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

The Writers Guild at Bloomington

Players Pub Spoken Word Series
Thursday, December 13 @ 6:00–9:00 pm

$5 cover (added to your tab)
Players Pub
424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401

Featuring award-winning audio theatre troupe Cricket’s Bone Caravan, plus audio explorations by Urban Deer

Radio Theare Triple Feature!
“The Junky’s Christmas” by William S. Burroughs
“Sorry, Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher
“It Burns Me Up!” by Ray Bradbury


My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream
Friday, December 14 at 5–7:30 PM
Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben Community Room at WFYI
Tickets $12 via Eventbrite
Join us for this special screening of My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream! Mickey and Janie Maurer will answer questions from the audience following the film. Thank you to our friends at WFYI for making this special screening possible. Popcorn and soda will be provided. Tickets are limited so reserve yours today!

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) is excited to produce multi-year film projects on the theme of "Common Decency," an important value to Kurt Vonnegut. The first film explores Indiana history through the life of Hoosier Michael S. Maurer, known to most as "Mickey." KVML CEO Julia Whitehead, who has known Mickey for several years, shares the Maurer family's fascinating story on screen. From Russian immigrant Morris Maurer fleeing religious persecution to start a better life in America to the efforts Mickey has taken to raise awareness of injustices including those suffered by minority communities, the story tells how Mickey and his wife Janie created a family 17 individuals strong while leading busy lives.

Indiana Historical Society and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library members receive a $2 discount. Discount code will be sent in each organization's upcoming newsletter/e-blast.
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Join us for our final 2018 Book Club. We are reading, Joy Comes in the Morning, writing through darkness at the Julian Center for Domestic Violence. Facing fears of the past and exploring dreams of the future, women from the Julian Center shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault reclaim their lives through writing. You will be moved by this collection of short stories. Even if you are living a different life than the women in the book, it will help you ask yourself the questions:

  • What am I tolerating in my life?
  • Am I living the dream I have for myself?
Get your free ticket and join us for the discussion! And order your book from the Indiana Writers Center.

The Julian Center is a place that provides support and shelter for women of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Fat Turtle Theater Company presents "Letters Sent" by Janice Hibbard
Friday, December 14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

A staged reading of a new play by an Indianapolis playwright!

This free event is open to the public and is meant to introduce the mission of Fat Turtle Theatre Company and their Incubator program, which works exclusively with producing new plays by local playwrights.

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

Jonathan Janz Reading and Signing
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1 PM – 3 PM

Come meet horror author Jonathan Janz. He will do a reading at 1:00 PM and will stay to sign books until 3:00 PM. Goodreads chose his recent novel THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER as a Goodreads Choice Nominee for Best Horror of 2018!

Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, which explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows "the best horror novel of 2012." The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, "reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub's Ghost Story."

Since then Jonathan's work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz's Shadow Side.

His novel Children of the Dark received a starred review in Booklist and was chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year (August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls was released to critical acclaim.

Jonathan's primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author's wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Janz at

Backlist Bookclub: Last Christmas in Paris (Also at Second Flight Books)
Sunday, December 16 at 2:30–3:30 PM

For our December book, we've picked Last Christmas in Paris, by Hazel Gaynor, a historical novel set in part during WWII. All are welcome for our monthly book discussion! Please note we're starting 30 minutes later so as not to interfere with a book signing prior to this meeting!

About the book: New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently… 


Written by Roxanna Santoro — December 04, 2018

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