Inaugural VonnegutFest

We’re hosting the city’s inaugural VonnegutFest, a citywide celebration of the power of the arts and humanities to help us communicate. The full day of events is Nov. 9.

VonnegutFest Schedule of Events:

10-11:30 a.m. – Breakfast of Champions at Bookmamas

Visitors will read aloud from the novel Breakfast of Champions and compete in a Kurt Vonnegut Look-alike Contest. Judges are Dan CarpenterIndianapolis 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.

All day – Lego characters at Irvington Branch, Indianapolis Public Library

Patrons are invited to show their Lego creations of their favorite writers and literary characters. Free admission.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Library display at Athenaeum

Traveling Vonnegut Library exhibit on display. Free admission.

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Art exhibit and author visits at Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library


  • Views of Human Rights art exhibition by The Carter Center
  • Booksigning by Benjamin Patton, youngest grandson of General George Patton and the author of “Growing Up Patton
  • Booksigning by Tim O’Brien, National Book Award for Fiction winner and author of “The Things They Carried
  • Release of second annual Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library literary magazine, “So It Goes.”


Free admission.

2-3:30 p.m. – Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day panel at Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall, Herron School of Art

Steve Inskeep of NPR, authors Tim O’Brien and Benjamin PattonArtReach instructor/veteran Hugo Patrocinio, poet Jason Poudrier and U.S. Army Capt. Olivia Cobiskey discuss literary expression as a means of coping with PTSD. Includes an exhibit from the international Combat Paper Project, which showcases works made by paper created from soldiers’ own uniforms. Free admission. Part of the Spirit & Place Festival

4-6 p.m. – Vonnegut! Vonnegut! at Indy Reads Bookstore

In this one-man play (which is actually two plays written by Kurt Vonnegut), Glen Williamson plays every character. Free admission.

7 p.m. – Timequake Clambake at Cook Theater

Comedian Gary Gulman of Last Comic Standing fame will entertain guests at this Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library fundraiser named after one of Vonnegut’s novels and the clambake that occurs therein. Tickets on sale soon.

Anyone who attends five events during VonnegutFest and gets their official “passport” stamped will receive a free black book bag with the library’s logo (while supplies last)