Banned Books Week

banned-buttonMan to live inside Vonnegut Library to protest book banning from Sept. 21-27, 2014

At this year’s celebration of national Banned Books Week, once again local artists will reimagine the covers of banned or threatened literature and display their work at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library – while Los Angeles-based performance artist Tim Youd lives 24/7 in its plate-glass window, in a “prison” of banned books. He will type banned works such as Fahrenheit 451.

Other events:

  • Tim’s Bedtime Stories – Local writers and celebrities will read to Youd from banned books (nightly).
  • Gift shop sale – Receive discounts on selected merchandise and library memberships.
  • Author Talk with Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Landline, Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.
  • Author Talk with Malinda Lo, Diversity and Censorship in Young Adult Fiction. Lo authored Adaptation among other fiction and non-fiction works. September 24, 2014, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.
  • Actress Constance Macy will read a letter from Kurt Vonnegut to the school administrators who banned Slaughterhouse-Five.
  • Closing Reception: Jon Eller, Director of IUPUI’s Ray Bradbury Center will speak at the closing reception on Friday, September 26th at The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Additionally, the band Kilgore Trout will perform live at the library.

All events will be free to the public.

Become a defender of intellectual freedom

The Vonnegut Library seeks support for its Banned Books Week activities this year. We are looking for donations and volunteers. To learn more about our Banned Books Week activities and donate to the cause, visit the Power2Give web site. Please e-mail us at if you can help with events.