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Banned Books Week spotlight: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Sunday, September 22, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 1 features the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis.

Krug Fund awardee Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library has been a stalwart Banned Books Week supporter in recent years.  Last year, they made headlines when local author Corey Michael Dalton lived in the window of the storefront library/museum, surrounded by a wall of banned books, during which time he wrote a Vonnegut-inspired short story.

This year, another local author, Hugh Vandivier, is taking his turn in the window.  Each night, he'll listen to "bedtime stories"—excerpts from banned books.  Other events during the week include a talk by FTRF trustee (and ABFFE president) Chris Finan on attacks on YA literature, at the Indianapolis Public Library; a Banned Books Film Festival, featuring films such as Good Night and Good Luck and Howl; and a Banned Books Recovered art exhibition, for which several local authors have created their ideas of covers for such banned classics including Lolita, Tropic of Cancer, and Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, and Slaughterhouse-Five.

Recently added to their line-up of events is Thursday's special day of Howard Zinn.  This sumemr, emails came to light revealing that then-Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ordered a review of teacher instructional college courses with the intent of removing Zinn's work from curricula.

Finally, if you're not in Indianapolis, we invite you to participate in Monday's Google Hangout with Kurt Vonnegut's son, Mark.

A full schedule of events is available here.

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund 

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