We found out last week that the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will open this fall in the author’s native Indianapolis. Vonnegut suffered several brain injuries that ultimately led to his death on April 11, 2007. It is fitting that his memorial be a library, as the AP article points out, because he so loved to be surrounded by books. His three children were quick to approve the plans and help celebrate their father’s immense body of work.
Among the library’s artifacts are Vonnegut’s Purple Heart, a replica of his writing space (complete with typewriter), and a set of rejection letters that are bound to embarrass their writers to death. There’s a dearth of author dedicated libraries and museums, so here are eight others collected for your enjoyment. Missed your hometown hero or favorite writer? Add your tips to the comments.
The Beat Museum was originally located in Monterey, CA, but later relocated to San Francisco. It was here that the likes of Jack Kerouac, Williams S. Burroughs, and Alan Ginsberg found their callings. They celebrated the freedom and spontaneity that the post-World War II abundance years allowed by taking liberties with the structure, material and language that was “acceptable.” This museum is mostly gift shop, but they also have a charming array of cultural ephemera that stray beatniks will certainly enjoy.