Author Joseph S. Pete, the editor-in-chief of the Northwest Indiana Literary Journal and a staff writer and columnist at The Times of Northwest Indiana, will sign copies of his two new books “Lost, Hammond, Indiana” and “100 Things to Do in Gary and Northwest Indiana Before You Die” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24 outside of Tom Lounges’ Record Bin at 1601 Franklin St in Michigan City.
“Lost Hammond, Indiana” is a rollicking, wide-reaching, and in-depth look at the history of Hammond that originally had the subtitle: “Tales of Jean Shepherd’s ‘A Christmas Story,’ Soap Flake Snow, Sears, a Burning River, Babushkas, Mobsters, a Movie Theater Bombing, Race Cars, Rockette-Dancing Frogs Legs, the Birth of 3 Floyds Brewing, Thrill Killers, and the NFL’s Early Days.” Published by The History Press, the book covers everything to the city’s origins to thrilling tales of true crime to the gestation of legends like Sears co-founder Alvah Curtis Roebuck, hardcore wrestling legend Terry Funk, and National Football League Hall of Famer and trailblazer Fritz Pollard. Take a stroll down nostalgia lane with “Lost Hammond, Indiana.”
“100 Things to Do in Gary and Northwest Indiana Before You Die” celebrates Region attractions like The Indiana Dunes National Park, the Indiana Dunes State Park, 3 Floyds Brewing, Dark Lord Day, Pierogi Fest, and National Mascot Hall of Fame. It’s a look at all the wacky and wild places worth visiting in the second most populous metro in the Hoosier state. Published by Reedy Press, “100 Things to Do in Gary and Northwest Indiana Before You Die” is packed with insider tips for delicious dining, stimulating arts and culture, outdoor adventures, and one-of-a-kind shopping in the Calumet Region. Tackle the 3-Dune Challenge or try your luck at one of the many casinos. Explore the National Mascot Hall of Fame, and find hidden gems like fine arts galleries and the best farmers markets.
Masks will be encouraged and social distancing practiced at the event.
About the Author
Calumet Region native Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, Iraq War veteran, and frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio. He edits the Northwest Indiana Literary Journal and writes for the Times of Northwest Indiana, including the popular Business Ins and Outs Sunday column. His freelance work has appeared in many publications including the Washington Post and the Seattle Times and his literary work has been published in more than 100 publications. He hosted the That’s So Region Podcast, serves on the Indiana Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists board, and also authored the book Lost Hammond, Indiana. You can follow him at @nwi_jsp on Twitter and Instagram.