A great gift for the graduate!

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

    Vonnegut’s witty and wise advice delivered at college graduations and in his talks on receiving the Carl Sandburg Award, and to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union. A great gift for the college graduate, post graduate, and hopeful graduate!

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

Episode 6

"The Home Front during WWII"

Aired: March 27, 2017

Writer Dan Wakefield, Host Will Higgins, and guests discuss WWII

On this episode of Uncle Dan’s Story Hour. “The Home Front during WWII”. Writer Dan Wakefield and Host Will Higgins of the Indy Star talk with guests about their experience at home in Indy during WWII and 3 Japanese American women recall what it was like in the internment camps. Recorded live at the legendary Red Key Tavern.

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Monday, April 24, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

Miss McCarthy broke our historical virginity by asking “Do you think America is always right, seventh-graders?’ Wagging a finger back and forth in our wide-eyed faces she said “Not at all, seventh-graders, not at all!”

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Monday, April 10, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

I had the great good fortune of meeting James Baldwin in The White Horse Tavern in 1957 when I was starting out as a writer and Baldwin was one of my heroes.

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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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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Published in Coming Home

I wrote this piece for Indianapolis Monthly in October 2012. They recently profiled me in the January 2017 issue. In light of that, I thought it worth re-sharing my side of the story again.

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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

Upcoming Events


Celebrating Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Join me as I share personal stories with Kurt May 3 at this year's Decorator's Show House and Gardens. From 4-6 pm you can tour the boyhood home of Kurt Vonnegut at 4401 N. Illinois Street. Then from 6-7:15 pm enjoy appetizers and beverages at the Indianapolis Art Center Ruth Lilly Library, 820 E 67th Street.

From 7:15-8:00 pm I'll be presenting.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available at showhouseindy.org.

Dan Wakefield

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