Join us for the world’s only VonnegutFest

Every year, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library hosts the world’s only VonnegutFest. This Indianapolis-wide festival champions the power of the the arts and humanities to better us as individuals and as a society.

As Kurt said, “Think of what a paradise this world would be if men were kind and wise.”

During VonnegutFest, the city of Indianapolis embraces all things Vonnegut. This year the three day festival runs from November 10-12, 2016. On Thursday, we are proud to kick off VonnegutFest with one of our signature programs, Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day, at the Indiana War Memorial. In this panel discussion, local and national luminaries will discuss healing wounds of war through the arts and humanities. On Friday, we will host a Vonnegut Sessions performance. Saturday’s events include a Breakfast of Champions, a launch party for our fifth edition of the So It Goes literary journal with a bicentennial “Indiana” theme, a Vonnegut-inspired improv performance, and our Timequake Clambake in the beautiful Indiana Landmarks building.Peter Sagal. October 22, 2013. Photo by Andrew Collings.


At this year’s Clambake, Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! will travel from Chicago to accept the Kurt Vonnegut Humor Awardin person. Sagal is a Harvard grad, author and journalist whom you most likely recognize from everyone’s favorite Saturday Morning Panel News Quiz Show. Previous recipients of the Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award include Alec Baldwin and Jimmy Kimmel.

Please join us in honoring and celebrating one of Indiana’s great writers and great thinkers, and stay tuned to this page in the coming weeks to find tickets & a full schedule of events!