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About Hawthorne Publishing


When we first opened Guild Press of Indiana, the predecessor of Hawthorne Publishing, in 1987, our books were set by a downtown printer who had a linotype on the floor of his print shop. I myself had learned to set type from lower and upper cases, pulling letters out by hand for headlines on the Butler Collegian.

In the 30 years of our book publishing operation, Art and I have moved through hiring typesetting done, using the first Apple 2C for manuscript prep, learning to use computer typesetting and finally seeing the advent of direct PDF printing. And now we enter the modern age with our Hawthorne website.

Our wonderful Hawthorne authors have had fantastic experiences with books in the last five years or so: they have taken their books to the public and met wonderful people. They have shared their subjects and had funny, rich and rewarding experiences with book-loving audiences. They have a lot to share. You can read their blog entries here. We welcome you to add your comments on our books or any subject relating to the changing publishing world.

Nancy N. Baxter
Senior Editor, Hawthorne Publishing


Nancy Baxter is a prize-winning author living in, and writing about, Indiana. She is the author of twelve books. Baxter teaches at the Indiana Writers’ Center in Indianapolis, an extension of twenty-three years of high school and college English and history teaching. She is the year 2000 recipient of the Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award in History of the Indiana Historical Society.




In 1988 at the urging of Waldenbooks Nancy established a regional press to publish books about Indiana heritage. Baxter served as publisher’s editor for over 200 Indiana and Civil War history books and managed the company until 2001, when Emmis Publishing headquartered in Indianapolis purchased the company and it became Emmis Books. Guild Press released in 1994 the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies on CD ROM, which was then and still is the definitive and best-selling electronic version of the records. Arthur and Nancy Baxter founded Hawthorne Publishing in Carmel in 2002. It is one of three traditional publishers in Indiana.



  • The Movers: The Scotch Irish in America (historical novel)
    • Was the Waldenbooks Recommended Novel choice for the Mid-Atlantic States 1990.
  • Lords of the Rivers: Pioneers in Indiana and Miami Indians (historical novel)
    • A national First Prize Novel National Federation of Presswomen 1989.
  • The Dream Divided: The Civil War in Indiana: the McClures and other settlers in Indiana regiments in the Civil War, Fourteenth Indiana and Eightieth Indiana Regiments, (historical novel)
  • All the Bright Sons of Morning: Miami Indian predecessors in the Mound-Building era. (historical novel)
  • Charmed Circle: The McClures in 1895 in Indianapolis, a murder mystery (historical novel)
  • The Miamis for young people (non-fiction)
  • Hoosier Farmboy in Lincoln’s Army: The Civil War Letters of John R. McClure for young people (non-fiction)
  • A Cabinet of Curiosities from the Civil War in Indiana (non-fiction)
  • The Martin Guards (non-fiction)


Arthur Baxter is the president of Hawthorne Publishing.
Nancy Niblack Baxter is Senior Editor.