Past Bookmark Indy events
Lights on Shortridge
April 27-29, 2021 | 8:30-10:00 p.m | 3401 North Meridian Street
Stop by Shortridge High School to see a projection show featuring the yearbook photos of Shortridge High School alumni Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Wakefield, Madelyn Pugh and Marguerite Young.
Book Scavenger Hunt
May 1, 2021 | 3:00 p.m | 345 Massachusetts Avenue
Tune in to Indiana Humanities social media accounts to receive a clue to find copies of Vonnegut books hidden around the area.
May 5, 2021 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. | 448 Massachusetts Avenue
Join us at the Mari Evans mural on Mass Ave to help us share Mari’s work on the streets of Indianapolis. We’ll have chalk and excerpts from Mari’s work to enliven the sidewalks!
This event is weather permitting. Please check back on the day of the event for any updates.
Kurt Vonnegut in Indianapolis Tour
May 26, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. | Crossroads of America
Lace up your walking shoes and learn about Indianapolis sites associated with the Vonnegut family. Chris Lafave, curator at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, will meet you underneath the Ayres clock (designed by Kurt’s father) and guide you through downtown, telling you about the history of the Vonnegut family and their impact on the city. You’ll end up at the Athenaeum (designed by Kurt’s grandfather), where you can purchase drinks and food at the Biergarten. Note that the guided tour is one way only (it does not return to the Ayres clock) and is approximately .8 miles long.
May 31, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. | Virtual
Poet Etheridge Knight was known for tackling serious topics with playful language, perhaps made most evident in his haiku. Join Dr. Adam Henze as he hosts a “Head-to-Head Haiku Competition”—a zany and Zen competition featuring influential haiku writers from Indiana. This battle of “Haikusters” will celebrate the legacy of Etheridge Knight by featuring haiku that showcase the topics and aesthetic of the late poet.
The winning poet will receive a $250 cash prize and the winning poem will be featured on the Bookmark Indy website. Space is limited and registration is required to compete.
Bookmark Indy Lunch and Learn: Indianapolis Drag History
June 16, 2021 | 12: 00 p.m. | Virtual
Bookmark Indy author Alan Helms grew up in Indianapolis during the 1940s and 1950s, and although his introduction to gay life primarily came after he left for New York City, LGBTQ+ people were living, working and building a community in his hometown. Stephen Lane will help us learn more about the LGBTQ+ community in Indianapolis during Helms’s time with a presentation of his graduate research on the long history of drag in Indianapolis, especially along Indiana Avenue. In addition to jazz musicians, from 1933 through the 1970s drag queens also graced the stages of the clubs that once populated Indiana Avenue, including the Madam Walker Theater.
Partner: Stephen Lane
Somebody Else sold the world release party
July 13, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen
Swing by the Jazz Kitchen on July 13 at 6:30 pm for a celebration of poetry, music and Adrian Matejka’s new book Somebody Else Sold the World. Adrian’s new poetry collection is packed with musical inspirations (David Bowie, Prince, Radiohead, Al Green, and more!), while addressing the deep challenges of the past year’s pandemic and protests.
Attendees will be treated to music from Rob Dixon and readings from fellow Indiana poets Chantel Massey (finalist for a 2020 Indiana Authors Award for Bursting at the Seams) and Michell L. H. Douglas. Adrian will read from his new collection and answer audience questions. After the readings, books from all the authors will be available for sale and signing.
Space is limited. Registration is required: https://bookmarkindyadrian.eventbrite.com
Bookmark Indy Happy Hour ft. Maurice BRoaddus
July 14, 2021 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | Indianapolis City Market
Stop by the Indianapolis City Market west plaza to enjoy a beverage while listening to a reading from Bookmark Indy featured author, Maurice Broaddus and live music from Clint Breeze and the Groove. Maurice’s books will be for sale and signing.
The Lockerbie Promenade
July 20, 2021 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | 528 Lockerbie Street
Spend a pleasant summer evening on Lockerbie Street, the “dear little street” that James Whitcomb Riley called home and honored with a poem. We’ll gather at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, where the famed Hoosier Poet lived from 1893 to 1916, and enjoy guided tours and perhaps even a visit from Riley himself. Meanwhile, Marjorie Kienle, a longtime resident of the Lockerbie Square neighborhood who helped to revitalize it beginning in the 1970s, will lead walks through the neighborhood’s “cool shady coverts of whispering trees” and share its history. Masks required.
Registration is required: https://lockerbiepromenade.eventbrite.com
Partners: James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis
Magnificent Meridian Street Tour 2
July 21, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 p.m. | 4270 North Meridian Street
We know you’ve gawked at all the houses while speeding along North Meridian Street in your car—now rediscover Indianapolis’s most famous thoroughfare with an up-close and personal walking tour. We’ll meet on the sidewalk outside the home of Booth Tarkington (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Magnificent Ambersons) and head north, marveling at what the National Park Service calls “a living encyclopedia of American architecture from the roaring twenties.” Historian Jordan Ryan will serve as our host, pointing out the historic homes and telling the stories of the families who lived in them. Masks required.
Registration is required: https://magnificentmeridian3.eventbrite.com
Partner: Jordan Ryan
Meredith nicholson House party
July 29, 2021 | 5:00-9:00 p.m. | 1500 North Delaware Street
Join us at the Meredith Nicholson House for the unveiling of a new historical marker honoring Meredith’s life and writing. Stick around for complimentary tours of the house and meet characters from The House of a Thousand Candles.
Partner: Indiana Historical Society
Saturday at Central State
August 7, 2021 | 5:00-6:30 p.m. | 3270 Kirkbride Way
Explore the beginnings of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine in a historic setting. We’ll gather at the Indiana Medical History Museum, located on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near-west side of Indianapolis. Executive Director Sarah Halter will lead tours through the museum, which is housed in the hospital’s former pathology building, and will share insights into treatment of mental illness in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We’ll also tour the surrounding grounds, learning about the hospital’s history and efforts to redevelop the remaining buildings. Masks required.
Registration required: https://centralstate.eventbrite.com
Partner: Indiana Medical History Museum
skiles Test History Hike
August 14, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. | 6828 Fall Creek Rd
The urban legend surrounding Indianapolis businessman Skiles Test and his home inspired Bookmark Indy author Susan Neville’s novel In the House of Blue Lights. Join us at Skiles Test Nature Park to hear about the legends and history of Skiles Test and his property while we hike the trail at the park. Who knows! We may even see Skiles along our way.
Partner: Indiana Historical Society
Naptown Season One listening party
August 17, 2021 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | 5170 College Avenue
Join us at the Red Key for a listening party of Naptown Season One. We’ll grab a drink and listen to one of the episodes featuring Dan Wakefield and hosted by Susan Neville. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Dan and Susan questions about the podcast, their writing and more! Dan and Susan will also have their books available for sale and signing.
Bookmark Indy Toy Workshop
August 21, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | 234 North Davidson Street
Hoosier kids in grades K-3 are invited to the Bookmark Indy Toy Workshop! Join us at the former Jacob Klein Bakery and General Store located in the historic Lockerbie Square neighborhood near downtown Indy. Together with Suzanne Walker of the Indiana Young Readers Center, we’ll learn about Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, and about the history of the bakery and general store. We’ll experience some Raggedy Ann stories and have the opportunity to create our very own toys.
Register here: https://bookmarkindytoyworkshop.eventbrite.com
Partner: Indiana Young Readers Center at the Indiana State Library
A Celebration of Mari Evans on Indiana Avenue
August 24, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. | St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 720 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street