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:

  • Nightly: Tim’s Bedtime Stories – Local writers and celebrities will read to Youd from banned books .
  • Gift shop sale – Receive discounts on selected merchandise and library memberships.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m., Author Talk with Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park,  Landline and challenged work at the Indianapolis Central Library.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 5:00-8:00 p.m., Author Talk with Malinda Lo, Diversity and Censorship in Young Adult Fiction. Lo authored Adaptation among other fiction and non-fiction works. Actress Constance Macy reads Vonnegut’s letter to the Drake School Board as intro to Lo at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.
  • Friday, Sept. 26 6:00 p.m. Closing Reception: Jon Eller, Director of IUPUI’s Ray Bradbury Center will speak at the closing reception  at The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Tim Youd will set his week-long work on fire! Additionally, the band Kilgore Trout will perform live at the library at 6:30 p.m.

All events will be free to the public.

Updated 9/19/2014

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