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.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 10, 2016

  • Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day – Indiana War Memorial
    • 5pm – Veterans Arts/Resource Fair
    • 5pm – Presentation by Warrior Songs Executive Director Jason Moon
    • 6:30pm – Panel Discussion Moderated by NPR’s Steve Inskeep
      • Panelists include: Mark Vonnegut, Mark Ferrera (Eli Lilly), Robin Hall, Marc Leeds, and Charles Hyde (CEO of the President Benjamin Harrison House)

Friday, November 11, 2016

  • Vonnegut Sessions Special – IndyFringe Theatre
    • 6pm – Movie Showing of Breakfast of Champions
      • In partnership with Public House Cinema and IndyFringe
      • Tickets Available Soon

Saturday, November 12, 2016

  • Breakfast of Champions – Bluebeard Restaurant
    • 10am – Jennifer McQuillan discusses her creation of a Literary Garden at West Bloomfield High School
    • Light food and drink provided by Bluebeard and Amelia’s Bakery
  • 2016 So It Goes Literary Journal Release – KVML
    • 12pm – Enjoy readings from the latest journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library and be the first to pick up your copy of this double-issue dedicated to Indiana’s Bicentenial
  • Improvised Kurt Vonnegut – Theatre On The Square
    • 2:30pm – See an improvisational comedy show that makes up a “new” Vonnegut novel on the spot.
  • Timequake Clambake – Indiana Landmarks
    • 6pm – It’s a Vonnegut party, and you’re invited! We’re gathering 300 hundred of our closest friends to celebrate. There will be music, dancing (if you dare), a delicious seafood heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, and a whole lot of laughter at the Timequake Clambake.
    • Don’t dress up! Dress like you are going to a Hampton’s Clambake. We want to see plenty of salmon pants and shorts, nautical-themed outfits, and that ever-popular Madras designs you have hiding in your closet. This is a party with all the fixings we can find!
    • Peter Sagal from Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me will be accepting the 2016 Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award.
    • Tickets Available Soon