year-of-vonnegut-2016Mayor Hogsett and the City of Indianapolis, in partnership with Visit Indy and the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML), host a year of programs with many community partners, from pubs and restaurants to art galleries and theaters. Mark your calendars now! Most events are free, and many are family friendly.


  • Join Stelth Ulvang (of The Lumineers) and Nick Jaina for an intimate KVML-sponsored concert June 1 at Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416 Union Hall, 748 Mass Ave. Doors open at 7 pm. Music from 8 to 9:30 pm. Tickets $25.
  • Barb’s Banned Book Club discusses Fun Home by Alison Bechdel June 7 from 6 to 8 pm at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th
  • Representatives from science organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, IUPUI, and the Center for Urban Health, host a discussion of Common Decency in Science June 14 from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Indiana History Center.
  • June 25 is Global Beatles Day, and Kurt Vonnegut loved the Beatles. Join us at KVML from 1 to 5 pm for family activities.


  • Barb’s Banned Book Club discusses The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea July 5 from 6 to 8 pm at the Athenaeum’s Max Kade Room, 401 E. Michigan.
  • KVML and Indy Film Fest feature short movies with Vonnegut themes July 13 to 23.


  • Kurt Vonnegut lived his life on the fringe and to celebrate the Year of Vonnegut, IndyFringe is including a Vonnegut play in the IndyFringe Festival lineup August 16 to 27.
  • Barb’s Banned Book Club discusses Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo August 23 from 6 to 8 pm at location TBA.
  • Crown Hill Cemetery hosts a Public Walking Tour of Vonnegut/Lieber Family Plots, along with the gravesites of other Indiana authors. August 26 from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets $5. Visit for tickets.


  • Theater on the Square opens its season with the Indianapolis premiere of the musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, based on Vonnegut’s book. Date TBA.
  • The Vonnegut Library commemorates Banned Books Week, September 25 to 29 with a lineup of speakers (Mickey Maurer, Dan Wakefield, James Alexander Thom, and others). Craig Brandhorst of the University of South Carolina will spend a week in the library imprisoned behind a wall of banned books.
  • Barb’s Banned Book Club discusses Wish You Were Here by Barbara Shoup & Looking for Alaska by John Green. September 27 from 6 to 8 pm at KVML, 340 N. Senate.


  • The Vonnegut Library and the Athenaeum host a Common Decency in the Family discussion during German American Week at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan Street October 8 at 3 pm.
  • Barb’s Banned Book Club discusses Beloved by Toni Morrison October 18 from 6 to 8 pm at Indy Reads Books, 911 Mass Ave.


  • This year’s VonnegutFest, November 9 to 11, includes a live reading of Breakfast of Champions, a Timequake Clambake dinner/fundraiser, a Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day panel discussion featuring National Book Award winner Brian Turner, an arts resource fair, and the launch of the 2017 So it Goes Literary Journal.
  • Barb’s Banned Book Club discusses Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. November 15 from 6 to 8 pm at location TBA.


  • The Vonnegut Library and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light partner for a panel discussion on Peace and Reconciliation Following War.
  • The Arts Council of Indianapolis opens its 6th annual TINY V exhibit, featuring tiny Vonnegut-themed artwork at Gallery 924 December 1.
  • Barb’s Banned Book Club discusses The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood December 13 from 6 to 8 pm at Gallery 924, 924 Pennsylvania Street.


Year of Vonnegut Sponsors

Rosewater Circle – $25,000+

  • Frank and Katrina Basile
  • Kurt Vonnegut Museum and library Board of Directors
  • Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse

Rabo’s Patrons – $10,000+

  • An Anonymous Donor
  • arcDESIGN
  • Michael G. Browning
  • Nogginwerks
  • Shiel Sexton

Tralfamadorians – $5,000+

  • City of Indianapolis
  • Visit Indy

Kurt’s Karass – $1,000+

  • Blue & Co
  • Janie & Mickey Maurer
  • Penguin Random House
  • Private Client Group Re/Max Ability Plus
  • The Great Frame Up

Friend of the Vonnegut Library – $500+

  • An Anonymous Donor
  • Jean Easter of Easter Conservation Services