Join us for the world’s only VonnegutFest

Every year, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library hosts the world’s only VonnegutFest. This Indianapolis-wide festival champions the power of 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’s three day festival runs from November 9-11, 2017. Plans are still in the works for Thursday. On Friday, we will host a Vonnegut Sessions film festival. Saturday’s events include a Breakfast of Champions, a launch party for our sixth edition of the So It Goes literary journal with a Common Decency theme, our Reclaiming Armistice Day interview with Steve Inskeep and author Brian Turner, and our Timequake Clambake at The Willows in Broad Ripple. At this year’s Clambake, comedian Mike Birbiglia will accept the Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award by video from his September performance in Indianapolis. Previous recipients of the award include Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, and Peter Sagal.

Please join us in honoring and celebrating one of Indiana’s great writers and great thinkers.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 9, 2017

  • TBA

Friday, November 10, 2017

  • Vonnegut Sessions – KVML’s Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room

    • 6pm – Film Shorts Festival featuring short film adaptations of Vonnegut stories, including A Long Walk to Forever, 2081, The Foster Portfolio, and 2BR02B.
      • This is a free event.
      • Tickets available soon.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • Breakfast of Champions – location TBA

    • 10am – Young Actors Theatre (YAT) presents an adaptation of Sun, Moon, Star by Kurt Vonnegut and Ivan Chermayeff. Sun, Moon, Star is the only children’s book Vonnegut ever wrote. It retells the Nativity story in a way only Vonnegut could do. (Free)
    • Light refreshments follow the short performance.
  • 2017 So It Goes Literary Journal Release – KVML’s Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room

    • 12pm – Stop by to enjoy readings from So It Goes, the latest literary journal of KVML. Be among the first to pick up your copy of this new issue dedicated to “A Little More Common Decency,” the theme of the 2017 Year of Vonnegut. (Free)
  • Reclaiming Armistice Day – Basile Auditorium, Herron School of Art and Design, Eskenazi Hall, IUPUI

    • 2pm – Veterans Art and Resource Fair: Vendors include Centerstone, HVAF, Indiana Writers Center, Indy Honor Flight, Veterans in Industry and Arts, IDVA, Herron Art Therapy, Roudebush VA, and more (Free).
    • 3pm – An interview with Author Brian Turner: Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, talks with veteran and award-winning-author Brian Turner about writing, war, and common decency. (Free)
    • 4pm – Brian Turner book signing
  • Timequake Clambake – The Lodge at The Willows

    • 6:30pm – It’s a Vonnegut party, and you’re invited! We’re gathering 200 of our closest friends to celebrate. Join us for beach music and dancing, a delicious seafood heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, and a whole lot of laughter at the Timequake Clambake. More information on entertainment coming soon.
    • 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 those ever-popular Madras designs you have hiding in your closet. This is a party with all the fixings we can find!
    • Tickets available soon.