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Herb Block Exhibit at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Image: Herb Block

Image: Herb Block

Our newest exhibit, “The Long March,” features work from Herbert Block (1909-2001), the political cartoonist better known as “Herblock.” This exhibit highlights Block’s illustrations during the Civil Rights Era. Block became the most honored cartoonist of his time, winning three Pulitzer Prizes, and sharing a fourth for his Watergate cartoons which contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. 

Born in Chicago, he did stints for the Chicago Daily News and the Newspaper Enterprise Association in Cleveland before moving on to the Washington Post, where he would work for 55 years. He was the only living cartoonist whose work was exhibited in the National Gallery of Art, and the only living cartoonist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He caricatured thirteen U.S. presidents, from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush, chronicling American history from the 1929 Stock Market crash through summer 2001. He took on causes with courage and conviction, coined the phrase “McCarthyism,” forced reform and became the most influential and enduring political cartoonist in American history.

Join us for IDADA First Friday and take in Herblock’s powerful contribution to history.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 6:00 at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

Night of Vonnegut 2015 to Feature Lewis Black

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library presents Night of Vonnegut 2015

Central Library Atrium, February 22, 2015, 6:00 p.m. (only 500 seats)lewis black

With Lewis Black, Jim Shella, Pat LaMarche, Michael Shelton, and more

Join us for dinner and a night of celebration at the 6th annual “Night of Vonnegut” gala for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Hosted each year by broadcast journalist and political reporter Jim Shella, this year’s event will be quite festive. 

Enjoy a keynote address/performance by Comedian Lewis Black.

Author Pat LaMarche will present the Kurt Vonnegut Writing Award and the Jane Cox Vonnegut Writing Award to two Shortridge High School students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your life by supporting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library!

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Lonely Planet recommends us!

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The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library included in the “Recommended by Lonely Planet” program. The #1 travel publisher in America said that it recognizes businesses reviewed in its guidebooks “based purely on merit.”

Our Mission and Vision

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library champions the legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut and the principles of free expression, common decency and peaceful coexistence he advocated.

Why Indianapolis?

“All my jokes are Indianapolis. All my attitudes are Indianapolis. My adenoids are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.”
                                                                                  —Kurt Vonnegut, 1986

Slaughterhouse-Five BANNED? banned-button

The Vonnegut Library is giving away free copies of Slaughterhouse-Five to students from Republic, Missouri’s high school (the school that sequesters Slaughterhouse-Five in its school library).

If you are a student at Republic High School, please email us with your name, address and grade level to request your free copy of the book. We will not share your request or any of your personal information with anyone else.