Missouri must be the new literary capital of the world.
Vonnegut is controversial. Some dislike the meta-fictional elements in his work. For instance, in a book group I belong to, people hated the meta-fictional techniques in Timequake, a clever autobiographical novel in which Vonnegut himself is a character, a blocked writer who has been writing Timequake for ten years, and his alter-ego, Trout Kilgore, a failed science fiction writer, accidentally becomes a hero and is worshipped in a literary colony. (In the novel, timequakes cause people in 2001 to repeat everything they did in 1991.) Trout Kilgore appears in several of Vonnegut's other novels, too, including Slaughterhouse-Five.
Well, the students of Republic won't be reading Vonnegut in school.
But the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis is fighting back. They say they will send a free copy of Slaughterhouse-Five to 150 Republic High School students who email the website. The Vonnegut Memorial Library is also looking for donors to pay for postage.