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

Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O'Neal Reading

"Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church"
Wed. Feb 19, 2020
5pm – 7pm
Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30PM - 8:30PM
JCC Indianapolis
6701 Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.

Spring 2020 IUPUI Student Readings
Thursday, February 20,2020, 7 p.m.
The Athenaeum Damenverein Room
401 E. Michigan St, Indianapolis IN 46204

* Parking is available on New Jersey Street, Michigan Street, and nearby Massachusetts Avenue, as well as at Needler’s Fresh Market


The Inaugural Carol Schuck
#IvyWrites Workshop


Art & Soul 2020

Poetry Performance by Devon Ginn
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 12:15 pm

Spoken Word by Manon Voice
Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:15 pm

Indianapolis Artsgarden in Circle Center Mall
110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Notre Dame MFA Reading Series: Ahmad Aljawad, Maxime Berclaz, Elise Houcek, and Jasmine Ortiz
Wed. Feb 26, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Hall Gallery A|AH|D Gallery: 233 Decio Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join KVML founder and CEO Julia Whitehead and bestselling writer Dave Eggers for a discussion about Dave’s literary work, including his work with youth writing programs around the world from 4 to 6 pm at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Avenue. Come share your ideas about how youth writing can be improved in our community. A book signing follows. Bring your favorite Dave Eggers book or purchase his books at the event. Students, their parents or guardians, and educators: this event is free to you. Please email to register. For all other attendees, tickets are $5 on Eventbrite.


Shonda Buchanan Reading & Lecture
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss her new memoir, Black Indian, and her family’s legacy of being African-American with Native American roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. A book signing of Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan will follow.

Eiteljorg Members: Reading and lecture is Free
Non-Members/Public: Reading and lecture is included with museum admission




Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.


Butler Visiting Writers Series: Kate Bornstein
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium
1000 W 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 18, 2020

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