Indianapolis Celebrates Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week “Prisoner” and Week of Programming

banned-buttonJoin us as we transform the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library into a cozy salon where community members can gather to ask big questions about art, citizenship and humanity. This year, Banned Books Week (BBW) is September 24-September 29, and we are thrilled to welcome a host of guests to discuss censorship, book banning, and many other topics. And, we will celebrate the publishing of a new collection of Vonnegut short stories by Seven Stories Press.

DSCN0498Rai Peterson of Ball State University, will spend the week in our storefront museum window, trapped behind a “prison” wall constructed of banned books.


2018 Banned Books Week Schedule

Monday, Sept 24
  • Evening Event: Nanny Vonnegut discusses her maternal grandmother’s time at Central State Hospital
    • Join us as Nanny Vonnegut discusses her maternal grandmother’s time at Central State Hospital.
    • 6-8pm, KVML, 340 N. Senate Ave
    • Tickets required.
Tuesday, Sept 25
  • Evening Event: Naked Lunch Film Screening
    • Join us for a film screening of Naked Lunch (1991) and pizza from our friends at Jockamo’s Pizza.
    • KVML, 340 N. Senate Ave
    • Tickets required
Wednesday, Sept 26
  • Noon-Time Lunch Series: David Hoppe and Lou Harry discuss freedom of the press and read from one of our favorite banned books.
    • 12pm-1pm, bring your lunch, KVML 340 N. Senate Ave
  • Evening Event: Banned Books Podcast
    • Christiane Wiseheart and Jeff McCall with Prindle Institute’s Examining Ethics team share their banned books podcast.
    • KVML, 340 N. Senate Ave.
    • This is a free event
Thursday, Sept 27
  • Noon-Time Lunch Series: Fighting Censorship
    • Ed Dowling discusses fighting censorship and his research.
    • 12pm-1pm, bring your lunch, KVML 340 N. Senate Ave
  • Evening Event: Too Much of a Good Thing
    • We’re teaming with the Kinsey Institute to discuss sex and porn addiction.
    • KVML 340 N. Senate Ave.
    • Limited Spacing available
Friday, Sept 28
  • Noon-Time Lunch Series: Join us as we read from Hunter S. Thompson’s Kentucky Derby and discuss gambling addiction.
    • 12pm-1pm, bring your lunch, KVML 340 N. Senate Ave
  • Evening Event: Dramatic Readings by IUPUI and Butler Students
    • IUPUI and Butler students discuss book censorship and preform dramatic readings.
    • 6-8pm
Saturday, Sept 29
  • Evening Event: Mental Wellness Workshop
    • The week ends with a half-day mental wellness workshop for teens. NAMI, Youth MOVE Indiana, Rai Peterson, and others discuss issues that impact Indiana youth.

There will be something new to see and something more to learn every day at the Vonnegut Library during Banned Books Week. You don’t want to miss this week!

Feel free to check out the list of banned or challenged books.


Keep an eye on this page, and Facebook and Twitter for a full schedule of events.

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, email us.  Please e-mail us at [email protected] if you can help with events.