Inaugural VonnegutFest is Nov. 9, 2013
Schedule of Events:
10-11:30 a.m. - Breakfast of Champions & Vonnegut Look-Alike Contact at Bookmamas
Visitors will read aloud from the novel Breakfast of Champions and compete in a Kurt Vonnegut Look-alike Contest. Judges are Dan Carpenter, Indianapolis Star columnist, Ben Asayskwee, Q Artistry artistic director, and Richard Vonnegut. The winner of the first-ever Vonnegut Look-alike Contest is returning to reclaim his crown. Free admission.
All day – Literary LEGO characters at Irvington Branch, Indianapolis Public Library
Share your love of LEGO and all things literary as the Irvington Branch takes part in VonnegutFest!
From Oct. 1 through Nov. 9, bring your LEGO creations of your favorite:
- Literary character
- Irvington historical figure
The Irvington Branch will display them in its lobby, then you’ll have the chance to vote on your favorites. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, Nov. 9.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. - Library display at Athenaeum
Traveling Vonnegut Library exhibit on display. Free admission.
Noon-1:30 p.m. – Art exhibit and author visits at Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
- Views of Human Rights art exhibition by The Carter Center
- Booksigning by Benjamin Patton, youngest grandson of General George Patton and the author of “Growing Up Patton”
- Booksigning by Tim O’Brien, National Book Award for Fiction winner and author of “The Things They Carried”
- Release of second annual Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library literary magazine, “So It Goes.”
2-3:30 p.m. - Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day panel at Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall, Herron School of Art
Steve Inskeep of NPR, authors Tim O’Brien and Benjamin Patton, ArtReach instructor/veteran Hugo Patrocinio, poet Jason Poudrier and U.S. Army Capt. Olivia Cobiskey discuss literary expression as a means of coping with PTSD. Includes an exhibit from the international Combat Paper Project, which showcases works made by paper created from soldiers’ own uniforms. Free admission. Part of the Spirit & Place Festival.
7 p.m. - Timequake Clambake at Cook Theater
Comedian Gary Gulman of Last Comic Standing fame will entertain guests at this Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library fundraiser named after one of Vonnegut’s novels and the clambake that occurs therein.
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Anyone who attends five events during VonnegutFest and gets their official “passport” stamped will receive a free black book bag with the library’s logo (while supplies last).
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library presents VonnegutFest with partners Lilly Endowment Inc., Apparatus, CEO, RAMJAC Corporation, Rosetta Books, Random House, National Bank of Indianapolis, Shelley and Mark Lakshmanan, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Bookmamas, Herron School of Art, Indiana Humanities Council, IndyReads, HVAF of Indiana, the Athenaeum Foundation and the Irvington Branch, Indianapolis Public Library.
In honor of VonnegutFest, the Indiana Repertory Theatre is offering 50% off tickets for any performance of Kurt Vonnegut’s Who Am I This Time? – Jan. 28 through Feb. 23. To purchase, visit the IRT Ticket Office noon-6 p.m. or call 317-635-5252. This deal is redeemable only on Nov. 9 during VonnegutFest. Not available for online reservations.