November 7 – 10, 2018

VonnegutFest 2018, the only Vonnegut-centric event in the world, is a city-wide festival in Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis that champions the power of the the arts and humanities to better us as individuals and as a society.

EVENTS

Reclaiming Armistice Day

November 7 | 6-8 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave | Free

Not only are we celebrating Reclaiming Armistice Day, but also the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Join us as we partner with IUPUI and Arts for Learning to explore how to use the arts and humanities to cope with mental health challenges.

We will display an exhibition of Military Tattoos @ IUPUI in the Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room. During the exhibition, you can create your own “tattoo” to represent your life and experiences – a therapeutic method used by many veterans. Admission is free to all and you don’t need to be a veteran to attend!

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Lonesome No More Through Faith Communities

November 8 | 6-8:00 p.m. | Congregation Beth-El Zedeck | 600 W 70th St | Free

Explore the ways different houses of worship and faith communities address loneliness and its effect on the community.

This event looks at the ways in which loneliness is present in religious communities and the strength, structure, and support that churches, synagogues, and other faith communities can provide. Through this moderated discussion, arts event, and book signing, this event will share knowledge and connect people of all faith backgrounds in an effort to curb loneliness.

Featured presenters, artists and authors include Kyle Ragsdale, Dr. Halima Al-Khattab, Rabbi Dennis Sasso, Rev. John Denson, Sarah Lund, and Bill Bole.

A special thank you to our event partners: Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, NAMI FaithNET, and Center for Innerfaith Cooperation

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Vonnegut Session with John Green

November 9 | 6:30-8 pm | The Speak Easy Downtown | 47 S Meridian St. | $15

 Indianapolis as a Place to Make and Set Stories 

Vonnegut fans are all over the world, and one of them is John Green, the Indianapolis-based author and YouTube star. Join us as Green discusses Vonnegut, writing, and mental health. This is part of our Vonnegut Session initiative.

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars.

His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers) and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse (youtube.com/crashcourse). You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Throughout the event, you can enjoy complimentary samples from Calvin Fletcher Coffee Co. and Hubbard and Cravens!

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So It Goes

November 10, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. | Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room at KVML | 340 N. Senate Ave. | Free

We are excited to unveil the 7th issue of the So It Goes Literary Journal! Join us to pick up a copy, enjoy yummy asterisk cookies by Lemon Tree Cookies and listen as contributors share their amazing work. Admission is free to all!

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Work and the Blues

November 10 | 3:00 p.m. | Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room at KVML | 340 N Senate Ave. | Free

It’s difficult to work when suffering from poor mental health. This event will address that difficulty as it relates to our lives and the lives of Vonnegut’s characters. Marc Leeds, author of The Vonnegut Encyclopedia, will discuss the mental health struggles of some of Vonnegut’s characters. Following his presentation, an architect, firefighter, lawyer, and HR professional share their thoughts about mental health challenges faced in a workplace. Admission is free to all.

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Prefer to Laugh

November 10 | 7:00 p.m. | TwoDEEP Brewing Co. | 714 N Capitol Ave. | $15

Kurt Vonnegut one said, “I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” For our VonnegutFest finale, we aim to put smiles on the faces of readers. We will be present our annual Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award to Visit Indy CEO, Leonard Hoops! Join us for a night of stand up comedy with Leonard as the featured act and trivia to follow.

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