November 10, 2011 7:00pm
Gregory Sumner, professor of history at University of Detroit Mercy, will be speaking about his new book Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Work at the Barnes & Noble in Royal Oak on Thursday, November 10th at 7pm. This event is the day before Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday and the book’s official release.
This event is free and open to the public.
This is event is located at:
500 South Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Unstuck in Time is a portrait of the quintessential American writer as seen through the lens of his most important work. In Unstuck in Time (Seven Stories Press, November 11, 2011), Gregory Sumner guides us through Kurt Vonnegut’s best known works, fromPlayer Piano (1952) to Timequake (1997) and including an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country (2005), to illustrate the writer’s profound engagement with the American Dream in its various forms.
Kurt Vonnegut was an active and critical citizen, a lover of his country even as he railed against its shortcomings and anguished over its failed promises. His books, written under dramatically changing personal circumstances and against the backdrop of seismic shifts in our country’s history, read together as a kind of diary, the entries of which Sumner here lays out with great passion and insight.
Greg Sumner has been a professor of history at University of Detroit Mercy since 1993. He holds a doctorate in American history from Indiana University and is the author ofDwight Macdonald and the Politics Circle.