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Lilly Endowment contributes to Vonnegut fest

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A day-long Armistice Day program organized by the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library got a boost this week when the Lilly Endowment committed $40,000 to the cause. According to a press release, the event, to be held on Nov. 11, "is intended to showcase the benefits offered by the arts and humanities for veterans and their families, as well as the artistic works of individual veterans."

Vonnegut, who was born on Armistice Day, was in Dresden as a prisoner-of-war when the city was fire-bombed, an experience he wrote about in Slaughterhouse-Five. Beyond showcasing Vonnegut's work, the library has made Vonnegut's social, artistic and political concerns part of its purview in terms of programming.

The event remains open to sponsors; for more information contact Julie Whitehead, executive director of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, at info@vonnegutlibrary.org or call 317-652-1954

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