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)

Greg Dawson, BA’71, and his wife, Candy, published a non-fiction account of Bloomington and IU in the ’60s. Busted in Bloomington: A Tragedy in the Summer of ’68 follows a young English teacher at Bloomington High School who meets a tragic fate. The IU campus and faculty play a major role in the story. The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. (Dog Ear Publishing 2017)

poodlesKaren-Cherie Cogane, BA’76, recently published her first book, The Poodles of Park Avenue. The 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)​

Andrew C. Billings, BA’94, MA’96, PhD’99, James R. Angelini, BA‘02, MA‘05, PhD‘07, and former visiting lecturer Paul J. MacArthur published Olympic Television: Broadcasting the Biggest Show on EarthThe book presents an overview of Olympic television history, interviews with NBC personnel, 20 years of U.S Olympic television content analysis, an examination of how nationalism drives Olympic viewing, and more. Billings is the Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting and executive director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama. Angelini is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware. MacArthur is a professor of public relations and journalism at Utica College. (Routledge 2017)

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)

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