Wednesday, March 27, 2013

She said yes! Yes! YES!

I'm happy to announce that I am engaged!

 The amazing Stormi Gilliatt has agreed to marry me. We are both very excited and thankful for all of the support we have received thus far. We have not set a date yet but I wanted to post this for my few friends who are not on Facebook. 

I'm a Lucky guy!

- Travis

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Trip To The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Sitting in a recreation of Kurt Vonnegut's writing space.

My friends and I recently visited the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, in Indianapolis. I would suggest that anyone who calls themselves a Vonnegut fan or a lover of fiction would enjoy seeing this place. It was a very fun and educational trip.

I was joined by Authors B.C. Brown (The Abigail St.Michael Series) and James M. Bowers (The Dark Path) as well as Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories cover artist, Lydia Bargielski and the notorious Bunny Liebowitz.

We were given a tour by a very knowledgeable man, named Max. He told us all about the history of the library and all of the displays. It was smaller than I expected but it is clear that they will soon outgrow their current location. They have only recently celebrated their second anniversary but the support and success they have seen is incredible. 

Mr. Vonnegut's family is very involved and have done a lot to make the library a fantastic place for fans to visit. They have donated many personal items. Some of these items include the typewriter Kurt Vonnegut wrote Slapslick and part of Slaughterhouse Five on and an unopened letter Kurt Vonnegut's father sent to him while he was missing, during the time Kurt was a P.O.W. The letter was returned to his father. Kurt's dad later gave the letter to Kurt but he never opened it. Kurt eventually gave the letter to his own son, who also never opened it. The letter was donated to the library with the strict orders that it could never be opened.

I think the letter and the story around it, is one of the most interesting things at the library but I loved the whole thing. It would be hard to pick one thing I liked the most but some of my favorite were Kurt's original artwork and the recreation of Vonnegut's writing space. I had to have a picture in the chair.

I hope my friends and readrs will check this place out. I know I look forward to going back. They have special guests and events all the time, including A Night With Vonnegut and readings. It would be great to be there for some of the events and guests I've heard about.

- Travis

Here is more information about the KVML:

The Emelie Building
340 N. Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Open Daily except Wednesdays
Hours: 12-5pm


A very special collection of people at the KVML