On the First Day of Banned Books Week, Our KV Fans Got to See…

Another Banned Books Week is in the books! And we are so happy to have reached so many through eleven programs in six days! In case you missed it, here’s a recap.

On the first day of Banned Books Week, KV fans got to see … a stellar First Amendment Rights kickoff – Wowwee!

  • Mickey Maurer and Former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson talked censorship. We unveiled the new Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room, and we introduced our Banned Books Week Prisoner Dr. Greg Bravehorse. What a night!

On the second day of Banned Books Week, KV fans got to see … two sets of speakers and a stellar First Amendment Rights kickoff – Wowwee!

  • Sarah Skwire with Indiana Humanities scared our pants off with a spooky reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and local actress Constance Macy piled on with creepy illustrations and poems from Scary Stories. We were shaking in our boots. That night, Authors Dan Wakefield and James Alexander Thom led an insightful discussion of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Pretty timely topics both noon and night.

On the third day of Banned Books Week, KV fans got to see …three dignitaries, two sets of speakers, and a stellar First Amendment Rights kickoff – Wowwee!

  • Mayor Joe Hogsett, Visit Indy’s Leonard Hoops, and Ivy Tech’s Jonathan Arbuckle packed the house (truly there was no more room!) with their readings of To Kill a Mockingbird, Cat’s Cradle, and Fight Club. It was great to have students from Ivy Tech and IUPUI joining us. And then that night, students from Tipton High school, along with book club regulars, gathered in a circle to hear Barb Shoup discuss her banned book, Wish You Were Here! Thanks to the Indianapolis Library Foundation for creating a scavenger hunt opportunity with Barb’s own banned book, right there in our own library. One of the Tipton students had eagle eyes and found it.

On the fourth day of Banned Books Week, KV fans got to see … four examples of internet bias, three dignitaries, two sets of speakers, and a stellar First Amendment Rights kickoff – Wowwee!

  • Our lunch read was a treat! Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner dusted off Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and former Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik lead a read along with Allen Ginsburg’s Howl. That night, USC professor Safiya Noble let the audience know the reality between internet algorithms and the bias they create. What an informative (and a bit scary) discussion. Thanks, Safiya!

On the fifth day of Banned Books Week, KV fans got to see, five boxes of hot-off-the-press, brand new Vonnegut books, four examples of internet bias, three dignitaries, two sets of speakers, and a stellar First Amendment Rights kickoff – Wowwee!

  • We started Thursday with two local storytellers – Ken Oguss and Christina Jones – reading the best of adult and children’s banned books – Tropic of Cancer and In the Night Kitchen. Then it was on to the Indiana State Library to hear Seven Stories Press Publisher Dan Simon interview Dan Wakefield about the brand new Kurt Vonnegut Complete Stories book, which released last week. It contains all of Vonnegut’s short stories in one big book, as well as five never-before-published stories! Time to curl up in a corner and start reading. The book is for sale at KVML. Stop on in and get yours today.

On the sixth and final day of Banned Books Week, KV fans go to see … six fun surprises, five boxes of hot-off-the-press, brand new Vonnegut books, four examples of internet bias, three dignitaries, two sets of speakers, and a stellar First Amendment Rights kickoff – Wowwee!

  • Andrew Luck surprised our noon reader Terri Carney (his coffee house buddy) by mailing a signed Colts football to the library, which we presented to her before she read from her beloved Don Quixote.
  • We were honored to hear Phil Lederach, who recently spoke to the Indianapolis Star about the importance of the First Amendment, read from his favorite book, the Lord of the Rings
  • Our time-traveling prisoner Dr. Greg Bravehorse typed out sixty pages of his week-long memoir, handed the document to us with love, and then poof! He disappeared back into space.
  • No matter – Dr. Greg’s spokesperson Craig Brandhorst stopped by to share Dr. Greg’s reflections and talk about the writing process.
  • We wished our wonderful library associate Bianca Pena a happy 21st
  • We celebrated the end of Banned Books Week 2017 with dinner at Burgerhaus! What a great wrap up.

Now it’s time to thank everyone who made the week possible! There are so many!

  • Thanks to all of our Vonnegut fans and guests who showed up for one, two, or in some cases, all eleven of our events! That’s incredible. Thanks for showing your love!
  • Special thanks to BBW sponsors: Bardach Awards, Black Plate Catering, Bluebeard, Circle City Kombucha, Clustertruck, Cups Coffee, DePauw University, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Gen Con, Illinois Street Food Emporium, Indiana State Library, Katz. Korin. Cunningham, the Indianapolis Colts, Seven Stories Press, Sun King Brewery and the KVML Board of Directors
  • Special thanks to our amazing volunteers: Christina O’Connell, Andy Cummings, Tom Davis, Karen Downing, Herron Jazz Trio (Spenser Bubenzer, Kat Joliff, Jude Morey, and Quinn Toebes), Betty Lynch, Barbara Robert, Julian Smith, Neil Teixeira, Lauren Teme, and Daniel Whitehead.
  • And thanks to the KVML staff who worked tirelessly to promote Banned Books Week for all – Julia, Matthew, Kursten, Chris, Tyler, Bianca, Max, Meredith, and Christina.

 

 

 

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