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.


  • 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 Wilkie Room, 401 E. Michigan.
  • KVML and Indy Film Fest feature short movies with Vonnegut themes July 13 to 23. Visit for tickets.


  • Kurt Vonnegut lived his life on the fringe and to celebrate the Year of Vonnegut, IndyFringe is including a 50-minute adaptation of Vonnegut’s Mother Night in the IndyFringe Festival lineup. Performances are at the Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Avenue, on August 18 at 6 pm, August 19 at 1:30 pm, August 20 at 7:30 pm, August 23 at 7:30 pm, August 26 at 4:30 pm, and August 27 at 6 pm. Tickets available soon.
  • Barb’s Banned Book Club discusses Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo August 23 from 6 to 8 pm at Shortridge High School.
  • 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.


  • The Vonnegut Library commemorates Banned Books Week, September 25 to 29 with a lineup of speakers (Mickey Maurer, Dan Wakefield, James Alexander Thom, Safiya Noble, 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 Reclaiming 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