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Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions’ to be read aloud throughout Bloomington

Kurt Vonnegut’s 1973 novel “Breakfast of Champions” will be read aloud during a Bloomington-wide read-a-thon Friday put on by the IU Arts and Humanities Council.

An author and Indianapolis native, Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays and five works of nonfiction during his career of over 50 years.

In his over 300-page work “Breakfast of Champions,” a sci-fi author learns that a car dealer has been mistaking his fiction writing as truth. Vonnegut said he wrote the novel to clear his head and discover what was worth keeping in American culture.

The event will help kickoff the upcoming summer festival, Granfalloon, which will take place from May 9-12 in Bloomington. The festival celebrates the life and work of Vonnegut through performances, keynote speakers and creative activities.

The read-a-thon will stop at coffee shops to read aloud the novel in its entirety. The council will also be giving away prizes such as T-shirts and raffling off tickets to Granfalloon.

Read-a-thon Schedule:

9-10 a.m. - Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar on Third Street

11-12:30 p.m. - Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar on E. Kirkwood Avenue

1-2:30 p.m. - The Pourhouse Cafe

3-4:30 p.m. - Rainbow Bakery

5-6:30 p.m. - Hopscotch Coffee

7-9 p.m. - After Party at Hopscotch Coffee Roastery

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