September 25, 6 pm, as part of “Banned Books Week,” Dan Wakefield and James Alexander Thom will discuss The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. This book contains all the significant parts of our history you probably did not learn in school! Attendance is free at The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, 340 N. Senate Ave.

Book Nerds Night

New York In The 50’s

  • Dan Wakefield has become the Boswell of the heady days when art and literature had a single flowering in The Village.

    - Richard Shepard, The New York Times
  • A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it.

    - Joan Didion
  • This lovely, brimming book tells anyone who was not there what it was like.

    - The Boston Globe

Listen to the latest episode of Uncle Dan's Story Hour

Episode 9

"Racism"

Aired: August 14, 2017

Join Dan and a panel of guests for some very powerful conversations

On this episode of Uncle Dan’s Story Hour, “Racism”. Writer Dan Wakefield and Guest Host Cy Bennett of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, talk with powerful guests Tasha Jones, Author Aleta Hodge, Cindy Booth of Child Advocates, and Pam Blivens-Hinkle of Spirit and Place.

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

This is not a “Book Club” because you don’t have to read a particular book to come and enjoy the talk and camaraderie.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

Did you know that the co-author of the song and of the musical, Noble Sissle, was from Indianapolis? And he went to Butler? Oh – and did you know he wrote The Butler Fight Song (“We’ll sing the Butler War song/ we’ll give the fighting cry. . .” I didn’t either.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Published in Coming Home

I am proud to honor Arrine McCaw and Andrew Gomes, the winners of the annual Vonnegut Writing Prize of $1,000 at Shortridge High School, donated by the children of Kurt Vonnegut. Ms....

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Monday, March 13, 2017 Published in Coming Home

Here are two women who grew up in Indianapolis talking about their father: Tanya: “He’s a lot of fun. We danced, and we still dance! When I come back to Indy we put on Marvin Gaye and Al Green and we dance...

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Listen to Mark Vonnegut in episode 4 of Uncle Dan's Story Hour, "Creativity and Madness"

Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

– Philo of Alexandria

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