Indy celebrates a favorite son with the inaugural VonnegutFest city-wide celebration of renowned Hoosier author Saturday, Nov. 9. The inaugural VonnegutFest, hosted by the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, is Saturday in venues in and near downtown Indianapolis.
VonnegutFest is a citywide celebration of the power of the arts and humanities to help us communicate. Created in honor of legendary author Kurt Vonnegut in his hometown, VonnegutFest educates the public about the author’s contributions to literature, humor, art and social consciousness, and explores how military veterans (like Vonnegut) use the arts and humanities to safely share their experiences with others while healing through the creative process.
“We intend for this festive and thought-provoking event to become an annual celebration on or around Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday, Nov. 11, which is also Veterans Day, or ‘Armistice Day’ as it was called in Vonnegut’s early years,” said Julia Whitehead, executive director of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, the only facility in the world dedicated to the author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions and more than a dozen other works.
This year’s Honorary Event Chair is Kelly Pfledderer, CEO of Apparatus.
Presenting sponsors for VonnegutFest are Lilly Endowment Inc., Apparatus, Chris and Ann Stack, the Producers of Vonnegut’s play “Make Up Your
Mind,” Amazon Publishing, Indiana Humanities, and Martin and Mary Jane Vonnegut.
VonnegutFest Schedule of Events:
Saturday, Nov. 9
Breakfast of Champions
Visitors are invited to read aloud from the novel Breakfast of Champions and compete in a Kurt Vonnegut Look-alike Contest. Judges are Dan Carpenter, Indianapolis Star columnist, Ben Asayskwee, Q Artistry artistic director, and Richard Vonnegut. The winner of the first-ever Vonnegut Look-alike Contest is returning to reclaim his crown. Free admission
Irvington Branch, Indianapolis Public Library