Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library 3rd Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, January 25th join the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in their 3rd Anniversary Celebration. The afternoon will start with a welcome by Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams at 12:15 pm. Something to Cheer About, a film chronicling the 1955 Crispus Attucks Tigers state basketball championship will be shown shortly after. Dan Wakefield, the Hoosier author of All the Way, Starting Over and Kurt Vonnegut: Letters will introduce the film and lead a Q&A session afterwards with its director, Betsy Blankenbaker.

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

From 1:30-2:30 there will be a discussion with Wakefield, former ACLU of Indiana Director Gil Holmes, Indiana Historical Society Senior Archivist of African American History Wilma Moore and some special guests over “Healing the Wounds of Racism: A Discussion of Race in Indianapolis.”

Following the discussion, San Antonio artist Rikkianne Van Kirk will show her illustrations of Vonnegut’s novels. Later, Nina Karklis will talk about her experience observing the bombing of Dresden and how she escaped Nazi Germany (the same time Vonnegut was there, the history immortalized in Slaughterhouse-Five).

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Indiana State University professor and George Orwell’s biographer Michael Shelden will discuss 1984 and its relevance in today’s world from 4:30-5:30 pm and the evening will close with a performance by The Grinning Man Band and improv group Mixed Nuts.