Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will be hosting their third annual banned books week from Sept. 27 – Oct. 2. The week has a host of events, speakers, and artists in support of reading banned books. Guest speakers will discuss banning books in the United States and abroad. Nanette Vonnegut, Kurt’s daughter, will also be attending the event on Thursday.
The week will not only be a celebration of free thinking but a celebration of literature, food, and art in every aspect.
Rick Provine, Dean of Libraries for DePauw University, will spend the week in a prison made of banned books in the gallery of the library. Each night local authors will read him a “bedtime story” from a different banned book.
This will be Provine’s first banned books week imprisoned in the KVML but not the first time he has celebrated banned books week. Banned books week is important to Provine as a librarian and as a supporter of free knowledge.
“The idea that people have the freedom to access all information and to not censor or ban that information in books is incredibly important to me,” Provine said.
Rick will be fed different Vonnegut inspired meals from Books & Brew, Public Greens, Cerulean, Foundry Provisions, Thunderbird, Fresco Italian Café, Milktooth, Penn & Palate, and Beast.
Anyone can come on Friday and try a Beast food truck Vonnegut burger.
Friday is the grand finale of the event. It is sponsored by IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and will be host other events. Provine will be released from his jail at 5 p.m. There will also be a special secret performance from a New York artist who has performed at the library before. Joshua Kane is rumored to be the actor in question, but no one will know for certain who is performing until they arrive for the free event running from 6-9 p.m. The Banned Books Recovered auction will also come to a close.
Banned Books Recovered features a host of banned book and Vonnegut book covers reimagined by local artists. Many of the pieces’ proceeds will go to help the Vonnegut library stay open to the public as a nonprofit.
On Wednesday patrons of the KVML will be given a discount on the Indiana Repertory Theater’s rendition of The Great Gatsby. At 6 p.m. everyone will meet for drinks and then walk down to the IRT together to watch the play.
“Books are incredibly powerful and language is powerful. We as a society fail when we try to tamp down the oppressed. Books give voice to those marginalized in society. When we decide what our fellow citizens can and can’t read then we have made a wrong turn,” says Kate Newman, KVML’s community relations associate.
The schedule of events can be found at http://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/events/bannedbooksweek/.