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Author Dan Wakefield Recalls Friend James Baldwin Ahead Of Indy Film Screening

What I remember most were his eyes—those large brown eyes that seemed to see right through you, right into your mind, and to know at once if you were speaking the truth.

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All the Way Home: Author Dan Wakefield on Returning to Indianapolis

Maybe the time had come to defy Kurt’s injunction against my return in his review of ‘Going All the Way,’ and instead remember his declaration that we could be writers in our hometown as well as anywhere else.

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Dan Wakefield Needs a Ride

Wakefield’s sardonic and sexually explicit breakout book about Indianapolis, ‘Going All the Way,’ also made him a pariah here, until time healed old wounds on both sides, and he could finally return, triumphant, to cement the literary legacy long overdue him.

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Culture Q&A: Dan Wakefield, Telling Tales at the Red Key Tavern

“I’m a natural ham. I like to get up and tell stories. That’s really what it’s all about.”

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The Five Classic Burger Joints That Attract Indy Notables

Beloved haunts get some love from Indy notables.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: The Vonneguts’ Ripple Effects

With hammers and nails, an immigrant family builds a dynasty. From Vonnegut Hardwares stems an award-winning bike trail, a Ben Affleck flick, and one of 20th century’s most important writers.

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Literary Indiana: Fiction

Vonnegut isn’t all Indiana has to offer.

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A Review of Indy Writes Books: A Book Lover's Anthology

Literary superstar John Green gets top billing, but it’s the lesser-known names that make it worth the price of admission.

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Holy Lit: Red Key Tavern Lands on Buzzfeed List

It seems the key to the heart of Indianapolis’s most notables bars will always be red.

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Sold Out: Indy Literary Pub Crawl

Those of you lucky enough to score tickets, remember to come dressed in your best librarian or literary-character outfit!

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Listen Up: Authors Dan Wakefield, John Green on the Radio

You read about them in Indianapolis Monthly, now hear them on the radio: Indiana authors Dan Wakefield and John Green join host John Krull on the weekly talk show No Limits, airing on WFYI 90.1 FM on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m.

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Kurt Vonnegut: A Man of Letters

In 1969, L.S. Ayres invited native son Kurt Vonnegut to sign copies of his latest novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, in the downtown department store. At earlier stops on the book tour, the literary icon had drawn throngs of fans; here, he was met with indifference—and the irony didn’t escape him. “I sold thirteen books in two hours, every one of them to a relative,” Vonnegut wrote to fellow novelist and Shortridge High grad Dan Wakefield. “Word of honor.”

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A Night at the Red Key Tavern

“As all of us change, this place stays the same. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to get in here. And one of the first times I bartended, my grandfather was sitting at the end of the bar watching everything I did. Which was intimidating. I just wish he could see me back there now.”

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