelf

act-of-frustration-coverKen Beckley, BS’62, is author of An Act of Frustration, a novel about the life of Charlie Simpson, a hardware store owner in a small town America who incites a political revolution. Before writing novels, Beckley led a successful career in broadcast news and marketing, filling roles such as executive vice president of H.H. Greg and president and CEO of the IU Alumni Association. (Dog Ear Publishing, 2016)

poodlesKaren-Cherie Cogane, BA’76, recently published her first book, The Poodles of Park AvenueThe book is written for middle grade readers and tweens, and is about a poodle who lives with less-than-perfect pet parents. Cogane previously taught ballet, jazz dance and choreography at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. (Tate Publishing, 2015)

TacketbookMike Tackett, BA’80, is the author of the The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams. The book chronicles coach Merl Eberly’s five-decade effort to transform the Clarinda A’s in Clarinda, Iowa, from a town team to collegiate summer league champions.  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016)​

tvcopsJonathan Nichols-Pethick, MA’98, is author of TV Cops: The Contemporary American Television Police Drama. He is director of the Pulliam Center and Media Fellows Program at DePauw University, where he was previously an associate professor of media studies.  He lives in Terre Haute with his family. (Routledge, 2012)

VotesofConfidence1-CopyJeff Fleischer’s third book, Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections, published by Zest Books, aims to refresh first-time voters on American politics, government and civics. Fleischer, BAJ’99, has written for publications including the Chicago Tribune, the New Republic and National Geographic Traveler. (Zest Books 2016)

rapgodEbony Utley, BA’01,  published her first book, Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God, and launched a correlated website in 2012. She is a tenured associate professor at California State University Long Beach. (ABC-CLIO, 2012)


Jim Kendrick, PhD’05, is the author of Darkness in the Bliss-Out: A Reconsideration of the Films of Steven Spielberg. He is an associate professor in film and digital media at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he lives with his wife Cassie and their children, James and Lily. (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014)