There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:


Wed, Nov 13  |  7 pm
Arthur M. Glick JCC
6701 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260
$17 (includes book), $10 (general admission)
Ronald Balson The Girl from Berlin

This year’s “Community Reads” New York Times best-selling author Ronald Balson will talk about his historical mystery novel, The Girl from Berlin, winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for the Book Club category. Balson is a trial attorney, educator and writer whose work and travels have taken him across the globe.

Notre Dame/Creative Writing Reading Series

Featuring LaTasha Diggs
Wednesday November 13, 7:30PM-9:00PM
Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art

100 Moose Krause Cir, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs was born and raised in Harlem. She studied at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and earned an MA at New York University and an MFA at California College of the Arts.

Diggs is the author of the poetry collection TwERK (2013) and several chapbooks, as well as the album Television (2003). She has been a poetry editor for the online arts journal exittheapple and, with writer Greg Tate, is a founding editor of YoYo/SO4 magazine. Diggs’s interdisciplinary work has been featured in exhibits at several New York museums, including the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art. Her additional honors include scholarships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Cave Canem, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Harlem Community Arts Fund, the Jerome Foundation, the Eben Demarest Trust, Caldera Arts, Black Earth Institute, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation. She lives in New York City.

Confessions & Past Journal Readings
Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm – 10pm
The White Rabbit Cabaret

1116 Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

We're excited to announce the return of our annual confessions show! This is not like any other VOCAB we have during the year.
This is an open-mic with a theme, confessions!
This show is your chance to release something that binds you. If you want to be anonymous you are welcome to write your confession down (pen & paper provided) and have our hosts, Tatjana Rebelle or Corey Ewing read it aloud for you.
This show also is your invitation to break out your old journals/ diaries from your childhood and take us on a walk down memory lane. (Inspired by the Mortified Series)

For clarification purposes:
All those looking to perform or get on the mic, the piece/ story should be based on a confession or a reading from your journal/dairy from childhood.

Please be considerate of time and keep each performance to no more then 7 minutes.
Signup is at the event.
21+ $10 cash
Door open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm.


Vocab: Art of Resistance
Friday, November 15 at 6pm-9pm
Garfield Park Arts Center - Indy Parks and Recreation

2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Join some of the most revolutionary voices for this special edition VOCAB. This performance coincides with the Boycott! Art of Economic Activism exhibit from American Friends Service Committee.

Performances by:
Tatjana Rebelle
Too Black
DDE the Slammer
elle roberts

The doors will open at 6pm to allow time to see the exhibit. Show starts at 7pm. This is an all ages show but due to the nature of the topic this may not be appropriate for all ages.



Fall Fest 2019 at the Indianapolis Public Library
Saturday, November 16 at 12 PM–4 PM
Indianapolis Public Library

40 E Saint Clair St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Families and individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment. Featured presenter is The Step Stool Chef, Julian Frederick, 2016 finalist for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, in partnership with the White House and Let's Move Campaign.

This program, to be held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium, will also feature winners of the Slammin' Rhymes Challenge XIV, along with performances by #FeelGoodFriday with Dr. Leonard Scott & Shawn Cowherd, B.E.A.T.S Music Mentoring, Gladiator Skating, the Pike Devil Dancers, and poet Alyssa Gaines, the Indianapolis 2019 Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate. This event presented by the Library's African American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library and is made possible by the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.


Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

Big Birthday Reading
Saturday, November 16 at 6 PM–7:30 PM

Join us as we bring some of our favorite regional authors to celebrate our THIRD birthday!

Some of our readers are:
Chris White, author of The Life List of Adrian Mandrick
Dave Marsh, author of The Confessions of Adam
Adam Kovac, author of Surge
Brian Leung, author of Ivy Vs. Dogg, Take Me Home, Lost Men, and World Famous Love Acts


Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Lucas Jacob reading "The Seed Vault"
Saturday, November 16, 2pm – 4pm

A reading by the author, audience discussion, and a book signing and reception.
The debut full-length collection of poems by an award-winning and widely-published Indianapolis-based poet (author of two chapbooks, each of which sold out its print run). The collection is broken into four parts. Two are what might be called "traditional" sets of lyric poems. One is a set of a dozen semi-playful interrogations of words used with regularity by the 45th president of the United States. The last is a 14-part long poem about the life and death (in Stalin's gulag) of Nikolai Vavilov, the man who invented the idea of the "seed vault" as a means of solving world hunger.

Shepherd Siegel reading "Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture"
Sunday, November 17, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Shepherd Siegel will be reading from his book "Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture". It journeys from ancient folkloric appearances of Tricksters such as Raven and Èṣù-Elegba, to their confined role in Western civilization, and then on to Trickster’s 20th century jailbreak as led by dada and the hippies. Disruptive Play bears witness to how this spirit informs social progress today, whether by Anonymous, Banksy, Bugs Bunny, or unrevealed mischief-makers and culture jammers.


Kelly Writers Series-Depauw University

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
November 20 | 7:30 p.m.

Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

10 W Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of Cenzontle. Castillo’s book was awarded Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award for poetry and was listed among one of NPR's top picks of 2018. His chapbook, DULCE, was the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize published by Northwestern University Press. He teaches at the Ashland Low-Res MFA Program.

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series-Butler University

Susan Orlean 
Thursday, November 21, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium


New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure” by The Washington Post. Her deeply moving explorations of American stories both familiar and obscure have earned her a reputation as one of America’s most distinctive journalistic voices. A staff writer for The New Yorker for over twenty years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue, Orlean follows her curiosity into unexpected beats. In The Orchid Thief (1998)—the national bestseller that inspired the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation—Orlean delves into the life of John Laroche, a charismatic, scheming horticultural consultant obsessed with rare orchids, convicted of trying to steal these endangered plants from a state preserve in southern Florida. In Rin Tin Tin (2011), Orlean examines how the iconic and beloved German shepherd captured the world’s imagination and, nearly a century later, remains a fixture in American culture.

 Her latest work is the instant New York Times bestseller The Library Book, an exploration of the history, power, and future of these endangered institutions, told through the lens of Orlean’s quest to solve a notorious cold case: Who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986, ultimately destroying 400,000 books? The Library Book was named one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018 and The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2018.

 In a career spanning more than three decades, Orlean has also written for OutsideEsquireThe Boston Globe, and more. She has served as an editor for Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing, and her journalism has been compiled into two collections: The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People (2001) and My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere (2004). Orlean is currently Rogers Communications Chair in Literary Journalism at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada.


That Peace Open Mic
Thursday, November 21 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Central Library Downtown Indpls

40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm
Cover $7 (cash or cashapp)

This month is ALL OPEN MIC!
That's right, if you've been wanting to bless the mic, this is your chance! TPOM encourages ART of all forms + genres, a safe space to EXPRESS your truth, and substance that'll send us home FULL, inspired, enlightened, and little more connected.


Written by Roxanna Santoro — November 05, 2019

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